100 Fun Beach Dog Names for Your Seaside Pup (or Cat)

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Coastal-inspired dog and cat names that are both unique and meaningful for anyone who loves the beach, sailing, the ocean, or island life.

Choosing the right name for your pet is a big decision. If you love spending time at the beach or being out on the water, naming your dog a beach-inspired name can be a fun way to honor both your love of the beach and your love of your new pet.

We’ve gathered what we consider to be the best beach dog names, from the most common dog names related to the beach, to more unique beach dog names. The list is broken into categories so whether you’re interested in beach themed dog names, nautical dog names, saltwater and ocean dog names, surfing dog names, beach and ocean animal dog names, island dog names, or beachy dog names from movies, television, and books, there’s something here to help inspire you.

Most of the options from the list below will work as male dog names or female dog names, as many of these are gender neutral names. And if you’re interested in dog names with meaning, we’ve included the meaning behind each beachy dog name so you can see if it will suit your pet.

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This article is about the best beach dog names for anyone who loves the coast and is considering a beach themed dog or cat name for their new pet.

Best Beach Dog Names: 1–25

Two dogs running on the beach.

Beach Dog Names

These beachy dog names are cute, funny, and unique for anyone who loves living the beach life. And if your dog is more of a shore dog than an ocean dog, some of these will be especially fitting.

Azure – The color between blue and cyan, often described as the color of the sky on a clear day. Additionally, the French Riviera is referred to as the Azure Coast.

Beachy – Relating to the beach.

Blue – The color of the sea and the sky. 

Breaker – A wave that breaks into foam on the shore.

Breeze – A sea breeze is wind that blows from the sea toward the land.

Breezy – A pleasant wind; also used to describe someone who is happy and confident. 

Briny – Salty water; the sea.

Choppy – Small, rough waves.

Cruiser – A powerboat equipped for living onboard; a beach cruiser is a one-speed bicycle for leisurely riding.

Current – A body of water moving in a particular direction.

Drifter – A person or object that drifts; a fishing boat with a drift net; a person who travels aimlessly.

Hurricane – A tropical storm with strong winds, rain and thunderstorms.

Jetty – A structure that projects from the land into the water as a breakwater to protect a harbor or coast.

Ocean – The body of salt water that covers over 70% of Earth’s surface. 

Rocky – A shoreline that’s full of rocks.

Roxy – A Persian name meaning “dawn,” “bright,” and “star”; the name of a surf brand for women.

Sandy – Composed of or covered with sand.

Shandy – A drink made by mixing beer with lemonade that’s lower in alcohol, making it a good beach drink while sitting in the sun.

Stormy – When the sea has large waves due to rainy or windy conditions.

Sunny – Bright with sunlight. 

Surfer – A person who uses a surfboard to ride a wave toward the shore.

Taffy – A sweet, chewy candy that can frequently be found for sale on beach boardwalks. 

Tide – The rise and fall of waters from the attraction of the moon and sun; high tide and low tide. 

Wavy – Having or rising in waves, as in the sea.

Windy – A lot of wind, or more wind than usual.

Best Beach Dog Names: 26–45

A dog sitting on the sand at the beach.

Nautical Dog Names

These nautical dog names are related to ships, sailing, and sailors. They’ll be unique female dog names or unique male dog names.

Beacon – Beacons help to guide navigators. An example of a beacon is a lighthouse, which is used to help navigate around obstacles.

Bosun – The leader of the deck team on a ship or yacht who is responsible for maintaining the exterior.

Captain – The commander of a ship.

Dock – A structure extending over water from the shore that boats can be secured to for loading and unloading.

Dory – A small flat-bottomed boat with high sides; a large fish with silver scales; a kind-hearted fish in the Disney/Pixar animated film Finding Nemo.

Fender – A bumper on the side of a ship or boat to prevent cushioning if it touches another ship, pier, or dock in order to prevent damage.

Finn – The Finn dinghy is a single-handed sailboat and former men’s sailing class in the Olympic Games (1952–2021). Fish use fins (spelled “fin”) to propel, steer, and achieve stability.

Fisher – A person or animal that catches fish from a body of water.

Harbor – A sheltered body of water for docking boats and ships.

Haven – A sheltered body of water for docking boats and ships. The USS Haven was a hospital ship built for the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Jetsam – Objects thrown overboard to lighten a ship’s load. 

Keel – The central structure on the bottom of a boat or ship that supports the frame.

Marina – A dock that provides secure mooring for small pleasure boats.

Mariner – A sailor; someone who navigates or assists in navigating a boat or a ship.

Morgan – A Welsh name meaning big bright sea. 

Pirate – A person who attacks ships at sea to steal from them.

Sailor – A person who works on a boat or a ship.

Skipper – the captain of a boat or a ship.

Splash – Water that flies up into the air after it comes into contact with someone or something.

Tiller – A horizontal bar attached to a boat’s rudder that’s used for steering.

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Best Beach Dog Names: 46–61

A dog standing on the shoreline of the beach.

Surf Dog Names

These surfer dog names will work for a girl dog or boy dog, whether you have a true California beach dog or live elsewhere.

Aggro – Aggressive surfing.

Alaia – A thin surfboard ridden in Hawaii before the 20th century that has a round nose and square tail; a name of Basque origin meaning joyful and happy.

Barney – A rookie or inexperienced surfer.

Beachley – For Layne Beachley, an Australian surfer and the first seven-time world champion.

Corky – For Corky Carroll, who is considered a surfing pioneer by becoming the first person to be paid to surf and the first to make paid endorsements. In 1968 he was named the “best surfer in the world” in Surfer magazine.

