Male Dog Names – R

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Male dog names beginning with “R”…

Racer
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: Having great speed
Tip: A perfect male dog name for a fast, active dog.

Raisin
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: A sun dried grape

Ralph
Origin: Germanic
Meaning: Wolf council

Randall, Randy
Origin: English
Meaning: Wolf’s shield

Ranger
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: Forest protector

Rascal
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: a mischievous person or animal
Tip: A great male dog name for a canine who’s always getting up to no good!

Rebound
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: To bounce or spring back from force of impact

Reece
Origin: Welsh
Meaning: Enthusiasm
TV Notable: Reece is the destructive, bullying brother in the popular TV series Malcolm in the Middle.

Remus
Origin: Latin
Trivia: In Roman legend, Romulus and Remus were the founders of Rome.

Replay
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: To play again
Tip: A perfect male dog name for the dog who doesn’t stop.

Rex
Origin: Latin
Meaning: King
Trivia: One of President Ronald Reagan’s dogs.

Rhett
Origin: Welsh
Meaning: Ardent
Trivia: Rhett Butler is the dashing hero in Gone With The Wind. Rhett the Boston Terrier is Boston University’s mascot.

Rhubarb
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: A plant from the buckwheat family

Ricky
Origin: Germanic/English
Meaning: Brave ruler

Riddle
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: A puzzling question, problem or matter

Ridge
Origin: Middle English
Meaning: The back of an animal

Rigby
Origin: English
Meaning: Valley of rulers

Riley
Origin: English
Meaning: Rye clearing
Tip: This two syllable word is easy to say and has a great ring to it, making it one of our favorite male dog names.

Ripley
Origin: Old English
Meaning: Strip clearing
Trivia: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! franchise started in 1918 as a newspaper cartoon panel featuring unusual and startling facts from around the world.

Rocco
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Rest

Rocket
Origin: Italian
Meaning: To soar or rise rapidly
Tip: A great name for a super-fast dog. Also one of our favorite male dog names.

Rocky
Origin: Germanic
Meaning: Battle cry
Movie notable: Rocky is a 1976 film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone.
TV notable: The flying squirrel from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon.

Rodger
Origin: English
Meaning: Famous spear
Sports notable: Roger Clemens, named the greatest living pitcher in a 2006 ESPN poll.

Rogue
Meaning: A playfully, mischievous person

Romeo
Origin: Italian
Meaning: A pilgrim to Rome
Trivia: The hero of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

Romulus
Origin: Latin
Meaning: Rome
Trivia: In Roman legend, Romulus and Remus were the founders of the city of Rome.

Roscoe
Origin: Norse
Meaning: Doe wood

Rover
Meaning: Wanderer
Trivia: Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien is about the adventures of a young dog named Rover who gets turned into a toy by a wizard.
Tip: When it comes to male dog names, Rover has always been a popular choice.

Ruckus
Origin: American
Meaning: A noisy commotion

Ruben
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: Behold, a son

Rufus
Origin: Latin
Meaning: Red haired
Tip: A great name for any red haired dog such as an Irish Setter.

Rumba
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: A Cuban dance

Ryder
Origin: English
Meaning: Mounted warrior; messenger

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