Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Regal Names for Tough Male Dogs
Looking for that perfect name for your strong, regal dog? Check out these ideas based on noble titles from various cultures around the world, as well as legendary giants of myth and modern heroes. This list of names evokes images of leadership, strength, and protection (ideal for the new defender of your family pack).
Noble Names for Tough Male Dogs
Powerful, regal dog breeds include, among others, the Borzoi (aka the Russian Wolfhound), the Akita, and the Great Pyrenees. In Japan, for centuries, only Shoguns were permitted to own the majestic Akita. The Russian Wolfhound, today known as the Borzoi, was a favorite of Russian nobility; huge hunting trips, consisting of trainloads of nobles, their serfs and their dogs, were formed around competitions pitting two Borzoi against a flush out wolf. And the Great Pyrenees was elevated to the status of Guardian of the Chateaux of Lourdes in the 17th century.
These names from noble titles from ancient realms and modern kingdoms will confer imperial majesty on your canine companion and ruler of your affections.
- Anax—Greek. Word for tribal king or military ruler.
- Baron—English. One of the initial titles of royalty, a baron was gifted land and serfs in exchange for his oath of loyalty to the king and his promise to defend the king if necessary. Baron makes an excellent name for a large and faithful guard dog.
- Brahman—A member of the highest Hindu caste.
- Caesar—Julius Caesar lent his name to the Caesarian Section (C-Section, by which method he was said to have been born), to his adoptive son, Augustus, and to the line of Roman Emperors that succeeded Julius and Caesar Augustus. Caesar became the title bestowed on the Roman Emperor until and including Hadrian.
Caesar's rise to power brought with it the demise of the Roman Republic. Resentful senators conspired to bring down Julius in what is perhaps the most famous assassination in history. On March 15, 44 BC, some 60 senators, armed with daggers, each to their turn at Julius. Even his own protege, Brutus, participated in the crime, by stabbing him in the groin. Today, the area where Julius Caesar was thought to have been assassinated is now a cat sanctuary. Some 150 cats are cared for by loyal attendants, serving them food, water, shelter and love.
- El Cid—Spanish (pronounced "Sid"). Means "The Lord." El Cid is a Spanish national hero. A Castilian nobleman and ruler of Valencia, he was known for his military prowess and has been idealized and immortalized in folklore and film.
- Denali—Sanskrit. Means "The Great One." This is another name for the highest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley.
- Dauphin—French. The Dauphin is a son of the king. Name your puppy Dauphin and you can call him "Dolph" for short.
- Duke—English, French. Historically the highest rank of nobility under the king, this title comes from the French word duc, meaning leader. The Clampetts' bloodhound on Beverly Hillbillies was named Duke.
- Earl—English. An English rank of nobility, earls were called counts for a brief period of time and the wife of an earl is still called a countess. Historically, earls governed large divisions of the kingdom. Famous earls include George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered King Tut’s tomb. Earl is a clever name for an earth dog that was bred to remove animals from burrows.
- Gentry—English. French in origin from the word gentil, meaning high-born or noble. The gentry are the high-born ruling class of the landed aristocracy and higher levels of the clergy. Gentry makes a charming name for a noble lapdog.
Imperial Dog Names
- Kaiser—German. Derived from Caesar, Kaiser means "emperor" in German. From 962 to 1806, the Holy Roman Emperors called themselves Kaisers, and from 1806 to 1918, rulers of the German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire were crowned as Kaisers. The last Kaiser, Wilhelm II, ended his line in 1918 with defeat in World War I. Kaiser makes a great name for a regal German breed such as dobermans, rottweilers, or German shepherds.
- Khan—Turkish/Mongol. Means “lord.” Originally it was derived from a military rank. The Wrath of Khan and Genghis Khan are both associated with this ancient title.
- Knight —The basic rank of the aristocracy. Also a great name for a dark coated dog.
- Laird—Feudal Scottish title beneath a Scottish Barron and ranked above an Esquire.
