Everyone knows about the Romans. Their Roman Empire spread from the Middle East to Africa to my own, very tiny village in Northern England. They invented the book, fought gladiators, and had one of the strongest armies in the world (that could march 40 km a day – no easy thing in England in sandals).
As such an iconic part of history, it’s only natural that many of us want to find Roman dog names to call our furry companions. Whether you’re looking for the best gladiator or the prettiest Roman goddess, there’s the perfect name for your pooch.
We’ve put together a list of the best dog names based on important Roman figures, names, Latin words, and gods. Which one are you going to choose for your canis?
How To Choose the Best Roman Dog Name for Your Pup?
After deciding on the ideal breed for you (or finding your perfect pup at the shelter), the next step is deciding on a name for them. For many future dog owners, this can be quite a daunting task. Here’s how you can choose the perfect name from Ancient Rome for your dog.
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- Think about meaning. Whilst we have a separate blog on Italian dog names, it’s important you know the meaning of your pup's name in Latin. Just in case there are any Italians around in the dog park who might give you a funny look and recognize the language. Knowing the meaning also allows you to match it to your dog’s personality. Were they a strong Emperor? Does the name suit a herding breed? It certainly makes things a bit easier.
- Pronunciation. Again, this is more one for those Italians in the dog park, but you want to make sure you’re pronouncing your own dog’s name correctly. Some are more difficult to pronounce than others. Make sure you practice it and if in doubt, you could always shorten Calpurnius to Calpy.
- Does it suit your dog? Some names just suit some breeds better. Be sure it suits your dog’s looks and personality before committing to it.
- And finally, do you like it? Yes it’s important it suits your pup, but it’s also essential you like your dog’s name – whether it has Roman origins or not. You’ll be thinking about it and saying it many times a day, so be sure!
Male Roman Dog Names
There are many great, strong, and cute male Roman dog names to call your good boy. They’re inspired by all aspects of Roman life.
|Aeneas||The son of Aphrodite and Anchises, his name literally means “praiseworthy”|
|Appius||Appius Claudius Caecus (your pup’s full name) was responsible for building the first road in Rome. His name means “wise”, so perfect for a Border Collie or Poodle|
|Aulus||The last of Nero’s three successors. His name means “flourishing” or “prosperous”|
|Balbus||The Latin word for “stammering”. It’s also a famous breed of frog|
|Caius||Means “rejoicer” and was the name of a famous bishop of Rome|
|Cassius||Means “empty” or “hollow”. He was a usurper and the one with the great eyebrows in the film Gladiator.|
|Claudius||The emperor famed for extending the empire in Africa and England. Ideal for a strong and confident doggo.|
|Decius||The perfect name for the “tenth” puppy in the litter|
|Egnatius||Meaning “well-born” or “of noble birth”, just like your darling pooch|
|Fabius||For your fabulous little “bean” or “bean farmer”|
|Flavius||Means “yellow-haired” in Latin, the perfect name for a male Golden Retriever|
|Gaius||The third emperor of Rome. Like Caius, it means “rejoicer”|
|Gnaeus||A common name in Roman culture meaning “born” or “created”. One of the most famous was a Roman general|
|Hadrian||The one who built the wall across England (good one for a naughty, escaping pup?)|
|Horatius||Translates as “has good eyesight” – so it has to be for a Greyhound!|
|Julius||The most famous Roman, meaning “devoted to Jove”, the Roman God Jupiter|
|Labienus||Means “one who takes the place of another” – not exactly catchy, but he was a high-ranking military officer too|
|Livius||Means “bluish” or “gray”, perfect for a Weimaraner or a Weimaraner mix|
|Lucius||A great Harry Potter dog name meaning “light” or “illumination”|
|Marcellus||A common Latin boys name meaning “young warrior”|
|Marcus||Who knew that Marcus means “hammer”?|
|Martius||A beautiful name meaning “like Mars”. We particularly like this for a Mastiff|
|Maximus||Whose pup isn’t the “greatest” or “largest”?|
|Nerva||A “strong” Emperor from 96 to 98|
|Nonius||For the “ninth” in the litter?|
|Octavius||And the “eighth”?|
|Oppius||A good friend of Julius Caesar|
|Plautius||A Roman politician. His name quite literally translates as “flat-footed”!|
|Porcius||A Roman family name meaning “pig” or “swine”. How cute is that!|
|Publius||Means “public”, which is a bit of an odd name for your beloved pup but it’s a great word|
|Quintus||“Fifth” in the litter?|
|Regulus||The perfect name for a dog meaning “prince” or “little king”|
|Remus||Lupin! Another for the Harry Potter fans meaning “swift”. Perfect for a fast pup like the Afghan Hound but we also like it for a slower pup like the British Bulldog|
|Salvius||A beautiful name for a dog you “saved” from the shelter|
|Sextus||Not one to shorten|
|Silius||It might mean “of the forest” or “wooded”, but we like this for fun and silly puppies who love to play|
|Sulpicius||An ancient Roman name meaning “of/like a dove”. Maybe not the easiest of all Roman dog names to pronounce but it is pretty!|
|Tacitus||One for a “silent” breed|
|Tertius||And the “third”|
|Tiberius||Named after the Tiber River in Rome|
|Titus||Meaning “title of honor” or “of giants’. Perfect for an enormous breed!|
|Valerius||It’s not, but this could pass as a Game of Thrones dog name meaning “strong” or “healthy”|
|Vespasian||A Roman Emperor who consolidated the Empire in Britain and Germany. The word actually means “to sprinkle” or “to purify”|
|Virgil||He was a Roman poet. The word means “flourishing” or “prosperous”|
|Vitellius||The word might mean”calf” or “young cow” but he was an Emperor. Sure he’d have preferred Taurus, the word for “bull” in Latin|
Female Roman Dog Names
Many of the male Roman dog names also have a female version. There are also some very beautiful names for Empresses that your dog would love!
