50 Old English Dog Names

By Julie •  Updated: 02/15/21 •  8 min read
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Choosing a name for your dog can be a lot of fun but it can sometimes be difficult, too. It sometimes happens that you run out of name ideas, sources of ideas, etc. If you find yourself in this predicament, then we’re glad you’re here!

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We’ve put together a list of dog old English dog names to help you find a name for your fur baby! We’ve done the research, so you don’t have to. Our goal is to help you find the best name, a name that fits your dog to a T.

OK—now let’s get on to our promised list of dog names!

Classic Old Fashioned Dog Names

Here are some very old English names that may be just right for your fur baby!

1). Ainsley (f): is an English/Scottish name that means “word, clearing, meadow.” This might be a great name for a dog who just loves hiking in the woods with you.

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2). Alden (m): is an Old English name that means “old, friend.” What better name could you choose for your dog? Especially if you feel like you’ve always belonged to one another.

3). Alf (m): is an Old English name, which means “elf, counsel.” This would be a cute name for a small, elfin dog.

4). Alton (m): is an Old English name, which means “old city, or Ella’s city.”

5). Ashleigh (m): is an Old English name that means “ash tree clearing.”

6). Bailee (m): is an Old English name that means “bailiff.”

7). Balthilde (f): is an Old English name, which means “bold, brave, war, battle.” You might choose this name if your dog is very protective of you and your home.

8). Braxton (m): is an Old English name, which means “Bracca’s town.”

9). Brinley (f): is an Old English name that means “burnt clearing.” This would be a cute name for a brindle dog!

10). Bristol (f): is an Old English name that means “burnt clearing.”

11). Carter (m): is an Old English name that means “cart driver.”

12). Chelsea (f): is an Old English name, which means “chalk, limestone, landing place, harbor.”

13). Clive (m): is an Old English name that means “cliff.”

14). Dana (m): is an Old English name that means “the Dane.” Do you have a Great Dane? Then why not choose this name for him?

15). Earline (f): is an Old English name that means “nobleman, warrior.”

English British Dog Names

Here are some great English British dog names that might be a great fit for your canine companion!

16). Ackley (m): is an English name that means “meadow of oaks.”

17). Afton (f): is an English name, which is the name of a river in the UK.

18). Bancroft (m): is an English name that means “bean field.”

19). Barden (m): is an English name that means “boar’s den.”

20). Blythe (f): is an English name, which means “joyous.” What a pretty name for a girl dog!

21). Brook (f): is an English name, which means “stream.” Does your canine companion love water?

22). Carleton (m): is an English name that means “Carl’s town.”

23). Carling (f): is an English name that means “hill where old women or witches gather.”

24). Demelza (f): is an English name that means “fort on a hill.” If you’re a fan of the TV series “Poldark,” then you might like this name for your fur baby.

25). Dwennon (m): is an English name that means “one of originality.”

26). Edolie (f): is an English name, which means “noble.” If your dog has a noble bearing, this might be the perfect, unique name for her.

27). Ena (f): is an English name, which means “wife, soul.”

28). Farley (m): is an English name, which means “distant meadow.”

29). Fleming (m): is an English name that means “a native of Flanders.”

30). Garrick (m): is an English name that means “one who governs with a spear.”

Royal Dog Names

Here are some great names inspired British royalty and their dogs! These are perfect names for Anglophiles!

31). Caball: was the name of King Arthur’s favorite hunting dog.

32). Caesar: was the name of King Edward VII’s Fox Terrier. The dog’s full name was Caesar of Notts. The king and his faithful dog were hardly ever seen apart.

33). Dookie: was the name of King George VI’s Corgi. King George was the father of the current reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Her royal highness has carried her father’s love of this dog breed.

34). Turi: was the name of Queen Victoria’s Pomeranian. It’s interesting to note that before Queen Victoria began to breed these dogs, they were larger and more resembled their Spitz ancestors who pulled sleds. But the queen wanted them smaller, so she bred them down to the size we have today.

35). Eadwig: this name is inspired by King Eadwig All-Fair, who was king of England from 955 until he died. He was only 15 years old when he began his reign. He was king for only four short years before he died. He was succeeded by his brother Edgar the Peaceful.

36). Aethelred: this name comes from Aethelred, the Unready, who was king of England from 978 to 1013, then again from 1014 to 1016. He is said to have been an ineffectual ruler because he couldn’t keep the Danes from overrunning the country.

37). Charles: is the name of the Prince of Wales, who is the son of Queen Elizabeth II.

38). Albert: is the name of the Prince Consort of Queen Victoria.

39). Harold: is the name of Harold Godwinson, who was King of England and died in the Battle of Hastings.

40). Hector: was the name of Queen Victoria’s Deerhound.

Unusual Dog Names UK

Here are some unusual UK dog names—maybe one of these will be perfect for your dog!

41). Gytha (f): is an English name, which means “a gift.” Was your canine friend a gift?

42). Harva: (f): is an English name that means “army warrior.” What a very unique name for a girl dog—this might be a great name for a very strong girl dog.

43). Jagger (m): is an English name that means “teamster.”

44). Jarman (m): is an English name, which means “a German.”

45). Kaelyn (f): is an English name that means “meadow.”

46). Keyon (m): is an English name that means “guiding, leading.”

47). Kinsey (m): is an English name, which means “victorious prince.”

48). Lomar (m): is an English name that means “son of Omar.”

49). Maintane (f): is an English name, which means “beloved.”

50). Radella (f): is an English name, which means “elfin advisor.”

Old England: Quick English History

The isles of Britain were first inhabited over 800,000 years ago. In fact, it’s though there were over 10 separate waves of people who came to live on the islands. One of the main issues they faced was a climate that drastically and quickly changed. Humans were driven out several times due to the climate alone.

Scientists have found the earliest traces of humans in Norfolk; these are a preserved trail of footprints. The prints were created by a group of people as they walked along the estuary mudflats. These people’s prints were created between 950,000 and 700,000 years ago, which means they were human, but not modern humans. Some experts believe the prints could have ben made by Homoantecessor, a species of human who lived in Spain. This was at a time when the British Isles were much colder than today.

About 500,000 years ago, a human species called Homoheidelbergensis had settled in the isles. These people left behind evidence of their hunts in the form of bones from horses, deer, and more. The only fossil evidence of these people are a leg bone and two teeth that were found at Boxgrove in West Sussex. Not long after moving there, the climate severely deteriorated, and signs of these humans disappear.

From those ancient times, other human species came to inhabit the isles including Homoneanderthalensis, commonly referred to as Neanderthals. It was at this time the climate made quick switches between cold and warm, but the Neanderthals learned how to survive these challenging times.

Modern humans first came to settle in Britain around 40,000 years ago, though they don’t seem to have inhabited the islands constantly until about 13,000 years ago. This was at the end of the last ice age. It was during the Neolithic era that people gathered to create Stonehenge and other monuments. This was a time when farming was first introduced, along with a more settled lifestyle.

There was much activity during the Bronze age, which was when the Beaker culture thrived. Then the Iron Age began around 800 BC. Over time contacts with the continent increased, and by 55 and 54 BC, Julius Caesar began his invasion of Britain. The Romans when on to conquer parts of Britain and control the isles for almost 400 years.

Then came the Anglo-Saxons, Christianity, the Vikings, the Normans, and more. This is a part of the world that’s extremely rich in history. Today, the country is united and called the UK (with Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The country is the fourth most populous in Europe. And it’s one of the world’s most industrialized nations.

There you have it! We hope you’ve had fun reading through these English names for dogs. We hope even more that you’ve found the best name for your canine companion!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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