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60+ Shakespearean Inspired Dog Names For Your Cute Puppies

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Naming your new dog can be a daunting task. With so many options to choose from, where do you even begin?

If you’re looking for something creative and timeless, why not consider one of Shakespeare’s many famous characters?

There are choices for every type of pup, whether you’re looking for a classic name or something more quirky. Here are some of our favorites!

Male Shakespearean Dog Names

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

Female Shakespearean Dog Names

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

If you’re still undecided on what to name your new pup, consider one of these literary dog names. They’re quirky, cute, and perfect for any pooch.

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