You’ve found your puppy love…now to choose from Valentine’s dog names for the dog that you will love. Perhaps you can pick out the perfect moniker for your fur baby among this list of Valentine’s Day-inspired words and names!
Cabbage — This sweet sobriquet (which stems from the French phrase “mon petite cou,” or “my litle cabbage”) is Prince Philip’s pet name for Queen Elizabeth II!
Claddagh– Since the 17th century the Irish Claddagh ring design of two hands clasping a crown-topped heart has symbolized love and loyalty.
Famous Romantic Writers
If you are pondering the possibility of giving your new furry family member a truly “novel” name, you might want to name your dog after one of these notable novelists of romantic fiction:
The Queen of romantic novels (with her own real life royal connection, as the step-grandmother of the late Princess Diana), Dame Barbara Cartland created happily ever afters for the heroes and heroines of her 723 novels. In a nod to her favorite breed of barking buddies, the title of one of her romances was The Prince and the Pekingese, which included the antics of a pup named Twi-Twi. In love with the cuddly canines, the prolific author was the proud pet parent to many Pekingese over the years.
Anne Bronte was a pet parent to a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Flossy and Emily walked the moors with a bulldog/mastiff called Keeper.
Both dogs were cared for by Charlotte Bronte following her sisters’ deaths.
Famous for her torrid page-turners, the fourth best-selling fiction author of all time also penned a book about puppy love!
Pure Joy is the real life tale of the many dogs she and her family have shared their lives with, including several Brussels Griffons, Chihuahuas, Pugs, Yorkies, miniature Boston Bull Terriers and Dachshunds.
Did you know that since 2013 the author of the popular Outlander book franchise has been an ambassador for the Bianca Associacao, a non-profit organization in Portugal which rescues dogs and cats in need?
Not only have generations of readers (and, more recently, television viewers) found themselves falling in love with the relationship of Ross Poldark and Demelza Carne, they have also fallen in love with the canine characters in Winston’s Poldark series of novels, including Demelza’s faithful Fido Garrick and Caroline Enys’s precious pug, Horace.
The author of such best-sellers as Hollywood Wives and Lucky was a pet parent to a poodle.
Was Jane Austen a pet parent? The answer seems to have been lost in the mist of time. However, a tuxedo cat named Marmite has made himself at home at Jane Austen’s House Museum in in the village of Chawton.
The author who brought the characters of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler to life was a fan of felines who shared her heart and home over the years with cats named Piedy, Hipatia and Lopatia (pals with paws from her childhood), Maud, Count Dracula and a stray who came to stay called Old Timer, who was described by the writer as “a great ladies’ man.”
The author of such bestsellers turned big screen hots as The Notebook and A Walk to Remember is a pet parent to several rescue dogs who needed to turn the page to a new chapter in their lives.
The author of the Twilight book franchise named her tale’s protagonist Bella, which has been the most popular name for girl dogs since 2010.
Famous Romantic Poets
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
At Lincoln Cathedral a memorial statue depicts the British poet’s faithful four-legged friend Karenina standing next to a likeness of her human.
Edgar Allen Poe
The American author and poet was a proud pet parent to a black cat called Catterina, who would sit upon his shoulder as he penned his literary masterpieces.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” While this well-known poem was penned in honor of her husband Robert Browning, did you know that Elizabeth Barrett Browning also wrote verses about the virtues of her faithful four-legged companion?
Not only did the cocker spaniel’s loyalty prompt his human parent to compose “To Flush, My Dog, ” the legend of the lap dog also served to inspire Virginia Woolf to write Flush: A Biography.
The beloved poet behind the poem ‘I’m Nobody! Who are you?” was a proud pet parent to Carlo, a Newfoundland she is said to call “my shaggy ally.”
Chiseled on the tombstone of his beloved canine companion Boatswain, “Epitaph for a Dog” was written by the poet in memory of the Newfoundland, who was laid to rest on Lord Byron’s estate in Newstead Abbey.
