For those who want to imbue their dog with royalty, power and honor, giving your dog a name meaning queen can be one of the best ways to go. Throughout human existence, thousands of influential women have held significant roles that shaped the course of human history, many of whom did great good for the lands and people they presided over. From simple consorts to supreme rulers, female leaders all over the world have provided their minds and actions to those around them, and in the process, cemented their names in the annals of the past, leaving, for our purposes, plenty of fodder for powerful and meaningful dog names.
Dog Names Meaning Queen in Pop Culture
While none of these names actually made our list, they certainly could have. Even if they don’t mean queen, they were certainly beloved by one for a significant portion of their lives.
One of the most famous royal dogs belonged to Marie Antoinette, who was widely known to love dogs. One of her favorites, Mops, a tawny-colored Pug, is part of a famous historical anecdote because of it. While making her first trek to France from her homeland of Austria to marry the Dauphin, she had to be separated from her beloved dog at the border, primarily because, despite her affinity for them, they weren’t trusted in royal circles, and their often reckless and dirty nature was considered a liability before and during public and private appearances. They were eventually reunited and she continued to spoil him with luxurious accommodations and most of her spare attention.
Mary, Queen of Scots had a much more dramatic end to her relationship with her faithful companions. During her reign, her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England was so paranoid about having her throne taken from her, she imprisoned Mary, her only comforts the company of her Maltese Terriers. When it was discovered that Mary had been involved in a plot to kill Elizabeth, she was sentenced to death, but still refused to part with one of her favorite dogs. On her way to the beheading she was sentenced to, the dog accompanied her silently under her skirt, finally appearing after the deed was done and sadly had to be dragged away from its deceased master.
Catherine the Great held her dogs in similar regard as well. She was known to be incredibly fond of her Italian Greyhound named Zemira. Her devotion was so intense, in fact, that she not only commissioned a painting of her and the dog, but also had a life-sized porcelain figure crafted of it that still exists today.
Queen Victoria not only loved dogs, but actually had massive influence over one breed in particular: Pomeranians. Before they were the dogs we know today, they were much larger and more closely resembled their Spitz relatives than the smaller, shorter-snouted dogs of modernity, that is, before Victoria began her breeding efforts. It is noted that she was believed to have 35 dogs at one point and on her deathbed, requested the company of her favorite dog Turi, who stayed by her side until she finally passed.
Dog Name Meaning Queen Considerations
Coming up with the perfect queen-meaning dog name isn’t an easy process, but it doesn’t have to be difficult either. We suggest starting by putting together a list of your dog’s most defining traits to use as a comparative tool when running down our list of famous queens and their descriptions. Consider whether you have any preference for their origin. Are you French? Is your dog an English breed? Middle Eastern? These small details can help you narrow down your results much quicker.
If you don’t have a preference, you can simply try to find similar traits between a famous queen and your dog. For instance, if you happen to have a Pharaoh Hound, you could play off of their heritage with names of famous Egyptian queens such as Nefertiti, Nefertari, Sobekneferu, Twosret and Cleopatra. If your dog is your ultimate defender, then the name Boudica would be a good fit. If you are into a certain decorating style or your dog presides over a large family (or empire, in this case), the name Victoria would be suitable.
There are plenty of influential female rulers from history, so do your best to define their characteristics and your interests and the rest should come relatively easily.