Are you ready to unleash your dog's true Welsh identity? Then, let's dive into the wonderful world of Welsh dog names! These names are full of history, meaning, and, most importantly, personality.
From the quirky to the traditional, Welsh names for dogs are a fantastic way to showcase your pup's unique character – just make sure you know how to pronounce them correctly!
Whether you're a fan of classic Welsh mythology or just looking for a name that stands out from other dogs, there's a perfect name to suit your dog’s personality on our list. So, throw some popcorn in the popty ping and join us as we explore the fascinating world of Welsh dog names.
♀️ Fun Female Welsh Dog Names for your Furry Friend
Its all in a name – capturing your female dogs beauty, charm and one-of-a-kind spirit – so choose wisely. We think “Mali” is a beautiful name for a female dog.
|Alys (Welsh version of “Alice”)|
|Conwenna (“Connie” for short)|
|Mali (Welsh word for “Molly”)|
♂️ Male Welsh Dog Names for your Pooch
Male dogs are known for their power, strength, loyalty and bravery. A quick search of this list is sure to yield the perfect Welsh name for your new dog. We think “Maddox” is a wonderfully unique name for your boy dog.
|Arawn (from the myth “Lord of Annwn”, possibly meaning “unrestrained wildness”)|
|Caden (from the surname Cadell meaning battle spirit)|
|Derog (means “the obstinate one”)|
|Harri (means “home ruler”)|
|Maddox (symbolizes good fortune)|
|Madoc (name means “good fortune”)|
|Padrig (“Paddy” for short)|
|Taren (means “thunder”)|
😁 Funny Welsh Dog Names Inspired by Welsh Language
There is no doubt about the uniqueness of the Welsh language and there are some fabulous dog names here, plucked straight from life in Wales. We think “Cymru” is a great name for a spunky Welsh Terrier.
|Bampi||grandfather in South Wales|
|Bore Da||means “good morning”|
|Butty||Welsh slang for a buddy – from “byti”, a person who helped in the coal mines|
|Byrd||surname meaning “he who catches birds” or “bird catcher”|
|Chopsy||if someone is arguing with you or being cheeky|
|Cwtch||Welsh term meaning to cuddle or hug|
|Cymru||Welsh name for Wales|
|Diolch||means “thank you”|
|Hiraeth||refers to a longing feeling|
|Jones||most common surname in Wales “Mr. Jones” for a boy “Mrs. Jones” for a girl|
|Lechyd Da||Meaning “good health” – saying used when toasting before drinking|
|Ling di Long||meaning “lackadaisical” – an idiom|
|Lush||word to describe something very nice (abbreviation of luscious)|
|Nobbling||meaning you are feeling cold|
|Nos Da||means “goodnight”|
|Pandy||refers to a mill|
|Pendwmpian||means “to doze”|
|Poody||meaning you are moody|
|Tamping||meaning you are angry|
|Wilber||refers to a wheelbarrow|
|Y Ddraig Goch||the red dragon – represented on the Welsh flag|
🐏 Quirky Choices for Welsh Dogs Derived from Welsh Words for Animals
You obviously love dogs, but what about other animals? The trend of naming your dog after other animals is here to stay, so embrace it and scour our list for a Welsh name for your new dog inspired by other creatures. Our favorite is “Blaidd” – what’s yours?
|Bochdew||hamster (means “fat cheek”)|
|Buwch Goch Gota||ladybird (means “little red cow”)|
|Crwban||turtle (means “little hump”)|
|Cyw||chick (pronounced kewh)|
|Draenog||hedgehog (means “thorny”)|
|Drewgi||skunk (means “smelly dog”)|
|Llwynog||fox (word means “bushy”)|
|Mochyn Daear||badger (means “earth pig”)|
|Mochyn Gwta||guinea pig (means “short pig”)|
|Pili Pala||butterfly (close to the French word “papillion”)|
|Sgrech y Coed||Eurasian Jay (means “scream of the woods”|
|Siani Flewog||caterpillar (translates to “furry Jenny”)|
|Sigl-di-gwt||pied wagtail – a bird (means “shake-your-tail”)|
|Wil Wyllt||spider crab (means “crazy Will”)|
🗺️ Interesting Names for your Fun Welsh Dog based on Geography
Welsh dogs would be proud to sport one of these unique monikers. We love the Welsh name “Eryri” for something totally different.
|Bangor||oldest city in Wales|
|Monmouthshire||food capital of Wales|
|Portmeirion||village – “Meri” for short|
|Snowdon||highest mountain in Wales|
🎨 List of Welsh Dog Names Derived from Colors for your Puppy
Your dog’s fur is a great source of inspiration when looking for the perfect name for your pet. We think “Gwyn” is a great dog name for a lady pooch with snowy white fur.
