Looking for a Star Trek-inspired name for your dog? You’re not alone, Trek fan!
With the full-length trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard recently revealed and the continued teasing that Quentin Tarantino may make the next Star Trek movie, Trekkers–or Trekkies, whichever you identify as–are at a fever pitch. And dog lovers are pretty excited, too!
The official poster for Star Trek: Picard shows the former Enterprise captain standing in his vineyard next to a Pit Bull type dog. Yes, Picard seemingly has a very good boy. The pup even has a Starfleet insignia-shaped tag on his collar that reads “No. 1.” Fans will remember that this is what Picard called his first officer, William T. Riker.
Seeing as Patrick Stewart, who plays Picard, is a known dog lover, it’s no surprise that he’ll share the screen with a special pooch! While we wait to learn what Picard named this good boy, it’s a great time to think of some names that you can give to your new best friend.
So let’s boldly go into the best Star Trek dog names in the universe! And I’ve even tossed in some Trek Trivia for the fans out there!
The Best Dog Names Inspired By Star Trek
Your dog should sport a name that supports their continuing mission–to explore strange new smells and to seek out new fire hydrants and new dog parks!
Note: In my personal opinion, a very important way to judge a dog’s name is to think about what it would sound like being yelled across a field: “Come here, [DOG NAME]!” Try it out before you commit to it and set course. Here are some Star Trek dog names that might fit your pooch.
Give your commanding canine the name that will make all other dogs give respect and fall in line with the name of the legendary captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.
- Trek Trivia: Jean-Luc Picard was raised in LaBarre, France.
Name your pup after the Son of Mogh and famed Chief Security Officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.
- Trek Trivia: Worf was a regular in seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and four seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as appearing in four movies, holding the record of most appearances in Star Trek.
The name of the android Lieutenant Commander Data is short and snappy, perfect for a pet name.
- Trek Trivia: Another actor considered for the part of Data was Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.
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Another short and sweet suggestion, you might want to name your pup after Transporter Chief Miles O’Brien.
- Trek Trivia: The writers also considered the name “Aloysius” for O’Brien, which is not as good a name for a dog.
If you name your dog after Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, the systems diagnostic engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, you could spell it “Barklay,” which is very appropriate.
- Trek Trivia: Barclay was portrayed by Dwight Schultz who is most famous for his role as Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock on The A-Team.
This is the name of Captain Picard’s lionfish kept in a spherical saltwater aquarium in his ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D for the duration of the ship’s existence.
- Trek Trivia: Livingston is said by the producers to have probably perished in the crash of the Enterprise in the movie Star Trek Generations.
Consider naming your dog after the mysterious Enterprise bartender played by Whoopi Goldberg.
- Trek Trivia: The character of Guinan was created especially for Goldberg, who is a life-long Star Trek fan. She recalls that when she was nine years-old, after seeing Nichelle Nichols’ character, Lt. Uhura, on the Original Series, she went running through her house shouting “Come here, mom, everybody, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!”
Spot is the name of Commander Data’s cat, who lived with him while he served aboard the USS Enterprise-D and -E. She had a litter of kittens with one of the other cats on the Enterprise-D.
- Trek Trivia: Data once wrote a poem about Spot, entitled “Ode to Spot.”
Maybe you can name your pooch after the legendary Enterprise captain James T. Kirk–a name for a dog who is both thoughtful and action-oriented.
- Trek Trivia: James Kirk was born in Riverside, Iowa in the year 2223.
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The Enterprise’s half-Vulcan, half-human Science Officer might inspire a perfect name for a dog with natural curiosity and pointy ears.
- Trek Trivia: in 1967, TV Guide featured an article titled “Mr. Spock Is Dreamy!” all about the sex appeal of Mr. Spock.
The Enterprise’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard H. McCoy could provide your dog with a great name. Kirk’s nickname for McCoy is “Bones,” making it very appropriate for your puppy.
