If you’re planning on bringing home a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you’re going to have a friend for life. This regal breed is known for its loyalty, friendliness, and docile nature.
What you decide to name your new furry friend is very important since they will be a treasured member of your family for years to come. It can also be a daunting or overwhelming endeavor.
That’s why we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of over 250 ideal names for Cavaliers. Take a look and find the perfect name for your new best friend.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (or Cavalier for short) originated in 16th century Britain, where nobles and royalty enjoyed their commitment to their owner and hunting abilities.
These days, the breed is highly sought after for their loyal companionship. Many owners report that their sweet dogs are more than happy to lounge around most of the day but can be energetic and happy to engage as well.
Cavaliers are small dogs, usually not more than 13 inches tall. They have silky coats that come in a variety of shades of white and brown (Blenheim), copper (Ruby), black and brown (Black and Tan), or black, tan, and white (Tricolor).
Popular Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Names
You might want to consider a name for your new pal from these lists of the ten most popular Cavalier names, male and female.
Appearance &Temperament Names
Many people like to name their dogs based on their personality or how they look. The problem with that method is that it takes some time to get to know your dog, and they need a name quickly.
Luckily, several characteristics are universal to almost all dogs in the breed, so you can begin to make your selection even before you meet your new pup.
- Amor (love)
Food And Drink Names
You might be surprised how many people name their dogs after types of foods and drinks. It’s a very popular trend right now. It also fits a Cav well: their personalities and temperament (sweet), as well as their coloring (browns, tans, whites, reds, black), lend themselves to some fun names, including these 40 possibilities.
- Frappuccino (Chino for short)
- Pibbs (as in, Mr. Pibb)
It’s obvious just from their breed name that these little dogs have a long history. Drawing on that can be a great way to name them. You can call them after a specific royal family member, pick a more generic name, or choose something just a little bit fancy. Princess Margaret was also known for her ownership and pure love for this breed.
We mainly stuck to British and European names and titles, but there are hundreds more from around the globe.
Royal Names For Males
- Archibald (Archie)
- Edward (Ed or Eddie)
- Augustus (Augie)
Royal Names For Females
- Elizabeth (Beth or Lizzie)
- Antoinette (Nettie or Annie)
- Anastasia (Anya)
- Catherine (Catie)
- Isabella (Bella or Izzy)
- Josephine (Jo)
- Beatrice (Bee)
- Margaret (Maggie)
- Cleopatra (Cleo)
Noble Title Names
- Lord or Lady
- Duke or Duchess
- Prince or Princess
- King or Queen
- Earl or Earless
- Emperor or Empress
- Czar or Czarina
- Rex (Latin for “ruler”)
- Dauphin or Dauphine
- Marquis or Marquess
- Baron or Baroness
- Knight or Dame
Other “Fancy” Names For A Royal Dog
- Chanel (or Coco)
- Leia (as in Princess Leia)
- Ophelia (from Shakespeare’s Hamlet)
- Louis (Vuitton)
- Olympia (Ollie)
- Rockefeller (Rockie)
Pop Culture Names
It’s also enjoyable to name your dog after something you love, such as your favorite movie, celebrity, tv show, book, or music. Our following four lists have some great names in these categories, and all contain names for males, females, and both.
- Buddy (Elf)
- Baxter (Anchorman)
- Marley (Marley & Me)
- Chance (Homeward Bound)
- Lady (and the Tramp)
- Einstein (Back to the Future)
- Fang (Harry Potter)
- Toto (The Wizard of Oz)
- Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon)
- Logan (Wolverine)
- Astro (The Jetsons)
- Scooby (Scooby-Doo)
- Brain (Inspector Gadget)
- Odie (Garfield)
- Arya (Game of Thrones)
- Malia (Teen Wolf)
- Chad (High School Musical)
- Gary (Spongebob Squarepants)
- Eleven (Stranger Things)
- Elizabeth Taylor (Sex and the City)
- Finn (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
- Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
- Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird)
- Winnie (Winnie the Pooh)
- Luna (Harry Potter)
- Fitz or Fitzgerald (as in F. Scott)
- Hemingway (as in Ernest)
- Eloise (Eloise)
- Gandalf (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
- Poe (as in Edgar Allen)
Music And Musician Names
- Abbey (as in Abbey Road, the famous Beatles album)
- B. B. (as in King)
- Bruno (as in Mars)
- Clef (music symbol)
- Hank (as in Williams)
- Allegro (lively and brisk)
- Ozzy (as in Osbourne)
More Cavalier Names
If you haven’t found the perfect name yet, don’t fret! Check out these lists for a few more ideas.
More Female Names
- Bess or Bessie
More Male Names
- Jack or Jax
Tips For Naming Your Dog
Whether or not you’ve found a great name on this list, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when going through the process of naming any pet.
Think About Using And Explaining It
We all get a good laugh when we hear ridiculous dog names, but choosing something outlandish or weird might not be the way you want to go.
For one thing, at some point, you’re going to have to shout that name in front of others. Whether at a dog park or on a walk downtown, it is going to happen. Think about whether you’d want lots of strangers to hear you yelling your potential names.
Even if the name isn’t embarrassing, a bizarre or unusual name might mean that you end up explaining it to many people all of the time. Think about whether that will get annoying before you choose something weird.
Of course, you don’t want to choose anything that is in any way offensive to others, obscene, or inappropriate. After all, your dog is a natural lover.
Simple Is Best
You also need to think about your dog. True, canines don’t get humiliated as we do, but their name is how they know you’re communicating with them. If you choose something that sounds like other common words or one of their commands, they’ll be confused.
Dogs also aren’t good at recognizing complicated words. If you want to give your pup a long name, be sure to choose an excellent nickname to respond to more easily.
Ask Around For Input
This is a big decision, so it’s a good idea to run your ideas by others to get their opinions. Try asking people closest to you who are familiar with your lifestyle.
Asking for input can be a great thing to do when you’re stuck, too. Other people might have great ideas that they’re willing to share. This is especially true of people who work with dogs. Vets, dog walkers, and groomers encounter lots of animals with fun, impressive, or fitting names all the time. They might also be able to weigh in on your list.
Don’t be afraid to utilize the power of the internet. Reddit or even your own Facebook account are great sounding boards for this kind of thing.
Make A Choice Quickly
Clearly, we understand that this is a big decision. At the same time, though, you have to make a choice fast. We strongly recommend naming your dog within 48 hours of bringing them home. Otherwise, the dog might get confused and delay learning to identify with their name.
Use this list to pick out some stand-outs. Ten or as many as 20 should be enough. Aim to eliminate about half of them within the first day, spend time with your dog, and then choose a final winner the next day.
Feel free to speak with their foster parents, breeders, or the rescue shelter to learn about their personalities. You can even run a few of your favorite names by them and see how they react.
Choose Something Meaningful For You
It is critically important to remember that this name stays with you both for many years. For that reason, we strongly encourage people to pick something meaningful to them.
Doing so only helps you love and grow attached to your new furry friend faster.
We’re sure by now it’s evident that a lot of thought goes into choosing the right name for your dog. It affects how you and the world interact with them throughout their lives. Whatever name you give your Cavalier, one thing you can be sure of is you will love them to pieces. They will quickly become a treasured member of your family.