|Agrippina||Ok, so that might be a beautiful word but it means “born feet first”. Which might be a bit weird|
|Antonia||The perfect name for your dog. It means “priceless” or “invaluable” – which they certainly are!|
|Aula||The female version of Aulus, meaning “flourishing” or “prosperous”|
|Caesonia||This Roman name means “born of Caesares”, so it’s a special name for your pooch|
|Calantha||The word for “beautiful flower”|
|Calpurnia||The last wife of Julius Caesar|
|Cassia||A beautiful name for any dog. It means “cinnamon”, so could be good for a brown breed|
|Claudia||Just like Claudius, this means “lame” or “crippled”. Who knew!|
|Cornelia||This beautiful name means “of a horn” or “of a cornucopia”. Maybe for a breed that looks like a Husky with an adorable tail?|
|Eudocia||Who doesn’t have a “well-reasoned” dog?|
|Fabia||Again, this is the female word for “bean” or “bean farmer”. Yes, it’s an odd name but it’s so cute!|
|Flavia||Meaning “yellow-haired”, it could be perfect for a number of lighter-colored dog breeds.|
|Galeria||An amazing name meaning “from Galerius”, one of the Roman Emperors|
|Gorgonia||Nothing to do with the cheese (that’s named after a town). Gorgonia is after the word “gorgon”, one of the three snake-haired sisters in Greek Mythology that could turn you to stone|
|Helvia||A stunning name that means “hazel”. One for your pup if they have light eyes?|
|Ida||Means “work” or “labor”. We love this for a breed that loves to herd or work in some other way|
|Julia||Not really sure how a female name can mean “downy-bearded”, so we prefer “youthful”|
|Livia||Means “enclosing” or “boundary”|
|Lucilla||The second daughter of Marcus Aurelius, the name means “little light”. Isn’t that so cute?|
|Lucina||If you don’t want a little light, you could also choose a “bringer of light”|
|Lycia||A state of nationality in modern-day Turkey, it’s one of the most beautiful roman dog names for your canine companions|
|Marcia||We didn’t know that Marcus meant “hammer”, but now you know the female version too!|
|Maxima||Perfect for big breeds as the word means “greatest” or “largest”|
|Minucia||Perfect for toy breeds as the word means “small” or “little”|
|Narcissa||Means “narcotic”, just like Malfoy’s mother|
|Octavia||Yep, you guessed it. Means “eighth” (there will be a few more!)|
|Plautia||Just like Plautius, this (oddly) means “flat-footed”|
|Polla||Such a cute dog name for any pup meaning “many” or “much”|
|Porcia||You could call your pup Plautia Porcia, which would mean “flat-footed pig”. Catchy|
|Prima||For all those “first” time pup parents|
|Regia||For the beautiful furry “queen” in your home|
|Rhea||The mythical mother of the brothers who founded Rome, this name means “ease”|
|Salvina||It might sound a bit like saliva, but Salvina means “safe” or “saved”. Perfect for a rescued dog|
|Silvia||Just like Silvio, this means “of the forest” or “wooded”. A cute name for dogs that like to run after sticks!|
|Sulpicia||Meaning “like a dove”, this is an adorable name of Roman origins for a calm breed such as the Whippet|
|Tacita||Means “silent”. Dea Tacita was a beautiful woman and goddess presiding over the dead|
|Valeria||Again, we want to say this is a House of the Dragon dog name but it isn’t… it means “strong” or “healthy” though, which we love|
|Vitellia||Only this time it’s a female “young cow”|
Dog Names Inspired by Roman Myths and Gods
As well as the armies, the baths, the walls, and the Emperors, the Romans were famed for their gods, goddesses, and myths. Many of them are stunning mythological dog names too!
