African Dog Names for Male and Female Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Trying to choose an appropriate name for a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy can be quite a challenge.

African Dog Names for Male and Fema...
African Dog Names for Male and Female Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Given that the Rhodesian ridgeback is originally from Africa, it’s fitting that many of the names below are strong African names.

Rhodesian ridgebacks are loyal, independent, and intelligent dogs. If you own one, you’ll know how much they adore you.

Although they can have a mischievous streak, we don’t think they really mean it!

As a breed, these dogs can have standout personalities. It should be easy enough to pick a name that feels right and matches your dog’s personality.

Tips for Naming Your New Rhodesian Ridgeback Pup Dog

  1. Shorter names (1 or 2 syllables) are easier for your dog to understand.
  2. Ensure the name easily rolls off your tongue, you’re going to be saying (or shouting) it a lot.
  3. Give your new name a trial run for a few days to see how it works. When the dog is still a pup, it’s easier to change the name and it should get used to the change reasonably quickly.
  4. It could confuse your Rhodesian ridgeback dog if you name it similarly to a command they’ll often hear: e.g. “Seth” (sit) or “Wade” (wait).
  5. Avoid changing your Rhodesian ridgeback’s name when they get older and are no longer a puppy. It will really confuse them.

What Do Puppy Dog Names Say About You?

Interestingly, there has been some research done to figure out what a dog’s name says about the owner.

Experts believe that the name you choose actually portrays your own sense of expectation and way of thinking.

So, for people who choose human names, Disney names, and food names for their dogs – what does that really say about them?

We think it says they’re fun and have a sense of adventure!

Rhodesian ridgebacks may well be born with their ridge, but they’re certainly not born with a name, so let’s get stuck into our lists of the most popular Rhodesian ridgeback names.

Sit back, we’ve got you covered because we’ve compiled a list of over 1,000 names to help inspire you.

