I’m a crazy cat mom with no shame. I grew up with a childhood cat that has been a part of our family for more than 20 years and absolutely loved having a furry companion. When my husband and I moved into our first home, there was no question that we’d start growing our family by adopting a shelter cat.
Our little meow (yup, there is my crazy cat mom talk) was already named Tiny Tina, but we really didn’t like the name for her. She loves to play, hunt and fly through the air and is a ball of energy. And that name given to her just didn’t fit. Unfortunately, she already responded to her name, so we decided to not venture too far off.
As a result, we renamed her Xena. That’s kind of military-inspired-ish, right? She is a warrior princess.
In a couple more years though, we’re hoping to adopt another furbaby and have been playing around with pet names.
I’ve noticed a huge trend in naming family pets, whether they are furry, scaly or feathery, with military-inspired names.
It makes sense as we all have a strong affiliation to the military.
Below are the 45 military-inspired pet names that I am obsessing over.
This can be the opportunity to be a little imaginative with naming your pet. There are lots of different military gear, titles or phrases that could be a good fit for your new companion. Depending on your branch, rank structure or background, there are so many options to choose from!
A majority of the military phonetic alphabet is also a popular option because it includes some actual names. In addition, you can be a little creative by using an uncommon name. Some of my favs are:
I’ve encountered families that have named their pets after a military installation. It’s a nice touch, especially if you got your pet when you were stationed at that post. It helps that a lot of bases/posts are named after people too.
- Stewart (Army)
- Carson (Army)
- Knox (Army)
- Benning (Army)
- Gordon (Army)
- Campbell (Army)
- Lewis (Army)
- Cannon (Air Force)
- Maxwell (Air Force)
- Andrew (Air Force)
- Travis (Air Force)
- Luke (Air Force)
- Lejeune (Marines)
- Jackson (Navy)
- Hampton (Navy)
- Diego (Navy)
*Took liberties by shortening some of the names.
The military has a rich history with lots of influential personnel and there are also lots of fictional characters from blockbuster military-themed movies too. It’s common for families to name their pet after a military member that has left an imprint.
The awesome thing about these military-inspired names is that they could be used for babies!