430+ Best British Dog Names for your Royal Pooch
Woof Woof, fellow dog lovers! Are you ready to add a bit of British flair to your furry friend's name? Then you’re in the right place. We’ve scoured the streets of London and nicked 430+ of the best British dog names for your new fur baby.
So grab a cuppa, and settle in for some paw-some puns and brill dog names that are sure to get your dog's tail wagging.
Female British Dog Names
Life with a girl puppy is nothing short of fabulous. Female dogs bring joy, fun, and loyalty to their humans. You are sure to find the perfect name for your British dog on this list. We love the name “Princess” for a perfectly demure lady Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
|Margot (nickname of Princess Margaret)|
Male British Dog Names
Male dogs are often bundles of energy and you just have to watch a breed like the Beagle to know thats true. Regardless of what breed of dog you have, you are sure to discover a wonderfully British dog name for your pet pooch here.
|Oswald (Nicknames Ozzy & Waldo)|
Funny Dog Names Inspired by the English Language
If you have ever heard people from England speaking slang, you will know that there are some great ideas here for an authentic British name for your new puppy. Your British friends will be delighted by your dog called “Gobby” and any of the hilarious and original names below are sure to be a conversation starter with other dog owners when you take your dogs to the park.
|Bagsy (call dibs)|
|Blimey (expression of surprise)|
|Bloke (British slang for man)|
|Bonkers (British slang for crazy)|
|Burberry (British luxury brand)|
|Chippy (UK pub selling fish & chips)|
|Gaffer (the boss)|
|Ginger Ninja (one of Harry’s nicknames)|
|Gobby (person who talks too much)|
|Jiffy (right away)|
|Lupo (means “wolf” – name of William and Kates Cocker Spaniel)|
|Muppet (stupid person)|
|Numpty (silly person)|
|Patch (local area where you work)|
|Peng (UK slang for desirable)|
|Pip Pip (goodbye – old fashioned)|
|Porkie Pie (lies)|
|Quid (1 pound – currency)|
|Rambler (person who goes on long walks)|
|Rosie Lee (Cockney slang for a cup of tea)|
|Shiner (black eye)|
|Spencer (Marks & Spencer)|
|Tally (Tally-Ho is the call of a huntsman spotting a fox)|
|Twitcher (enthusiastic bird watcher)|
|Uncle Ned (Cockney slang for bed)|
|Vino (cheap wine)|
Dog Names Inspired by Animals Native to Britain
Dog breeds like the Jack Russell Terrier love to climb trees, so we think a name like “Squirrel” would suit terriers like these to a T (a lovely British cuppa tea!)
|Lion (national animal)|
British Dog Names Inspired by Car Brands
“Jag” is the ideal name for your pooch from England and is one of the best options for early training. It is short, easy to say and has only one syllable – your pup is likely to be highly responsive to such a pet name.
|Aston (Aston Martin)|
|Martin (Aston Martin)|
|Royce (Rolls Royce)|
Dog Names Influenced by British Geography
The United Kingdom actually consists of 4 countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There are so many amazing cities and landmarks in Great Britain, but we are just going to focus on the ones from England for inspiration. We think a pup called “Bucks” after Buckingham Palace is well suited to dogs of any breed from Britain.
|Avon||Stratford-upon-Avon – town|
|Ben||Big Ben – most famous London landmark|
|Bucks||Buckingham Palace – cultural landmark in London|
|Cam||Cambridge – city|
|Carlisle||city in the north of England|
|Carrick||Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland|
|Chester||Manchester – city|
|Dorset||county in Southern England|
|Hadrian||Hadrians wall – runs between England and Scotland in the North|
|Ives||St. Ives Bay – Cornwall|
|Manchester||city in north west England|
|Mora||Balmoral Castle – Royal family residence in Scotland|
|Penny||Penny Lane – street in Liverpool|
|Roody||Holyrood Palace – King’s official residence in Scotland|
|Sheff||Sheffield is one of the largest cities in England|
|Stoney||Stonehenge – one of the world heritage sites|
|Tam||Tam-Na-Ghar – Royal family summer cottage in Scotland|
|Titan||Titanic Museum in Belfast|
|Wight||Isle of Wight|
Cute British Names Inspired by Colors
If you’re looking for a cute name for your British dog, you can find amazing inspiration amongst the many unusual color shades found in the English language. You just know that dogs named “Indigo”, “Cyan”, or “Teal” will make you smile.
