Shakespearean Dog Names

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Introduction

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor and rose to fame as the most famous playwright in the world. His work has inspired many, even dog owners who can relate to his characters often name their beloved dogs after some of his plays or sonnets, ensuring his work lives on. It is never easy to pick a name for a dog, we all want the name to be original, suit the pet and mean something to us. Thankfully, if you are a Shakespeare fan, then due to the large volume of his work you have plenty of choice, whereby you can bestow a Shakespearean name with honor upon your chosen pet and new companion.

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Shakespearean Dog Name Considerations

 One thing to remember is the name has to be practical for your dog. Please don’t choose an offensive name for your companion – you don’t want a red face when you are yelling out your dog’s name to get him to come back to you! Likewise, you don’t want to have a tongue twister of a name when calling your dog as it just doesn’t work. While the catch phrase from the Lion King movie ‘Hukuna Matata’ sounds great, image calling out ‘Come here Hukuna Matata, here boy, Hukuna Matata would you get back here! Hmm, its okay, but not great. Another thing to consider is whether calling your new Great Dane by the name Tiny is a good choice. I guess it is kind of funny, but is not really describing your dog. It is like calling a white dog Blackie or Tar, or calling a black dog Snow or Ghost. Unless you have a warped sense of humor (which is fine, I am not judging) a name that suits your dog's color, appearance, size and temperament is best.

Male Shakespearean Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Shadow
Comes from Henry VI, a simple but effective name
6
Prince
Hardly an original dog name, but it is a classic favorite
6
Molvolio
This name comes from the play The Twelfth Night
6
Shylock
From the play, The Merchant of Venice
5
Poet
This name was taken from the work Julius Caesar
5
Angus
A strong name that invokes loyalty and dependability and comes from Macbeth
5
Ghost
Plenty of ghosts in the closet in Shakespeare's work, the name is perfect for a while dog
5
Romeo
The romantic hero in Romeo and Juliet, it is perfect for a good looking dog with a great personality
4
Essex
A name from the play King John
3
Scout
Comes from Henry VI and would be perfect for a hunting dog
3
Corin
Easy to say, simple and unadorned from the play As You Like It
3
Caesar
A Roman drama about Julius Caesar which would be ideal for a strong dog who is a natural leader
3
Hamlet
Named after Shakespeare's famous play Hamlet
2
Exton
Another easy name to call out when hailng your dog - it comes from Richard ll
2
Alexas
From Antony and Cleopatra
2
Gonzalo
A character from the play The Tempest, it is a friendly sounding name for a dog
2
Hero
From the play Much Ado About Nothing - this name suits most dogs
1
Varro
From the play Julius Caesar, the name is sophisticated yet easy to say
1
Cassio
From Othello, it is a simple but classic name
1
Caesar
An oldie, but it is a good one
1
Doom
A bit dramatic but perhaps would suit a large black dog
0
Pistol
A easy name to say and call for your dog, it comes from Richard ll
0
Eros
Sounds like a Greek God, but comes from Antony and Cleopatra
0
Aargon
The Merchant of Venice work of Shakespeare
0
Buskin
A synomym for a tragic drama but it sounds cool for a big tough dog
-1
Huntsman
This name is kind of cool and comes from The Taming of the Shrew
-1
Ajax
Short, sharp and easy when calling your dog, and the word comes from Troilus and Cressida
-1
Achilles
Think Brad Pitt (actor ) in the classic movie Troy, but getting back to Shakespeare, the character in Troilus and Cressida
-1
Macbeth
Another of Shakespeare's great works, the name could be shortened to Mac
-1
Bard
It describes a professional storyteller, good for a small dog like a Pug
-2
Knight
You could mean a knight in shining armour but it is perfect for a jet black dog

Female Shakespearean Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Flute
A lovely name taken from a Midsummer Night's Dream
6
Cleo
Inspired from Antony and Cleopatra
6
Bella
Taken from Isabella in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure
6
Lady
From Lady Grey in Henry Vl or you could take it from The Lady and the Tramp
5
Desmona
Inspired by the character Desdemona
5
Jupiter
Bit of a mouthful but it is different, from Shakespeare's Cymbeline
5
Sugar
Very sweet, from the word 'sugarsop' in The Taming of the Shrew
4
Nerissa
From the Merchant of Venice, a classy sounding name
4
Nell
From The Two Noble Kinsmen
4
Duchess
An oldie from the play Richard III
3
Oridia
A unique name made by shortening the name Lychorida in Pericles
3
Venus
A bit of creative license from the title of The Merchant of Venice
3
Ariel
A lovely name from the Tempest, also the name of a mermaid in a Disney movie
2
Tavi
Taken from the name Octavia from Antony and Cleopatra
2
Sparkle
A dog with a lot of life, from a quote from Shakespeare about a women's eyes
2
Drama
A dog who is a bit dramatically inclined, like most of Shakespeare's work
2
Cato
From the work of Shakespeare about Julius Caesar
1
Juliet
From the famous Romeo and Juliet, of course
1
Ophelia
For a classy lady pooch, not an easy name to call out but you get used to it
1
Lena
After Helen in Troilus and Cressida
1
Nala
After the character in The Lion King - a loose adaption based on the classic Hamlet
0
Thaisa
Shakespeare's Pericles work is the inspiration for this name
0
Cressida
From the Shakespearian Troilus and Cressida
0
Moth
A little unusual but very catchy, from Love's Labor's Lost
0
Queen
Perfect for a pampered pooch, taken from Henry Vl
-1
Countess
Taken from Shakespeare's King Edward lll
-1
Paris
Not the socialite, but from Governor of Paris Henry Vl
-2
Tessa
A shortened version of Countess, sounds perfect for a dainty dog
-3
Princess
Always a good name for a precious pooch, it comes from Love's Labor's Lost

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