Is it Rude to Name a Dog After Someone?

Most pet owners have named a pet or two after someone, whether fictional or after a friend or family member. 

But, what about naming a dog after someone you know? Is it rude, or is it an honor? Read on below and find out the truth of the matter!

Is it Rude to Name a Dog After Someone?

There are multiple types of people you can name your dog after, including friends, family members, and famous people… all of which are fair game.

For the most part, it is only considered rude to name your dog, or other pets, after someone if it is done for a mean-spirited purpose. 

In an example, if a family friend or co-worker happens to look like your pet rabbit, or dog in this case, you would absolutely be rude to name the pet after the person.

Otherwise, there’s nothing rude about naming your dog after a friend, family member, or famous person (whether real or fictional).

How Rude Is it?


On the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, naming a dog after someone rates 3. 

Now, keep in mind, there is nothing rude whatsoever about naming your dog after someone you know, or even a famous person. 

Where the rudeness factor comes in is when you name your dog after someone in a mocking way, or give your dog a name after a famous person who did terrible things (like Hitler). 

Why is it Rude?

Naming your dog after someone may be rude if you do it in a mean-spirited or mocking manner. 

For example, it is bound to be seen as rude to name your dog after someone you know because the animal resembles the person or otherwise reminds you of them physically. 

Why is it Not Rude?

It isn’t rude to name your dog after someone if it is done so for proper reasons. 

For example, naming your dog after your grandpa, or your favorite LOTR character, Gandalf, are both perfectly acceptable scenarios. Naming your dog after Heimlich Himmler, however, is not ok.

Common Questions

Is it weird to name a dog after someone you know?

It is typically only seen as weird to name your dog after someone if you do so for a strange, rude, or mean reason. 

For example, naming your new bulldog after your ex-wife is absolutely considered rude (even if you and your new spouse find it the perfect name). 

Likewise, naming your new puppy after someone you think is ugly, is rude and uncalled.

What should you not name your dog?

You should avoid naming your dog after infamous and overly-controversial and offensive figures from history, as well as your ex-partners and other people you may have grudges with or bad feelings towards. 

Just about everything else you can think of as a name, based on someone you know, is typically not rude.

Why do people name dogs after people?

People often name dogs after people out of respect. In most cases, people are attempting to honor someone when they name a dog after them. 

Other times, people name their dogs after someone in an attempt to degrade and/or mock the person. It is in the latter cases that naming your dog after someone is rude.