Top Rhodesian Ridgeback Names

  • Aaron
  • Abby
  • Abeeku
  • Abel
  • Addae
  • Adeben
  • Adika
  • Adofo
  • Adom
  • Agyei
  • Amar
  • Amber
  • Ane
  • Angel
  • Annie
  • Apollo
  • Athena
  • Atlas
  • Attila
  • Baby
  • Bailey
  • Baron
  • Bear
  • Beau
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Bentley
  • Bheka
  • Bismarck
  • Blu
  • Bodhi
  • Boomer
  • Boone
  • Bosun
  • Brandy
  • Brawler
  • Brawny
  • Brody
  • Bruce
  • Bruno
  • Brutus
  • Buddy
  • Buffalo
  • Burly
  • Buster
  • Buyisiwe
  • Callie
  • Candy
  • Captain
  • Cassie
  • Ceres
  • Chaga
  • Chakide
  • Chaos
  • Charlie
  • Chase
  • Chebe
  • Chelsea
  • Cheyenne
  • Chief
  • Chloe
  • Chubby
  • Chunky
  • Cinder
  • Cleo
  • Coco
  • Cooper
  • Copper
  • Crimson
  • Cupid
  • Daisy
  • Dakota
  • Damien
  • Delani
  • Dexter
  • Diesel
  • Dinah
  • Dixie
  • Dragon
  • Duchess
  • Duke
  • Dylan
  • Earl
  • Ellie
  • Emma
  • Empress
  • Finn
  • Flora
  • Frank
  • Frankenstein
  • Georgia
  • Ginger
  • Gizmo
  • Gladiator
  • Godzilla
  • Goliath
  • Gotham
  • Gracie
  • Grail
  • Grendel
  • Gunnar
  • Gus
  • Hank
  • Hannah
  • Harley
  • Hazel
  • Hercules
  • Holly
  • Honcho
  • Honey
  • Hooch
  • Hulk
  • Hunter
  • Ibubesi
  • Indy
  • Izzy
  • Jabba
  • Jack
  • Jackson
  • Jake
  • Jasmine
  • Jaws
  • Jax
  • Jett
  • Jumbo
  • Juno
  • Jupiter
  • Katie
  • Khaya
  • Koa
  • Koda
  • Kona
  • Kong
  • Lady
  • Layla
  • Leia
  • Leo
  • Lexi
  • Lily
  • Lincoln
  • Lois
  • Loki
  • Lola
  • Louie
  • Lucky
  • Lucy
  • Luke
  • Luna
  • Lurch
  • Lydia
  • Mac
  • Maddy
  • Maggie
  • Magnum
  • Major
  • Manley
  • Mara
  • Marley
  • Max
  • Maxi
  • Maya
  • Mercy
  • Mhambi
  • Mia
  • Milo
  • Minzi
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Molly
  • Mondli
  • Moose
  • Moyo
  • Muscles
  • Nala
  • Nikki
  • Ninna
  • Obi
  • Ode
  • Odin
  • Ogbo
  • Okra
  • Olee
  • Olive
  • Oliver
  • Ollie
  • Olympas
  • Oscar
  • Otis
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Persis
  • Pharaoh
  • Phila
  • Phoebe
  • Piper
  • Precious
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Raadi
  • Ragnor
  • Rain
  • Raptor
  • Rave
  • Reba
  • Rebecca
  • Red
  • Redneck
  • Remi
  • Rex
  • Rhodie
  • Riley
  • Rocco
  • Rocky
  • Rogue
  • Roho
  • Roman
  • Roro
  • Rosie
  • Roxy
  • Ruby
  • Rugby
  • Ruger
  • Rusty
  • Ryder
  • Sable
  • Sabre
  • Sadie
  • Safari
  • Sam
  • Samantha
  • Sammy
  • Samson
  • Sarge
  • Sasha
  • Sasquatch
  • Sassy
  • Satan
  • Satin
  • Saturn
  • Scarlet
  • Scooby
  • Scout
  • Sergeant
  • Share
  • Shark
  • Sheba
  • Shelby
  • Simba
  • Sipho
  • Sisa
  • Sophie
  • source
  • Stella
  • Stryker
  • Sudi
  • Sunny
  • Talon
  • Tank
  • Tarita
  • Tasha
  • Tehotu
  • Tempest
  • Tex
  • Thabo
  • Thando
  • Thor
  • Thulani
  • Thunder
  • Tiifu
  • Timber
  • Tindo
  • Titan
  • Titi
  • Toby
  • Tracker
  • Trapper
  • Trojan
  • Tucker
  • Tyson
  • Uje
  • Venisha
  • Wandile
  • Willow
  • Winston
  • Wolf
  • Yafeu
  • Yukon
  • Zeke
  • Zephyr
  • Zeus
  • Zia
  • Zoe
  • Zuri
  • Zurie
Choosing A Name For Your Rhodesian Puppy Dog

Rhodesian ridgebacks are usually strong, independently minded dogs. We’ve selected names that try to fit that aspect of their personality.

