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1985 Dog Names

Updated: July 09, 2024

Welcome to a nostalgic journey back to the mid-eighties, an era where pop culture had a significant influence, and it is no surprise that it has also left its mark on how people named their beloved canine companions. The year 1985 was a time when traditional pet names shared the spotlight with names inspired by popular movies, music, and television shows.

This page is dedicated to those unique and charming dog names that were in vogue during this vibrant and dynamic period. From names that echo the spirit of the times, to those that reflect the era's most beloved characters or celebrities, this collection captures the essence of the 1985 zeitgeist. Whether you're a dog owner seeking inspiration or a history enthusiast curious about pet-naming trends of the past, this page offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

So take a step back in time and immerse yourself in this retro compilation. You might come across names that were popular back in the day but have since fallen out of favor, or perhaps you'll discover timeless classics that have stood the test of time. Either way, these dog names from 1985 are sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia and charm, perfect for your new furry friend.

Name Reason to Choose
Artemis Greek Goddess names were a trend in the 80s
Astro It's a reference to the famous dog in the popular 1985 cartoon, The Jetsons
Atari Named for the popular 80s gaming system
Axl Named after Axl Rose, the lead vocalist of the rock band Guns N' Roses
Bandit Influenced by the adventurous spirit of 80s pop culture
Beetle After the Volkswagen Beetle, a popular car in the 80s
Bingo Playful and fun names were common
Bogart After the great actor Humphrey Bogart, who was still a significant cultural figure in 1985
Bogey A term used in golf, a popular sport in the 80s
Bonnie After Bonnie Tyler, a popular singer in the 80s
Bono U2's frontman was a big deal in 1985
BoyGeorge Boy George was a popular singer in the 80s
Brandy Alcohol names were popular for dogs
Breakdance Inspired by the popular 80s dance style
Bruno Strong masculine names were popular for male dogs
Buddy Friendly names were a favorite
Buffy Names from popular TV shows were often given to pets
Butch Tough-sounding names were a hit for male dogs
Casper Ghost-themed names were popular due to movies like Ghostbusters
Cheetara A character from the 80s cartoon show 'Thundercats'
Chewbacca Star Wars had a major influence on naming trends
Clapton Named after Eric Clapton, a popular musician in the 80s
Coco Sweet and short names were favored
Commodore The Commodore 64 was a popular home computer in 1985
Cyndi This name honours Cyndi Lauper, an influential female artist during 1985
Daisy A classic name for female dogs
DeLorean Inspired by the infamous car from the Back to the Future series
Depp Named after Johnny Depp, who was becoming popular in the 80s
Dixie Southern charm influenced many dog names
Donkey From the popular 80s arcade game Donkey Kong
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Sporting Events

1985 was a notable year in sports, with memorable events like the Super Bowl XIX. Dogs could be named after teams, athletes, or events from this year.
Name Description
Ace Inspired by tennis matches of 1985
Catcher Inspired by the catchers in the 1985 baseball season
Derby A nod to the famous horse races of 1985
Dunk A tribute to the high-flying basketball dunks of the 1985 NBA season
Goal For football-loving dogs, symbolizing the scoring of a goal
Heisman Named after the prestigious Heisman Trophy in college football
Hoops A tribute to the 1985 basketball season
Hurdle Inspired by the hurdle races of the year
Javelin A tribute to the 1985 World Athletics Championship's javelin event
Jump Inspired by the high jump events of 1985
Marathon For dogs with endurance, inspired by the popular long-distance running events of 1985
Olympic This name is a nod to the 1985 Summer Olympics
Pitch A tribute to the 1985 baseball season
Puck A nod to the hockey games of 1985
Racer Named after the fast-paced car races of the year
Rally Inspired by the thrilling car rallies of the year
Slalom Inspired by the skiing event in the 1985 Winter Olympics
Slam Named after the Grand Slam events in Tennis
Sprint For dogs with speed, named after sprinting events
Stroke Named after different swimming styles
Swim In honor of the swimming events of 1985
Tackle A name inspired by the defensive moves in the 1985 football season
Touchdown For football-loving dogs, symbolizing the scoring of a touchdown
Track For dogs with speed, inspired by track events
Vault A nod to the gymnastic vault events of 1985

