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1987 Dog Names

Updated: July 05, 2024

Welcome to a delightful journey back in time. This page is dedicated to all the dog lovers out there who either had a canine companion in 1987 or simply have an affinity for the nostalgia-filled names of that era. Here, you will find a comprehensive list of popular dog names that ruled the hearts of pet owners during this vibrant period.

1987 was a remarkable year, marked by significant events and iconic pop culture moments. The names that pet owners selected for their four-legged friends often reflected the trends, culture, and iconic figures of the time. From monikers inspired by famous movie characters to those influenced by music, sports, and significant events, these names are a perfect blend of classic and unique.

Whether you're a pet parent looking for a vintage name for your new pup or a dog lover curious about the naming trends of the past, this page is guaranteed to provide a fun, nostalgic trip down memory lane. Dive in to explore these charming dog names from the wonderful year of 1987.

Name Reason to Choose
Alf A reference to a beloved television alien sitcom character from the 80s
Aqua A nod to the Aqua Net hairspray, a 80s staple
Astro Astro was a popular character from the 'Jetsons' that aired during the '80s
Atari Atari was a popular video game console in the 80s
Axel A reference to Axel Foley, the protagonist of the 80's 'Beverly Hills Cop' series
Bangle Named after the popular 80s band The Bangles
Bangles A tribute to the popular 80s all-female band
Barbie Barbie dolls were a popular toy in the 80s
Bear Popular name for large and fluffy dogs
Beetlejuice A nod to the famous character from Tim Burton's classic film
Belle A popular name for female dogs, inspired by the French word for beautiful
Benji Inspired by the popular 1987 movie
Bingo The famous song made this a popular dog name
Blaster Boomboxes, also known as blasters, were popular in the 80s
Blondie A tribute to the popular 80s band led by Debbie Harry
Boots Often used for dogs with unique paw markings
Bowie A tribute to the legendary singer David Bowie, an 80s music icon
Bruno It was common for larger breeds in the 1980s
Bucky A popular name for energetic and playful dogs
Buddy This name was popular due to its friendly connotation
Buster This was a popular name for dogs with a lot of energy
Cabbage Cabbage Patch Kids were popular dolls in the 80s
Casper This ghostly name pays homage to a beloved comic book character
Cassette Cassette tapes were the main music format in the 80s
Cheetara Character from the 80s cartoon 'ThunderCats'
Cher Named after the iconic singer and actress who was a fixture of 80s pop culture
Chevy Named after Chevy Chase, a popular 80s actor
Chia Chia Pets were a popular 80s novelty
Cocoa A favorite for brown dogs in the 80s
Copper A favorite name for dogs with reddish-brown fur
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Popular TV Show Characters of 1987

TV show characters can provide memorable and unique names for dogs, especially if the show was popular in 1987.
Name Description
Alf Derived from the main character of the TV show ALF, which began in 1986
Balki From the character Balki Bartokomous on the show Perfect Strangers, which aired from 1986 to 1993
Benson After the character of the sitcom Benson which aired until 1986
Blanche Inspired by one of the main characters from The Golden Girls, a hit sitcom of the '80s
Cliff Inspired by Cliff Huxtable, the main character of The Cosby Show
Colt From the character Colt Seavers on the TV show The Fall Guy, which aired until 1986
Crockett From the character Sonny Crockett on the TV show Miami Vice, which aired until 1989
Dorothy From the character Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls, which aired from 1985 to 1992
Fonzie After the character Fonzie from the TV show Happy Days which aired until 1984, but remained popular
Frasier Inspired by the character Frasier Crane, who first appeared on Cheers in 1984
Hawkeye Taken from a character in the long-running TV show M*A*S*H
MacGyver Named after the inventive character from the TV show MacGyver, which ran from 1985 to 1992
Maddie From the character Maddie Hayes on the show Moonlighting, which aired from 1985 to 1989
Magnum After the main character of Magnum, P.I., a popular show that aired until 1988
Matlock From the eponymous character of the TV show Matlock, which started in 1986
Mork After the character of Mork from the TV show Mork & Mindy which aired until 1982, but remained popular
Murphy Inspired by the lead character of Murphy Brown, a popular sitcom of the time
Remington From the character Remington Steele of the TV show with the same name which aired until 1987
Rose Inspired by the character Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls
Roz Inspired by the character Roz Doyle who first appeared on Cheers in 1986
Sam From the character Sam Malone of Cheers
Scooby After the character Scooby Doo from the animated TV show Scooby-Doo which aired until 1991
Sledge Named after the main character of the TV show Sledge Hammer! that ran from 1986 to 1988
Sophia From the character Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls
Webster From the titular character of the sitcom Webster, a popular show in the mid '80s

