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12 Names for Your Dog Based on English Legend and Lore

Updated on April 21, 2018
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Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.

There is a whole world of places to get dog names from. So, how do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your pooch? One way is to look for what a name means. Folklore is a great place to turn for names brimming with meaning. Everything from heroes and heroines to monsters and mystic locations can make great names for your dog.

English folklore comes from all around England and the British Isles. In this article, we'll look at 12 English folklore names that could be just right for your dog.

1. Boggart

A boggart can be either a mischievous household spirit or a nasty spirit inhabiting the bogs, fields, and marshes. Boggarts that live at home like to steal household items, sour milk, and even make animals limp.

Boggarts are always ill-spirited creatures and they grow attached to the family they live with, following them from place to place. Northern Englanders believed you should never name the boggart because then it will become completely unreasonable and malevolently destructive.

So, why should you name your beloved dog after such a nasty creature? Well, if you call your dog a Boggart, he shouldn’t become malevolently destructive! Also, this name fits a dog that tends to get in a bit of loveable trouble, perhaps stealing food or chewing on things he shouldn’t.

A Video on Boggarts

2. Brownie

A brownie is a sort of smaller hobgoblin. Brownies live in houses and help with chores around the house. However, brownies are very shy and hate to be seen working, so they do most of their chores at night. It is tradition for the family that has a brownie in their house to leave little treats out for her such as a bowl of milk or honey.

If a brownie stays with a house long enough without receiving these treats, the brownie is likely to abandon her abode and seek a new home.

This name might work for a shy dog that doesn’t like to be seen by strangers. It’s also a great name for a dog who loves to work for treats and might even pout if she doesn’t get enough goodies to eat.

A Brownie
A Brownie | Source

3. Drake

A drake is a dragon in many cultures around the world, not just British mythology. These dangerous mythological creatures were known to breathe fire or ice, hoard gold, steal and eat young maidens, and otherwise terrorize the countryside.

Drake (or Draco) would make a fantastic name for a large, intimidating male dog like a mastiff or wolfhound. Even if your dog is actually a complete and total sweetheart the name will still work great. Drake could also work for a dog that likes to steal things from around the house and hoard them.

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound | Source

4. Flibbertigibbet

A flibbertigibbet is Middle English for a scatter minded or whimsical person. This is the type of person who you can’t trust to remember to do things they need to do or who always has their head in the clouds. Traditionally, the term has been applied to females, but it could apply to males as well. Flibbertigibbets tend to be very talkative people too.

This name could work for a dog with a flighty personality. Even if your dog’s the sweetest in the world, if she’s a bit of a goofball, this name might be a good fit. Flibbertigibbet also works for dogs that like to “talk” a lot. In general, this name probably works better for smaller dogs, but there’s no reason a goofy larger dog couldn’t handle this moniker just fine too.

Could this be a Flibbertigibbet?
Could this be a Flibbertigibbet? | Source

5. Godiva

Lady Godiva was a Middle English countess who was so upset by her husband raising taxes on the poor that she took to the streets in protest in her own unique way. Lady Godiva rode through the streets naked on a horse covered only by her long hair. Most of the tenants turned away in polite refusal to watch, but a man who gave us the term “Peeping Tom” turned to watch. Legend says he was struck dead at the sight.

Godiva would be a great name for a strong, beautiful female dog who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. This name would also work for a dog with long flowing locks like an Afghan hound.

Afghan Hound
Afghan Hound | Source

6. Havelock

Havelock the Dane is from an ancient English romantic poem. The poem is interested in law and the perfection of kingship, but it also explores working-class society.

During the course of a famine, Havelock continues to grow until he is truly enormous and extremely strong. Havelock has to leave home before he eats all of his family’s food. When he ventures out into the world, people are impressed by his gentle nature and humility. Children are especially fond of him.

This name would work well for any large male dog who has a sweet disposition.

A Strong Mastiff
A Strong Mastiff | Source

7. Horsa

Horsa invaded England with his brother Hengist. Legend has it, the brothers led the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes in their invasion of the British Isles. The brothers were mercenaries for a while but eventually turned against their leader betraying him in the Treachery of the Long Knives. Horsa was killed in battle, but his brother continued on to battle England and the mercenaries he betrayed.

Horsa could be a good name for a male hunting or working dog. It might work best for a dog that isn’t afraid to be a household guardian.

Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog | Source

8. Lob

Horsa invaded England with his brother Hengist. Legend has it, the brothers led the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes in their invasion of the British Isles. The brothers were mercenaries for a while, but eventually turned against their leader betraying him in the Treachery of the Long Knives. Horsa was killed in battle, but his brother continued on to battle England and the mercenaries he betrayed.

Horsa could be a good name for a male working dog. It might work best for a dog that isn’t afraid to be a household guardian.

9. Pixie

Pixies are small, magical creatures that live in underground homes. The sprightly creatures are tiny, generally nice, but mischievous in nature. Pixies love dancing throughout the night. They are generally pictured with pointed ears.

This name could work well for a number of small, cute dogs, particularly those with pointed ears. It would also work well for small dogs with sprightly, playful personalities.

Pomeranian with Pointed Ears
Pomeranian with Pointed Ears | Source

10. Reynardine

Reynardine is a traditional English ballad. Reynardine himself is a handsome werefox who attracts gorgeous women to him so he can steal them away to his castle.

Reynardine could be a good name for a male dog with fox-like features. It could also work for a dog that likes to flirt with people, particularly women

Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu | Source

11. Tintagel

Tintagel is a village located on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall. In Arthurian mythology, Tintagel castle is where the Duke of Cornwall hides his wife, Igraine, away from Arthur. However, Arthur manages to get into the castle and impregnate her while in the magical guise of her husband.

Tintagel could be a name that might fit most any dog. It is reminiscent of Arthurian legend, but does not lean towards either the masculine or feminine. One possible way to go with this name is to give it to a dog that is good at sneaking into places.

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle | Source

12. Wyvern

A wyvern is a dragon-like creature with a reptilian body, dragon’s head, two legs, and a long forked tail. Some myths say wyverns breathe fire, while others say they breath ice or poison. Wyverns are featured on many heraldic banners and in many pieces of fantastical fiction.

A dog with this name might be dark or red in color. You could also name a dog with only two legs Wyvern. Additionally, dogs that like to protect their homes could fit this name, and you could even get a heraldic banner of your own to represent your household’s protector!

Golden Retriever Guarding the House
Golden Retriever Guarding the House | Source

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      Teeuwynn Woodruff 2 months ago from Washington State

      Yes, I know what you mean. For my own pets, I've always used non-human names.

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      Sp Greaney 2 months ago from Ireland

      I love the name Pixie. I think its nice to give pets non human names. Less confusion when out and about.

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      Teeuwynn Woodruff 2 months ago from Washington State

      Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I like the name Ollie too!

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      Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

      There's some nice names there for dog. I like the name Drake. My dog is called Ollie.

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