Pop Culture References

Pop culture was vibrant in 1985, with trends, slang, and icons that can inspire dog names.
Name Description
Blade Named after the 1982 film 'Blade Runner.'
Bogart Named after Humphrey Bogart, a classic film star whose movies were often shown on 80s TV
Bowie Inspired by David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century
Buckaroo A reference to the 1984 film 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.'
Cher Inspired by the pop star Cher, who was popular in the 80s
Clue In reference to the popular board game and 1985 film of the same name
Cobra Named after the 1986 action film 'Cobra' starring Sylvester Stallone
Cyndi Named after Cyndi Lauper, the pop star known for her 1983 hit 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun.'
Elvira Named after Elvira, the horror hostess character who was popular in the mid-80s
Ferris A nod to the 1986 film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.'
Ghostbuster A nod to the 1984 supernatural comedy film 'Ghostbusters.'
Gizmo Inspired by the cute creature from the 1984 film 'Gremlins.'
Goonie A reference to the 1985 film 'The Goonies.'
He-Man Named after the main character in the 1985 animated series 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.'
Jareth David Bowie's character in the 1986 film 'Labyrinth.'
Krull Inspired by the 1983 sci-fi film 'Krull.'
Madonna A nod to Madonna, the pop icon who rose to fame in the mid-80s
Marty Named after Marty McFly, the protagonist in the 1985 film 'Back to the Future.'
Peewee Named after Pee-wee Herman, the comedy character known for his 1985 film 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure.'
Prince A nod to pop icon Prince, who was especially popular in the 80s
Rambo Inspired by John Rambo, the main character in the movie series Rambo popular during the mid-80s
Ripley Inspired by the character Ellen Ripley from the Alien movie franchise, popular in the 80s
Rocky Inspired by the Sylvester Stallone's character in the movie series Rocky, popular during the mid-80s
Skeletor Named after the main antagonist in the 1985 animated series 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.'
Smurf In reference to the popular 80s animated television series 'The Smurfs.'

Historical Events

1985 had several significant events, like the Live Aid concert. Dogs could be named after these events or people involved.
Name Description
Amadeus Nod to the film that won the Best Picture Oscar in 1985
Apollo Stands for the Apollo missions, still fresh in public memory in the 1980s
Bangles Highlights the all-female band who had their breakthrough with the album 'All Over the Place' in 1984
Bhopal Signifies the tragic gas leak incident that occurred in India in 1984
Brinkley Takes from supermodel Christie Brinkley, who was on top of her career in the mid-'80s
Chernobyl Named after the nuclear disaster that happened in 1986 in Ukraine
DaVinci Harkens back to the Renaissance period, reflecting a timeless historical perspective
Eurythmics Salutes the pop duo that had a hit single in 1985 with 'Would I Lie to You?'
Gandhi Memorializes the assassination of Indira Gandhi, India's prime minister, a year prior in 1984
Gorbachev Inspired by Mikhail Gorbachev, who became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985
Halley Honors Halley's Comet, which was visible from earth in 1985-86
Heysel Refers to the Heysel Stadium disaster in Brussels in 1985
Hiroshima Symbolizes the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima which was commemorated in 1985
Kasparov Tribute to Garry Kasparov, who became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985
LiveAid Commemorates the global benefit concert in 1985 that raised funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine
Madonna Celebrates the pop star who had multiple top chart hits in 1985
Mandela Symbolizes the ongoing struggle of Nelson Mandela against apartheid in South Africa during this time
Nintendo Marks the year when the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in North America
Orwell Respects the year that George Orwell's dystopian novel '1984' was set in
Ozzy Recognizes Ozzy Osbourne, who was a popular rock musician in the 1980s
Reagan Derived from Ronald Reagan, who was serving his second term as president of the United States in 1985
Sinatra Tribute to Frank Sinatra who won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards in 1985
Spielberg Appreciates the director who released the hit film 'Back to the Future' in 1985
Tetris Reflects the release of the popular video game Tetris in 1984
Thatcher Reference to Margaret Thatcher, the UK Prime Minister during that period


