Great Names for English Bulldogs

English Bulldog Puppy

A very cute English bulldog puppy
A very cute English bulldog puppy | Source

The English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is something of a conundrum. Here is a breed of dog originally bred to be ferocious so as to bait bulls yet which is known as a great family pet. The answer lies in the outlawing of bull baiting. Once the "sport" was outlawed, breeders worked hard to breed out aggression. Nowadays, bulldogs are gentle, docile and great with kids. Intelligence isn't one of their great qualities; they are not easy to train and can be stubborn.

If you've fallen for the friendly yet courageous bulldog and need a name to suit, try some of these suggestions for bulldog names inspired by:

  • British Bulldog Spirit
  • Bulldog Characteristics, whether yours is calm or stubborn
  • Tough Guys and Girls

Winston Churchill and British Bulldog Spirit

Winston Churchill is popularly linked with bulldogs. In fact, he didn't own a bulldog, he kept poodles. However, his jowly face and resolute demeanour during World War II have ensured that he is associated with the bulldog. British bulldog spirit is the stubborn attitude displayed by the British in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.

Take some inspiration from the war for your dog's name!

World War II Names for English Bulldog Girls

Clementine - Winston Churchill's wife

Gracie - Gracie Fields as a favourite singer of the forces during World War II

Rosie - for the famous US World War II icon, Rosie the Riveter

Vera - singer Vera Lynn was immensely popular during World War II

Winnie - the female version of Winston

British Bulldog Spirit Names for Boys

Blitz - great Bulldog spirit shown in the cities of Britain during the Blitz

Cliff - for the popular song "There'll Be Blue Birds Over the White Cliffs of Dover"

Monty - for Field Marshall "Monty" Montgomery

Spencer - one of Churchill's family names

Winston - for the great man himself

Bulldog Mascots

As well as representing Britain, the bulldog is a popular mascot. The United States Marine Corps has a bulldog mascot, as does Yale University. Countless rugby, soccer and football teams across the world, as well as universities, colleges and schools, have chosen to represent themselves with a bulldog.

Bruno the Bulldog

7 week old Bruno, aka Beans
7 week old Bruno, aka Beans | Source

Character Names for English Bulldogs

Although bulldogs are gentle, they are also strong and have a "tough guy" appearance. They tend to be slow, with a rolling gait, but they can occasionally put on a spurt of speed (for a short distance!). Think about the characteristics of your dog and see if you can come up with a suitable name. Here are a few suggestions.

Kind and Gentle Names for Bulldog Girls

Aggie - short for "Agnes", meaning gentle or pure

Alma - kind

Leala - Loyal, faithful

Millie - short for "Mildred", meaning gentle strength

Calm and Peaceful Names for Bulldog Boys

Ellis - kind

Frank - for St Francis, the kindly patron saint of animals

Fred - short for "Frederick", peaceful ruler

Humphrey - peaceful warrior

Noah - peaceful

Rei - short for "Reizo" - calm and well-groomed

Strong and Courageous Names for Bulldog Girls

Bo - for Boadicea/Boudicca, heroic British queen

Ebba - strong as a boar

Gertie - short for Gertrude, strong spear

Riley - courageous

Tilly - pet form of Matilda, mighty in battle

Ronni - strong counsel

Stubborn and Strong Names for Male Bulldogs

Borg - the invincible species from Star Trek

Conall - strong wolf

Farris - strong as iron

Hector - means steadfast

Keegan - ardent

Will - short for William, meaning determined

Tough Girl Names

Lara - Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

Leia - Princess Leia, Star Wars

Purdey - from the TV series The New Avengers

Ripley - for Ellen Ripley, Sigorney Weaver's character in Alien

Trinity - from the Matrix

Ziva - Ziva David from NCIS

Tough Guy Names

Al - for Al Capone

Arnie - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Bogart - for Humphrey Bogart


Mac - John Maclean from Diehard movies



Sly - for Sylvester Stallone


Looking After a Bulldog

Like any breed of dog, the bulldog is prone to certain ailments. Hip dysplasia afflicts many bulldogs and indeed they have the worst record of all the breeds. Another well-known problem affects females giving birth; due to the puppies' large heads, most pregnancies end with a Caesarian section. "Cherry eye" is a problem that some bulldogs face; the inner eyelid protrudes (this can be treated by a veterinarian).

On a daily basis, bulldogs need skin care. The hanging folds of skin on their faces need to be cleaned carefully to prevent infections. Bulldogs and heat don't mix either; they require adequate hydration and ventilation.

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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Bulldogs are so cute...I think I would go with Butch if I had a bulldog, but I also love Fred and Tilly. Love these name hubs.

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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - the puppies are very, very cute! Butch is just about perfect, but there are definitely a few others I would consider. Just so sad that these dogs don't live very long :(

Once again, thanks for your comments, great to hear from you.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

You've packed a lot of interesting information in this hub....not just the great list of names, but the snippets about bull dogs! Job well done Judi!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi tillsontitan - I like hubs like this, there's great scope for bits and pieces of information and I do like to think of myself as a mine of useless information :D

Thanks so much for your comments, always appreciated.

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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Very informative article. My nephew has a bulldog named Sammy and I am madly in love with him. He is still a little baby like the one in the picture.

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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi shiningirisheyes - they do make very cute puppies - your nephew is very lucky! Glad you found this hub informative, thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it as always, especially at Christmas. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

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nuffsaidstan 3 years ago

I like Spike out of Tom ans Jerry.

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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi nuffsaidstan - you can't beat Spike, the classic bulldog name - love T&J!

Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

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KellyG05030 3 years ago from New England

When I'm ready to add another pup to our repertoire, I'd love to get an English Bulldog. My husband laughs at me as I have a name for every dog I see... my Bulldog name is going to be "Pawly Carbone". Just love that one!! Thanks for a great article, you really give some excellent name choices and the reasons behind them.

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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi Kelly - "Pawly Carbone" is great, love it! Glad you enjoyed this hub. We met an English Bull Terrier today, he was very handsome, but I've not seen a Bulldog for a while.

Thanks so much for commenting, I appreciate it.

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alexadry 3 years ago from USA

Awesome name ideas! I have a friend with one debating on the name so will share it with her. Her other one is called "Mugsy" lol!

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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi Alexadry - hope it helps her out! "Mugsy" is actually very apt :)

Thanks for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated.

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StoneCircle 3 years ago from Rindge, NH

When my last pug passed away, I was aiming for a British bulldog. But then 2 sisters needing some rescuing so Pugs it is! I tend to name a dog after I have seen its personality.

I really enjoyed the article. Will refer people to this name list.

Thumbs up!

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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi StoneCircle - so glad you enjoyed reading this article and thanks very much for thinking to refer people to it. We meet up with an English bulldog quite often when we are out walking - he's very friendly when he's off lead, but gets a little feisty when he's on his lead. For some reason, not many pugs in our town.

Thanks again for your kind comments, much appreciated.

lee 2 years ago

I just got a British bulldog puppy and her name is lady Ethel

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Judi Bee 2 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for letting me know - it's a great name!

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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

English bulldogs are beautiful dogs. You provided a great list of names for these dogs, based on their traits, looks and characters.

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Judi Bee 2 years ago from UK Author

Thanks grand old lady - glad you enjoyed the list of ideas :-)

Angela 2 years ago

Chowder or Dr cough drops are good names

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jupiter justice 8 months ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great names I love them all! And Congratulations for getting this write up on pet

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Judi Bee 8 months ago from UK Author

Thanks, glad you liked the hub!

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