101+ Dino-Mite Names for a Stuffed Dinosaur

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Below you’ll find the ultimate list of dinosaur name ideas, perfect for the new pet dinosaur in your life.

One day at the library, our toddler picked out a Jurassic Park video game. Each time a new dinosaur character appeared, it would let out a roar.

And that is how one of our baby’s first words turned out to be her roaring anytime she saw a dinosaur (or any big animal at the zoo that she confused with a dino…).

When your baby has a dinosaur party trick like that, you end up with a lot dinosaur themed gifts. After the holidays this year, we were flush with stuffed and toy “pet” dinosaurs in need of names.

Below you’ll find a list of names curated after hours of my research. I consulted references on dinosaurs, my own name database, and paleontological history to find unique and clever names for stuffed dinosaurs.

For better navigation, I’ve divided the list down into categories. Up first are names with dinosaur meanings, many of which are root words in dinosaur names.

Then you’ll find funny names for dinosaurs (including pun names) and cute dino names. For those looking for gendered options, I include boys and girls names that would be cute on a dinosaur.

We close the list with dinosaur character names from pop culture and names of famous paleontologists.

And don’t forget to check out my list of 325+ Cute & Clever Names for Teddy Bears.

On to the dino names!

101 names for stuffed dinosaurs

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What does the name dinosaur mean?

The name dinosaur comes from the biologist and paleontologist Richard Owen (source), who coined the term dinosauria to mean “fearfully great reptile” or “terrible reptile.”

The name originates from Greek, with deinos meaning “terrible” and sauros meaning “lizard.”

Names with dinosaur meanings

First on our list of names for a “pet” dinosaur, we have ideas that derive closely from dinosaur species names. Each of the names in this section come from names of dinosaurs.

1. Cedar: a nickname for the dinosaur Cedarpelta and a gender neutral nature name that

2. Edmon: a name in honor of the dinosaur Edmontonia, and a name meaning “wealthy protector”

3. Terry: for teradactlys

4. Emmaus: a name meaning “hot springs” and a reference to the dinosaur Emausaurus

5. Gargoyle: Not only would Gargoyle be a cool name but there is also dinosaur called Gargoylesaurus

6. Gaston: not just a Beauty and the Beast character, there was a dinosaur called Gastonia

7. Gobi: for the Gobisaurus

8. Kent: a nickname for the Kentrosaurus dinosaur

9. Minmi: Minmi is a cute name and also the name of a small dinosaur

names with dinosaur meanings: cedar, gaston, tala, onyx, diplo

10. Tala: short for the Talarurus dinosaur

11. Ava: a shortened name from the Avaceratops

12. Atlas: a reference to the Atlascopcosaurus

13. Onyx: Onyx or Barry could be dino names in honor of the Baryonyx

14. Draco: for Dracorex, a former dinosaur name now considered part of the Pachycephalosaurus species. Draco also means “dragon” from Greek roots

15. Anzu: a oviraptor

16. Delta: for the Deltadromeus

17. Diablo: a name for a dinosaur called Diabloceratops

18. Maia: a short name for the dinosaur Maiasaura

19. Dino: perhaps a too obvious name for a dinosaur but Dino is also a given name of Italian origins meaning “little sword.”

20. Diplo: for the dinosaur diplodocus, or the famous American DJ

a brown stuffed dinosaur against a blue checkered pillow
Our baby’s pet dinosaur she got for Christmas

Funny dinosaur names

Next up are funny names for a dinosaur, including dinosaur pun names and pop culture references.

21. ROARy: a funny name for a dinosaur that is a play on the name Rory

22. DINO-mite: a pun name for a dinosaurs off dynamite

23. Dino-snores: a cute word play on dinosaur

24. ROARsome: a pun name for a dinosaur off the word awesome

25. Rex Harrison: a famous actor and a play on T-Rex

26. Tina Rex: a funny word play name for dinosaurs off of T-Rex

27. Fluffy: an ironic name for a dinosaur, especially a fierce one.

28. Clever Girl: a reference to the infamous quote from Jurassic Park

29. Sara Tops: a play on the name Triceratops

30. Butts: not only is Butts a funny name, it can also be a reference to the Jurassic Park quote “hold onto your butts”

funny pet dinosaur names: roar-y, sara tops, butts, dino-snores, clever girl

Cute dinosaur names

I love the idea of juxtaposing a big or fierce dinosaur with an adorable and cute dinosaur name. Here are some cute and nickname-style names for a dinosaur.

31. Flossy: a cute nod to dinosaurs teeth

32. Ryoko: a Japanese originating girl name meaning “like a dragon”

33. Snowball: this cutesy name would be funny for a pet dinosaur

34. Rawr-rawr: for dinoaurs roars

35. Dash: Dash the Dino is a short and fun name idea

36. Skippy: Skippy is a charming nickname name

37. Nodo: from the name of the Nodosauridae dinosaur family, the root Nodo means “lumpy”

38. Lumpy: from the Nodo root above, Lumpy would also be a cute name for a dinosaur

list of names for toy dinosaurs: roary, ellie, clever girl, daisy the dino, seymour, ducky

39. Didi: a cute diminuitve name that would be perfect for a dinosaur

40. Demi-Jo: double-barrel names are definitely cute and this one flows well with “dino”

41. Dolly: Dolly would be a name you’d expect for a toy doll, which makes it a fun twist when you use it for a toy dinosaur instead

42. Huxley: Hux would be a cute nickname for a stuffed dinosaur named Huxley

43. Birdie: Birdie is an appropriate nickname for a pet dinosaur since birds are the surviving lineage of dinosaurs

44. Echo: one of the raptors in the movie Jurassic World

45. Fossil: a name for dinosaur fossils

46. Allo: a root word found in dinosaur names meaning “strange”

Good names for a toy dinosaur by gender

Then, we turn to good dinosaur names for boy and girl dinosaurs.

