here’s a list of medieval-themed dog names, along with their proposed genders and meanings:
|Alden||M||Old friend in English|
|Baldwin||M||Brave friend in German|
|Bevis||M||Bowman, archer in French|
|Cedric||M||Kindly and loved in English|
|Dudley||M||People’s field in English|
|Edric||M||Rich and powerful in English|
|Gawain||M||White hawk of battle in Welsh, from Arthurian legend|
|Hrothgar||M||Famous spear in Old English, from Beowulf|
|Leofwine||M||Dear friend in Old English|
|Quincey||M||Estate of the fifth son in French|
|Roderick||M||Famous ruler in German|
|Wulfric||M||Wolf power in English|
|Ywain||M||Young warrior in Welsh, from Arthurian legend|
|Adelind||F||Noble serpent in German|
|Blythe||F||Joyful, cheerful in English|
|Elfrida||F||Elf power in English|
|Freya||F||Lady, noblewoman in Norse, Norse goddess of love|
|Gwendolyn||F||White ring in Welsh|
|Isolde||F||Ice ruler in German, from Arthurian legend|
|Mildred||F||Gentle strength in English|
|Rosamund||F||Horse protection or rose of the world in German|
|Theodora||F||Gift of God in Greek|
|Wynnifred||F||Blessed peacemaking in Welsh|
Please note that the meanings given are rough translations and interpretations, and the actual meanings may vary depending on cultural and historical context. Also, the gender given is the traditional gender associated with the name, but of course, you can use any name for any gender of dog.
What did ancient people name their dogs?
Here’s a list of names that ancient people used for their dogs, translated from Greek:
As evident from this list, ancient dog names were often inspired by traits, characteristics, or behaviors of the dogs.
List of ancient dog names
Ancient people often named their pets based on their appearance, behavior, or role in society. Here are some examples of ancient dog names along with their sex, meaning, or historical context:
|Peritas||Female||The name of Alexander the Great’s favorite dog, possibly derived from a word meaning “fruitful” or “productive” in ancient Greek.|
|Laelaps||Male||In Greek mythology, Laelaps was a dog destined always to catch its prey. The name might be derived from a word meaning “hurricane” or “storm wind”.|
|Argos||Male||Argos was the faithful dog of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. The name could mean “swift” in ancient Greek.|
|Bouncer||Male||A dog named by the Romans. The name likely referred to the dog’s lively and energetic behavior.|
|Cerberus||Male||In Greek mythology, Cerberus was the three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to the Underworld. The name is thought to mean “demon of the pit”.|
|Fido||Male||An ancient Latin name meaning “I trust” or “faithful”. It was a common name for dogs in the Roman era and has remained popular to this day.|
|Ptolemy||Male||The name of one of the dogs owned by ancient Roman consul Lucius Mummius Achaicus. The name is Greek and means “warlike”.|
|Tigris||Female||A name used by the Romans, meaning “tiger” in Latin. Likely used for dogs that had a brindle coat or were particularly fierce.|
What Are Dog Names From 1700s?
Here is a list of dog names from the 1700s:
- Jolly Boy
These names reflect a unique historical context, and using one of them might not only give your dog a distinctive name but also a bit of a historical touch.
Please note that the concept of naming pets as we do today might not have been as common in ancient times, especially among common people. The names we do know often come from myths, legends, and historical accounts featuring prominent figures.