Fun puppy names and theme ideas for a new litter

One of my favorite things to see on social media is a new litter of puppies ready to be adopted! Now don’t get me wrong, I feel terrible that there are so many litters of puppies out there without homes. But, puppies tend to get adopted quickly because they are so adorable and cute. Many shelters will come up with a theme for their new puppy litter and give each new dog a name that fits that theme. Keep reading to find fun puppy names and theme ideas for a new litter.

litter lof puppies in a crate

How many puppies are in a new litter?


The number of puppies in a litter can vary depending on the breed of the dog. On average, dogs typically have litters of between 1 and 12 puppies. Smaller dog breeds tend to have smaller litters, while larger breeds may have larger litters. However, it’s important to note that there can be exceptions, and the number of puppies in a litter is influenced by factors such as the dog’s age, health, genetics, and breeding practices. Responsible breeding aims to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the puppies. 

Rescue Dogs

The number of puppies born in a litter from stray dogs, also known as feral dogs, can vary widely based on various factors. The litter size of stray dogs can be influenced by factors such as the dog’s health, age, nutrition, and environmental conditions. On average, stray dogs may have litters that range from 1 to 6 puppies, but litters with more puppies are possible. However, it’s essential to note that stray dogs often face numerous challenges in the wild, including a higher risk of disease, malnutrition, and exposure, which can impact the survival rate of the puppies. Proper care, such as spaying and neutering programs and responsible ownership, can help manage stray dog populations and ensure the well-being of both the dogs and their puppies.

Theme: Fairy Tale Names for a litter of Puppies

Fairy Tales are magical and whimsical. They are great names if you have a litter full of female dogs. They are also a great choice if you have small children and are adopting a dog.

Classic Fairy Tales

  1. Cinder (Cinderella)
  2. Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – Adorable name for a female pup in the litter.
  3. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
  4. Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) – If you adopted a boy and a girl pup for a little, these would be the cutest names for both of them.
  5. Rapunzel (Rapunzel)
  6. Red (Little Red Riding Hood)

Enchanted Forest

  1. Willow
  2. Fern
  3. Merlin
  4. Pixie – Perfect dog name with the one in the litter with the funny hair.
  5. Thistle
  6. Elara

Magical Creatures

  1. Pegasus
  2. Gryffin
  3. Unicorn
  4. Nymph
  5. Sprite
  6. Basilisk – Unusual name, in my opinion, but if you are a pet parent who loves Magical Creatures this might be the perfect name for the pup you pick from the litter.

Theme: TV Show Names for a Litter of Puppies

You can select a theme that resonates with your favorite TV show or mix and match from different sets to create a unique collection of names for your puppy litter

Puppies hanging out of car who are all in the same litter and a friends theme for puppy names would be perfect for them

Friends TV Show

Very popular names in the 90s for kiddos. An incredible show with great characters whose names would be perfect for new pups.

  1. Joey – Perfect fit for a funny dog.
  2. Rachel – My favorite, so basic!
  3. Chandler
  4. Phoebe
  5. Ross 
  6. Monica

Game of Thrones TV Show

I tried to watch this show but you REALLY have to pay attention. It was a fan favorite so a great idea if you were a big fan of the show.

  1. Arya
  2. Tyrion
  3. Sansa
  4. Jon – This is the only one I really know how to pronounce.
  5. Daenerys
  6. Bran

The Simpsons TV Show

Great cartoon characters from a funny show.

  1. Homer – Great name for a boy dog.
  2. Marge
  3. Bart – My older brother does not have a middle name so he made up that this was his middle name when he was little. So I definitely have to choose this name if I were picking a dog from a Simpsons-themed puppy litter.
  4. Lisa
  5. Maggie
  6. Krusty

You can select a theme that resonates with your favorite TV show or mix and match from different sets to create a unique collection of names for your puppy litter.

Theme: Favorite Book Names for a little of puppies

These names can add a touch of literary magic to your puppy litters, and you can mix and match to create your own unique combinations as well!

Harry Potter Series

You can’t go wrong with a Harry Potter litter theme. 

  1. Harry
  2. Hermione is my favorite character by far.
  3. Ron
  4. Luna
  5. Sirius
  6. Ginny

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

As a pet owner, I’m not sure if this would be the set I choose but these are some unique names! These are great boy names if you have a little for only male pups!

  1. Frodo
  2. Aragorn
  3. Gandalf – I am pretty sure he is the most popular character.
  4. Legolas
  5. Galadriel
  6. Eowyn

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

A classic tale to pull from for a puppy’s name.

  1. Alice – Very popular girl name for both kiddos and dogs!
  2. Cheshire – Perfect name for runt for the littler.
  3. Mad Hatter
  4. White Rabbit
  5. Tweedledee – Not sure if I would name a dog this but if you love Alice in Wonderland it might be a good fit for you.
  6. Queen of Hearts

Theme: Super Hero names for a litter of puppies

These names can add a heroic and adventurous flair to your puppy litter, and you can mix and match to create your own unique combinations as well!

Puppy in a super hero costume

Marvel Superheroes

Character names from Marvel superhero movies are very popular right now. Can’t go wrong with this theme.

  1. Thor
  2. Black Widow
  3. Hulk
  4. Captain Marvel
  5. Iron Man
  6. Scarlet Witch

DC Superheroes

  1. Batman
  2. Wonder Woman – A super feminine name that is powerful for a female in an all-male puppy litter.
  3. Superman
  4. The Flash
  5. Aquaman
  6. Supergirl

Classic Superheroes

Best dog names always come from the classics!

  1. Spider-Man
  2. Wolverine – Perfect name for a puppy who comes from a German Shepherd mix litter.
  3. Storm
  4. Green Lantern
  5. The Thing
  6. Rogue

Theme: Historical Figures

These names can give your puppy litter a touch of historical significance. Be sure to check out all the fun facts about puppies in this post here too.

Famous Explorers

If history is your thing, these explorer names are a great way to represent your puppy litter.

  1. Columbus
  2. Magellan
  3. Marco
  4. Isabella
  5. Vasco
  6. Amelia

Revolutionary Leaders

Pet owners who are big fans of historical leaders might find this list is for them.

  1. Lincoln
  2. Napoleon
  3. Betsy (Ross)
  4. George (Washington)
  5. Winston (Churchill)
  6. Marie (Curie)

Renaissance Artists

A litter of furry friends all named after famous artists. So very cute!

  1. Leonardo
  2. Michelangelo
  3. Raphael
  4. Mona (Lisa)
  5. Botticelli
  6. Donatello


Bringing a new litter of puppies into your life is a joyous occasion, and selecting the perfect names can make it even more special. In our blog, ‘Fun Puppy Names and Theme Ideas for a New Litter,’ we explore an array of creative and playful name suggestions, along with imaginative themes, to help you celebrate your furry family members. Whether you’re drawn to literary, TV show-inspired, historical, or whimsical themes, our curated lists and ideas will inspire you to choose names that not only reflect your puppies’ unique personalities but also create a lasting and memorable bond with your newest companions.