Your dog is definitely treated like royalty by the family! Especially if they’ve been recently adopted from a rescue or a shelter. So, if you’re looking for a name for your new dog or puppy, why not consider a royal name for them?
If you have a pampered pooch, no matter his breed, then a royal name is surely the best fit for him! Or maybe you have royal or noble roots among your ancestors. What a great way to remember them than by giving your dog a royal name!
To help you out with the research, we’ve put together a list of dog names that are nothing but royal. Just think of it! You can name your dog in honor of a king, queen, duchess, or even a knight!
Before we take a look at our list of dog names, let’s take a quick trip through history and meet some dogs who were owned by royalty!
Famous Royal Dogs
Many kings and queens throughout history have had royal dogs. What a comfort these dogs must have been when their pet parents had such a stressful job! Many of the dogs in this list were treated as royals themselves, maybe for their years of great service! Of course, many were also spoiled. But that’s OK. Most pet parents still spoil their fur babies today, royal or not!
Marie Antoinette’s Pug
Marie Antoinette, the famous French queen, had to leave everything behind when she went from Austria to live in France as the future queen. It was extremely difficult for her to leave behind her pug, named Mops.
Later, however, Marie Antoinette was reunited with her precious pug once she all settled in Versailles.
The notorious 2nd queen of Henry the VIII, Anne Boleyn was known to love dogs. She had a greyhound name Urian, and a small lap dog name Purkoy (breed unknown).
Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots, who came to a tragic end, was said to love lap dogs. She had a Skye terrier, named Geddon, who was with her when the queen was beheaded. No one realized the small dog was with her, so the poor thing had to witness what happened.
Empress Dowager Cixi of China
The Empress Dowager Cixi, of China, was famous for having over 100 Pekingese dogs! It’s said she loved them all so much that she was there to supervise their daily baths!
At this point in history, Pekingese could only be owned by the member of the Imperial Palace.
King Kamehameha III of Hawaii
It’s said that King Kamehameha III of Hawaii loved his English Mastiff, Evelaina, very much. They were said to be inseparable. In fact, after he died, Evelaina stood by his tomb all day and all night. She would only take a break to eat and then go straight back to the tomb.
The dog went on like this for about seven years and then passed away. The king’s son did a great thing. He had a coffin made for the dog and had her buried under a tree near the front of the tomb’s chapel. There she could continue to watch over the king forever.
OK—now let’s get on with our list of royal dog names!
Male Royal Dog Names
Here are some great royal names for boy dogs!
1). James: this name comes from King James VI of Scotland. He was the song of Mary Queen of Scots and the great, great-grandson of King Henry VII of England. In 1603, he succeeded Queen Elizabeth I, and became King of England, Ireland, and Scotland.
2). Eadwig: this name is inspired by Eadwig King of England. He was also sometimes known as the All-Fair. He was king of the English from 955 to 959. His reign was short and filled with problems between the nobles and the men of the church.
3). Macbeth: this name comes from the Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. In this play, Macbeth is a Scottish general who has been fighting for King Duncan. He ends up becoming king, but his reign is very bloody. He’s a tyrannical king.
4). Leopold: this name is inspired by King Leopold the I of Belgium, who reigned from 1831 to 1865. He was offered the position of King of the Belgians by the Belgian government. This was because Leopold has connections to many royal houses in Europe including the British, French, and others.
5). Genghis: this name is inspired by Genghis Khan, who was the first Great Kahn of the Mongol Empire. Genghis Khan brought together many nomadic tribes, after which he then when on to conquer most of Eurasia. His empire even reached as far as Poland and the Levant.
6). Sweyn: this is a Danish name, which is inspired by Sweyn Forkbeard. He was the kind of Denmark from 986 to 1014. He ran his father into exile and then took his throne. Later, he also ruled over Norway. And he was the first Danish king of England.