Top Male Rhodesian Ridgeback Names

  • Aaron
  • Abel
  • Apollo
  • Attila
  • Bismarck
  • Boomer
  • Boone
  • Boss
  • Brawler
  • Brawny
  • Brazen
  • Bruno
  • Buddy
  • Buffalo
  • Burly
  • Chaos
  • Charlie
  • Chubby
  • Chunky
  • Cooper
  • Copper
  • Damien
  • Dragon
  • Duke
  • Dylan
  • Frankenstein
  • Gizmo
  • Gladiator
  • Godzilla
  • Goliath
  • Gotham
  • Grail
  • Grendel
  • Hercules
  • Hickory
  • Homer
  • Hooch
  • Hulk
  • Ignis
  • Jabba
  • Jaws
  • Jett
  • Jumbo
  • Jupiter
  • Kellan
  • Kennedy
  • Kong
  • Leo
  • Lincoln
  • Lion
  • Lurch
  • Mac
  • Magnum
  • Manley
  • Mars
  • Max
  • Maxi
  • Moose
  • Muscles
  • Oscar
  • Peanut
  • Pharaoh
  • Ragnor
  • Raptor
  • Rave
  • Red
  • Redneck
  • Regal
  • Rhody
  • Ridges
  • Riley
  • Rocky
  • Rogue
  • Roman
  • Rosso
  • Rugby
  • Rusty
  • Sabre
  • Safari
  • Samson
  • Sasquatch
  • Satan
  • Saturn
  • Scotch
  • Sergeant
  • Shark
  • Stryker
  • Talon
  • Tamer
  • Tank
  • Tanner
  • Tater
  • Tau
  • Tempest
  • Tex
  • Thunder
  • Titan
  • Tracker
  • Trapper
  • Trigger
  • Trojan
  • Tucker
  • Wheaty
  • Winston
  • Wolf
  • Woody
  • Yukon
  • Zane
  • Zephyr
  • Zeus
  • Zim
Deciding On A Rhodesian Ridgeback'S Name

While female dogs are also strong and characteristically mischievous, they also have a loving side. We feel these names are perfect for female ridgebacks.

Top Female Rhodesian Ridgeback Names

  • Abby
  • Ada
  • Afric
  • Africa
  • Amber
  • Angel
  • Annie
  • Baby
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Birdie
  • Blush
  • Brandy
  • Buttercup
  • Candy
  • Caramel
  • Cassie
  • Ceres
  • Charlie
  • Chelsea
  • Cheyenne
  • Cinder
  • Cinnamon
  • Cleo
  • Coco
  • Crimson
  • Cupid
  • Daisy
  • Dakota
  • Dandelion
  • Dinah
  • Dixie
  • Duchess
  • Ebba
  • Empress
  • Flora
  • Goldie
  • Gracie
  • Hannah
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Jamila
  • Jasmine
  • Juno
  • Kali
  • Katie
  • Kwini
  • Lily
  • Lioness
  • Lois
  • Lola
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Lydia
  • Maddy
  • Maggie
  • Maple
  • Mara
  • Maya
  • Mercy
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Molly
  • Nala
  • Nikki
  • Ninna
  • Olympas
  • Pattie
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Persis
  • Phoebe
  • Precious
  • Princess
  • Rain
  • Reba
  • Rebecca
  • Regina
  • Rosy
  • Roxy
  • Ruby
  • Sable
  • Sadie
  • Samantha
  • Sandy
  • Sasha
  • Sassy
  • Satin
  • Scarlet
  • Sheba
  • Shelby
  • Stella
  • Tarita
  • Tasha
  • Tawny
  • Tehotu
  • Terra
  • Trudy
  • Venisha
  • Zia
  • Zoe
  • Zurie
Name Ideas For Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Rhodesian ridgebacks were originally bred in Rhodesia, (formerly Zimbabwe). These African names are good suggestions to reflect that part of their history.

