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    Nov 3, Ocean and Nautical Pet Names for Your New Puppy or Kitten

    by Janice Jones   |Last Updated 11-03-2021

    Exploring nautical pet names is not only fun, it can be educational.  Names on this list are perfect for those who love the water, sun and surf, enjoy fishing or boating, or maybe you are a Cruise Line enthusiast.  

    All the names on this page pertain to water, oceans, other bodies of water, fish and marine life, people who make a living on the sea, and of course, dog names with a distinctive nautical theme.

    There are countless terms that refer to these topics, but we have narrowed them down to list only those that would make a great dog name.  

    From Our Small Dog Place Fans:

    Jeanie Mitchel from Ohio wrote…


    Benoit – Benoit LeComte swam across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998 and swam from Japan to Hawaii.

    Brizo – Greek goddess of sailors. Brendan – the Irish monk, St. Brendan, is one of the patron saints of sailors.

    Elmo and his alternate name, Erasmus.

    Elizabeth from the U.S.  suggested:  Skipper, Captain, Minnow, Neptune (Roman name for Poseidon) Triton, Salty

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    One and two syllable dog names are the best and easiest, however we have added a couple clever dog names that have 3 syllables.  You be the judge.

    Nautical Pet Names A- B

    Admiral – A high ranking naval officer

    Ahoy – A nautical term used to call out to someone

    Anchor – A heavy object to keep a boat from drifting

    Arctic – A cold place

    Astern – Towards the  back of the ship (Stern)

    Bailer – Some thing that can remove water that has leaked into a boat

    Bait – Small food used at the end of a fishing line

    Baltic – as in the Baltic Sea

    Baleen – A type of whale

    Barnacle – 

    Bass – A type of fish

    Bay – A broad inlet of ocean where the land curves around it.

    Beach – Land area by the sea

    Beacon – A fire or light source that acts as a signal or warning

    Black Beard – legendary pirate

    Bell – In nautical terms, a bell that is placed on a buoy.  [Belle is a very popular girl dog name]

    Berth- A sleeping area on a boat

    Boomer – Slang term for a ballistic missile submarine

    Breezy – Mild wind and popular female dog name

    Buoy – A floating object used for navigation

    Nautical Pet Names C – D

    Cadet – A young student in training for a position in the police or armed forces

    Canal –  Narrow man-made water passageway as in the Panama Canal

    Canoe – Small boat

    Captain – Someone who commands a ship

    Cargo – Goods or merchandise carried on a ship

    Compass – An instrument with a magnet capable of locating the north pole

    Convoy – A group of ships traveling together

    Coral – Animals that make up a coral reef

    Corporal – A low ranking noncommissioned officer

    Crew – People who work on a ship

    Cruiser – 

    Cutter – A small boat

    Diver – Someone who goes deep in the water with scuba gear

    Dory – A small shallow boat;  Also a character in the movie Nemo and more

    Nautical Pet Names E – G

    Ensign – Lowest ranking commissioned officer in the US Navy

    El Niños – “The little boy”  Warm surface water as a result of changing weather patterns.

    Ferry – A type of vessel that transports people and other items across bodies of water.

    Fin – in the UK, this is the structure on the topside of a submarine.  Finn is a very popular boy dog name

    Fish – Type of animal living in water.  In nautical terms, it means to secure an anchor on the side of a ship

    Flounder – Type of fish

    Frigate – A type of warship

    Galley – The kitchen on a ship

    Galleon – In the 16th to 18th centuries Europe, a multilevel sailing ship

    Gunner – A person in the armed forces that operates a gun.  This is a popular boy dog name

    Gill – A part of a fish used for breathing in water

    Guppy – A small fish;  A good name for a small dog

    Nautical Pet Names H – J

    Harbor -A natural or man-made body of water adjacent to the mainland.

    Helm – The mechanism that steers the ship

    Henry (Morgan) – Pirate;  You could use either Henry or Morgan as a great dog name

    Hermit (Crab) – Type of crustacean;  a great name for an independent puppy.

    Herring – Type of Fish

    Hitch – Type of rope knot

    Hudson – as in Hudson Bay;  A good name for a male dog

    Hurricane – Severe storm;  Great choice for a puppy whose personality suggests chaos wherever he goes.

