Regal Dog Names

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Introduction

By definition in the Webster's Dictionary, the term regal means "fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified." Certainly, the implication of being regal has to do with appearing royal. Many dog breeds imply an air of dignity simply in their actions and the way they carry themselves. However, the word regal often indicates that something or someone is fit for a king or queen. There are no shortages of dog breeds who have been the prize possession of royalty. Queen Victoria herself was known for her breeding program, specifically with Pomeranians. Other royals across the world have been proud dog owners. Often, that pride extended to the personality of the pups involved.

Regal Dog Names in Pop Culture

Regal Dog Name Considerations

Dogs are as old as mankind; their companionship has warmed the heart of the most destitute individual; their presence has graced the royal palace of many kings and queens. From the ancient Orient to modern day England, dogs are often a part of the royal family. Of course, most Americans recognize that one tradition of presidential families is to not only obtain, but to introduce their canine companions to the general public. Some presidential families have even been gifted pups should they not already own a four-legged friend. Dogs are as much a part of regal households as they are the average home. 

While the following is not an extensive list of all dogs who have been part of royal families, the focus will be on a few distinct breeds that we know for a fact were kept by emperors, kings, and other rulers. First, the breed that we know today as the Shih Tzu was gifted to the Chinese emperors by the Dalai Lama himself. Prior to this, the Shih Tzu had lived a pampered life under the care of Tibetan monks who referred to the breed as "little lions." The Empress Tzu incorporated a breeding program during the late nineteenth century, and was said to have given puppies to both English and Dutch aristocrats. 

Henry VIII and his daughters were proud owners of English Toy Spaniels, which would later be renamed the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Additionally, the Poodle was a favorite of French royals, including King Louis XIV. Currently, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a favorite of Elizabeth II of England. 

Male Regal Dog Names

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Rex
As in the Tyrannosaurus Rex, this name means "king"
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Albert
As in Prince Albert Edward of England
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Franz
Franz Ferdinand was the archduke of Austria
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Richie
King Richard III was the subject of a Shakespearean play
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Augustus
As in Caesar Augustus, this name means the exalted one
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Edgar
This regal sounding name actually denotes a spear carrier
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Felipe
This Spanish name refers to one who loves horses
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Henry
Many kings have been named Henry, particularly the paranoid Henry VIII
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Nicholas
Nicholas has been the name of many princes; it means victory
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Enzo
Meaning "ruler of the home," the dog that played "Eddie" on Frasier was named Enzo
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Fredrich
This German name can be found in history back to the 11th century
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McQuaid
This family name is Gaelic for "ruler of the army"
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Alfred
Alfred Ernest Albert was known as Alfie to his family
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Theo
Theodore refers to one who is God's gift
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Nestor
A Greek mythological ruler known for his wisdom
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Arthur
This is a nod to none other than King Arthur, the king of the round table
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Artie
A variation of King Arthur's name, this name fits a Chihuahua
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Roark
This name means "illustrious ruler;" it is fitting of an Irish Springer Spaniel
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King
This regal name fits a Mastiff-type dog
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George
King George was a great adversary of the colonial Americans
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Conrad
This German name means a ruler who is bold
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Duncan
Shakespeare speaks of a King Duncan of Scotland
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Stephen
This name refers to a garland worn by a regal individual
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Philip
Prince Philip is Queen Elizabeth II's husband
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Geoffrey
This name means divinely peaceful
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Ivan
This Russian royal name means God is gracious
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Andy
Prince Andrew is Charles' younger brother and Fergie's former husband
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James
King James became ruler after the Tudor line died out
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Willie
Prince William is Diana's older son; he is the direct heir to the British throne
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Edward
Edward is the husband of Princess Anne, Elizabeth II's daughter

Female Regal Dog Names

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Piper
As in the Pied Piper, who had leadership qualities
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Elizabeth
As in the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II
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Libby
A variation of Elizabeth I's name and a nod to the "Fairy Queen"
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Wilhelmina
This German royal name means "protector"
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Cecilia
This German name refers to the sixth daughter
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Jane
As in Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third wife
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Mary
Princess Mary was Henry VIII's oldest daughter
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Kendra
A variation of a male name meaning wise ruler
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Olga
This traditional Russian name means "holy one"
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Elena
One of the newest Disney princesses is Elena
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Arabella
This name literally means "beautiful altar"
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Adele
This name means noble and serious
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Alexandra
A female version of Alexander, who was a Greek hero
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Ericka
This name means "eternal ruler"
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Adelaide
This German name literally means noble; it is perfect for a German Shepherd
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Beatrice
Prince Andrew and Fergie's daughter
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Guinevere
Arthur's disloyal wife
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Hattie
This name means "little ruler of the home" and is perfect for any pampered pup
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Helen
Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus, which explains her great beauty
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Caroline
This name denotes regal strength
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Henrietta
The feminine version of Henry, which means ruler
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Alice
Alice did not necessarily rule Wonderland, but she gave the Queen of Hearts a run for her money
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Anastasia
One of the royal Russian family deposed by their own people
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Charlotte
As in Charlotte's Web, she treated Wilbur like royalty
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Emma
One of Jane Austen's most regal characters
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Katherine
As in Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife
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Anne
Henry VIII boasted two wives named Anne
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Natalia
This name is indicative of one born around Christmas
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Matilda
This name means "mighty battle maiden" and is perfect for a French Bulldog
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Nimue
Merlin's romantic interest in the King Arthur legends

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