🍹 Unique Names Inspired by Drinks for your Welsh Dog
Looking for an unusual dog’s name? Look no further – your pet will be the leader of the pack with a dog name from this list. We think “DD” is a real conversation starter and “Tiny Rebel” is such a cool name for a feisty little dog.
|Barti||Barti Ddu Rum|
|Black Rock||smooth dark ale made with chocolate malt|
|DD||Double Dragon Beer – national ale of Wales|
|Limoncello||Welsh limoncello – lemon liqueur|
|Metheglin||type of spiced mead|
|Penderyn||Welsh Whisky “Penny” or “Deryn” for short|
|Perry||traditional Welsh Perry – pear cider|
|Prince of Wales||Cocktail made from rye, pineapple, maraschino liqueur, bitters and champagne|
|Tiny Rebel||Brewing Company|
🥖 Welsh Dog Names Derived from Food
Dog names inspired by food have always been popular and there are many great picks here. We would love a dog called “Oggie”..
|Aberffraw Biscuits||type of shortbread|
|Amber Pudding||custard tart|
|Anglesey||Anglesey eggs – mash potatoes, leeks, boiled eggs and cheese sauce|
|Bara Brith||tea bread flavored with spices and dried fruits|
|Cawl||Meat and veg stew|
|Glamorgan||vegetarian sausage made of cheese, leeks and breadcrumbs|
|Lamb Shank||popular dish in Wales|
|Mint Humbug||traditional Welsh mints|
|Oggie||similar to a cornish pasty|
|Pie||chicken, leek and mushroom is traditionally eaten on St. Davids day|
|Pikelet||cross between a drop scone and a crumpet|
|Pwdin Eva||apple dessert like an apple cobbler|
|Pwdin Mynwy||Monmouth Pudding – baked dessert made with berry jam, milk, eggs, breadcrumbs and cream|
|Rarebit||welsh rarebit – fancy cheese on toast|
|Sbigoglys||spinach (pronounce it Sbee-gog-liss)|
|Tatws Popty||traditional potato dish|
|Tatws Pum Munud||bacon, potato and vegetable broth|
|Teisen Lap||type of cake that is very popular|
|Teisen Nionod||onion cake|
👑 Welsh Dog Names Inspired by Historical Figures and Famous People for your Pup
This list is the “meet cute” for history buffs and fans of pop culture – We think “Zeta” is one of the best dog names ever!
|Anthony||Anthony Hopkins – actor||Male|
|Bartholomew||Bartholomew Roberts – pirate – “Bart” for short”||Male|
|Bradfield||James Bradfield – musician||Male|
|Cerys||Cerys Matthews – singer||Female|
|Charlotte||Charlotte Church – singer||Female|
|Church||Charlotte Church – singer||Female|
|Dahl||Roald Dahl – author||Male|
|David||patron Saint of Wales||Male|
|Dylan||Dylan Thomas – poet||Male|
|Griff||Griff Rhys Jones – comedian||Male|
|Gruff||Gruff Rhys – musician||Male|
|Gwynedd||last great King of North Wales||Male|
|Hopkins||Anthony Hopkins – actor||Male|
|Jonathan||Jonathan Pryce – actor||Male|
|Llywelyn||Llywelyn ap Gruffydd – Prince of Wales 1258-1282||Male|
|Non||mother of Saint David||Female|
|Owain||Owain Glyndwr – Welsh military leader||Male|
|Padarn||one of the earliest saints in Wales||Male|
|Rhys||Rhys Ifans – actor||Male|
|Richard||Richard Burton – actor||Male|
|Richey||Richey Edwards – musician||Male|
|Roald||Roald Dahl – author||Male|
|Shirley||Shirley Bassey – singer||Female|
|Teilo||patron saint of fruit trees and horses||Male|
|Thomas||Dylan Thomas – poet||Male|
|Tom||Tom Jones – singer||Male|
|Zeta||Catherine Zeta Jones – actress||Female|
📽️ Welsh Dog Names from Movies, TV Shows and Books for your Pet Dog
Wales doesnt disappoint in providing some excellent sources of entertainment to scour for dog names. How can you even pick a favorite?
|Achren||Chronicles of Prydain|
|Charlie||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Dallben||Chronicles of Prydain|
|Doctor Claw||Marvel Universe|
|Eilonwy||The Black Cauldron|
|Fluellen||Shakespeare's Henry V|
|Gurgi||Chronicles of Prydain|
|Henwen||Chronicles of Prydain|
|The BFG||The BFG|
|Willy Wonka||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Wizard Howl||Howl's Moving Castle|
🧙 Welsh Dog Names Inspired by the Mystical Mythology of Wales
Celtic mythology is so fascinating – full of wonderful creatures, terrifying monsters and brave heroes. Incidentally its also a great place to find Welsh dog names. “Gelert” is the winner for us.