1985 saw the rise of artists like Madonna and Michael Jackson. Dogs could be named after these artists or their hit songs.
Name Description
Aha Norwegian band a-ha released the hugely popular song 'Take on Me' in 1985
Bowie 'Dancing in the Street', a popular song by David Bowie, was released in 1985
Chaka Chaka Khan was a well-known R&B singer in 1985
Cure The Cure's album 'The Head on the Door' was a big hit in 1985
Duran Inspired by Duran Duran, a popular band in the 1980s
Journey The rock band Journey was at the height of their popularity
Jovi Bon Jovi formed their rock band in 1983 and were gaining popularity in 1985
Lionel Lionel Richie was a popular music artist in the 1980s
Madonna Named after the pop sensation Madonna who was a major music icon in 1985
Motley Motley Crue released their third album, 'Theatre of Pain', in 1985
Phil Phil Collins, a big name in music during the 80s, is the inspiration
Prince This name is inspired by Prince, the artist behind the 1985 hit song 'Raspberry Beret'
Quincy Quincy Jones, a prominent music producer in 1985, is the namesake
Reba Country music star Reba McEntire was popular during this time
Sade In 1985, Sade released her hit album 'Promise'
Springsteen Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' album was a hit in 1985
Sting Sting, the former lead singer of The Police, started a successful solo career in 1985
Tears The band Tears for Fears had a successful album titled 'Songs from the Big Chair' in 1985
Tina Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock and Roll', is the inspiration behind this name
U2 In 1985, rock band U2 were already making waves in the music industry
Van Van Halen, a popular rock band in 1985, is the inspiration
Wham This name is inspired by the pop duo that gave us the hit 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go'
Whitney Named after Whitney Houston who started her career in 1985
Yaz Yazoo, also known as Yaz, was a popular British synthpop band in the mid-80s
Ziggy Ziggy Marley started his career in the mid-80s, inspiring this dog name


1985 was a great year for movies, with classics like 'Back to the Future' and 'The Goonies' being released. Dogs could be named after characters or actors from these films.
Name Description
Axel Eddie Murphy's character in Beverly Hills Cop
Balboa Last name of the iconic 'Rocky' character
Biff Antagonist in the 'Back to the Future' series
Ewok A species from the Star Wars franchise
Falkor The dragon from 'The Neverending Story'
Freddie After the iconic horror character, Freddy Krueger
Gizmo From the 1984 movie, 'Gremlins'
Gozer The antagonist from the original 'Ghostbusters' film
Indiana Inspired by the character Indiana Jones
Jaws Inspired by the title of the famous shark movie
Jonesy From 'Alien', the ship cat that survived
Marty From the lead character in 'Back to the Future'
Maverick Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun
Murtaugh From Lethal Weapon, Riggs' partner
Rambo Inspired by the Sylvester Stallone's action movie character
Riggs Mel Gibson's character in Lethal Weapon
Ripley From the lead character of the 'Alien' series
Rocky After the famous boxer character played by Sylvester Stallone
Slimer The green ghost in 'Ghostbusters'
Spartacus From the classic gladiator film
Stripe Main antagonist from the movie 'Gremlins'
Venkman One of the Ghostbusters from the 1984 film
Vigo Villain from 'Ghostbusters II'
Yoda Named for the wise Jedi Master from Star Wars
Zuul One of the demonic entities in 'Ghostbusters'
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