    Jack (Sparrow) – a Pirate

    Jacques – as in Jacques Cousteau, a French naval officer, filmmaker, and researcher who studied the sea and sea life.  Both first and last names make good dog names especially for a french dog breed.

    Jaws – Mouth of a shark and Movie by the same name.  

    Jolly Roger – A Pirate ship flying a flag with the white skull and crossbones

    Dan Adams from Chapin SC (USA) suggested the name Port.

    Nautical Dog Names K – R

    Kayak – A small canoe with opening in the top for a person to sit and row

    Lagoon – A small strip of salt water separated from the sea by a coral reef or sandbar

    Laker– A ship  that carries cargo on the Great Lakes; A great name for a mid-western USA puppy

    Mackerel – A type of Fish

    Manatee – A marine mammal that lives in the water

    Mariner – Also known as a sailor

    Marlin – A type of Fish

    Master – in Nautical terms, a ship with a specified number of sails;  In dog terms, a good name for an alpha male or female.

    Mate – Fellow seaman or friend;  Great name for either a boy or a girl puppy.

    Moby (Dick) – Famous Whale and name of a book;  A great dog name for one that loves the water.

    Motor – An engine that powers a boat

    Nemo – A famous fish and star of a movie of the same name

    Orca – Type of whale;  killer whale;  Good name for a black and white puppy.

    Otter – A medium sized marine mammal

    Pearl – A hard object found in the shell of an oyster;  A great country girl dog name for one that is cream colored, 

    Pirate – In nautical terms, a person who attacks and robs ships at sea:  Is your dog a great thief when it comes to stealing treats and hiding them?

    Pier – See definition of dock

    Pilot – A helmsman or person who takes charge of a ship as it enters a narrow or finfined waterway such as the Panama Canal.  

    Pontoon – A flat bottom boat that relies on pontoons to float;  A great name for a dog that loves to sail

    Poseidon – God of the Sea

    Puddle – A small amount of water remaining on a hard surface.  What puppy wouldn’t want the name puddles?

    Puffer – As in Puffer Fish;  A great name for a small dog that thinks he is larger than he is.

    Radar – A system for detecting the presence, direction, distance and speed of another craft;  Here’s a name for a puppy that doesn’t miss a thing.

    Rudder – A flat object used to steer a ship

    Caitlyn Syndergaard from Idaho USA  suggested the name Minnow

    A great name a by itself and also for a very small (teacup dog)

    Nautical Dog Names S – Y

    Sailor – Someone who works on a boat

    Sandy – The land that is covered with sand and adjacent to the sea.  Sandy is a popular girl dog name for one that has a tan coat

    Sardine – A type of Fish

    Scuba –  Term used by Scuba Divers

    Shrimp – A type of crustacean

    Sinbad – a dog serving aboard the cutter USCGC Campbell in WWII,

    Sinker – A weight added to a fishing line

    Skipjack – A type of sailboat

    Sonar – A system for detecting objects underwater;  A great dog name for an above-average watchdog.

    Starboard – The right side of a ship when the ship is facing forward.

    Tanker – A ship carrying liquids.  Choose Tank for short.

    Tender – A boat used to carry people to and from a larger ship

    Titanic – An unlucky large ship that sunk in the north Atlantic:  A great name for a large dog or a small dog that thinks he’s a big dog

    Torpedo – An underwater missile fired from a ship, submarine or aircraft;  A great dog name choice for a very fast puppy

    Tug – A small boat used in harbours

    Typhoon – A bad storm at sea near the Indian or Pacific Oceans

    Vessel – A ship or large boat

    Walrus – A large marine mammal

    Whaler – A bat used to fish whales

    Wharf – see Dock

    Yacht – Medium to large sized sailboat

    Diane Brennan from the United States

    added these additional great nautical pet names:

    “Fathom”, “Drifter”, “Spinnaker”, “Keel”,”Tack”, “Jibe” and “Jib”.

    Thanks, Diane

    Did We Forget a Great Nautical Pet Name

    We’ve tried hard to research great nautical pet names, but admit, there are probably many more that we missed.  Want to help?

    If you think you have another great name to add to this list, please submit it below.  We will add it the next time we update the page with your name and location, so that you get all the credit.

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