- Trek Trivia: DeForest Kelley was originally offered the role of Spock, but turned it down.
This is the middle name of Captain James T. Kirk, but you knew that, of course!
- Trek Trivia: While The initial “T.” was given as Captain Kirk’s middle name, it wasn’t until the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture that the name Tiberius was used.
The Enterprise’s Russian ensign Pavel Chekov might inspire a “wery” good name for your pooch!
- Trek Trivia: Ensign Chekov’s character was added in the second season in response to the popularity of The Monkees. Actor Walter Koenig had to wear a shaggy wig in his first few episodes to look more like The Monkees’ Davy Jones.
The Enterprise’s Chief Engineer, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott might inspire a name for a brainy pup or a Scottish Terrier!
- Trek Trivia: The exact line “Beam me up, Scotty” was never said in any episode of the Original Series nor any of the movies.
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The Enterprise helmsman Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, played by the famous George Takei, can provide another short, easy name for a dog.
- Trek Trivia: In the book Star Trek Cats by illustrator Jenny Parks, Sulu is depicted as a Japanese Bobtail cat.
This is the last name of the Captain Kirk actor, himself, the great William Shatner, obviously. It’s a name that commands respect and awe, perfect for your canine companion.
- Trek Trivia: William Shatner sold a kidney stone he passed for $75,000 in 2006.
This is the name that started it all–Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Maybe you can shorten it to Roddy for your pup.
- Trek Trivia: In 1985, Gene Roddenberry became the first TV writer with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
If you want to go a little more unique and insider with your dog’s name, consider the name of Spock’s father, Sarek.
- Trek Trivia: The actor Mark Lenard, who played Sarek, is the only actor to have played a Vulcan, Romulan, and Klingon in the Original Series.
If you want a hip dog name that doesn’t necessarily announce your Star Trek fandom, consider the name of Lieutenant Kevin Riley.
- Trek Trivia: Kevin Riley lived on the Taurus IV Colony in 2246.
This was the name of Mr. Spock’s childhood pet sehlat on Vulcan.
- Trek Trivia: Sehlats are popular pets among the children of Vulcan, despite them being very aggressive and having six-inch fangs.
This is the name of the commander of the starship Fesarius from the episode “The Corbomite Maneuver.”
- Trek Trivia: Seven year-old Clint Howard portrayed the character Balok.
If your dog is an “alpha,” maybe you should name them after the mysterious creature Canis Alfa from the episode “The Enemy Within.”
- Trek Trivia: The Canis Alfa is exactly what it looks like: a little dog with a horn and antennae stuck to it.
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If you have a powerful pooch, think about naming them after the powerful alien from the episode “The Squire Of Gothos.”
- Trek Trivia: Trelane’s costume was later reused on an episode of Gilligan’s Island and an episode of The Monkees.
Maybe your dog would appreciate the shortest name on the list and the name of the very first Klingon to appear on Star Trek in the episode “Errand Of Mercy.”
- Trek Trivia: The character of Kor returned in both an episode of The Animated Series and an episode of Deep Space Nine.
The name of the Klingon character from the episode “Day Of The Dove” might be perfect if you have a sibling dog named Kor.
- Trek Trivia: Matt Groening named The Simpsons’ alien Kang after this character.
If the other “K” names on the list don’t suit your pup, consider the moniker of the character Kodos The Executioner from the episode “The Conscience Of The King.”
- Trek Trivia: Matt Groening named The Simpsons’ alien Kodos after this character.
If you’d like another name that keeps your Star Trek fandom on the down low, you might want to choose the name of Captain Kathryn Janeway’s Irish Setter back on Earth.
- Trek Trivia: Mollie was left on Earth with Janeway’s fiancé, Mark Johnson, when Janeway and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager were swept 70,000 light years away into the Delta Quadrant.
Which Star Trek dog name is your favorite? Do you have a pup at home named after a Star Trek character? Let us know in the comments below!