New; a star that suddenly releases a huge burst of energy, temporarily becoming extraordinarily bright.






Emily P. Contributor

Oh, Nova! There's just so much to love about this beautiful, astral name.

We've seen too many dog owners chicken out of naming their dog Nova, because it clashes with the word 'no' – and that's really such a shame.

This name represents the sudden burst of light emitted by a star, and that just lays the red carpet for a dog that's ready to make her mark on the world. Just call your dog Nova and find a different word to scold her with, okay?!

Traits associated with the name Nova:

Dogs named Nova tend to be loving, loyal, good-natured, and resilient. This name is also associated with companionship, intelligence, and empathy.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Nova?

Naming your dog Nova suggests that you are creative and have an appreciation for the night sky. It could also suggest that you are a fan of science fiction or astronomy.

Is Nova a good dog name?

Nova has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Nova is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Nova is found in these categories:


  • Nova ranks #55 with users of
  • Nova ranks #475 in the New York City Dog Name Database.
  • Nova ranks #954 in the Los Angeles Times 'Top Dogs'.

Nova is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Nova outranks the great majority of names.

Most popular breeds named Nova:

  1. German Shepherd
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Dachshund
  4. Rottweiler
  5. Poodle

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Nova dog name meaning

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Jennifer (Ontario, Canada)
Thought we made up this name. Named it after a song. Turns out it’s much more popular than we new.
January 16, 2023

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