Naming your dog is probably one of the most fun things about getting a new pet. It’s worth taking your time to find the best one. Sometimes, your pet gives you all the inspiration you need. Their actions or looks might remind you of someone. Ancient figures are another source of interesting and unique names, though, especially if you’re lacking inspiration.
How to Name Your Dog
We suggest sticking with a name that is short instead of long and that is easy to pronounce. That’s especially true if you have kids. We also recommend a history lesson—for you! The last thing you want is to give your pup an offensive moniker. Remember that Google is your friend in this case.
Your pet’s name should always have positive associations, as it will help them learn it. It could also save your dog’s life if they slip their collar and are headed for a busy road. Remember that a long name can have many nicknames. You can save the formal one for your dog’s American Kennel Club registration.
Technically, ancient applies to a time before the end of the Roman Empire in 476 AD. Our round-up includes names from a time long past before TVs, movies, and sitcoms to influence your pick.
Gods and Goddesses
Names from mythology provide an excellent choice for a pet name, especially if a specific association exists with an individual. If your dog’s personality is already evident, many of these can be no-brainers that describe your dog with a single word. Some are longer, making nicknames an option. It’s worth mentioning that your pet might have some big shoes to fill with some of these names.
Many historical figures live on because of their deeds and accomplishments. It only makes sense to honor their memory by giving your pet one of their names. We combed several sources, including some that are newer than others because of their significance. We’re sure some of our picks will continue to make roundups like this one for years ahead.
Ancient Egyptian Words
Unfamiliar words have a mystique that may strike the right note when naming your dog. It’ll make your dog stand out from the pack with a word that describes your pet to a tee. They are good choices if your pet is an ancient breed, such as a Saluki or Pharaoh Hound. It’s an excellent way to celebrate your dog’s heritage as well.
Latin Words as Dog Names
Latin is a classical language that slowly faded from use during the mid-18th century. It remained in the Church and science, although no native speakers exist today. Yet, its legacy remains if just for its influence on many modern-day languages—and pet names! We included several Latin words in our round-up to make it a bona fide list of historical dog names inspired by ancient figures.
The right name says a lot about your pet. It tells others a bit about your dog’s personality, even if they’ve just met. Ancient figures can provide plenty of inspiration for your dog to make their mark on the world. Perhaps choosing one of the entries on our list can positively influence you and your pooch for greatness.
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