Depictions in stone of Scottish poet Robert Burns, who immortalized his beloved border collie Luath (a Gaelic name meaning “swift”) in his poem “The Twa Dogs,” can be seen in Boston, Massachusetts, Ballarat, Australia and in Dumfries, Scotland.
Your love for your new fur baby is “ageless and Evergreen,” so why not name your new four-legged family member after this beloved Songbird?
Many canine companions brightened the days of Lady Day, including a Chihuahua named Pepe and a Boxer called Mister, who was immortalized in the children’s book Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her.
The “Puppy Love” singer promoted pet adoption in a PSA for the American Humane Association.
The “Hound Dog” singer enjoyed the friendship of many pals with paws, including two Great Danes named Butus and Snoopy, a Chow called Get Lo and a Basset Hound dubbed Sherlock.
Just like the classic crooner, you can sing “Al last, my love has come along…” when you find your new fur baby! (Did you know that Etta James had a four-legged family member she named Strappy?)
When Ol’ Blue Eyes passed away, one of the items placed in his coffin was a dog biscuit to symbolize the crooner’s love for all creatures, especially dogs.
The “Dream Lover” singer loves Jack Russell Terriers.
Whitney Houston– Did you know that the late great singer had a four-legged friend in a Yorkshire Terrier she dubbed Doogie?
Did you know that this Hollywood hunk and his wife Amal adopted a rescue Bassett Hound from The San Gabriel Valley Humane Society in 2016? In 2017 the canine-loving couple also made a $10,000 donation to help Camp Cocker animal rescue care for nine dogs who had been saved from a backyard breeder.
Did you know that this A-list actor helped to rescue over 50 of our four-legged friends in the days after Hurricane Katrina?
Having appeared on the covers of approximately 500 romance novels, pop culture icon Fabio Lanzoni helps dogs and cats who need to turn the page to a new chapter in their lives as the spokesperson for Spay First!
Did you know that the late Academy Award winner’s legacy of love for animals lives on through sales of Newman’s Own pet food? Just as 100% of the profits from sales of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for people benefit various non-profit organizations around the world, so the proceeds from the company’s pet products help charities that help our four-legged friends in need.
Legend states that the Latin lover’s dog Kabar (an Alsatian Doberman) began a heartbreaking howl at the moment of the actor’s untimely passing, even though the high-profile pet parent and his pal with paws were thousands of miles apart at the time.
Today fans of silent films and Fidos can pay their respects to the late star’s canine companion at the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park, which is also the final resting place of Petey the Pup from “Our Gang” and Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s beloved fur baby, a cocker spaniel they had dubbed Droopy.
Other animal-loving luminaries who have chosen the spot for their furry family members to rest in peace include Alfred Hitchcock, Bing Crosby, designer to the stars Bob Mackie, and Charlie Chaplin.
- Allie and Noah
- Romeo and Juliet
- Scarlett and Rhett
- Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth
- Cleopatra and Mark Antony
- Lancelot and Guinevere
- Dr. Zhivago and Laura
- Heathcliff and Cathy
- Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre
- Jack and Rose
- Bella and Edward
- Ilsa and Rick
- Baby and Johnny
- Tony and Maria
- Hubbell and Katie
- Francesca and Robert
- Harry and Sally
- Sandy and Danny
- Princess Leia and Han Solo
- Tristan and Isolde
- Westley and Buttercup
- Superman and Lois Lane
- Rocky and Adrian
- Victoria and Albert: Are you a Fido-loving Anglophile? Then you might want to name your royal dog after the 19th century British sovereign and her soulmate. Avid dog lovers, the couple were pet parents to a bevy of barking buddies during their lifetime, among them Skye Terriers dubbed Dandie ad Islay, a greyhound named Eos, a Deerhound who answered to Hector, Pomeranians called Marco and Turi, Collies called Noble and Sharp, and a King Charles Spaniel dubbed Dash.
Love in Different Languages
Amor– Portuguese and Spanish
Friend in Different Languages
Ami, amie– French
Amica, amico– Italian
Amiga, amigo– Spanish and Portuguese
Freund, Freundin– German