7). Otto: this name comes from Otto the Great (Otto I), who was the Duke of Saxony and then later became the German king, and then the Holy Roman Emperor (962-973). He was famous for routing the Hungarians, as well as keeping rebellious vassals under control.
8). Wenceslaus: this name is inspired by King Wenceslaus I (Vaclav), who is the same character in the Christmas carol sung every year! He was martyred by his younger brother, Boleslaus the Cruel, who didn’t believe Wenceslaus was an effective king.
9). Ottokar: this name is inspired by the Czech King Ottar I (Ota), who was Duke of Bohemia in 1192. Later he became the King of Bohemia. He was a bit like Henry VIII of England in that he married an older woman who was the wife of the recently deceased king. Later, King Ottokar I decided to divorce her for a younger woman.
10). Edgar: this name comes from Edgar, King of the English from 959 until 975. He was also called Edgar the Peaceful. He was very successful in bringing political unity to the country, and his reign brought stability to his people.
11). Willem: this name comes from King Willem I of the Netherlands. He was also known as Willem the Taciturn, which may give us a clue about his personality! He was highly successful in leading the Dutch against the Spanish. He was even declared an outlaw by the Spanish king in 1580.
12). George: this name is inspired by George I King of Great Britain & Ireland. It was during his reign that the power of the monarchy was diminished, and the country began to transition to a more modern system of government, which was led by the prime minister.
13). Harold: this name comes from Harold Godwinson, who was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. His reign was short. At the Battle of Hastings, he was fighting against the Normans who were led by William the Conqueror. During this battle, Harold was killed, and William was declared king.
14). Eric (Sweden): this name is inspired by Eric XIV King of Sweden. He had a great start, but then over time, he began to show signs of mental illness. This condition eventually led him to insanity.
15). Canute I: this name comes from Canute I, who is considered a somewhat legendary King of Denmark.
16). Juan: this name comes from Juan Carlos I King of Spain. He was king from 1975 to 2014, when he abdicated the throne.
17). Aethelred: this name is inspired by King Aethelred, who was King of Wessex from 865 to 871. It was during his reign that the Viking Great Heathen Army arrived in England.
18).Francis: this name comes from King Francis I of France. He reigned from 1515 to 1547 and was known for being a great supporter of the arts. He also helped promote the French Renaissance by bringing many Italians to work in France. One artist who came to work for him was Leonardo da Vinci.
19). Conrad: this name comes from Conard III of Germany, who reigned from 1138 to 1152. He was elected anti-king at Nuremberg in 1127, and then crossed the Alps to be crowned King of Italy. From there, his story becomes even more confusing!
20). Indulf: this name is inspired by Indulf, King of Alba from 954-962. His nickname was “the Aggressor.”
21). Louis: this name comes from King Louis XIV of France. He was known as “Louis the Great” and “the Sun King.” He reigned over France from 1643 to 1715. He reigned over many historical figures such as Moliere, Claude Perrault, amongst others. It was during his reign that France became the leading power in Europe and became strong militarily.
22). Napoleon: this name is inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte, who started out as a French military and political leader, only to eventually become Napoleon I Emperor of France.
23). Diogo: this name comes from Nkumbi-a-Mpudi Diogo, who was King of Kongo from 1545-1561.
24). Albert: this name comes from Prince Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria. He provided a lot of support for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
25). Tut: this name, as you probably know, comes from Tutankhamun, who was King of Egyp from 1334-1325 BC. He’s famous for taking the throne when he was only 8 or 9 years old!
Female Royal Dog Names
Here are some great royal names for girl dogs!
26). Rani: this name comes from Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi. She was an Indian queen in the state of Jhansi in North India. She was one of the leaders of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and she became a symbol of resistance to the British Raj for Indian nationalists.
27). Mathilde: this name is inspired by Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz, who is the wife of King Philippe of Belgium. She is the very first Belgian-born Queen of the Belgians.