Duke – For Duke Kahanamoku, who is considered the father of surfing, and established the first worldwide surfing contest.

Floater – An advanced surfing maneuver in which the surfer rides over the top of a broken wave and then back down with it.

Glasser – A person who laminates surfboards using fiberglass and resin.

Gnarly – Something extreme, challenging, dangerous, and exciting.

Grommet – A young surfer.

Kohner – For Kathy “Gidget” Kohner Zuckerman, an iconic California surfer who’s father turned her journal, which documented her experiences surfing since the age of 15, into a best-selling novel, which then inspired the movie and television series Gidget.

Miki – For Miki Dora, a noted surfer in California in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ripper – Someone who surfs very well.

Slater – For Kelly Slater, who is considered by many as the greatest professional surfer of all time.

Stringer – A thin strip of wood that runs down the center of the surfboard to add strength.

Zamba – For Frieda Zamba, a four-time world champion surfer from Florida and the youngest female world champion ever.

Best Beach Dog Names: 62–71

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Beach and Ocean Animal Dog Names

Some cute beach dog names that are related to animals that live by the shore, on the beach, or in the ocean.

Barnacle – An arthropod, related to crabs and lobsters, that live in shallow and tidal waters. *Barny would be a cute nickname!

Coral – Marine invertebrates that form reefs in tropical seas.

Gill – An organ that fish and aquatic animals use to breathe.

Marlin – A large marine fish that’s one of the fastest marine swimmers.

Otter – Sea otters are marine mammals that inhabit coastal areas.

Pearl – A hard object, generally round and smooth, formed within the shell of an oyster or other mollusk.

Plankton – Tiny organisms floating in the sea that is an important food source for marine animals.

Puffin – A sea bird in the North Atlantic Ocean and North Pacific Ocean that primarily feed by diving in the water.

Sharky – For “shark,” a large, mostly marine fish with a prominent dorsal fin that is mostly predatory.

Striper – Another name for a striped bass, a large fish with dark horizontal stripes on its sides.

Best Beach Dog Names: 72–88

A happy dog sitting in the water at the beach.

Favorite Beach and Island Dog Names

These tropical, island, and beach dog names are inspired by famous beaches and islands around the world. Also included are ocean dog names.

Atlantic – The second-largest ocean in the world.

Bali – The most popular Indonesian island, known for its beaches and coral reefs.

Bondi – Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches.

Bremer – Bremer Island is off of the Northern Territory in Australia.

Caspian – The Caspian Sea is the largest inland body of water in the world.

Catalina – For Santa Catalina Island, located off the coast of Southern California. 

Fraser – Fraser Island is located along the coast of Australia, and is known for its beaches and rainforests and is World Heritage-listed.

Hanalei – Hanalei Bay is a popular beach on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Malibu – Malibu Beach is located in the beach city of Malibu, California.

Martin – For the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean Sea.

Maui – An island of the state of Hawaii.

Nantucket – An island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Pacific – The largest and deepest ocean in the world.

Sanibel – Sanibel Island is a barrier island in the state of Florida.

Skye – The Isle of Skye is off the coast of Scotland and is known for its fishing villages and rugged landscapes.

Tuckernuck – An island next to Nantucket and south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. *Tucker would be a cute nickname!

Zuma – Zuma Beach is located in the beach city of Malibu, California.

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Best Beach Dog Names: 89–100

Beach dog names: A dog with a stick playing at the beach.

Dog Names from Beachy Movies, TV, and Books

These fun dog names are inspired by movies, television, and books, whether it’s the title itself, the author, or one of the characters or locations, which make for fun beach dog names.

Atlantis – A fictional island in Timaeus and Critias by Plato.

Bingo – For Beach Blanket Bingo, the 1965 film in the Beach Party film series.

Flipper – The name of the dolphin in the 1960’s American television show Flipper; also the name of the forelimb of an aquatic animal that’s used for propulsion and steering.

Flounder – Species of flatfish that are found at the bottom of the ocean; also the name of a fish in Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid.

Gidget – A 1965 film about a teenage girl’s discovery of her love of surfing and finding her way into the California surf culture. It was also made into a television series. Kathy Kohner is the inspiration for “Gidget.”

Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway, author of the novel The Old Man and the Sea.

Jaws – A 1975 film about a great white shark that attacks beachgoers in a resort town. Also, a big wave surfing beach on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii.

Moana – A Hawaiian name meaning “ocean”; the title character of Disney’s animated film Moana.

Moby – For Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, the 1851 novel by Herman Melville about the sole survivor of a lost whaling ship telling the tale of his captain’s obsession with hunting a white whale.

Nemo – For Captain Nemo from the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Julies Verne; also a fish in the Disney/Pixar animated film Finding Nemo.

Sebastian – The name of the crab in Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid

Wilson – The name of the volleyball that served as a friend to character Chuck Noland in the 2000 film Cast Away.

This article was about what we consider to be the best beach dog names, which includes beachy dog names, nautical dog names, surf dog names, ocean and beach animal dog names, tropical and island dog names, and dog names inspired by beachy movies, television, and books. 

Even though this list of the best beach dog names was written with dogs in mind, these names would also be great for a cat, especially if you love the beach and are looking for cute cat names or for cat names with meaning to you.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for beachy boy dog names or unique girl dog names, boy cat names or girl cat names, we hope we’ve helped you to find some great options to consider for your new pet.

Have you thought of any great beach dog names that didn’t make it on the list? Which of these are your favorite beach dog names? Let us know in the comments.

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