1987 Sports Legends

Sports fans might enjoy naming their dog after a sports legend from 1987.
Name Description
Akeem Akeem Olajuwon, a standout NBA player in the late 80s, inspired this name
Ali Muhammad Ali, a boxing legend, lends his name here
Barkley Charles Barkley, who was making a name for himself in the NBA in 1987, inspired this name
Bird In honor of Larry Bird, a basketball icon who played for the Boston Celtics in the 80s
Borg Named for Björn Borg, a tennis superstar in the early 80s
Connors Jimmy Connors, a tennis legend in the 80s, lends his name to this one
Elway After John Elway, who was a standout quarterback in the NFL during 1987
Evert Named for Chris Evert, who dominated women's tennis in the 80s
Gretzky Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's leading scorer in 1987, is the namesake here
Hagler Inspired by Marvelous Marvin Hagler, a boxing champion in the mid-80s
Jordan Named after Michael Jordan, the legendary basketball player who was a rising star in 1987
Kareem Inspired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a basketball legend in the 80s
Lemieux Mario Lemieux, an ice hockey legend, was in his prime in the late 80s
Magic Magic Johnson was a key player for the LA Lakers in the 1987 NBA championship
McEnroe John McEnroe, a tennis titan during the 1980s, lends his name to this one
Montana Named for Joe Montana, who led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl victory in 1987
Moses Edwin Moses, a track and field legend in the 80s, inspired this name
Navratilova Tribute to Martina Navratilova, who dominated women's tennis in the 1980s
Nicklaus This name pays tribute to Jack Nicklaus, a golf legend in the 80s
Payton Walter Payton, the NFL's all-time leading rusher in 1987, inspired this name
Rice Jerry Rice, a dominant NFL wide receiver in the 80s, is the namesake
Schumacher Michael Schumacher, a rising star in Formula 1 racing in the late 80s, is the namesake
Seles Monica Seles, a tennis prodigy who turned pro in 1987, is the inspiration
Spitz Mark Spitz, an Olympic swimming champion, is the namesake
Tyson Mike Tyson, the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in 1986, is the namesake

Top Music Hits of 1987

Music can be a great source of inspiration for dog names, especially if the owner is a fan of songs or artists from 1987.
Name Description
Aerosmith 'Permanent Vacation' was a major comeback
Astley Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' was an iconic hit
Bangles For the band that gave us 'Walk Like an Egyptian'
Belinda In honor of Belinda Carlisle's solo success with 'Heaven is a Place on Earth'
Bonjovi 'Livin' on a Prayer' was a definitive anthem
Cure 'Just Like Heaven' was released by The Cure
Deflep Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' was a chart-topper
Fleetwood Fleetwood Mac released 'Tango in the Night'
Genesis 'Invisible Touch' was still a radio staple
Guns Guns N' Roses' debut album 'Appetite for Destruction' came out
Heart The band had a hit with 'Alone'
INXS 'Need You Tonight' was a big hit
Jackson Michael Jackson's 'Bad' dominated the charts
Journey The band's 'Raised on Radio' was still on air
Madonna A tribute to the pop icon who topped the charts with 'La Isla Bonita' in 1987
Motley Motley Crue's 'Girls, Girls, Girls' was released
Petshop The Pet Shop Boys had a hit with 'It's a Sin'
Prince 1987 was the year of 'Sign o' the Times'
Springsteen Bruce Springsteen's 'Tunnel of Love' album was released
Starship Remember 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now'?
Tiffany The singer became a teen idol with 'I Think We're Alone Now'
Toto Their song 'Africa' was still popular from 1982
U2 The band released the influential album 'The Joshua Tree'
Whitesnake 'Here I Go Again' was an anthem
Whitney 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' was a massive hit from Whitney Houston

