21 Best Female Golden Retriever Names (& Their Meanings)

Every female Golden Retriever should have a name that conveys her particular personality and spirit. If you’ve just brought home your little bundle of fur (or are about to), you’ll want to choose a name for your tiny Golden Retriever girl that does just that.

But what are some good female Golden Retriever names?

Here are the top 21 girl dog names for Golden Retrievers (meanings of each name below): 

  1. Goldie
  2. Roxy
  3. Duchess
  4. Sadie
  5. Bonnie
  6. Bella
  7. Rosie
  8. Cookie
  9. Sasha
  10. Penny
  11. Sophie
  12. Luna
  13. Dona
  14. Sunny
  15. Casey
  16. Savannah
  17. Daisy
  18. Ginger
  19. Bailey
  20. Lola
  21. Nala

Some people say that specific names convey particular mannerisms and traits of dogs and are associated with particular characteristics of the animals. A loyal Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds, and she deserves a name to match her beautiful and energetic appearance and mannerisms.

Read on as I examine some of the most popular Golden Retriever names for females, their origins, and why they might be an excellent choice for your pup. 

21 of the best female Golden Retriever names.

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1.   Goldie

This first name is an obvious choice and one of the most popular for a Golden Retriever moniker.

The name Goldie conveys the beauty of the dog’s golden coat. It means “precious metal” or “gold,” and it is a classic name for the Golden Retriever breed. Goldie is the diminutive of the Yiddish “Golda” and was probably popularized in the United States by the actress Goldie Hawn.

2.   Roxy

Of Persian or Greek origin, Roxy means “dawn,” “bright as a star,” or “sunny.” A Golden Retriever by this name can be a very spoiled but sweet and loyal pet. You may find that she has a favorite human and is more dedicated to one family member than the others. 

3.   Duchess

The name Duchess comes from the Latin “dux,” which means “leader” or “commander.” Since the name also implies royalty, a Golden Retriever by this name has a regal sound, and you could assign it to a majestic or queenly-looking dog. It’s the perfect name for a royal (and loyal) pup!

4.   Sadie

A Golden Retriever dog named Sadie is often kind, sweet, and intelligent. The name means “princess” and is of Hebrew origin. It is a classic name often applied to a Golden Retriever with a cream-colored coat.

The name Sadie for a pet may describe a loving and wise animal, so if your dog is affectionate and smart, this is the perfect name for her.

5.   Bonnie

Meaning “beautiful” or “attractive” and “cheerful,” Bonnie is a bright and happy name for a pretty pup. Bonnie has Gaelic or Scottish origins. It became well-known with the release of the classic 1939 film Gone With the Wind.

Bonnie is a fantastic name for your most loyal companion and can easily suit a Golden Retriever that’s laid back, or one with a lot of energy. It’s cute and versatile!

6.   Bella

The diminutive of Isabella, Bella is an Italian name meaning “beautiful.” With their luxurious golden coats, Golden Retrievers are undoubtedly beautiful animals, which makes this name fitting and appropriate for the breed.

Many dogs named Bella are not only pretty but also agile and graceful, as the name implies. As you would imagine a Bella to be, these dogs could be particularly pampered pets who enjoy it when you make a fuss over them.

7.   Rosie

The rose is the queen of flowers, so it makes sense that Rosie would be a fitting name for a regal dog like the Golden Retriever.

Rosies are often sweet and loyal and are known to possess cheerful dispositions. Like the flower, the Golden Retriever is a beautiful breed and is loved by all. 

8.   Cookie

You could give the name Cookie to a sweet and fun-loving pup. Golden Retrievers with a dark golden coat would be a good fit for this name, which, of course, denotes the sweet treats we all love.

A Cookie could be a fun, playful, and affectionate Golden Retriever, a pet that is as delightful as its name. 

9.   Sasha

This name implies a fun-loving dog, and it means “man’s defender.” If your Golden Retriever is loving and loyal, Sasha might be a perfect choice for her name.

Most Sashas are caring, loving dogs and love to listen when their owners speak to them. They often enjoy going on walks and spending quality time with you. 

10.       Penny

Popular for dark golden-colored Golden Retrievers, Penny, like the bronze coin, could be a fitting name for a spunky, fun pet. The name Penny would be a good fit for a pup with a shiny, bronze-like coat. Penny is of Greek origin and is associated with faithfulness or loyalty. 

