Papillon Dog Names

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Introduction

Named after the French word for “butterfly”, the Papillon is an ancient dog breed with a colorful history recorded as far back as seven centuries ago. In fact, the breed was often seen in paintings by Old Masters that have been around since the 16th century. The name is a reference to the Papillon’s upright ears, which is reminiscent of the outspread wings of a butterfly. Another variety of the breed with dropping ears is the Phalene, the French word for moth. The Papillon is an energetic and outgoing dog that needs constant stimulation and exercise. Despite its size, the breed has a big-dog personality and a keen sense of awareness, making it a great watchdog. Its trainability, playfulness and guard dog instincts make it the perfect family pet and companion.

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Papillon Dog Name Considerations

One of the most exciting parts of having a new dog is picking out a name for it. Oftentimes, dog owners try to keep it short and simple by choosing a name that doesn’t exceed two syllables. This makes sense because dogs normally only grasp the first one or two syllables of a word. If you do not want to settle for the common dog names, you can also use your pup’s attributes as a source of inspiration. Papillons are characterized by their lively personality, petite frame, their butterfly-shaped ears and a long layer of coat that comes in a variety of colors, such as white, sable and a combination of colors like black and white and fawn and white, to name a few. With these qualities in consideration, you can surely rack up some ideas for a name for your new dog. For instance, if you have a white female Papillon, you can name her “Lily”, after the flower. Or, if you have a male Papillon who won’t stay still, you can name him “Dash”.

Aside from the dog’s qualities, you can also use their background as an inspiration for a name. While the Papillon’s history is remains a mystery, the breed came into recognition thanks to Louis XIV of France, who bought multiple dogs for French royalty. During his reign, the Papillon became a popular breed in Europe. Hence, a French name, or any other references to French culture, would be a good fit for your Papillon.

Male Papillon Dog Names

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Chipper
Slang term used to describe someone perky or cheerful
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Aubin
Means “white” in French; good for white Papillons
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Baldoin
French name meaning “brave friend”
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Marius
Roman name meaning “male”
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Aloin
French name meaning “noble friend”
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Domino
A kind of rectangular block in black and white color; good for black and white Papillons
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Dax
A town in southwestern France
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Hobbit
A kind of fictional tiny human from the Lord of the Rings series
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Leon
Means “lion” in French
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Éclair
Means “lightning” in French; also a known French pastry
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Louis
French name meaning “famous warrior”
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Napoleon
After Napoleon Bonaparte, a French statesman
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Delroy
French name meaning “of the king”
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Felix
French name meaning “happy”
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Aston
After the luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin
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Pronto
Means “quickly” in Spanish; for your hyper Papillon
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Marseille
A French city
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Ignace
French name meaning “fiery”
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Leroy
French name meaning “the king”
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Lowell
French name meaning “young wolf”
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Garcon
Means “boy” in French
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Chablis
A famous French wine
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Vulcan
A kind of butterfly
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Yoda
A Jedi master from the Star Wars franchise
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Marcel
French name meaning “warlike”
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Andre
French form of “Andrew”, which means “male warrior”
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Noir
Means “black” in French; good for Papillons with sable markings
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Rififi
French name meaning “trouble”; for your naughty Papillon
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Ezra
Hebrew name meaning “helper”
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Pierre
French form of “Peter”, which means “rock”

Female Papillon Dog Names

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Vivien
Means “lively” or “animated” in French; top name for a Papillon
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Amie
French name meaning “friend”
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Bijou
Means “jewel” in French
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Flocon
Means “snowflake” in French
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Fleur
Means “flower” in French
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Melee
Means confusion or turmoil, good for your Papillon who likes to make a mess
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Bambi
Means “little girl” in Italian
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Panda
A bearlike animal that is black and white in color; funny name for a black and white Papillon
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Felicite
French name meaning “happy”
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Esme
Means “loved” in French
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Paris
France’s capital and biggest city
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Genevieve
French name meaning “white wave”
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Canelle
Means “cinnamon” in French; good for Papillons with brown markings
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Lamour
A French term of endearment meaning “sweetie”
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Souris
Means “mousy” in French; pronounced soo-ree
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Belle
Means “beautiful” in French
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Oreo
A famous brand of chocolate sandwich cookie; good for black and white Papillons
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Elle
Means “she” in French
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Beaufort
A kind of cheese from the Savoie
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Sasha
Pet form of the name “Alexandra”, which means “defender of mankind”
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Blanche
French nickname meaning “white”; good for white Papillons
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Etoile
Means “star” in French
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Gigi
French name meaning “trustworthy”
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Joan
After Joan of Arc, a French heroine
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Reine
Means “queen” in French
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Nacre
A kind of butterfly
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Merlot
A kind of French wine
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Bonbon
A piece of candy
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Coquette
French name meaning “someone who likes to flirt”
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Gamine
French name meaning “playful child”; good for your playful Papillon

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