• Ana Martin

Brilliant Roman Pet Names That Will Make You Want A Dog

Updated: Aug 21

I’m sure you know a male dog named Rex (meaning 'king'). But how about other less popular options to get your dog standing out of the crowd? Look no further than Ancient Rome for answers


Simple names for sophisticated pets

Using a Latin name will give your pet a touch of mystery. If you are reading the Cambridge Latin Course, you will know that Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the Underwold, is a pretty cool name for a dog, so head here for more dog names from mythology.




A funny option is to call your dog, erm… Dog. Canis has the perfect dog name structure. It is perfect for a dog that tends to run away and needs to be called very loudly! Continuing with the canids, why not choose the name of an animal that resembles your dog? Big and furry like a bear? Arctos. Wild and mad

as a goat? Capra. Clever and mysterious

like an owl? My favourite one: Bubo.



Give your dog name the imperial touch

Some dogs are born to rule in their houses, so you may want to consider some weighty names. You will not have enough pets to use up all the emperors’ names, so click here for the full parade. Personally, I would love to stand in the middle of a park shouting Commodus! in gladiatorial style – and the same goes for Maximus!




From Nero to Trajan, Roman dog names inspired by emperors make perfect strong dog names.

The third option is my favourite!

A very Roman tradition: just name your dog in order of arrival to the family. So, if your dog was first, call him Primus, if he was born third, Tertius, when it is the sixth family member, Sextus, and so on and so forth.


Still looking for something different? Read on for more tips!




If you are still not sure, you cannot go wrong describing him with any adjective, e. gr. Fuscus (meaning 'dark'), Audax (meaning 'bold') or Carus (meaning 'dear'). Interesting? Head to my my Facebook page to stay tuned with Roman mythology and everything Latin: just click here!







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