What's in a Name? 270 Shakespearean Names For Your Dog

But soft! What name for thy pupper will you take? These 270 Shakespearean names are the best: how can you pick just one?

Have a love for the written word? Check out these Shakespeare-inspired names for your dog below!

Old sketch of retriever dog
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Shakespearean names for female dogs

  • Adrian
  • Adriana
  • Alice
  • Aliena
  • Audrey
  • Baptista
  • Beatrice
  • Bianca
  • Blanche
  • Callie
  • Calpurnia
  • Cassandra
  • Cassie
  • Celia
  • Ceres
  • Cleo
  • Cleopatra
  • Cobweb
  • Cordelia
  • Cupid
  • Ophelia
  • Cymbeline
  • Desdemona
  • Diana
  • Dion
  • Dionyza
  • Dolabella
  • Duchess
  • Eleanor
  • Elizabeth
  • Emilia
  • Francisca
  • Gertrude
  • Grey
  • Helen
  • Helena
  • Helena
  • Hermia
  • Hermione
  • Imogen
  • Iris
  • Isabella
  • Isidore
  • Jacquenetta
  • Jane
  • Jessica
  • Joan
  • Julia
  • Juliet
  • Juno
  • Jupiter
  • Kate
  • Katharine
  • Katherina
  • Katherine
  • Lavinia
  • Leonine
  • Luce
  • Luciana
  • Lucia
  • Margaret
  • Maria
  • Mariana
  • Miranda
  • Mona
  • Morgan
  • Octavia
  • Olivia
  • Ophelia
  • Paulina
  • Phebe
  • Portia
  • Regen
  • Robin
  • Rosalind
  • Rosaline
  • Rose
  • Silvia
  • Tamora
  • Tatiana
  • Titania
  • Ursula
  • Valentine
  • Valeria
  • Verona
  • Viola
Leonberger dog
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Shakespearean names for male dogs

  • Aaron
  • Abbott
  • Abhorson
  • Abraham
  • Abram
  • Achilles
  • Adam
  • Adrian
  • Aediles
  • Aemilius
  • Aeneas
  • Agrippa
  • Ajax
  • Alarbas
  • Albany
  • Alexander
  • Alexas
  • Alonso
  • Andronicus
  • Angelo
  • Angus
  • Antenor
  • Antonio
  • Antony
  • Arogon
  • Ariel
  • Arthur
  • Bagot
  • Balthasar
  • Banquo
  • Bardolph
  • Barnardo
  • Bartholomew
  • Basset
  • Benedick
  • Benvolio
  • Berkeley
  • Berri
  • Bertram
  • Bishop
  • Bottom
  • Borachio
  • Brandon
  • Brutus
  • Buckingham
  • Bushy
  • Cade
  • Caius
  • Caliban
  • Canterbury
  • Caesar
  • Camillo
  • Capulet
  • Cassio
  • Cassius
  • Catesby
  • Cato
  • Cesario
  • Charles
  • Cicero
  • Clarence
  • Claudio
  • Claudius
  • Clifford
  • Corin
  • Corin
  • Cornelius
  • Crab (Launce's dog in the Two Gentleman of Verona!)
  • Curan
  • Curtis
  • Davy
  • Decius
  • Demetrius
  • Dennis
  • Derby
  • Diomedes
  • Dion
  • Donalbain
  • Douglas
  • Duncan
  • Earl
  • Edgar
  • Edmund
  • Edward
  • Egeon
  • Egeus
  • Emmanuel
  • Fabian
  • Fang
  • Fenton
  • Feste
  • Ferdinand
  • Flavius
  • Fleance
  • Fortinbras
  • Francis
  • Francisco
  • Fred
  • Frederick
  • Freddy
  • Friar
  • George
  • Gerald
  • Gobbo
  • Gonzalo
  • Grey
  • Griffith
  • Guildenstern
  • Gunner
  • Hal
  • Hamlet
  • Hector
  • Henry
  • Hero
  • Horatio
  • Hubert
  • Iago
  • Jamy
  • Jaques
  • John
  • Joseph
  • Julius
  • Justice
  • Laertes
  • Lance
  • Launcelot
  • Lennox
  • Leonardo
  • Lincoln
  • Lorzenzo
  • Lucio
  • Lucius
  • Lysander
  • Macbeth
  • Malcolm
  • Marcellus
  • Marcus
  • Mercutio
  • Michael
  • Montague (or Monty for short!)
  • Morgan
  • Mortimer
  • Morton
  • Morty
  • Nell
  • Oberon
  • Octavius
  • Oliver
  • Oswald
  • Orlando
  • Oswald
  • Othello
  • Paris
  • Peter
  • Petruchio
  • Phillip
  • Philo
  • Pistol
  • Polonius
  • Prospero
  • Puck
  • Regan
  • Reynaldo
  • Richard
  • Robert
  • Robin
  • Roderigo
  • Romeo
  • Rosencrantz
  • Ross
  • Sebastian
  • Shakespeare
  • Shaw
  • Silvius
  • Stephano
  • Timon
  • Titinius
  • Toby
  • Tybalt
  • Ulysses
  • Usher
  • Valentine
  • Vincent
  • William
Collie Dog Engraving
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Do you need more inspiration for your new pet’s name?

Pets are like our children. We love them, care for them, and even put them on our holiday cards in festive sweaters (if that's your thing), so it's extra important that we take time to find the perfect pet name that reflects their personality and potential. Because settling on a name for your new pet can be hard and emotionally wrenching, we've gathered nine pet-naming techniques to find the perfect fit, as well as assembled a handful of our most beloved lists of pet names below!