Dog Names Inspired by Popular Drinks in Great Britain
Other ideas for naming your puppy can be found amongst the most popular British drinks. We think the name “Vesper” is super cool and trendy!
|Bevvy (short for beverage)|
|Champers (champagne was invented in England)|
|Cheers (salutation before drinking)|
|Cuppa (cup of tea)|
|Ginny (gin & tonic)|
|Vesper (Vesper Martini – London’s most famous cocktail)|
Food Related Names for your British Dog
Dogs are often named after our favourite yummy treats. Terriers like the Airedale would be well-suited to a name like “Curly Wurly” in honor of their curly fur. But our absolute favorite out of all the British dog names on the list below is a Yorkie named “Yorkie”.
|Banger (bangers & mash)|
|Beans (beans on toast)|
|Chip (British word for fries)|
|Clementine (type of citrus)|
|Curly Wurly (chocolate bar)|
|English (full English breakfast)|
|Eton (Eton mess – dessert of berries, meringue, and whipped cream)|
|Humbug (type of candy)|
|Lamby (lamb shanks)|
|Pasty (cornish pasty)|
|Shep (shepherd’s pie)|
|Toad (toad in the hole)|
|Wellington (beef wellington)|
|Yorkie (yorkshire pudding)|
Naming Your Dog After Historical Figures and Famous People from Britain
One of the most popular trends for pet parents over the past decade has been dogs named after Royal Family members. There are so many traditional British dog names for proud and regal dogs.
|Austen (Jane Austen – author)|
|Beatle (The Beatles – pop culture icons)|
|Bowie (Davis Bowie – singer)|
|Bronte (Charlotte Bronte – author)|
|Brownie (Gordon Brown – former Prime Minister)|
|Cavill (Henry Cavill – actor)|
|Charles (King Charles)|
|Christie (Agatha Christie – author)|
|Cooper (Daisy May Cooper – actress)|
|Dahl (Roald Dahl – author)|
|Diana (Princess of Wales)|
|Dickens (Charles Dickens – author)|
|Ed (Ed Sheeran – singer)|
|Elizabeth (longest reigning monarch – Queen Elizabeth II)|
|Emma (Emma Thompson – actress)|
|Fergie (Dutchess of York)|
|Ginger (Spice Girls)|
|Harry (Prince Harry)|
|Lennon (John Lennon – singer)|
|Milton (John Milton – poet)|
|Ozzy (Ozzy Osbourne – singer)|
|Posh (Spice Girls)|
|Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay – chef)|
|Ringo (Ringo Starr – The Beatles)|
|Rowling (JK Rowling – author)|
|Shakespeare (William Shakespeare – playwright)|
|Sheeran (Ed Sheeran – singer)|
|Shelley (Mary Shelley – Frankenstein)|
|Swift (Georger Swift – author)|
|Tolkien (J.R.R Tolkien – Lord of the Rings)|
|Watson (Emma Watson – actress)|
|William (Prince of Wales)|
|Winslet (Kate Winslet – actress)|
|Winston (Winston Churchill – former Prime Minister)|
|Woolf (Virginia Woolf – writer)|
Dog Names Inspired by Movies, TV Shows and Books from England
You cant deny that dogs are often named after characters from popular culture and the British don’t disappoint with some incredible choices for your pup. We can’t even pick our favorite off this list because all of these British dog names are ace!