- Malik—Arabic, Hebrew. Means "king" in both Arabic and Hebrew. In a broader sense, it means “he who owns, king and master.” In Islam, it is also one of the 99 names of Allah. Malik denotes a terrible angel who guards the Hellfire, assisted by 19 guardians. Malik is an ideal name for a powerful guard dog such as a great Pyrenees, rottweiler, doberman, German shepherd, or pit bull.
- Mansa—Mali, Emperor.
- Morza—Tartar name for "prince" the morza is ranked just below Khan.
- Magnus—Scandinavian, French, Latin. Means "house of might or power." Magnus was originally used by the Romans, but made more popular by Charlemagne's Latin name, "Carolus Magnus." With time, various European nobles, especially the Scandinavians, adopted the title.
- Noble—English, Latin. Derived from the Latin nobilis, meaning well-known, notable, or famous. Today the word "noble" is associated with noble birth, courage, and pure intent. Name your male dog Noble if you want a faithful and honest companion.
- Paladin—French. From the Italian Paladino. One of the legendary twelve peers of Charlemagne's court and a knightly champion. In modern usage it means defender of a noble cause or a passionate advocate of a cause. Name your dog Paladin, and you can call him Pal.
- Patrizio—Italian. Patrizio means patrician, a member of the ruling class exclusively allowed to perform political functions.
- Perandor—Albanian. Derived from the Greek "imperator," it means emperor.
- Raja or Rajah—Indian. This Indian word means ruler. Raj is also a Slavic word for paradise or heaven. Rajah was the name of a German shepherd known as Methven’s Wonder Dog, the first police dog of New Zealand. Rajah gained fame throughout his country in the 1930s by acting and performing locating demonstrations.
- Ramesses—Egyptian. Pharaoh Ramesses II was also known as Ramesses the Great, and ruled Egypt for 66 years between 1279 and 1213 BC. His favorite wife was Queen Nefertari, and he built many great monuments to her and himself, the greatest being the Ramesseum. Under his rule, Egypt enjoyed peace and prosperity it had not seen in over 100 years. Ramesses makes a powerful name for a peaceful, strong dog.
- Rex or Regis—Latin. Rex is used for “the King.” Regis is used to denote “of the King.” Rex Regum means “King of Kings,” with Regum being the plural of Regis.
- Rian—Gaelic. Pronounced Ryan, this name means "little king." This is a cute name for a little dog with a big attitude.
Aristocratic Dog Names From Antiquity
- Ruari—Scottish. Means "red king." This is a great name for a red dog such as a chow chow or a mastiff.
- Semper Fi—Always Faithful, the US Marine Corp motto.
- Shah—Persian. Shah means “He who rules.” Shah or Shahanshah ("king of kings") were titles given to both kings and lords of Persia and India (including the Mughal rulers from which we derive the word mogul).
- Sharif—Arabic. Title given to one who is the tribal protector. He protects both the tribe and its assets.
- Sheikh—Arabic. The emirs of the Arabian Peninsula use the title Sheikh for themselves and their extended royal families.
- Spartan—Greek. A race of people known for their self-discipline and austerity. A great name for an obedient, lean, and powerful dog.
- Sultan—Arabic. King, it means one who has power.
- Tenno—Japanese. Heavenly sovereign.
- Valor—Personal bravery and determination in the face of great danger.
- Worthy—English. Having great merit, honor, character, or value. In plural, "worthies," it refers to people of eminent merit, worth, or position in a particular society.
Male Dog Names That Mean Loyal and Faithful
Besnick—Albanian, means loyal.
Cal—French, means faithful.
Caleb—Hebrew, means faithful.
Damon—Greek, means loyal.
Fidel—Latin, means loyal.
Fido—Latin, means loyal.
Leal—English, means loyal.
Shield—Celtic, means loyal.
Truman—English, means faithful.
Waren—German, means loyal.