|Adar Llwch Gwin||mythical creature similar to the griffin|
|Aerfen||celtic goddess of fate & warfare and personification of the River Dee in Wales|
|Arawn||King of the otherworld/god of death|
|Badh||Celtic war goddess – means “the battle crow”|
|Belenus||celtic deity associated with the sun, light and fire|
|Beli Mawr||Belli the Great – celtic god of the sun (also known as Belenus)|
|Blodeuwedd||goddess of spring – brings new life and warmth|
|Brân||giant celtic deity – means “raven”|
|Ceffyl Dwr||water horse similar to a kelpie|
|Cernunnos||powerful God worshipped as the “lord of wild things”|
|Coblynau||gnome like creatures that haunt the mines and quarries of Wales|
|Cyhyraeth||ghostly spirit with a disembodied moaning voice|
|Gelert||the story of Gelert the dog is a popular celtic myth|
|Gwydion||Gwydion fab Don – magician and trickster|
|Gwyllgi||mythical dog similar to a dire wolf with blazing red eyes|
|Gwyn ap Nudd||King of the Fair folk|
|Lleu Llaw Gyffes||hero of Welsh mythology – warrior and magician|
|Pwca||bringers of bad or good fortune|
|Twrch Trwyth||legendary monster boar|
|Tylwyth Teg||welsh name for fairies|
🌿 Welsh Names for your Pup Inspired by Nature
If your dog likes the great outdoors, why not turn to nature to find a plethora of great dog names. We adore “Coedwig” for any dog that loves going on forest walks.
|Bala||refers to the outflow of a lake|
🏉 Welsh Dog Names for your Sporty Puppy
Your sporty pup would be proud to have a dog name honoring one of the many heroes of Welsh sport.
|Anwen||Anwen Butten – bowls|
|Bale||Gareth Bale – football|
|Barker||Elinor Barker – cycling|
|Ben||Ben Flower – rugby|
|Carys||Carys Parry – hammer thrower|
|Enzo||Enzo Maccarinelli – boxing|
|Evans||Non Evans – multisport|
|Frankie||Frankie Jones – rhythmic gymnastics|
|Giggs||Ryan Giggs – football|
|Hook||James Hook – rugby|
|Jackson||Colin Jackson – athlete|
|Jade||Jade Jones – taikwondo|
|James||Rebecca James – cycling|
|Jayne||Jayne Ludlow – football|
|Jess||Jess Fishlock – football|
|Joe||Joe Cordina – boxing|
|Ken||Ken Owens – rugby|
|Kirsty||Kirsty Jones – kitesurfing|
|Ray||Ray Reardon – snooker|
|Richie||Richie Burnett – darts|
|Sam||Sam Warburton – rugby|
|Speed||Gary Speed – football|
|Tanni||Tanni Grey-Thompson – paralympian|
|Tomos||Tomos Williams – rugby|
|Wilf||Wilf Wooller – cricket|
Welsh Dog Breeds
If you are looking for a Welsh dog breed, there are some amazing choices. Each Welsh breed is full of personality and charm and is guaranteed to be a great friend to the whole family.
The Welsh Terrier is incredibly loyal and loving towards their families and are known to have a keen sense of hearing, making them an excellent guard dog. And if you're looking for a potential show dog, this breed will stand out in the ring with it’s distinctive black and tan coat.
A hardworking and intelligent breed that excels at herding, these dogs are known for their stamina. Welsh Sheepdogs have friendly and affectionate personalities, and they make great companions for active families who enjoy spending time outdoors.
Welsh Springer Spaniel
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a beautiful and elegant breed that is a joy to watch in action. This sporty, hunting breed is a high energy dog meaning they need plenty of exercise to keep them happy and healthy. They are also very intelligent and trainable, which makes them a great choice for families who are looking for a show dog.
There are two types of Welsh Corgi, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The name Corgi is derived from two Welsh words “Cor” and “Ci” meaning dwarf dog.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
These dogs are playful and energetic and, due to their intelligence, excel in obedience and agility competitions. Plus, they make great companions for people of all ages, thanks to their friendly and outgoing personalities.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
These dogs are known for their intelligence and their willingness to please their owners. They are great with kids and make excellent family pets.
The Sealyham Terrier
A small but mighty breed that is full of personality, the Sealyham Terrier can be a stubborn dog. These dogs,originally bred to hunt, are still known for their high prey drive and can exhibit guarding behavior if not trained properly. Luckily, they are smart dogs and respond well to consistent training, making them wonderful pets.
The Welsh Hound
This breed of dog originated in Wales and was traditionally used for hunting foxes. Welsh Hounds are friendly and loyal and make great pets for those who can provide them with plenty of exercise and attention.
We hope we have narrowed down your search for the perfect Welsh dog name for your Celtic puppy. Let us know in the comments which dog name is your favorite.
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.