Gladiator Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For fans of ancient history or those who have an appreciation for great movies, there are few better crossovers in film than Gladiator — if you need any further convincing, consider it was nominated for 119 individual awards and took home 48, including both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Picture. On top of its accolades, the film went above and beyond in terms of historical accuracy, highlighting famous and notable events of the past, all driven forward by a dynamic cast of (mostly) real characters who brought the brutal life and times to life with names as fantastic as the characters (and people) themselves. 

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Gladiator Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Coming up with a Gladiator inspired name for your dog won’t be easy, but it won’t be as difficult as fighting hand-over-fist in a pit of animals and legends either. The two most important elements to consider are what you find most fascinating about the film/era, and what might be most suitable for your dog. For the sake of ease, it might be a good idea to compile a list of your dog’s strongest traits so you have a shortcut when looking down our list of names and descriptions.

For instance, if you see your dog as a noble warrior, then the names Maximus, Decimus, and Meridus would all the perfectly suitable. If they are massive and muscular, then the names Tigris, Maul, and Gladiator would be good fits. If they are wise and old, then the name Aurelius might be a better fit. 

Of course, characters aren’t the only place you can derive ideas from. If you’re inspired by the landscapes in the film, the history, the elements that inspired the minds behind the film or anything else, those are all fair game for naming, as you’ll see a few in our list below. If you need any further inspiration yourself, don’t hesitate to hunker down with some popcorn for a refresher course. 

Male Gladiator Inspired Dog Names

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Maximus
After Maximus Decimus Meridus, Gladiator's hero and protagonist
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Decimus
After Maximus Decimus Meridus, aka The Gladiator
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Commodus
The power-hungry son of Marcus Aurelius
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Cicero
Maximus's loyal servant and liaison
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Lucius
Lucilla's son and heir to the empire
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Proximo
After Antonius Proximo, the gladiator turned slave trader who trains Juba and Maximus
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Quintus
The man who becomes the commander of the Praetorian Guard
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Falco
After Senator Falco, who helps Commodus secure his reign
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Gaius
After Senator Gaius, supporter of Senator Gracchus, who opposes Commodus
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Germanicus
After Limes Germanicus, the line of fortifications that existed between the Romans and Germania
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Regent
One assigned to administer a region due to the inability of its current ruler
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Trujillo
The Spanish town where Maximus is from (or near it)
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Gladiator
Those chosen to fight in the pits
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Gaul
Where Tigris is from
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Verso
After Jean-Léon Gérôme's 1872 painting of Roman gladiators
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Zimmer
After the legendary composer Hans Zimmer
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Mathieson
After John Mathieson, the film's cinematographer
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Pietro
After Pietro Scalia, the film's editor
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Mannix
After Daniel P. Mannix, who wrote Those About to Die, the book that inspired the screenplay
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Narcissus
The original name of Maximus; was an actual historical figure
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Leon
After Jean-Léon Gérôme, the painter who inspired Ridley Scott
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Gerome
After Jean-Léon Gérôme, the artist who painted numerous historical scenes
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Bourne
After the Bourne Woods, where many of the opening battle scenes were filmed
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Farnham
The town nearest the Bourne Woods
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Morocco
Where some of the movie was filmed and some characters stemmed from or near
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Atlas
After the Atlas Mountains, the backdrop of the Moroccan scenes
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Spartacus
The significant historical Roman figure who lead a slave revolt
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Cincinnatus
The model of Roman civic virtue who ruled only a short time
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Claudius
A Roman military commander under Marcus Aurelius
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Pertinax
The successor to Commodus

Female Gladiator Inspired Dog Names

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Meridus
After Maximus Decimus Meridus, who went from general to slave to hero
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Lucilla
Maximus's former lover and Commodus's sister
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Aurelius
After Marcus Aurelius, after the old wise Roman emperor who favors Maximus over his son
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Hagan
One of Proximo's most powerful Germanic barbarian gladiators
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Juba
The African slave who becomes a gladiator next to Maximus
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Veras
After Lucius Veras, Lucille's son who she has to protect from Commodus
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Gracchus
After Senator Gracchus, who is afraid of Commodus's dictatorial actions
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Ricasoli
After Fort Ricasoli, Malta, where most of the movie was filmed
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Malta
The country where a majority of the Ancient Rome scenes were filmed
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Roman
After the Roman Empire
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Greek
After the Greek Empire, which shared many traits with the Romans
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Vindobona
The famous Roman military camp
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Limes
Fortifications on the front line between two forces
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Praetoria
After the Praetorian Guard, the Roman Army's elite imperial unit
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Zucchabar
The Roman province where much of Ancient Rome was centered
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Numidia
A region that was part of the ancient Berber civilization, mostly Northern Africa
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Carthage
A city in ancient Tunisia; the capital of the Carthaginain culture
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Zama
Where the Roman army defeated Hannibal and the Cathaginians
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Cassius
The master of ceremonies at the gladiatorial games
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Tigris
The perviously-undefeated gladiator champion Maximus defeats
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Pollice
After Pollice Verso, the painting that inspired Ridley Scott
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Ridley
After Ridley Scott' the film's famed director
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Franzoni
After David Franzoni, who first pitched and wrote the screenplay
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Scalia
After Pietro Scalia, the Oscar-winning film editor
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Germania
The ancient forces opposed to the Romans
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Surrey
The English county were a good amount of initial scenes were filmed
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Ouarzazate
After Ouarzazate, Morocco, where the training scenes were filmed
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Vienna
After the city of Vienna, which is on the location of Vindobona
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Aurelia
One of two of Lucilla's other children who go unmentioned in the film
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Lanistae
Another word for gladiator

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