British Dog Names

British Dog Names Based on the Monarchy and Royal Family

British Dog Names  by Janice Jones   |Updated 04-02-2024

If you just adopted one of the many British dog breeds, it's time to consider giving your royal puppy a British name.  We've gathered over 100 names that would be perfect for a little English Dog.  

London England, showing Big Ben,

And, if you are wondering which dog breeds came from England check out this resource or consider the small dog breeds you can read about on this website.

British Dog Breeds

British Dog Names Based on Nobility

  • Baron
  • Baronet
  • Baroness
  • Countess
  • Duchess
  • Duke
  • Earl
  • King
  • Knight
  • Lady
  • Lord
  • Princess
  • Prince
  • Queen
  • Sir

Male Dog Names Inspired by the Royal Family

  • Andrew
  • Archie
  • Charles 
  • George
  • Harry
  • William 
  • Louis
  • Phillips

Female Dog Names Inspired by the Royal Family

  • Anne
  • Alexandra
  • Beatrice
  • Birgitte
  • Diana
  • Fergie
  • Camila
  • Charlotte
  • Di - Short for Princess Diana
  • Elizabeth
  • Kate
  • Katherine
  • Louise
  • Meghan
  • Lilibet
  • Pippa – sister of Duchess Kate
  • Sophie
  • Zara

More Members of the Monarchy

This is just a partial list of British Monarchs throughout time

  1. George - George I, II, III, IV, V, VI
  2. Victoria - Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 until 1876. 
  3. Edward - several British Kings with that name
  4. William - including William the Conqueror
  5. Charles - King Charles
  6. Ernest
  7. Albert 
  8. Henry - numerous Kings and Princes with that name
  9. Alfred the Great (871-99)
  10. Elizabeth (Liz or Beth for short)
  11. Anne - queen of England, Scotland and Ireland 1702 until 1707
  12. Windsor - as in the House of Windsor
  13. Stuart - (or Stewart) as in the House of Stuart

British Dog Names Inspired by Geography

Another creative way to find British dog names is to draw inspiration from cities, regions and landmarks.

  • Aberdeen - a city in Northeast Scotland
  • Avon – an English medieval market town and the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
  • Barking -  a borough from greater London
  • Belfast – the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland.
  • Brighton – a seaside city in southern England.Bristol – a city and county in southeast England.
  • Camden – a borough in London 
  • Canterbury - a town in Kent
  • Chester - Founded as a Roman fortress, it is now a city in NE England
  • Cornwall – a ceremonial county in the very southwest tip of England.
  • Derby - a city in Derbyshire, England
  • Dundee – a large city in Scotland.
  • Edinburgh – the capital city of Scotland.
  • Ely - a cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, England,
  • Gloucester – a city and district in southwest England.
  • Leicester – a city East Midlands of England and also the name of a popular square in London. (It’s pronounced “Less-ter.”)
  • Lincoln - a city in the English Midlands known for it's cathedral.
  • Liverpool – a major city and metropolitan borough in northwest England.
  • London – the capital and most populous city of both England and the United Kingdom as a whole.
  • Manchester – a major city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England.
  • Nottingham – a city not too far away from Leicester. Remember the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood?
  • Oxford – a city in southeast England that’s also home to renowned Oxford University.
  • Salisbury – a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England.
  • Skye – as in Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly major island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland
  • Swansea – a coastal city and county in Wales.
  • Westminster – an area of central London within the City of Westminster. 
  • Worchester – a Cathedral City in the West Midlands of England.
  • York – a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.

Famous British Scientists

If you have an inquisitive dog, why not give him a name inspired by a famous British scientist

  1. Isaac Newton (either name would make a good dog name
  2. Charles Darwin (Darwin for an adverture loving dog and of course Charlie, a very popular dog name)
  3. Ada Lovelace (for the female furbaby whose facinated by your laptop)
  4. Dorothy Hodgkin - received Nobel Price in Chemistry
  5. Roger Bacon (philosopher, advocate of the scientific method), now, what dog wouldn't love the name, Bacon
  6. Edward Jenner (Jenner would be a good name for a boy dog.  Edward Jenner was an immunologist)

British Dog Names from Literature

  1. Chaucer – the author of the famous Cantebury Tales is also considered the Father of English literature, 
  2. Arthur – King Arthur was a legendary English leader who, according to medieval histories led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders.
  3. Camelot – a legendary castle and court associated with King Arthur.
  4. Excalibur – a legendary sword of King Arthur.
  5. Lancelot – one of the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend.
  6. Guinevere – the wife of King Arthur of the legend.
  7. Shakespeare – the renowned writer and poet who is considered the greatest writer in the English language.
  8. Orwell – famous English novelist George Orwell penned 1984 and other works.
  9. Hamlet – the main character of the namesake play by William Shakespeare.
  10. Puck – a clever, mischievous sprite in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  11. Henry – as in Henry V, another Shakespearean play.
  12. Romeo - Juliet - a great duo for a boy and girl dog team.
  13. Sherlock – like the famous fictionalized detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
  14. Holmes – you could also use the detective’s last name.
  15. Watson – as in John Watson, Sherlock’s sidekick.
  16. Jane – for Jane Austen, the famed English novelist or use Austen, it makes for a very British Dog name.
  17. Emma – along the same lines, Emma is a character in the novel by Jane Austen. 
  18. Charles – as in Charles Dickens, the renowned writer from the Victorian era. Try Dickens too, a clever dog name.
  19. Pip – the protagonist in Dickens’ novel Great Expectations.
  20. Virginia – as Virginia Woolf, the English writer from the twentieth century.
  21. Harry – Harry Potter, need I say more or
  22. Potter – Both are great dog names
  23. Hermione Granger – the heroine of Harry Potter, either the first or the last name make great names for a dog
  24. Weasley – as in Ron Weasley, from the Harry Potter series.
  25. Fagin - From Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist
  26. Oliver - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  27. Mr. Jaggers - from Dickens' Great Expectations
  28. Bagman -  the story-teller in The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens
  29. Barkis - character in David Copperfield, Charles (Sounds like an appropriate name for a talkative dog)
  30. Biddy - granddaughter in Great Expectations
  31. Bitzer - porter in Bounderby's bank in Hard Times
  32. Inspector Bucket - is a policeman in Dickens' Bleak House
  33. Cratchit or Tiny Tim for a small dog from A Christmas Carol
  34. Darcy - from Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  
  35. Hobbit - from Lord of the Rings
  36. Aslan - The king of Narnia from C. S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
  37. Dogger - the stuffed dog in the book by the same name by Shirley Hughes
  38. Willy Wonka - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by British author, Roald Dahl
  39. Poppins as in Mary Poppins by British author P.L. Travers
  40. Matilda by Roald Dahl (Matti for short)
  41. Maisy Mouse - children's book and television series by British author, Lucy Cousins 

British Dog Names Based on Enlish Cars

  • Aston Martin
  • Bentley 
  • Jaguar
  • Morgan
  • Rolls Royce
  • Mini Cooper
  • Triumph
  • Vauxhall
  • Range Rover (Rover for short)
  • Ford Cortina (Cortina for short)
  • Delorean

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Last Words

British Dog Names on this page have been inspired by everything English, but I am sure it is not complete, so I hope that when you read this you'll think of others to include. 

If so, I'd love to hear from you.  Contact me with your ideas and if necessary a short explanation, and I'll add you to this page along with your great ideas.  Please remember to add your location so readers will know where you live in the world.

Enjoy that new furbaby and come back and visit soon,


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About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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