|Arya||Game of Thrones||Female|
|Bilbo||Lord of the Rings||Male|
|Cuckoo||Cuckoo – tv show||Unisex|
|Frodo||Lord of the Rings||Male|
|Gandalf||Lord of the Rings||Male|
|Ghost||Game of Thrones||Unisex|
|Kipper||Kipper the Dog||Unisex|
|Lady||Game of Thrones||Female|
|Legolas||Lord of the Rings||Male|
|Mr. Bean||Mr. Bean||Male|
|Nymeria||Game of Thrones||Female|
British Dog Names based on UK Mythology
Lancelot and Guinevere is one of the most famous love stories of all time. It makes sense then, that there are some superb British dog names to found in British mythology. We love the name “Wookey” for a mischievous little lady.
|Arthur||King Arthur – legendary mythological figure|
|Bodmin||beast of bodmin is a phantom wildcat|
|Camelot||King Arthur's court and castle|
|Guinevere||King Arthur's wife|
|Kent||Jack-O-Kent – cunning figure with talent for outwitting the devil|
|Lincoln||Lincoln Imp – one of the imps sent by Satan to cause mischief|
|Merlin||mage – character in King Arthur legend|
|Sherwood||forest associated with Robin Hood tales|
|Springer||Spring Heeled Jack – rooftop leaping demon that could breathe fire|
|Warwick||Guy of Warwick – romantic folklore hero|
|Wookey||the Wookey Hole Witch|
Nature Inspired Ideas for Naming your British Dog
There are so many naturally occurring wonders in the great outdoors of England to look for innovative British dog names. We love the name “Oakley” for a Bullmastiff. These gentle giants are strong and calm, making them a good option for a home with children.
|Oakley (for oak trees)|
|Rose (national flower)|
Sporty Names for your British Puppy
Terriers are known to be energetic and excitable. These dogs are the perfect candidates for sporty British dog names. You could not get more English than a pup called “Footie”.
|Barmy||The Barmy Army|
|Beckham||David Beckham – football|
|Becks||David Beckham – football|
|Footie||nickname for football|
|Josh||Anthony Joshua – boxing|
|Lewis||Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1|
|Mo||Mo Farah – long distance runner|
|Rooney||Wayne Rooney – football|
|Six||Jane Sixsmith – hockey|
English Dog Breeds
Some of the most popular dog breeds today have origins that can be traced back centuries to England.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Yorkshire Terrier are both a British breed of toy dog. While the Cavalier King Charles was originally bred to warm laps in drafty castles the Yorkshire Terrier, which is the smallest of the terriers was bred to hunt vermin. Through the centuries the Yorkie has evolved from a mere “ratter” to a hunting dog to the lovable companions we know today.
The Jack Russell terrier is another of the small terriers whose origins can be traced back to fox hunting in England along with the Beagle and the English Springer Spaniel breeds. In fact, most hunting dog species find their origins back in England – every Greyhound alive today can trace their lineage back to a single dog “King Cob” who was whelped in 1839 in England.
The Airedale Terrier is known as “The King of Terriers” due to their large size. This dog hails from the Valley of the River Aire in Yorkshire, England. The Bullmastiff is another popular British breed whose origins can be traced back to the 19th century where it was bred to be a guard dog by cross-breeding the English Mastiff with the Old English Bulldog, which is now extinct.
So whether you have one of these amazing British breeds, or simply feel a patriotism for “Ye Olde England” we guarantee you will find the perfect dog name on our list.
England is a country with a rich history, beautiful scenery and vibrant culture. There are so many amazing English dog names to choose from that we are sure you will have a hard time picking your favorite. Let us know below what you decided to call your British dog.
I’m Shelley, a content creator and copywriter from Wicklow in the Irish countryside. I am a big animal lover, so writing about dogs is a dream come true! I’m the crazy lady who will stop you in the street while you’re out walking your dog to give it cuddles. I adore all dogs, but I would have to say the big slobbery ones are my favorite.