Famous People in 1987

Naming a dog after a famous person from the year 1987 could be a way to honor a favorite celebrity or historical figure.
Name Description
Bette Bette Midler starred in the box-office hit Outrageous Fortune in 1987
Bono U2's album The Joshua Tree, featuring lead singer Bono, was a major hit in 1987
Brando Inspired by Marlon Brando, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1987 Academy Awards
Brett George Brett was a top player in Major League Baseball in 1987
Cher In 1987, Cher won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Moonstruck
Dylan Bob Dylan released his album Down in the Groove in 1987
Eastwood Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie Heartbreak Ridge in 1987
Elton Elton John released his 22nd studio album, Leather Jackets, in 1987
Gibson Mel Gibson was a leading actor in 1987 with his role in Lethal Weapon
Glenn John Glenn, a former astronaut, was serving as a U.S. Senator in 1987
Gorbachev Mikhail Gorbachev was the leader of the Soviet Union in 1987
Harrison In honor of actor Harrison Ford, who starred in the film The Mosquito Coast in 1987
Jordan Michael Jordan was a rising star in the NBA in 1987
Letterman David Letterman's late night talk show was a hit on NBC in 1987
Madonna Because in 1987, this pop icon released her third studio album, Who's That Girl
Nicholson Jack Nicholson won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Ironweed in 1987
Oprah Her talk show became nationally syndicated in 1987, leading to her fame
Prince An ode to the musician, who released the hit album Sign o' the Times in 1987
Reagan Ronald Reagan was serving his second term as U.S. President in 1987
Sinatra Frank Sinatra was still a popular and influential singer in 1987
Spielberg In honor of Steven Spielberg, who directed the critically acclaimed film Empire of the Sun in 1987
Streep Meryl Streep was a popular actress in 1987, starring in films like Ironweed
Thatcher Margaret Thatcher was serving her third term as British Prime Minister in 1987
Turner Tina Turner continued her successful solo career with the release of her album Break Every Rule in 1987
Whitney For Whitney Houston, who had several hits on the Billboard charts in 1987

Popular Movie Characters of 1987

Naming a dog after a popular movie character from the same year can be a fun and nostalgic choice.
Name Description
Alex Character from 'Fatal Attraction'
Baby From the film 'Dirty Dancing'
Beverly Character from the film 'The Witches of Eastwick'
Buttercup From the film 'The Princess Bride'
Daryl From the film 'The Witches of Eastwick'
Dutch Character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Predator'
Ellen From 'Fatal Attraction', a popular thriller in 1987
Ferris From the film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' which gained popularity in 1987
Gordon Character from the film 'Wall Street'
Inigo Character from 'The Princess Bride'
Johnny Character from 'Dirty Dancing'
Lethal Inspired by the action movie 'Lethal Weapon'
LoneStar Character from 'Spaceballs'
Murtaugh Another character from 'Lethal Weapon'
Pluto From the animated movie 'Pluto's Quin-puplets' re-released in 1987
Predator The alien antagonist in the film of the same name
Riggs Character from 'Lethal Weapon'
Ripley From the movie 'Aliens', a sequel released in 1987
Robocop A cybernetic police officer in the movie of the same title
Rooney Character from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
Sloan From the film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
Spaceballs From the 1987 Star Wars parody film of the same name
Sukie Character from 'The Witches of Eastwick'
Wallstreet Named after the financial drama film
Westley Character from 'The Princess Bride'
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