King Arthur Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

The Legend of King Arthur is among one of Britain's most cherished and culturally significant stories which has impacted people around the world, whether they know it or not; everyone has heard of the holy sword Excalibur, the halcyon kingdom of Camelot, or the virtuous Knights of the Round Table. And if a person hasn't heard of any of those concepts directly, than they've undoubtedly encountered those ideas indirectly, as the story of King Arthur has influenced many popular movies, games, books, and TV shows. Indeed, the Legend of King Arthur is so pervasive that the word "Arthurian" was created in order to reference all of the stories and characters related to Britain's mythical monarch. Though there has been much debate as to who the stories of Arthurian Legend where based on, the widespread cultural and religious significance of these tales is undeniable. People have contemplated Arthurian tales for centuries, and they'll likely continue to do so for many more years into the future, so if you'd like to give your dog a timeless, culturally significant, mythical name then look no further than the characters found withing Arthurian lore for inspiration.

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King Arthur Inspired Dog Name Considerations

The people, places, and things found within Arthurian lore have become thoroughly entrenched in the bones of contemporary culture, so naming your dog after someone or something from Arthurian legend can give it a regal and uncanny quality. The likes of Arthur Pendragon, Merlin, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table are symbols of chivalry and poise, and they're often regarded as figures individuals should aspire to be like, especially the purest knight amongst them, Sir Galahad. One of main the reasons the characters of Arthurian legend have remained popular throughout the years is their ability to inspire the hearts and minds of people who learn of them, so naming your dog after one of those characters could create a similar result.

Another big reason the characters of Arthurian legend have remained as popular as they have been is due to their reliability; the Knights of the Round Table are virtuous souls but many of them are also tragically flawed in the same ways that we are. Indeed, these same flaws are often the driving force of many of their stories and, in the most dire of instances, lead to their undoing. Consider naming your dog, not after the Arthurian character whose name you like the most or whose deeds seem the most impressive, but who's heroic flaws mirror your own to act as a means of conscious inflection. 

Male King Arthur Inspired Dog Names

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Cavall
King Arthur's trusted hunting dog and loyal companion
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Cabal
An alternative name for Cavall
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Arthur
A reference to legendary king of Camelot himself
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Excalibur
Arthur's sublime sword, given to him by the Lady of the Lake
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Merlin
Arthur's trusted court wizard and one of Arthur's dearest friends
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Myrddin
Said to be Merlin's Welsh original name before it was changed via localization
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Lancelot
A remorseful knight who was said to be the best swordsman in Arthur's court
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Gawain
King Arthur's nephew and something of a rival to Lancelot
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Gwalchmei
Gawain's original Welsh name
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Agravaine
A contentious member of Arthur's court who was also known as "Agravaine the Arrogant"
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Percival
Another member of Arthur's court who was highly regarded for his prowess and loyalty
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Bedivere
The Knight of the Round table who returns Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake
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Galahad
Lancelot's son who was said to be the purest of Arthur's knights
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Kay
Also known as "Kay the tall" who could allegedly grow to a gigantic size at will
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Bors
A close friend of Percival and Galahad's who participated in the Holy Grail Quest
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Mordred
King Arthur's illegitimate son, who would eventually fell his father out of spite
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Pelleas
A love-struck member of Arthur's court who only had eyes for Ettard, until he met Nimue
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Morien
A unique Knight of the Round Table who was said to have pitch black skin
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Tor
A knight who is either the son of King Aries or the illegitimate son of Pellinore
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Accolon
An opposing knight who faced Arthur in battle, only to be bested by Camelot's king
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Alexander
Known as "Alexander the Orphan" who was able to resist the charms of Morgan Le Fay
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Marrok
A knight who was said to turn into a wolf on occasion
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Gaheris
A hot headed knight who slew his mother in a fit of unbridled rage
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Tristan
Another member of the Round Table who owned a bow he named "Fail-Not"
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Ywain
The member of Arthur's court known for aiding and befriending a lion
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Owain
Ywain's Welsh name, though he is also known as Yvain and Ewaine
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Dagonet
The jester of King Arthur's court who was knighted as a joke
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Lamorak
The Knight of the Round Table known for his great strength and bad temper
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Aglovale
Sir Percival's brother known for punishing those who abused women
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Dinadan
Known for his lighthearted nature but respected for his skill with a blade

Female King Arthur Inspired Dog Names

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Guinevere
Arthur's love interest whose affair with Lancelot fractures the Round Table
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Gwenhwyfar
Guinevere's Welsh name; Gwenhwyfar was more of a warrior than Guinvevere
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Morgause
One of Arthur's distance siblings who tries to seduce him in many stories
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Bellicent
An alternative name for Morgause
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Morgan
After Morgan Le Fay, an evil witch and Arthur's half sister
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Morgana
Another name Morgan Le Fay is frequently called
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Ettard
The woman Pelleas pursued, despite her insistence not to, until a spell changed things
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Ettare
An alternative spelling for Ettard's name
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Iseult
Known as "Iseult the Fair" many knights fought for this woman's hand
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Isolde
Another name for Iseult, who only loved Tristan out all of her would-be suitors
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Nimue
A sorceress and the true identity of the enigmatic "Lady of the Lake"
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Vivian
An alternative name for the "Lady of the Lake," who gave Excalibur to Arthur
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Rowena
The wife of Vortigern, who was known as the "King of the Britons"
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Renwein
One of Rowena's older names
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Igraine
King Arthur and Morgan Le Fay's mother from different marriages
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Eigyr
Queen Igraine's original Welsh name
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Ygrayne
The name Queen Igraine is known by in "Le Morte d'Arthur," or "The Death of Arthur"
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Arnive
Igraine's given name in the German poem "Parzival"
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Blasine
Another of King Arthur's half sisters, though less devious than Morgan
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Anna
King Arthur's full sister,born from King Uther and Queen Igraine
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Elaine
Blasine's alternative, more commonly used name in modern times
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Ganieda
An enchantress and Merlin's half sister
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Gwendydd
Another given name ascribed to the enchantress, Ganieda
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Ganicenda
Another alternative name for Merlin's sister, who is held to be his twin in certain circles
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Lunete
A heroic character who appeared in the story the "Knight of the Lion"
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Laudine
The Lady of the Fountain and the woman whom Lunete served
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Brangwain
Isolde's loyal companion and maidservant
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Avalon
A mythical land in Arthurian legend and Arthur's resting place
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Olwen
A character who was said to have been the daughter of a giant

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