40 Powerful Dog Names for Your Loyal, Noble Guard Dog

Updated on December 23, 2018
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Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of a column, "Conversations with Champions," for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.

Potential names for your guard dog
Potential names for your guard dog

Names for 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. This list of names evokes images of leadership, strength, and protection: ideal for the new defender of your family pack.

El Cid is a Spanish hero
El Cid is a Spanish hero

Noble Names for Male Dogs

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.

CaesarJulius Caesar leant 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 sixty 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 chaming name for a noble lapdog.

Kubla Khan and Genghis Khan are two famous Mongolian lords
Kubla Khan and Genghis Khan are two famous Mongolian lords

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.

Paladin was a legendary knight.
Paladin was a legendary knight.

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.

Spartans were famous Greek warriors.
Spartans were famous Greek warriors.

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.

FidelLatin, means loyal.

FidoLatin, means loyal.

LealEnglish, means loyal.

Shield Celtic, means loyal.

TrumanEnglish, means faithful.

WarenGerman, means loyal.


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      Aisling Ireland 

      2 months ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      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.

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      2 months ago

      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.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      2 months ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      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!

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      2 months ago

      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.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      3 months ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      I just love this article!!!

    • Solaras profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago

      Koa means brave in Hawaiian. I hope that helps with your naming of your boy.

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      13 months ago

      Names are awesome ! Can anyone suggest a male brave name for my pet, I am confused

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      15 months ago

      Hi Drago, Sparta was a Greek city, and it's citizens were Spartans.

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      19 months ago

      Some of these names are from rome ex Spartan

    • Solaras profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago

      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!

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      21 months ago

      I love these name

      Omg there so cool!

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      23 months ago

      There should be a Shiloh I believe it's much a strong name for dogs.

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      2 years ago

      Terrible! I said sweet, you know!!

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      2 years ago

      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!

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      2 years ago

      Xena should be on here for female dogs name

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      4 years ago

      Thanks Ruccha for stopping by - I might have to name a dog Khan myself one day!

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      Ruccha patel 

      4 years ago

      Wow it's really a ossam list of dogs.....khan is soo good..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      5 years ago from USA

      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!

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      5 years ago

      vespawoolf - thanks for Magnus! I have added it as a secret bonus name! Everyone should know about the House of Power!

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      5 years ago

      Khan - does have a slightly crooked twist - some tough guys have worn that moniker!

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love this list! We had a Rottweiler named Magnus. I also like Khan...sounds slightly evil. : )

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      5 years ago

      Thanks epbooks! There is a nobility about so many breeds that I think they should be given names that recognize it!

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These were adorable names. Enjoyed this hub!


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