Best ever names for Scottish Terriers (and maybe West Highland Terriers)

So you’re looking for a name for your Scottish Terrier? Or maybe even a West Highland Terrier? Well you’ve come to the right place.

For more than four years, readers of the Scottish Terrier News have been telling us what they call their Scotties. There are some 350 suggestions on our list, the best source of Scottie dog names on the internet.

If you can’t find a name for your dog here, you’ll never find one. The Scottie News‘ current favourites are Stella for a girl and Clarence for a boy.

Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack

The lovely Angus books are all about a dog with a perennially popular Scottie name. Click the image above to check them out on Amazon.

Finally, if you’re pondering names because you’re thinking of becoming the proud fur parent of a Scottish Terrier, check out Amazon’s selection of Scottie guidebooks and the Scottie News list of recommended products for a Scottish Terrier puppy.

Bill Pinella of the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California, writes about David Cook, the 2008 American Idol winner:

Cook recently acquired a Scottish terrier. So far, so good. Nice breed. Small dog. Fits nicely into a tour bus with an American Idol.

So, what does Cook name this beast? Dublin.What?

Yes, Dublin. Scottish dog named after an Irish city. Glasgow would have worked better.

“Most people just didn’t get that joke,” Cook told IdolChatter recently. “But he’s just a great dog. He’s on a little vacation now back in New York with a friend of mine. He’ll rejoin the tour pretty soon.”

Kinda hope his next dog is a chihuahua. I’d like to see what he names that one.

Clearly, David Cook should have checked our Scottish Terrier names list, the best source of Scottie names on the Internet.

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Recently, a reader sent a link to video of her two new rescue Scottish Terriers, Stella and Byron, at the cottage. It intrigued me for a number of reasons.

  1. Cottages really aren’t what they used to be.
  2. Stella and Byron are very literary names. Are we dealing with an academic?
  3. Have you ever had to yell, “Steeelllaaa!” like Marlon Brando?
  4. They’re really cute dogs and that’s quite an indoor workout

So, here are Stella and Byron:

And here’s young Marlon Brandon as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire:

Kind of makes me want to have two dogs called Stanley and Stella. Speaking of which, a reader just added a whole slew of names to our Scottie Names List, which is one of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News‘ most popular pages ever.


We ran across the highly original Scottie name McJagger in an article from Sarasota, Florida about how dogs there can now enter into restaurants’ outdoor terrace areas sparing them the indignity of being hitched up on the sidewalk outside.

And on the subject of dogs and stores, I recently needed to pick up a thriller at a local book store. The store had a sign barring drinks, ice cream cones and cell phones but nary a mention of pets. Well, I thought, one would think given the specificity of this list that they if they had meant to ban dogs, they would have. But, on the other hand, I didn’t want to get on these people’s bad side. So I poked my head inside and asked if I might bring my dog in. “Oh, yes,” they answered, “and may we give her a treat?”

Go figure.

For more on Scottie names, see our most commented on post ever: Names for Scottish Terriers.


Check out our list of Scottish Terrier names complete with more than 100 reader suggestions. Almost all work well for West Highland Terriers with the exception of Ebony, Sooty, Inky and those other obviously black dog names.

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“And finally, I’d like to thank my Scottie dog, Beamer (beam ‘er up, Scotty), for keeping me company as I write.”

Here are more Scottie dog name suggestions.


When we discussed this subject at the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, readers convinced me that Scottie was indeed a fine name for the Carnegie Mellon mascot.

If you’re looking for more original Scottish Terrier names, check out this post complete with 46 comments and plenty of good name suggestions. I especially like the latest, Zelda.

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that more and more humans are giving their dogs names fit for children. Instead of Fluffy, Rover and Fido, today’s dogs today go by names like Max, Lucy, Samantha, Charlie or, in the case of one Bay Area papillon spaniel, William III.

The Chronicle looked at animal license records from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose to find the most popular pet names – and the most perplexing. It discovered:

Beagles are likely to be Bailey. Boxers often are Rocky. Dachshunds are Oscar. And Jack Russell terriers are, of course, Jack.

“That’s been the trend for about 15 years, because nowadays pets are members of the family,” said Lynn Spivak, who has worked as a San Francisco pet advocate for nearly two decades.

“Personally, I don’t understand it,” said Spivak, who first worked with the San Francisco Society for the Preservation of Animals and now is a part of Maddie’s Fund, a new family foundation dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. “I like food names myself – like Honey, Peaches and Cookie.”

Cute, classic pet names seem more likely to go to cats – Tiger, Tigger and, of course, Kitty. They also go to certain small dog breeds, like Lucky the Pomeranian and Princess the poodle. The ever-popular Chihuahua is likely to get stuck with such labels as Chico, Chiquita, Shorty and even Taco.

Then there are the wise guys. Twenty pets got dubbed Killer, including six Chihuahuas, three cats, a Pomeranian, a rat terrier and a dachshund.

The only thing it’s missing is some eccentric Scottish Terrier names, but the Scottie News has a list of those for you.


Further to our post about whether it was a bit off to name black Scottish Terriers after famous black people, we get word that naming your dog after a celebrity is now something of a trend. Britain’s PDSA has even compiled a list of the 10 most popular celebrity pet names:

  1. Tyson (Mike)
  2. Harry (Potter or Prince)
  3. Ozzy (Osbourne)
  4. Robbie (Williams)
  5. Rooney (Wayne)
  6. Beckham (David)
  7. Paris (Hilton)
  8. Elvis (Presley)
  9. Jessie (Wallace)
  10. Britney (Spears)

Read our most popular post ever on Scottish Terrier names.


Over the past few days, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News has stumbled over several Scottie dog names that we find to be — how shall we put it? — in questionable taste.

First there was this Scottish Terrier puppy called Halle. And now, there’s this little guy called Knowshon after the college football player.

Now, maybe it’s just me but I don’t like the idea of naming a black dog after a black person just because they both happen to be black. What do you all think? Is this an over-reaction or is there something not quite right about the whole thing?


Here’s our previous coverage of Scottie names where we implicitly endorse Scottish names for Scottish dogs.


Add these popular dog names to the what-to-call-your-Scottish-Terrier list.


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