11.       Sophie

This Greek name conveys “wisdom” and is a popular choice for the Golden Retriever breed. Sophie was the name of a martyr of early Christian times and has been a common name for royalty throughout the centuries.

A dog named Sophie could be an intelligent and regal pet who stands out from other dogs. She may be very playful and creative. 

12.       Luna

The classic name Luna means “of the moon,” and it is fit for a cream-colored Golden Retriever because of its milky white coat.

Luna was the moon goddess in Roman mythology. It is a relatively popular female name in the United States. 

13.       Dona

The meaning of the name Dona is “lady,” and a pet named Dona could be a sophisticated or regal one.

It is another form of the name Donna, which was made famous by fashion designer Donna Karan

14.       Sunny

It’s easy to see why the name Sunny would be a good fit for the golden-haired breed. Not only are their coats “Sunny” and golden, but they are often cheerful and happy in disposition, as the name implies. Any Golden Retriever owner would love a dog by this name. 

15.       Casey

Meaning “alert” and “watchful,” Casey is a good choice for a protective and loyal Golden Retriever who stands guard over her family. The name is of Gaelic origins and comes from an Irish surname which is still common today. Casey is a classic name and can easily suit any happy, excited pup.

16.       Savannah

Savannah, which is of Spanish origin, means “grassland without trees,” and so could be an excellent choice for a free-spirited pet who loves to roam around outside. The name probably gained popularity because of the city of Savannah in Georgia. You may also recognize it as a breed of cat. 

17.       Daisy

This name would be fitting for a sweet, quiet, and calm dog who may be playful but enjoys her rest time as well.

As the center of the flower by the same name, her coat may be a golden yellow. This similarity in color may make it a good fit for her. 

18.       Ginger

People may give the name Ginger to breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters, and Brittany Spaniels because of their reddish-brown colors.

A dark golden female retriever would bear this name well. Of Latin origin, the name Ginger means “spring-like,” “flourishing,” or “pungent spice.” 

19.       Bailey

Although the name fits either a female or a male, they are more popular girl names, especially in the United States. Baileys are often sweet, kind, and quiet.

They love just being with their owners and may enjoy sweet treats. They are even known to beg at times. Bailey originates from the Middle English language and means “bailiff.” 

20.       Lola

The name Lola is a diminutive of Dolores and is of Spanish and English origin. Dogs named Lola are often thoughtful and friendly and may be intelligent, just like your Golden Retriever. The name means “sorrows” and comes from the title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows.

21.       Nala

Originating in Africa, the name Nala became popular due to the strong female lioness character in Disney’s movie The Lion King. The Swahili name Nala, in its feminine form, means “queen,” “gift,” or “beloved.”

This makes Nala a particularly fitting name for your Golden Retriever as she certainly is a gift to you and your family and may in fact be the queen of your household.

A Few More Popular Dog Names For a Female Golden Retriever

If you still need a few more female Golden Retriever names , you can try these on for size:

  • Asa
  • Skye
  • Ember
  • Angel
  • Mapel
  • Layla
  • Kona
  • Sassy
  • Lexi
  • Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Delilah
  • Nova
  • Honey
  • Zelda

Tips For Choosing Your Golden Retriever’s Name

When trying to choose a name for your Golden girl, don’t be in a rush. Take some time and determine your furry friend’s personality and decide on a name that fits.

A few other things to consider before choosing a name:

  • Try to pick a name with just one or two syllables. It’s easier to say and a short name will keep your retrievers attention.
  • Avoid a name that is too close sounding to a command. A name like “Mit” is too similar to the command “sit” and the name “Roe” sounds too much like “no”.
  • Also avoid a name that is in anyway similar sounding to a family members name in the same household. Having a Golden named “Abby” will be too confusing for everyone if you also have a household member named “Gaby”.
Check out these female dog names for some additional ideas.

Female Golden Retriever Dog Names – Final Thoughts

Above all, have fun choosing a name, and keep in mind that there isn’t a time limit. If it takes you a week or two to find just the right name for your female Golden Retriever puppy, it’s no big deal.

Remember to choose wisely as this is a name you’ll be using for many happy years to come!

Related: The Difference Between Male & Female Golden Retrievers


Bryan Mullennix

Bryan's a freelance travel photographer and happy dog dad. He currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife, his son, and two dogs Nom Nom & Speck.

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