Feeling positively chuffed to bits over your newest furry family member? Whether you're an anglophile, a royal family fan, a lover of British culture and history, or you're bringing home a British breed, the United Kingdom offers plenty of inspiration to find the perfect dog name.
If you choose a British name, however, don't be surprised if your dog starts to throw around phrases like "yip, yip, cheerio!" when he's leaving the room.
The Top British Dog Names
If you're looking for a British dog name, why not go straight to the source? According to a poll conducted by The Independent, an incredibly popular British newspaper and online news outlet, these are some of the top dog names in the United Kingdom.
Tips for Naming Your New Dog
Between shopping for all of your dog's gear—like a comfortable bed, engaging toys, and healthy kibble—and preparing your home for your newest furry family member, your doggo to-do list may feel never-ending. But let's not forget the most important part of adding a new family member: choosing the perfect name. Are you feeling the puppy parent pressure yet?
It may feel impossible to choose a name that suits your dog and is loved by every member of the family, but we've rounded up some of the top tips for making a selection:
- Consider names with hard consonants and one to two syllables. These kinds of names will be easier for your dog to hear and understand.
- Avoid names that can sound like a command. Naming your dog Kit could get a little confusing when you really want him to sit.
- Skip any names that you'd be embarrassed to use in public. Imagine yourself sitting in your veterinarian's waiting room and a vet tech calling out your pet's name. Are you cringing? If so, don't use it.
- Choose a name that's simple to say and spell. Remember that your family, friends, and veterinarian will be saying (and sometimes, writing) your dog's name for years and years to come.
Dog Names from British Culture
From science and physics to music, literature and history, there's plenty of dog naming inspiration to draw from the United Kingdom's long, varied history.
- Beckham (soccer player David Beckham)
- Darwin (scientist Charles Darwin)
- Doc (Doctor Who TV series)
- Emma (actresses Emma Watson or Emma Thompson)
- Florence (historical figure Florence Nightingale)
- Ginger (former Spice Girl)
- Jane (author Jane Austen)
- Julie (actress Julie Andrews)
- Lennon (musician John Lennon)
- Paul (musician Paul McCartney)
- Snow (Game of Thrones character Jon Snow)
- William, Bill, or Billy (historical figure and writer William Shakespeare)
- Winston (former Prime Minister Winston Churchill)
Dog Names Inspired by the Royal Family
Wake up at dawn for the British royal family weddings? Can't get enough gossip about them? Love a good fascinator headpiece? Then maybe you should consider choosing a name from the world's most famous family.
- Charles or Charlie
- Elizabeth or Lizzie
British Dog Names Inspired by Geography
Ready for a little geography lesson? Although most people associate the term "British" with England, the United Kingdom of Great Britain is actually made up of four different countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Check out these dog names inspired by the United Kingdom's gorgeous landscapes.
- Carrick: A famous bridge constructed by salmon fisherman in 1755, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge suspended 100 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. It's a major—yet daring—tourist destination in Northern Ireland, but would make the perfect name for a daring doggo.
- Ives: Saint Ives Bay is a beautiful bay on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England. What better name for your gorgeous water dog?
- London: Sure, it may seem a little on-the-nose, but if it's good enough for Slash (whose son is named London), it's good enough for us!
- Ness: Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands is the stuff of legends, so it only makes sense to name your legendary dog after this famous loch.
- Stone: Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, is probably the United Kingdom's most famous landmark—making Stone the ideal name for the star in your family.
More Dog Naming Ideas
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