Nature inspired names for dogs and cats in 2021

The Best Pet Names Inspired By Nature

We’ve all been there. You’ve just brought home your new fur baby, and are feeling overwhelmed. Between taking your new best friend to get her first shots and stocking up on supplies, choosing the perfect name — one that is just as meaningful and unique as she is — can be daunting for the best of us.

Relax. We’ve got you covered! As makers of unique custom ID tags, we’ve seen a lot of names — you might even call us name experts at this point! We’ve created a series of six different posts that will help anyone, from nature-lovers to foodies, to find their forever dog or cat a forever name in 2021.

If any good has come from lockdown, we’d say that being inspired to explore the great outdoors with our furry friends is at the top of the list. The secret to naming your pet is to consider all facets of nature: bucket list hiking trails you’d love to visit with your new buddy, camping gear, colors, and even natural phenomena. Here are some of our top picks for nature-inspired pet names that would go perfectly with our Cricket tag.

Names Inspired by Hiking Trails

For all you hiking buffs, try a name based on your favorite local trails. Here are some names inspired by some of the ones we love here in California.

  • Echo
    (Echo Mountain Trail)
  • Flint
    (Flint Canyon Trail)
  • Land
    (Lands End Trail)
  • Oak
    (Oak Canyon Trail)
  • Joshua
    (Joshua Tree National Park)
Desert dog

Names Inspired by Plants and Flowers

Flower dog
  • Poppy
  • Thorn
  • Sage
  • Indigo
  • Cosmos
  • Clover
  • Blossom
  • Bluebell
  • Fern
  • Pine
  • Moss
  • Prickly Pear
  • Cedar
  • Daisy
  • Lily
  • Willow
  • Hazel
  • Violet
Nature inspired names

Names Inspired by Nature and Camping

  • Thunder
  • Hatchet
  • Boots
  • Match
  • Ash
  • Log
  • Woody
  • Luna
  • Smokey
  • Corduroy
  • Muddy
  • Pebble
  • Yeti
  • Sienna
  • Cliff
  • Moonbow
    (a rainbow caused by the reflection of moonlight)
  • Rayleigh
    (Rayleigh Scattering is responsible for the sky’s blue color)
Camping dog


You’ve packed the tent. You’ve got your gear. Now you’ve got the perfect name for your furry tent-mate. The only thing left to do is hit the trail with your new hiking pal!

Look out for more pet name ideas in our next blog post, Size Matters: The Best Names for Pets Great and Small


Blog post written by Jennifer Sim
Photos by Karolina WV, Suraj Shakya and Hoang M. Nguyen
Illustrations by BLINK