African Names for Male Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogs

  • Aaliyah
  • Abeeku
  • Abel
  • Abidemi
  • Abimbola
  • Abioye
  • Abrafo
  • Adegoke
  • Adeola
  • Adetokunbo
  • Adongo
  • Adowa
  • Adwoa
  • Affrica
  • Afolabi
  • Akinyi
  • Akoko
  • Akua
  • Akusua
  • Akwasibah
  • Alaba
  • Alala
  • Amaka
  • Anyim
  • Asante
  • Asha
  • Ata
  • Ayounle
  • Azubuike
  • Baako
  • Baas
  • Baayo
  • Baba
  • Bahati
  • Bamidele
  • Barasa
  • Bbwaddene
  • Beka
  • Bheka
  • Bhekizitha
  • Biopuso
  • Boipelo
  • Boitumelo
  • Bolanile
  • Bujune
  • Butannaziba
  • Buziba
  • Ceba
  • Cebo
  • Chafu
  • Chakide
  • Chana
  • Chebe
  • Chiamaka
  • Chidi
  • Chigaru
  • Chika
  • Chimola
  • Chinaza
  • Chinedu
  • Chitemo
  • Congo
  • Dada
  • Dayo
  • Dede
  • Delmar
  • Djembe
  • Domme
  • Dubaku
  • Dube
  • Duma
  • Dumisa
  • Dumisani
  • Duna
  • Dunga
  • Dwanh
  • Ekua
  • Ekundayo
  • Ekwueme
  • Emeka
  • Emmanuel
  • Ffumbe
  • Fiskal
  • Fudu
  • Fumbe
  • Fungai
  • Gacheru
  • Gazini
  • Gebhuza
  • Gero
  • Getura
  • Giconi
  • Githinji
  • Gwala
  • Hadiya
  • Hlengiwe
  • Ibo
  • Idowu
  • Imamu
  • Imani
  • Isingoma
  • Isoba
  • Isoke
  • Isooba
  • Jabu
  • Jambo
  • Jelani
  • Jengo
  • Jhabali
  • Kagiso
  • Kamadia
  • Kamau
  • Karibu
  • Kibwe
  • Kifaru
  • Kirabo
  • Koa
  • Kobe
  • Kubwa
  • Kumbuka
  • Kunto
  • Kuume
  • Lebo
  • Lusala
  • Masika
  • Masozi
  • Mchumba
  • Mhambi
  • Mosi
  • Nala
  • Nani
  • Nawvlee
  • Ndefu
  • Nia
  • Nkosana
  • Noah
  • Obi
  • Ogechi
  • Ojiambo
  • Olayinka
  • Oluchi
  • Olufemi
  • Olwenyo
  • Oni
  • Onyeka
  • Paki
  • Polo
  • Qinisela
  • Quanda
  • Sango
  • Semi
  • Simba
  • Simisola
  • Sithembile
  • Ssanyu
  • Swazi
  • Tapiwa
  • Tau
  • Thabo
  • Thando
  • Tiifu
  • Titi
  • Uje
  • Wekesa
  • Zuberi
  • Zula
  • Zulu
  • Zuri
Naming A Rhodesian Ridgeback Pup

And now for the ladies!

Here’s some inspiration for naming your Female Rhodesian ridgeback puppy dog.

