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12 Great British Mythological and Literary Names for Your English Mastiff

Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.

There is a whole wealth of places to get dog names from. How do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your pooch? One way is to look for a name with meaning.

Finding a name for your dog with meaning can make the link between you and your pet even more special. Look below to see if one of these very British names might be right for your English Mastiff. These 12 names are all based on British literature, history, or mythology.

1. Alice

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a fantasy book written by British author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in 1865. Alice is a strong-willed girl who bravely follows a mysterious white rabbit down a hole and into a land full of mysterious adventures. Alice faces these adventures daringly and decides she can live her life the way she wants, not just the way society wants her to. Alice is generally depicted as having blonde hair.

This name might be just right for a mastiff with a friendly but more independent disposition. Because of Alice’s hair color, this name could also work well for a pale-colored mastiff.

Could this mastiff be a Merlin?

Could this mastiff be a Merlin?

2. Arthur

King Arthur is the most heroic king of British legend. Head of the Knights of the Round Table, King Arthur is also the boy who pulled the sword from the stone to prove his right to rule the kingdom. King Arthur’s mentor was the legendary wizard, Merlin. King Arthur was known for being a noble, good-hearted king who wanted the best for his people.

Arthur would be a good name for many male English Mastiffs as so many have a steady, determined temperament that fits the name.

3. Avalon

Avalon is the mystic isle where a group of enchantresses live. They are led by King Arthur’s sister, the mighty Morgan. It is also the isle where King Arthur is said to have been taken when he was dreadfully wounded in his last battle. Myth says that one day Arthur will return to our world from the Isle of Avalon to save humanity.

Avalon hides in a magical mist so no one can ever find it unless the enchantresses living there wish them to do so. This name could work for a female Mastiff who has a mysterious or majestic look or temperament. It could also work for a mist-colored dog or for one with darker, dappled coloring.

4. Diana

Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in one of the largest spectacles in modern British history. Although known as “Shi Di,” Diana was no wallflower. She supported numerous causes as princess and stood up to both her spouse and to the royal family, which is no doubt an intimidating task for someone born a commoner. Lady Diana divorced Prince Charles and later died tragically in a car accident.

Diana could make a good name for a female mastiff who stands her ground. It would also work well for a dog who is very kind, especially with children.

A darker English Mastiff that might make a good Avalon.

A darker English Mastiff that might make a good Avalon.

5. George

Saint George and the Dragon is a powerful myth in British culture. In the story, Saint George came upon a village being terrorized by a venomous dragon that demanded food from them every day. With the help of a princess, George wounded the dragon and brought it back to the village. George promised to rid the village of the dragon if the villagers would all convert to Christianity. They did. After that, George drew his great sword and chopped the dragon’s head off.

George could be a good name for an English Mastiff who sees himself as a warrior or guardian.

6. 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. Since Lady Godiva is often depicted as having golden hair, this name could work for a golden or tan colored Mastiff too.

An English Mastiff named Hermione.

An English Mastiff named Hermione.

7. Hermione

The Harry Potter books have taken the fantasy world by storm. Hermione Granger is one of Harry’s two best friends in the books. She is a young wizard with remarkable intellect and magical gifts. Hermione can be stubborn when she thinks people aren’t listening to her or when she doesn’t get her way.

Hermione is a great name for a smart female mastiff who wants things her own way.

8. Merlin

Merlin is one of the most famous magicians in history. He is the wizard who mentored the young King Arthur to his crown. In myth, Merlin generally appears as a big, shaggy, black-haired man who sometimes appears more beast than man. He is a wild being, one that most humans don’t understand. He is also an incredibly powerful magician who helps save England many times.

Merlin could make a good name for a dark colored male English Mastiff or one with a wild, powerful spirit.

9. Potter

Harry Potter is the hero of one of the most, if not the most, popular British fantasy series of modern times. Harry is a determined boy with particularly strong magical powers. Harry is brave and true and stands fast in the face of the darkest evils.

This name would be wonderful for an English Mastiff who guards his household against all dangers.

10. Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is one of the world’s most renown playwrights. The Bard’s works are performed throughout the world every day. Shakespeare was an incredibly witty poet who wrote equally adeptly in both comedy and tragedy. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in the United Kingdom.

Shakespeare could be an interesting name for a male dog with a poetic soul, perhaps even one who likes to howl or otherwise “talk.”

Sherlock on the prowl

Sherlock on the prowl

11. Sherlock

The world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, lived at 221B Baker Street in London, England, according to fiction. This astoundingly brilliant detective could solve any mystery with his sidekick, Dr. Watson.

Sherlock would make a good name for a male dog that likes going for long walks and sniffing out “clues.” If you get a second male English Mastiff, naming him Watson might make the perfect pair.

12. Wendy

Wendy Darling is the oldest of the Darling children who appear in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Although Barrie is Scottish, the Darling family live in London. Wendy has an adventurous spirit. She is eager to join Peter and fly to Neverland to meet the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, and the other denizens of the island. Wendy also has a mothering nature. She soon begins taking care of the Lost Boys and eventually brings them back home with her to stay.

Since Wendy is both daring and motherly, this name could work for a number of different female mastiffs.

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