Dog Names from Roman Mythology

  • Home >
  • The Daily Wag! >
  • Names >
  • Dog Names from Roman Mythology
0 Stories
166 Votes

Introduction

They play with us, work for us, even sit with us when we are sad, our dogs are an integral part of our lives, as they were for the Romans. Numerous carvings and tile mosaics depicting dogs, as well as stone epitaphs to cherished family pets show the appreciation Romans had for their canine companions. Writings from the time also extol the virtues of owning a dog, both for security and for companionship. Mythology was also an integral part of Roman life as well, making the many gods, goddesses, and fantastic creatures that are found in Roman mythology a rich source of inspiration for your new dog’s name. 

Roman Mythology Dog Names in Pop Culture

Roman Mythology Dog Name Considerations

Choosing a name for our dog is an important and sometimes daunting task. Columella, a soldier, farmer, and writer from ancient Rome, felt the subject to be important enough to include in his writings on agriculture, stating that they should be given short names so they can come to it more speedily, specifying names of two syllables as being ideal. While not every dog name needs to adhere to a strict rule of two syllables, they should be given a name that is easily pronounceable by all of the members of the household and one that the dog responds to. Names that mean something to you can also be a good choice; names like Faunus or Flora may work well for the person who loves nature and the outdoors, while aficionados of wine may choose names such as Bacchus, Liber, or Libera. Other things you may want take into consideration might be the dog’s appearance, such as Caladrius or Cal for an all white dog, or Trivia for a dark colored dog that is difficult to see. The dog’s personality may also help you decide on a name, and a few days with your new pet may inspire you to name the canine that never stops moving after swift Mercury or early-rising Aurora and the dog that never leaves the doorway may make the perfect Janus or Cardea.

Male Roman Mythology Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
8
Cyclops
A race of giants with a single eye in the middle of their forehead; the word cyclops means “round-eyed”
8
Pluto
The king of the underworld; the god that judged the dead and lord of metals and riches that lie under the ground
7
Cupid
The god of desire and love, often depicted and the bow and arrows that he used to direct his power
7
Faunus
A god of the wilderness with the legs and horns of a goat, a musician who could read the future
7
Lemure
The wrathful or mischievous dead
6
Genius
A protective spirit similar to a guardian angel; every living thing had their own Genius as did each location
6
Honos
The god of chivalry, honor, and military justice
6
Lare
The spirits of one’s ancestors
6
Neptune
The violent and volatile god who ruled the oceans and seas, causing both tempests and earthquakes
6
Saturn
The god of agriculture, sowing of seeds, and time, often depicted with a scythe
5
Bacchus
The divine liberator and the patron of wine and drink
5
Caladrius
A type of pure white bird that was said to dwell in the home of kings and had the ability to remove illness
5
Nero
An extravagant and infamous emperor of Rome, immortalized by the myth that he played his fiddle as Rome burned
4
Remus
The twin brother of Romulus, who, according to legend, was killed during an argument about where to place their city
4
Terminus
The unmovable god that lived in and protected boundary markers
3
Jupiter
The supreme god of the Romans, connected with thunder, lightning, and storms
3
Liber
The god of freedom, wine, viticulture, and fertility who rules alongside Libera, his female equivalent
3
Mars
The god of war, second only to Jupiter; Mars was said to be the father to Romulus and Remus
3
Romulus
The mythological founder of Rome, twin brother to Remus, whom he killed during an argument about their new city’s placement
2
Mane
All of the collective dead that have moved on to the afterlife
2
Mercury
The god of travelers, merchants, trade, and profit as well as the messenger to the gods
1
Apollo
The god of the sun, healing, music, and poetry, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky
1
Janus
The two-faced god that presided over entrances and exits as well as beginnings and endings
1
Numitor
A king in Italy and the mythological grandfather of Romulus and Remus
1
Pane
The household spirits of the pantry in Roman culture
1
Sancus
The god of trust, honesty, and oaths
-1
Aeolus
The divine keeper of the winds and king of the floating island Aiolia
-1
Vulcan
The hammer-wielding god of volcanoes, fire, metalworking, and the forge
-2
Orcus
A god of the underworld and the punisher of broken oaths
-2
Picus
A minor god of agriculture that took the form of a woodpecker and helped save the infants Romulus and Remus

Female Roman Mythology Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Pax
The goddess of peace, often depicted with an olive branch and cornucopia
6
Bellona
The goddess of war and a close companion to Mars, the god of war
6
Strix
A mythological bird of ill-portent that fed on human flesh and blood
6
Venus
The goddess of love, beauty, fertility, and victory, whom Julius Caesar claimed as an ancestor
5
Flora
The goddess of flowering and fruit-bearing plants, closely associated with celebrations and spring
5
Lupa
The she-wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus
4
Luna
The goddess of the moon, often depicted as driving a chariot
4
Opis
A divinity of plenty and fertility and the wife of Saturn
4
Rhea
Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus and a Vestal priestess
3
Aurora
The purple cloaked goddess of the dawn who rose before the sun
3
Decima
A member of the three Parcae, or fates; Decima measured the thread of life
3
Diana
The divine goddess of the moon, the hunt, and birthing, with the ability to talk to and control animals
3
Fauna
The goddess of fruitfulness and prophecy who presides over the animals of the fields and forests
3
Libera
The goddess of freedom, wine, viticulture, and fertility who rules alongside Liber, her male equivalent
3
Terra
Ancient earth goddess who dealt with the fertility and productivity of the Earth, also known as Tellus and Terra Mater
3
Vesta
The goddess of hearth, home, and domestic tranquility, whose perpetual fire was tended by the Vestal Virgins
2
Juno
Wife and sister to Jupiter; goddess of childbirth, protector of married women and to those in confinement, and moon goddess
2
Nona
A member of the three Parcae, or fates; Nona spun the thread of life
1
Harpy
Winged monsters from Roman mythology with the faces of beautiful women, the bodies of vultures, and long, talon-like claws
1
Silvia
Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus and a Vestal priestess
0
Cardea
The goddess of the door hinge, she rules both physical and spiritual thresholds
0
Ceres
The goddess of agriculture, grain, and motherly love; daughter to Saturn and Opis
0
Jana
Consort of Janus and the goddess of secrets, mysteries, and hidden things
-1
Fortuna
The goddess of luck, both good and bad, and the deity that rules the wheel of fortune
-1
Minerva
The goddess of wisdom, commerce, medicine, sprung whole from the head of Jupiter
-1
Trivia
The Roman goddess of crossroads and magic who was only revealed by the barking of dogs
-2
Morta
A member of the three Parcae, or fates; Morta cut the thread of life
-2
Pomona
The goddess presiding over fruiting trees and orchards, which she cares for and protects
-2
Victoria
The goddess of victory, worshipped by triumphant generals returning from war
-4
Maia
The goddess who embodies growth and is associated with the god Vulcan

Community Dogs with Roman Mythology Names