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Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on December 04, 2019:
Ruari, which is Scottish, might make a good name for a noble redbone coonhound- the name means "red king."
Redskin nation on December 03, 2019:
What would be a good name for a red bone
Aisling Ireland from Savannah, Georgia on December 24, 2018:
Thanks, Solaras! I've never heard of Rally before. I've gone to the agility trials at the Ag Center but not Rally. I'll go to the site and see if I can find a schedule. Rally sounds more like what I'm looking for for Alasdair because at this point, I'm looking for more of a fun hobby for him--something to work off all that Aussie energy and put that big ole brain of his to work.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on December 24, 2018:
Hi Aisling: I am not familiar with any trainers in your area. If you want to make a trek to Atlanta I can recommend two facilities: Sirius (if you are really serious) and Canine Capers which is where I trained. You can check with the Macon Kennel Club and see who they recommend in the area.
You can train for Rally at home on your own. There are several big shows in Perry at the Fairgrounds in the spring that have rally, conformation, lure coursing, agility and obedience. You might meet some trainers there too. They often have herding instinct tests there too.
Rally is a cross between obedience and agility, so it is more relaxed and less strenuous, allowing you to ease into the riggers of the other two sports.
Aisling Ireland from Savannah, Georgia on December 23, 2018:
Hi Solaras! Bolingbroke is right outside Macon. It's nice to meet another Georgian. I just had a second look at your profile and saw that you breed Border Collies and are well versed in agility trials. I have a year old Australian Shepherd who I would absolutely love to get into agility. He's my first Aussie and wow, what a great breed! I normally have giant, stubborn dog breeds, whom I do adore, but wow, it's nice having a dog who hinges on my every word and glance. I've looked around for agility places in Macon, but can't find any. Do you know of anyone in the area? I'm very happy to meet you!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on December 23, 2018:
Hi Aisling!! Thanks for visiting. Looks like you are in Georgia too; what part is Bolingbroke? I am hanging out in Watkinsville, near Athens, these days.
Aisling Ireland from Savannah, Georgia on December 22, 2018:
I just love this article!!!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 25, 2018:
Koa means brave in Hawaiian. I hope that helps with your naming of your boy.
Nani on February 23, 2018:
Names are awesome ! Can anyone suggest a male brave name for my pet, I am confused
solaras on December 20, 2017:
Hi Drago, Sparta was a Greek city, and it's citizens were Spartans.
Drago on August 07, 2017:
Some of these names are from rome ex Spartan
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on June 12, 2017:
Thanks for visiting Bobby. If you want to contribute any dog names, please do so and we will be glad to add them to the article!
Bobby on June 12, 2017:
I love these name
Omg there so cool!
LETICIA MORA on April 28, 2017:
There should be a Shiloh I believe it's much a strong name for dogs.
M on March 01, 2017:
Terrible! I said sweet, you know!!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on April 23, 2016:
We do need to do a list for the Noble female guard dogs. Thanks for the reminder! We will be sure to get Xena on that list!
Author on April 23, 2016:
Xena should be on here for female dogs name
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on April 26, 2014:
Thanks Ruccha for stopping by - I might have to name a dog Khan myself one day!
Ruccha patel on April 26, 2014:
Wow it's really a ossam list of dogs.....khan is soo good..
Adrienne Farricelli on February 02, 2014:
Had to stop by to see if you listed the name of my male Rottie, yes, it's there! Kaiser is his name, it's also perfect for him because Rotties are German!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 02, 2014:
vespawoolf - thanks for Magnus! I have added it as a secret bonus name! Everyone should know about the House of Power!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 02, 2014:
Khan - does have a slightly crooked twist - some tough guys have worn that moniker!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 02, 2014:
I love this list! We had a Rottweiler named Magnus. I also like Khan...sounds slightly evil. : )
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on October 07, 2013:
Thanks epbooks! There is a nobility about so many breeds that I think they should be given names that recognize it!
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on October 07, 2013:
These were adorable names. Enjoyed this hub!