Fencing Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When it comes to sports, few hold as much tenure in history and development as fencing, which is believed to reach back to the 15th century. Although it didn’t develop its more modern mechanics until the 18th century and beyond, its status as a militaristic discipline kept its place until it truly took hold as an aristocratic sport, revered for both its swordsmanship as well as its health and sporting benefits thanks to the efforts of Domenico Angelo. With further refinement, it also picked up a beautiful lexicon of terminology, largely expressed in French as it stands today, providing dog owners with a penchant for the sport, its movement or just an appreciation for its words and sounds, a laundry list of potential naming options. 

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Fencing Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Compared to most other themed naming options, coming up with a clever fencing inspired name can be a bit of a challenge. After all, there are only so many ways the sport has something in common with canines. To make the process easier, we recommend putting together a list of your dog’s most obvious traits from their breed origin to their quirks, as these will be the easiest points of reference. 

Our best suggestion is to stick to names with a bit more meaning. The parries themselves, although essentially just French positional terms (first, second, third), could have meaning in themselves if your dog has any anecdotes to relate them to (always first in line, third puppy born). 

But many of the moves and terms are name-worthy as well. For instance, if your dog loves to just go, then Allez, which is French for “go”, would be a suitable choice. If they are good at startling people, then Appel, a move done to do just that, would be a great selection. If they tend to jump or lunge a lot, then Balestra would be good, just as Engarde would be a perfect pick for a dog that loves to duel or play one-on-one. 

Male Fencing Inspired Dog Names

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Appel
Stamping the front foot to startle or distract an opponent
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Bout
A match between two competing fencers
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Counter
A move that works to counteract an opponent's move
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Coupé
An indirect attack
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Debole
Another word for a foible
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Engarde
A notably classic commencement phrase
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Esquive
An evasive move, usually to set up an attack
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Feint
An offensive move that seems like an attack but is meant to fool the opponent before pivoting into another attack
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Forte
The bottom third of a blade
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Glissade
Sliding up an opponent's blade to gain leverage
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Jury
The officials who judge the bout
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Krumb
A medieval fencing term for a curved blade pass
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Lunge
A basic and common fencing attack
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Octave
Parry #8
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Patinando
A type of advance lunge with two versions, speed and tempo
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Plastron
A partial garment worn under the jacket for extra padding
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Pommel
A fastener used to keep the grip/guard fixed to the blade on a sabre
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Pret
The French term for "ready" which is used between "en garde" and "allez"
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Quillion
The cross guard of a sword
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Raddoppio
A lunge followed or coupled by an advance
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Ricasso
The unsharpened portion of the blade
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Riposte
An attack made right after a parry of the opponent's attack
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Septime
Parry #7
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Touché
Called out by a fencer who is hit
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Zornhau
A diagonal strike from right to left
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Domenico
After Domenico Angelo, who helped shift fencing from the military training to a sport
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Angelo
After Domenico Angelo, the Italian fencing master who helped popularize the sport early on
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Nedo
After Nedo Nadi, a famous Italian fencer alongside his brother
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Romankov
After Aleksandr Romankov, a famed Soviet fencer and Olympian

Female Fencing Inspired Dog Names

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Absence
The opposite of engagement during a bout
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Allez
French for "go"; a commencement word
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Balestra
A jump forward in preparation for another move
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Coulé
An attack or feint that slides one blade along the opponent's blade
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Doublé
A complex attacking action that can result in being left unguarded
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Épée
Both a type of fencing and weapon itself
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Fléche
A move allowed in certain types of fencing; means "arrow" in French
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Flick
A cut that lands with the point of the blade
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Glide
Constant contact between blades causing sliding during an attack
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Lamé
The electrical conductive jacket worn by certain fencers to help determine strikes and points
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Manchette
A glove cover worn by sabre fencers
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Moulinet
A circular cut in sabre
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Neuvieme
French for "ninth", meaning here Parry #9
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Parry
A defensive action; there are 8 basic versions with several derivatives
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Passata
As in passata-sotto, a Matrix-like evasive action used to slip under the attack
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Passé
An attack that passes the target without hitting them
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Quarte
Parry #4
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Quinte
Parry #5
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Remise
A immediate replacement of a missed attack without withdrawing the arm
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Sabre
A weapon and style of fencing
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Salle
A fencing club or hall
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Salute
The equivalent of a pre-bout handshake; a sign of good sportsmanship and respect
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Seconde
Parry #2
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Sixte
Parry #6
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Piste
The official fencing area
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Tierce
Parry #3
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Volt
A thrust-avoiding leap
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Aldo
After Aldo Nadi, one of the greatest Italian fencers of all time
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Nadi
After the Nadi family, Aldo, Nedo and their father Beppe, who were all fantastic fencers
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Jerzy
After Jerzy Pawlowski, the Polish fencer considered one of the all time greats
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Pavel
After Pavel Kolobkov, a Russian fencer who amassed medals in five different Olympic Games

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