Boy dino names

47. Seymour: a boy name rhyming with dinosaur

48. Essex: Essex the Rex is a catchy name for a T. Rex.

49. Bo: a boy’s name rhyming with dino

50. Saul: Saul the ‘Saur

51. Dawson: an alliterative boy name for a pet dinosaur

52. Felix: Felix, the T. Rex

53. Titan: a name meaning “big, strong defender” which is an apt meaning for a dino name

54. Charlie: one of the raptors in Jurassic World

55. Timothy: the adult male name Timothy would be a funny choice for a pet dinosaur

56. Denzell: a boy name meaning “powerful” which is fitting for a pet dinosaur

57. Oswald: Oswald has the option for the cute nickname Ozzie

58. Talon: for the claws of dinosaurs

List of boy pet dino names: felix, seymour, titan, talon, denzell

Girl dino names

59. Dina: this girl’s name sounds close to Dino

60. Daisy: an alliterative name for a girl dinosaur

61. Bree: Bree is an Irish girl name meaning “power,” like a powerful dinosaur

62. Deborah: Deborah the Dino has a nice ring to it

63. Rue: Rue is a short and sweet gender neutral name, though it is more often given to girls

64. Astra: a name that sounds akin to asteroids, which likely led to dinosaurs extinction

65. Persephone: a Greek name meaning “destroy” and “slay”, this girl name would work well for a fierce stuffed dinosaur

66. Claire: Claire is the name of the girl protagonist in the modern dinosaur movie Jurassic World, making it a good dinosaur name for a girl dino.

67. Dove: naming one animal a different kind of animal is always fun

68. Tala: Tala is the girl answer to the name talon

69. Delphine: I like the idea of a flowing and feminine name for a dinosaur

70. Holly: the name of a female character in the show Land of the Lost

71. Chloe: Chloe is a girl name meaning “green sprout” which would be fitting for a green dinosaur

girl pet dinosaur names: astra, dina, persephone, bastian, rue

Names of famous dinosaur characters

If you like pop culture references, consider one of these dinosaur character names from movies and TV shows.

72. Yoshi: the name of the dinosaur in Nintendo’s Mario

73. Reptar: the name of the T-Rex in Rugrats

74. Earl: the name of the father dinosaur in the show Dinosaurs

75. Fran: the name of the mother character in the animatronic show Dinosaurs

76. Charlene: the name of the daughter dinosaur in the show Dinosaurs

77. Robbie: the name of the son character in the show Dinosaurs

78. Ducky: a dino character name in Land Before Time

79. Littlefoot: the main character in Land Before Time

80. Cera: Cera is another character in Land Before Time

81. Arlo: the main character in Pixar’s the Good Dinosaur

82. Butch: a dinosaur character name in Pixar’s the Good Dinosaur

83. Prickle: Prickle was a character in Gumby

names of famous dinosaurs from pop culture: reptar, arlo, devil, earl, yoshi

84. Adalar: the name of the main dinosaur character in Disney’s Dinosaur movie

85. Todd: the name of the dino in the comic strip Todd the Dinosaur

86. Rex: the name of the dinosaur characters in Toy Story and Night at the Museum

87. Barney: the name of the iconic purple dinosaur

88. Grumpy: the T-Rex in the show Land of the Lost

89. Dopey: a friendly dinosaur character in Land of the Lost

90. Denver: the name of the titular character on the show Denver, the Last Dinosaur

91. Dino: the name of the dinosaur in the Flintstone

92. Devil: the name of a dinosaur character in the Marvel comic series

Names for pet dinosaurs inspired by famous paleontologists

Finally, we close the list with names that reference the scientists who studied dinosaurs through the years. These names of famous paleontologists include people who discovered the T. Rex and who coined the word “dinosaur.”

93. Owen: in honor of Richard Owen, the paleontologist credited with coining the name “dinosaur”

94. Luis: Luis Alvarez is the scientist to develop the theory that a meteor impact killed the dinosaurs

95. Cuvier: George Cuvier is often called the “Father of Paleontology”

96. Barnum: Barnum Brown discovered the first T. Rex fossils

97. Mary: Mary Anning was a 1800’s fossil hunter who received scientific recognition not common for women at the time

98. Stephen: in honor of Stephen Jay Gould, the paleontologist famous for his evolutionary theories

99. Osborn: Henry Osborn named the T. Rex and was the president of the American Museum of Natural History

100. Darwin: a dinosaur name for the infamous Charles Darwin

101. Mudge: after scientist Benjamin Franklin Mudge

102. Jack: Jack Horner is a scientist working to use dino DNA to make modern dinosaurs, a la Jurassic Park

103. Alan: the name of the paleontologist character in Jurassic Park, and the name of a real paleontologist named Alan Walker

104. Ellie: another paleontologist character in Jurassic Park

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About the Author

Elizabeth Jon is a Ph.D. researcher whose work focuses on pregnancy and education. At Shoestring Baby, she uses her skills to research baby name trends, in-depth baby gear reviews & money savings ideas for parents.

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