|Aeneas||He was one of the famous heroes who survived the fall of troy and was later named one of the ancestors of the Romans|
|Alexander||The son of Zeus and princess Alcmene who was a renowned hero|
|Apollo||The supreme Roman god of prophecy, music, poetry, and the sun. It’s a popular dog and baby name!|
|Bacchus||We love this for male dogs. He was the adored god of wine|
|Bellona||The strong and powerful goddess of war who often has a sword and shield|
|Ceres||The Roman goddess of agriculture, grain, and fertility. She is sometimes holding a bundle of wheat.|
|Cupid||Everyone knows Cupid and it’s such a cute name for your pooch! He’s the Roman god of desire and is often a young cherub-like god with a bow and arrows|
|Hercules||The son of Zeus and Alcmene who was a mythical hero and known for his strength and power|
|Iris||The Greek/Roman goddess of the rainbow. She was also the messenger to the gods. Such a pretty name for tri-colored dogs!|
|Juno||The ultimate queen of all gods and goddesses! What could be better for your pup?|
|Jupiter||The king of the gods. He’s also the god of sky and thunder in Roman mythology. We think this is an amazing and strong name for your dog|
|Latona||The Roman name for the Greek goddess Leto, the mother of Apollo and Artemis|
|Maia||Isn’t this a beautiful name? She was the mother of Apollo and Artemis|
|Mars||The Roman god of war often depicted carrying a spear and wearing armor. Also a great candy bar|
|Mercury||The Roman messenger god often depicted with winged sandals. Another strong name for those that love the planets too|
|Minerva||The Roman goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war. One for an intelligent breed|
|Neptune||The Roman god of the sea. Perfect for a dog that loves getting wet!|
|Pluto||The Roman god of the underworld. Just like Hades in Greek mythology. It’s also an amazing Roman dog name for a cute pup|
|Saturn||The Roman god of agriculture, abundance, and time|
|Ulysses||The Roman name for the Greek hero Odysseus. Maybe not the easiest to say, so it might take a bit of practice!|
|Venus||The Roman goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. In Greek mythology, she was Aphrodite (which we also love as a name)!|
|Vulcan||The Roman god of fire|
Dog Names Inspired by Roman Emperors
There were over 70 Roman Emperors in total. Some ruled together and others were assassinated. Here are a couple of the best ones and the ones we love most for pup names!
|Augustus||He was the first Roman Emperor and is considered by many historians to be the best|
|Claudius||The fourth Roman Emperor who expanded the empire into Britain and north Africa|
|Constantine||He created Constantinople which was the most powerful city in the world. He also made Christianity the religion of Rome. So yeah, a pretty important guy and a powerful name for your dog|
|Domitian||The Dalmatian. He was also responsible for rebuilding Rome|
|Hadrian||The guy with the wall|
|Tiberius||According to the Gospels, Tiberius was emperor when Jesus died|
|Titus||Most famous for completing the Colosseum. A cute name for a small dog breed|
|Trajan||Was known for being a very generous emperor, reducing taxes, and helping poorer people. We like this for a big and strong dog|
|Vespasian||A great name, but Vespa is even cuter!|
|Vitellius||He was declared emperor after Nero’s death but was killed by Vespasian’s army shortly afterward.|
Dog Names Inspired by Latin Words
French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese are often considered 4 of the most beautiful languages in the world. And they all have roots in Latin. Here are a couple of our favorite Latin words to call your pup!
(You can get more inspiration for French dog names here)
|Amor||Of course. “Love” has to be on the list for your loveable pooch|
|Arduus||It’s not always easy being a puppy parent (especially those first few weeks of crying and potty training), so maybe “difficult” is a cute name for your pup?|
|Aureus||This beautiful name means “golden”, perfect for a golden breed!|
|Canis||Why not call your pup “Dog”?|
|Fidelis||For your “faithful” furry friend|
|Fortis||This name means “strong” or “brave” which we love for any dog, even the timid ones!|
|Honorus||The word for “honorable”|
|Humilis||Is “humble” a word you’d use to describe your dog?|
|Luna||Meaning “moon”, this is one of the most popular female dog names already|
|Lux||Isn’t that such a cute name for a dog? The word means “light”|
|Misericordia||Maybe a bit of a mouthful but a sweet name meaning “mercy”|
|Natura||The Latin word for “nature”|
|Pius||As you can probably guess, this means “devout” or “dutiful”|
|Prudentia||Another Latin word for “wisdom”|
|Sanitas||Meaning “health” or “well-being” – what we hope for all our pups!|
|Spes||What a great name! It means “hope”|
|Veritas||The Latin word for “truth”|
|Virtus||A beautiful and strong name for your dog that means “virtue”|
Roman Dog Names – What Should You Call Your Pup?
There are so many incredible names inspired by Roman people, culture, and Latin words. The most important thing to consider is that you like the name and it suits your dog. If you’re not inspired by any of these names for your pup, check out some of the other dog name ideas we have. Let us know what you end up calling your puppy!
I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!