30 Latin Dog Names and Their Meanings

by Sonya | Last Updated:   May 14, 2021

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A new dog parent is always looking for the best and most unique name for their dog. Latin dog names are a fun, playful option for new dog owners who want to add a traditional flair to their dog’s name.

There are so many reasons to consider Latin dog names for your fur buddy.

Whatever your reason, Latin is rich with possibilities. There are plenty of Latin dog names to test out for the newest member of your family. 

Looking for something more specific?

To help you out, we have compiled some of the classic Latin dog names so you can pick a name that’s just the right fit for your puppy. Read on for some great options for Latin dog names!

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Our Top Male Latin Dog Names

Got a boy pup coming home with you? Some Latin male names are simply timeless. Consider these options:

  • August: This name is developed from the Latin, Augustus and means esteemed or venerable. It was a title given to Roman emperors.
  • Cato: This Latin boy name means knowledgeable, intelligent, and wise. This name derives from the Latin name “catus”, meaning clever, intelligent, or crafty. The Roman statesman known as Cato the Elder was known for his natural sagacity, practical wisdom, and political expertise.
  • Felix: This is a lighthearted boy name that means fortunate/lucky and happy. An excellent male dog name for a dog who loves to play. This name is a great choice for an energetic, happy dog.
  • Fidel: This Latin boy name is derived from the Latin word ‘fidelis’ that means ‘faithful.’ A great, two-syllable male dog name that is perfect for a protective dog.
  • Jovon: This masculine Latin dog name means “majestic”. It suits an elegant, graceful dog of any breed. You can change it to “Jovony” if you want to refer to a majestic female. A great dog name for a dog that’s as large as life!
  • Linus: This boy dog name means “flax” in Greek, possibly indicating a dog who is flaxen-haired (blonde). You may also remember the popular Charlie Brown character, Linus. 
  • Magnus: This name means ‘great one.’ It is a powerful name with a commanding presence. It can be used for a large, strong breed such as a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or Great Dane.
  • Marcel: This name means little warrior or little fighter. It is the variation of the Latin name Marcellus. Most believe it has its root in Mars, the name of the Roman mythological god of war. This male dog name is perfect for a small dog and it also has a bit of a French flair, making it perfect for a Frenchie.
  • Maximilian: Maximilian is derived from the name Maximus which means greatest or largest. Male dog names don’t get much more regal than this and it shortens easily to Max!
  • Orson: This means bear cub or courage of a bear. The name has its origin in a fifteenth-century story about two brothers named Valentine and Orson. The latter was carried off by a bear and raised as one of its cubs. In recent times, the comic actor Orson Bean was a Desperate Housewives character called Orson Hodge.
  • Rex: This is a regal name derived from the Latin word for king. Choose this for a dog with elegance and natural grace or lots of personality.
  • Rufus: This name means ‘red haired’ in Latin. This ancient name was popular with early saints and singers. This name was used by William II Rufus, a king of England, because of his red hair.
  • Sylvester: This beautiful boy dog name means ‘wild’ or ‘of the forest.’ This name would suit a dog that likes to run in the wild with the spirit of a worl, like the Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute. “Sylvie” or “Sly” can be a great short form for this one. 
  • Theodore: This Latin name means “a gift from God”. This masculine name is well-suited for any breed of a male dog. If you want a nickname for your dog, it can be easily shortened to “Ted” or “Teddy”.
  • Victor: The meaning of the name Victor is Winner or Conqueror. This name was borne by several early saints and a famous French writer, Victor Hugo. If your dog has a ton of energy, this may be the perfect name for it!

Female Latin Dog Names

Got a girl pup coming home with you? Some Latin dog names are simply timeless. Here are a few of our top picks:

  • Adoria: This Latin dog name means glory or one with adorable qualities. It’s a fun female dog name for a curious dog. You can’t help but fall in love with this name.
  • Alva: A lovely name meaning Noble Friend, Elf, or Brilliance. This name best suits a ‘fair haired’ dog such as a Golden Retriever.
  • Clara: This name means bright, famous, or a shining leader. Clara chases away the darkness. It’s a great name for the pet dog that is smart and intelligent.
  • Beatrice or Bea: This girl dog name is derived from the French name Béatrice. It means the ‘bringer of joy and blessings’. This girl dog gives more than she receives.
  • Erma: In Latin, this name means a noble warrior or princess. This girl dog surely demands royal treatment.
  • Flavia: This feminine name means golden-haired or blonde. It can be used for a dog with a golden coat like a Golden Retriever or blonde Poodle.
  • Glora: This name means glory. This girl dog is destined to be a champion.
  • Hilary: This feminine dog name means joyous. This dog can always lift your spirits. It’s a great female dog name for your first dog.
  • Lara: This name means ‘bright and famous.’ In mythology, Lara or Larunda was a beautiful nymph exiled to the Underworld by Jupiter for revealing his amorous affairs. In recent times, the name has been made famous by Lara Croft, from the Tomb Raider movie and video game series.
  • Mabel: This name means endearing and lovable. If you love offbeat old-fashioned names for your dog, Mabel is one for you to consider.
  • Nola: In Latin, this means a small bell. This one is a really pretty Latin dog name. It’s sweet and simple, easy to call out, and easy for your girl dog to understand.
  • Petra: The girl’s name Petra literally means rock. This is the feminine variant of Peter. It became popular in 1812 after the discovery of the archaeological ruins of the ancient Jordanian city of Petra, a city known for its rock-cut architecture. Recently Petra was a character on the popular show, Jane the Virgin.
  • Saige: This Latin feminine dog name means “wise and healthy”. The name also has associations with sagebrush, cowboys, and the Wild West. You can really count on this girl dog!
  • Valencia: It means “vigorous and strong”. This choice is great for a female of any breed. If you want a nickname for your dog, it can be easily shortened to “Val”.
  • Vita: This is a Latin name that means life. If you’re looking for exotic female dog names, we think this name is pretty cool. This girl dog will always lift your spirits. It is a feminine form of Vitus, a Christian saint.

Tips for Naming Your Dog 

Your dog’s name is the key to proper communication between you. Here are some useful tips for naming your dog. 

  • Don’t rush into naming your dog. Take your time and feel comfortable with your decision. 
  • Changing your dog’s name once they are used to it can be confusing and unsettling for them.
  • Don’t pick a name that is too long or difficult to pronounce unless you’re happy to use an abbreviated nickname. Shorter names are easier to say and easier to call out quickly when needed.
  • You should try to keep your dog’s name to one or two syllables. This will help your fur buddy understand what their name is. If you prefer a longer name, have a shorter nickname for day to day communication.
  • You must ensure that your dog’s name does not sound too close to any commands that you plan to use (like “sit” or “stay”).
  • Avoid dog names that have negative connotations.
  • Avoid dog names that are embarrassing, too humorous, or edgy.
  • Make sure that the name is easy for your furry pal to learn and remember.

Let your imagination flow and pick a name the whole family will love.

Final Thoughts

Naming your dog is just the beginning of your amazing journey together! The possibilities are endless when it comes to finding the perfect name for your new fur baby. 

Use your imagination and be sure to check out our list of Latin dog names. Hopefully, these names provide some solid inspiration for naming your new pet. Your fur baby will stand out with a traditional Latin name!

Take your time deciding and choose wisely! After all, you’ll be saying this name quite a lot from now on!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of Latin names for dogs. What is your favourite Latin dog name? Do you know any more Latin dog names that we should add to the list? Please share your ideas in the comments.

Sonya is a software engineer by day and recently earned her MBA degree, but she also loves spending her free time writing about her favourite passion, dogs! Click here to read more.
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