African Names for Female Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogs

  • Abebi
  • Abena
  • Abeni
  • Abidemi
  • Adaeza
  • Adanna
  • Adede
  • Adhiambo
  • Adisa
  • Adjoa
  • Afia
  • Akello
  • Amar
  • Amara
  • Anan
  • Ane
  • Apio
  • Apiyo
  • Apunda
  • Arjana
  • Ashanti
  • Atieno
  • Atodele
  • Awiti
  • Awotwi
  • Ayo
  • Ayoo
  • Ayotunde
  • Aysi
  • Baako
  • Babirye
  • Bahati
  • Bamidele
  • Bapoto
  • Benya
  • Blessing
  • Bohlale
  • Boipelo
  • Boitumelo
  • Bolade
  • Bolah
  • Buluu
  • Candace
  • Chibuzo
  • Chidiebere
  • Chidimma
  • Chiemeka
  • Chinwe
  • Chinwendu
  • Chioma
  • Chipo
  • Chizoba
  • Damba
  • Dambudzo
  • Dayo
  • Dula
  • Duma
  • Ebele
  • Efua
  • Ekene
  • Ekundayo
  • Eniola
  • Enitan
  • Enu
  • Enyi
  • Ephigenia
  • Eshe
  • Esi
  • Farai
  • Femi
  • Folami
  • Fumbe
  • Fumnanya
  • Funanya
  • Gbemisola
  • Gugu
  • Ife
  • Ifunanya
  • Indla
  • Jambo
  • Jayde
  • Joycelin
  • Kalisha
  • Katlego
  • Khata
  • Kidogo
  • Kidoko
  • Kienyeji
  • Kijani
  • Kuaminika
  • Leena
  • Leo
  • Lesedi
  • Lindiwe
  • Lungile
  • Maji
  • Makeda
  • Makena
  • Mala
  • Malaika
  • Manyara
  • Marjani
  • Mbogo
  • Mchumba
  • Mirembe
  • Mojisola
  • Monifa
  • Mosa
  • Moto
  • Mudiwa
  • Mwanajuma
  • Nakato
  • Nandi
  • Ndidi
  • Ngozi
  • Ngumu
  • Nia
  • Nkechi
  • Nkemdilim
  • Nkiruka
  • Nkosazana
  • Nkruma
  • Nomusa
  • Nosizwe
  • Nsia
  • Nsonowa
  • Nthanda
  • Ntombi
  • Nubia
  • Nyah
  • Nyepesi
  • Nzito
  • Ogechi
  • Olabisi
  • Opeyemi
  • Osumare
  • Patience
  • Pauline
  • Penina
  • Polepole
  • Pula
  • Qelhatat
  • Qhikiza
  • Racheal
  • Rahisi
  • Refilwe
  • Rehma
  • Remla
  • Rudo
  • Rufaro
  • Rumbidzai
  • Rutendo
  • Salina
  • Sallinge
  • Samanya
  • Sethunya
  • Shani
  • Shanika
  • Sheena
  • Shukura
  • Shupavu
  • Sipho
  • Sizwe
  • Soni
  • Subira
  • Sumaki
  • Suzanna
  • Sylvia
  • Tafadzwe
  • Tafari
  • Tamake
  • Tamela
  • Tamu
  • Taonga
  • Tapiwa
  • Tatenda
  • Tcholofelo
  • Tendai
  • Thandiwe
  • Themba
  • Tinashe
  • Titilayo
  • Totit
  • Tulivu
  • Udo
  • Uzochi
  • Worknesh
  • Yejide
  • Zee
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zola
Strong African Male And Female Names For Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Finally, a roundup of the strongest names for naming Rhodesian ridgeback pups. We think these can be used for any gender of dog.

Strong Rhodesian Ridgeback Names

  • Adede
  • Adhiambo
  • Adisa
  • Adjoa
  • Afia
  • Akello
  • Amara
  • Anan
  • Apio
  • Apiyo
  • Apollo
  • Apunda
  • Ares
  • Argo
  • Artemis
  • Athena
  • Atlas
  • Atodele
  • Awiti
  • Awotwi
  • Ayo
  • Ayoo
  • Babirye
  • Bahati
  • Bamidele
  • Bapoto
  • Boipelo
  • Boitumelo
  • Bolade
  • Dante
  • Ebele
  • Echo
  • Ekene
  • Ekundayo
  • Esi
  • Farai
  • Femi
  • Fenris
  • Folami
  • Freya
  • Fumbe
  • Fumnanya
  • Funanya
  • Gaia
  • Hera
  • Hercules
  • Juno
  • Jupiter
  • Kienyeji
  • Lungile
  • Makeda
  • Makena
  • Manyara
  • Mars
  • Mchumba
  • Mirembe
  • Mojisola
  • Ngumu
  • Nkiruka
  • Nkosazana
  • Nkruma
  • Nomusa
  • Ntombi
  • Nubia
  • Nyah
  • Odin
  • Ogechi
  • Olabisi
  • Opeyemi
  • Osumare
  • Polepole
  • Samson
  • Shani
  • Tendai
  • Thandiwe
  • Themba
  • Titan
  • Tulivu
  • Zeus

And there we have it. We hope you didn’t find that too exhaustive.

Good luck deciding what to call your new Rhodesian ridgeback!