28). Gaia: this was the name of the Gaia Cornelia Supera, who was the empress of Rome. She was the wife of Emperor Aemilianus. While not much is known about her life, her name does appear on coins from that period (about 253).
29). Livia: this name comes from Livia Drusilla, who was the wife of Roman emperor Agustus Caesar. She was known to be one of his trusted advisers, and she was also the mother of emperor Tiberius.
30). Himiko: this name is inspired by Himiko who was the shaman queen of Yamataikoku Japan. She was chosen by her people to be queen after decades of warfare between the kings of Wa.
31). Suiko: this name comes from Suiko Empress of Japan from 592 to 628. She was the 33rd monarch of Japan.
32). Hatshepsut: this was the name of a queen who rules as regent for her stepson Thutmose III. Later she became the first known woman Pharaoh and co-ruler.
33). Tiya: this name comes from Tiya who was an ancient Egyptian princess sometime during the 19th Dynasty. She was the daughter of Pharaoh Seti I and Queen Tuya.
34). Catherine: this name comes from Catherine the Great, Empress of Russian from 1762 to 1796. She was the country’s longest-ruling female leader. It was under her reign that Russia became recognized as a world power.
35). Nefertiti: this name is inspired by Queen Nefertiti, who was the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Akhenaten and his wife were responsible for bringing religious revolution. They brought the worship of Aten (the sun disc) and the first monotheistic religion in Egypt.
36). Beatrix: this name comes from Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands.
37). Cleopatra: this name comes from Cleopatra VII Philopater, who was Queen of Egypt during the Ptolemaic dynasty. She’s the famous Cleopatra who was with Julius Caesar, the Roman Emperor, and Mark Antony.
38). Lili’uokalani: this name comes from the Queen of Hawaii Lili’uokalani, who rules from 1891 to 1893. She was the last sovereign monarch of the kingdom of Hawaii.
39). Xenia: this name is inspired by the Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. She was the eldest daughter and fourth child of Tsar Alexander III of Russia.
40). Maria: this name comes from Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina. You may recognize her name as Empress Maria Theresa the Holy Roman Empress & German queen. She reigned from 1745 to 1765.
41). Anne: this name is inspired by Queen Anne Boleyn of England. She was the second wife of King Henry VIII, and Queen of England from 1533 to 1536.
42). Elizabeth: this name comes from Elizabeth I Queen of England from 1558 to 1603. She’s also known as Queen Bess and was the last monarch of the Tudor line. Her mother was Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth became queen when her half-sister Queen Mary (also known as Bloody Mary).
43). Jane: this name comes from Jane Seymour, who was Queen of England after the death of Anne Boleyn. She reigned from 1536 to 1537 and gave King Henry the son he’d wanted.
44). Isabella: this name is inspired by Isabelle of Bavaria, who was the queen of France from 1385 to 1422. She became the wife of King Charles VI of France when she was about 16 years old.
45). Hortense: this name comes from Hortense Eugenie Ceclie Bonaparte, who was Queen consort of Holland and the stepdaughter of Napoleon Bonaparte.
46). Joanna: this name comes from Joanna I, who was Queen of Naples between 1343 to 1382.
47). Wilhelmina: this name is inspired by Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria, who was Queen of the Netherlands between 1890 and 1948. She came to the throne when she was only 10 years old!
48). Christina: this name comes from Christina, who was Queen of Sweden between 1632 and 1654. She worked hard to obtain peace during the 30 Years’ War, and she was considered one of the most highly educated women of the 17th century.
49). Alexandra: this name comes from Alexandra of Denmark, who was Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India between 1901 and 1910. She was the wife of King-Emperor Edward VII.
50). Kosem: this name is inspired by Kosen Sultan of the Ottoman Empire between 1623 and 1651. She wielded much power over politics in the Ottoman Empire and was a favorite consort of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I.
There you have it! These are some very royal names that are sure to be a great fit for your dog!