25 Barbiecore Names For Your New Pet
Here are the pinkest, sparkliest, wittiest Barbie movie-inspired names for your dog or cat.
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We’re a few weeks out from the height of Barbiemania, but the film’s cultural impact shows no sign of slowing. Ticket screenings are still selling out, Barbie’s signature pink is still popping up everywhere from the Gap to Burger King, and “Hi, Barbie!” is still the only way to greet a group of friends. For those of you who are adopting a new pet — or considering adopting a new pet or looking for a new nickname for an already adopted pet — it makes sense that you’d want to honor the monoculture moment with a Barbie-themed pet name.
The beauty of Barbie is that “she’s everything” (unlike Ken, who’s, say it with me, “just Ken.”) And if Barbie’s everything, then every pet name can be a Barbie name. Ever met a dog named Pilot? Yeah, that’s Barbie. Doc? That’s Barbie (played by Hari Nef). Luna? Barbie’s been to the moon. Scout? She’s one of those. Princess? That’s Barbie (in 40 movies and counting).
So, no pressure to find the perfect Barbie pet name because, really, when you think about it, all roads lead to Barbie. She is everywhere. But if you’re looking for a more specific nod, we have you covered. Below are some of our favorite Barbiecore names for cats and dogs.
Barbie Universe Names
The doll might be “just Ken,” but Gosling’s performance makes this a pet-worthy name.
Though quickly discontinued by Mattel (because, as the narrator of the movie says, a pregnant doll is “just too weird”), Midge remains iconic.
If your pet’s a die-hard Barbie fan, name them after Ruth Handler, the founder of Barbie played in the movie by the legendary Rhea Perlman.
Barbie Cast and Creator Names
The woman herself. It’s like naming your pet Barbie, but a little more subtle (and Australian).
Now the highest-grossing woman director of all time, Greta Gerwig’s undoubtedly inspiring the next generation to A) make movies, and B) name their pets after her.
If your pet’s the distant, mysterious type who’s seemingly omnipresent and omniscient (OK, we’re probably talking about a cat here), name them after the Barbie movie narrator who drops wisdom like, “Barbie has a great day every day. Ken only has a great day if Barbie looks at him.”
For the pet with medical ambitions.
For the pet with political ambitions.
For the pet who’s…weird.
Barbie Soundtrack Names
Cue Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night.”
Cue Charlie XCX’s “Speed Drive.”
Cue Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World.”
Okay, cue “Barbie World” again.
For more mellow pets, cue Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?.”
If your high-“Kenergy” pet is the sort who would totally play a 10-minute guitar riff of a Matchbox Twenty song at you while you politely pretend to be entertained, this name is for you.
Name your new friend after Ken’s job: just “beach.”
A classic pet name, it’s also a nod to the iconic cowboy outfits sported by Barbie and Ken.
That dress. You know the one.
OK, maybe the name doesn’t scream “Barbie,” but that opening 2001: A Space Odyssey nod was too good not to mention.
Pink, Purple, or Blue
Everyone loves a color name: Pink, purple, and blue are the three official colors of the Barbie Dreamhouse.
If you want to go a little more unique with your colorful name choice, go with Indigo, a popular Barbie World color and a nod to the Indigo Girls, whose song “Closer to Fine” is featured several times in the Barbie movie and covered by Brandi Carlile and her wife, Catherine Carlile, on the soundtrack.
One of Greta Gerwig’s childhood crushes, Gene Kelly’s performance in Singin’ in the Rain directly inspired the Ken dream ballet. Thank goodness for that.
Here, pet parents — and their stylish cats and dogs — are “kenough.”
Say goodbye to accessories that look like they belong in Ken’s Mojo Dojo Casa House.
A watermelon-shaped litter box, crocheted toys, and harnesses and leashes that come in colors your favorite TikTok influencer would envy.
Who helps Zendaya, Sydney, Jacob and co. de-stress after the weekly on-screen drama? Their dogs and cats, of course.
Boundaries, right? But if they end up sleeping in bed, that’s cool, too.
Sound advice from seasoned dog and cat parents who have been there.
Sio Hornbuckle is a writer living in New York City with their cat, Toni Collette.