British Dog Names – 145 Awesome Ideas for Your Pup
by Jessi Larson
Great Britain – home to England, Scotland and Wales – has a rich history full of the finest literature and top artists. It is also full of spectacular scenery and culture.
This provides awesome inspiration as you look for names for your new fur baby.
Popular Male British Dog Names
These male names originated in this region and have a distinctly British ring to them.
Popular Female British Dog Names
Popular in Britain, these names are sweet and sophisticated and make perfect pup names.
British Dog Names Inspired by Geography
Another creative way to find British dog names is to draw inspiration from cities, regions and landmarks.
- London – the capital and most populous city of both England and the United Kingdom as a whole.
- Brighton – a seaside city in southern England.
- Bristol – a city and county in southeast England.
- Avon – as in Stratford-upon-Avon, an English medieval market town and the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
- Belfast – the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland.
- Edinburgh – the capital city of Scotland.
- Dundee – a large city in Scotland.
- Skye – as in Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly major island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.
- Gloucester – a city and district in southwest England.
- Manchester – a major city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England.
- Leicester – a city East Midlands of England and also the name of a popular square in London. (It’s pronounced “Less-ter.”)
- Liverpool – a major city and metropolitan borough in northwest 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.
- Swansea – a coastal city and county in Wales.
- Westminster – an area of central London within the City of Westminster. You may also have heard of the Palace of Westminster or Westminster Abbey.
- Worchester – a Cathedral City in the West Midlands of England.
- York – a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
- Windsor – a historic market town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England, and also the site of Windsor Castle.
- Camden – a borough in London and home to the crazy cool Camden Markets.
- Cornwall – a ceremonial county in the very southwest tip of England.
British Dog Names From Literature
Britain is renowned for its literature. Check out the names of authors, written works and characters to find the perfect dog moniker.
- Chaucer – considered the Father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote Canterbury Tales.
- King Arthur – a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders.
- Camelot – a castle and court associated with the legendary King Arthur.
- Excalibur – a legendary sword of King Arthur.
- Lancelot – one of the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend.
- Guinevere – the wife of King Arthur of legend.
- Shakespeare – the renowned writer and poet who is considered the greatest writer in the English language.
- Orwell – famous English novelist George Orwell penned 1984 and other works.
- Hamlet – the main character of the namesake play by William Shakespeare.
- Puck – a clever, mischievous sprite in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Henry – as in Henry V, another Shakespearean play.
- Sherlock – like the famous fictionalized detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Holmes – you could also use the detective’s last name.
- Watson – as in John Watson, Sherlock’s sidekick.
- Jane – for Jane Austen, the famed English novelist.
- Austen – if Jane is too plain, why not try Austen.
- Emma – the name of a 1815 novel by Jane Austen.
- Charles – as in Charles Dickens, the renowned writer and social critic from the Victorian era.
- Dickens – Dickens is also a cute name.
- Pip – Pip was the protagonist in Dickens’ novel Great Expectations.
- Miss Havisham – a wealthy spinster in Great Expectations.
- Virginia – as Virginia Woolf, the English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.
- Bridget Jones – switching over to modern literature, Bridget Jones’s Diary is a quintessential British novel.
- Harry – you can’t talk about British literature without mentioning Harry Potter!
- Potter – both “Harry” and “Potter” make great dog names.
- Hermione – the heroine of Harry Potter.
- Granger – her last name also makes a fun dog name.
- Weasley – as in Ron Weasley, the third part of the Harry Potter trio.
- Jeeves – a fictional character in a series of humorous short stories.
British Dog Names Based on Pop Culture
British pop culture provides lots of inspiration for dog names.
- Elton – as in the Elton John, the famed English singer.
- Di – short for Princess Diana, the beloved Princess of Wales.
- Jagger – Mick Jagger, the lead singer and co-founder of The Rolling Stones, hails from Dartford, England.
- Lennon – like John Lennon of famed British band The Beatles.
- McCartney – we can’t forget about Paul McCartney, the band’s other co-founder.
- Ringo – a list isn’t complete without acknowledging Ringo Starr, the band’s drummer.
- Harrison – last but not least is George Harrison, known as the “quiet Beatle.”
- Beckham – David Beckham wowed crowds as one of England’s best footballers.
- Ozzy – as in Ozzy Osbourne, who rose to fame as the lead singer of Black Sabbath and later as a reality show personality.
- James Bond – the fictional British Secret Service agent.
- Connery – short for Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who famously played James Bond (and many other characters).
- Mr. Bean – the silly British character played by Rowan Atkinson.
- Bowie – a way to honor the late David Bowie, the enigmatic English songwriter and actor.
- Adele – the English singer/songwriter who’s lighting up the charts.
- Pippa – sister of Duchess Kate.
- Boy George – the crazy English singer.
Other Fun British Dog Names
Here are even more great British dog names to consider.
- Big Ben – the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London.
- Nessie – a nickname for the Lochness Monster.
- Dame – a noble title and the female equivalent of knighthood in the British honours system.
- Quid – slang for the pound sterling.
- Telly – a British nickname for the television.
- Margaret Thatcher – a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990.
- Queen/King – Great Britain has had kings and queens for centuries.
- Prince/Princess – and princes and princesses as well.
- Duke/Duchess – and you can’t talk about royalty without mentioning the duke and duchess figures.
- Crumpet – a griddle cake made from flour and yeast that’s popular in Great Britain.
- Pasty – a popular baked pastry.
- Chip – in Great Britain, fries are called chips.
- Paddington – like Paddington Bear, a fictional character who was found in Paddington railway station in London.
- Dodgy – slang for questionable behavior.
- Posh – a term that’s often used to describe something that is fancy.
- Guinness – the dark, delicious beer that’s very popular in the UK.
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