50 Fun Names for British and Irish Dog Breeds

Purebred dogs were developed all over the world. Here's a guide to dogs that were specially bred in Great Britain and Ireland along with some culturally appropriate names.


The British Isles and Ireland produced numerous dog breeds, most of which are still extremely popular today. Terriers, spaniels, retrievers; many of these dogs were working or sporting dogs that were important assets of life in 19th-century Britain.

  • Terriers: From the largest terrier (Airedale) to the smallest (Yorkshire), all terriers except for schnauzers were bred in the British Isles or Ireland.
  • Sporting dogs: This group of dogs includes many hounds, spaniels, setters, and retrievers that were used to hunt game on land and in the water. The breeds that hail from the British Isles include golden retrievers, English cocker spaniels, springer spaniels, Irish setters, flat-coated retrievers, Gordon setters, and English setters.
  • Working/herding dogs: These dogs helped control livestock, such as sheep and cattle, on farms and in rural areas. These breeds include border collies, bearded collies, rough collies, and corgis.

British/Celtic Names
If you are looking for a country-appropriate name that matches your dog's ancestry, consider these:

25 Boy Dog Names for British and Irish Dog Breeds

1. Aidan
Meaning: Little fiery one
Origin: Ireland

2. Conor
Meaning: Strong-willed
Origin: Ireland

3. Angus
Meaning: Exceptional
Origin: Scotland

4. Dermot
Meaning: Free man
Origin: Ireland

5. Dinsmore
Meaning: From the hill fort
Origin: Ireland

6. Bran
Meaning: Strong
Origin: England

7. Brady
Meaning: Spirited
Origin: Ireland

8. Harry
Meaning: Home ruler
Origin: Germany (but after the Harry Potter book series is very popular in Britain)

9. Alfie
Meaning: Variation of Alfred, which means sage or wise
Origin: England

10. Oliver
Meaning: From the olive tree, symbolizing fruitfulness and dignity
Origin: England

11. Cedric
Meaning: Chief
Origin: England

12. Gordon
Meaning: From the marshes
Origin: Scotland

13. Griffin
Meaning: Strong in faith
Origin: Wales

14. Colin
Meaning: Young child, peaceful dove
Origin: Ireland

15. Coby
Meaning: Variant of Coburn
Origin: Scotland

16. Norris
Meaning: From the North
Origin: Scotland

17. Ian
Meaning: Gift from God
Origin: Scotland

18. Inis
Meaning: From the river island
Origin: Ireland

19. Pierce
Meaning: Rock
Origin: England

20. Riley
Meaning: A small stream
Origin: Ireland

21. Rogan
Meaning: Red-haired
Origin: Ireland

22. Kent
Meaning: White
Origin: Wales

23. Romney
Meaning: Winding river
Origin: England

24. Seamus
Meaning: Form of James
Origin: Ireland

25. Shane
Meaning: God is gracious
Origin: Ireland

Girl Dog Names for British and Irish Breeds

Bree
Meaning: Strong
Origin: Ireland

Alma
Meaning: All good
Origin: Ireland

Fiona
Meaning: White, fair
Origin: Ireland

Bowden
Meaning: Messenger
Origin: England

Keira
Meaning: Black-haired
Origin: Ireland

Neala
Meaning: Champion
Origin: Ireland

Briann
Meaning: Strong, ascending
Origin: England

Moira
Meaning: Bitter        
Origin: Ireland

Meryl
Meaning: Falcon      
Origin: England

Kerry
Meaning: Dark princess     
Origin: Ireland

Bridget
Meaning: Strong
Origin: Ireland

Quinn
Meaning: Wise         
Origin: Ireland

Rhiannon
Meaning: Sacred queen
Origin: England

Winnie
Meaning: Blessed reconciliation    
Origin: Wales

Nell
Meaning: Variation of Ellen, shining light
Origin: England

Iona
Meaning: Dove
Origin: Scotland

Maeve
Meaning: Goddess of song
Origin: Ireland

Ethne
Meaning: Fire
Origin: Ireland

Delia
Meaning: Dark
Origin: Wales

Diva
Meaning: Divine one
Origin: Ireland

Gilda
Meaning: Golden
Origin: England

Glenn
Meaning: Narrow valley
Origin: Ireland

Deirdre
Meaning: Sad one
Origin: Ireland

Keely
Meaning: Beautiful
Origin: Ireland

Mirna
Meaning: Tender
Origin: Ireland

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