French Dog Names: 127 names for your puppy

French Dog Names: 127 names for your puppy

If you’ve just gotten that cute little puppy and are looking for the perfect French doggy name, you’ve come to the right place. French people love dogs. The stereotypical Parisian is the one who takes his dog everywhere but doesn’t clean up after him (!). (Let’s try not to do that, shall we?)

Anyway, there’s a big difference when naming a dog in France, if the dog is a pure-bred versus a mixed-breed. There is actually a law. Dating back to 1926, the French rules say the name of the pure-bred dog must begin with the designated letter after the year that the dog was born in.

The letters run in alphabetical order, with certain letters like K, Q, W, X, Y, and Z have been excluded from the list. There were too few names starting with those letters, and it resulted in too many dogs having the same name. (French cat names for purebreds also are similarly regulated.)

Chiot –> Chien

English translation: Puppy –> Dog

These dogs are registered in a national database run by a Canine Association. The database tracks the dog’s family tree and DNA, and is used for breeding.

Based on the alphabet, you can pick whatever name you want, though the association does prefer that the names have two syllables.

YearName starting withExamples of Possible names
2007CCacahuète, Chipounette, Coquette, Coquinou
2008DDémoiselle, Dagobert, Douce, Doudou
2009EEtoile, Essy, Eiko, Eureka
2010FFigaro, Fleurette, Fadou, Filou
2011GGalipette, Gaillard, Gin, Gommette
2012HHipo, Hisop, Henki, Houpett
2013IIsa, Isabeau, Irvine, Ilko
2014JJoie, Jouer (m), Joueuse (f), Joujou
2015LLéna, Linette, Laure, Leroy
2016MManu, Magou, Margot, Marcel
2017NNaf-naf, Noemie, Nanette, Nostradamus
2018OObelix, Orfeus, Oursin, Océane
2019PPhilou, Pipou, Plouf, Pipeau
2020RRafale, Ratatouille, Roquette, Risette
2021SSalomé, Sucette, Stylo, Sartre
2022TTahiti, Tartare, Tchoupi, Thibert
2023UUbert, Uno, Ubu, Unis
2024VVero, Vanille, Vicomte, Valentin
2025AAmour, Abeille, Anais, Aslan
2026BBabouchka, Biquette, Boulette, Brioche
Note: France has one naming convention, while nearby French-speaking countries like Belgium and Luxembourg have different alphabet per year schedules.

If you are like me though and you got your dog from the pound, you are not particularly fussed if your little doggy sticks to the above naming schedule. Here are some more French dog names to give you a few ideas.

Male Dog Names

Now there are a lot of classic French names that I could have gone with here, but I stuck to cute names for dogs, that you wouldn’t necessarily give a child, like Asterix. Some of these names are quite popular for children as well, however, like Hugo.

Male Dog namesMeaning in English
Amifriend
Asterixfamous french comic book character
Beauhandsome
Camemberta type of french cheese
Etiennestar
Francold name for French person
Gastonguest
Hugoafter Victor Hugo
Idéfixthe dog in the Asterix comics
Pascalrelated to easter
Tintinfamous french comic book character
Victorafter Victor Hugo
Voltairefamous french writer
Yvesafter Yves St. Laurent, French fashion designer

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Female Canine names

Some French names are traditionally used only for female dogs, such as baguette because in French the word for bread is feminine: une baguette. Most English speakers find this quite illogical though, as in why is chair (une chaise) feminine while the cushion (un coussin) is masculine.

As the famous expat-French joke says: If you can’t remember if it is “un baguette” or “une baguette”, just ask for “deux baguettes” (2 baguettes).

Female Dog NamesMeaning in English
Amiefriend
Antoinette2nd name of French Queen Marie-Antoinette
Babettenickname versio of Elisabeth
Baguettea french bread
Bellebeautiful
Bisetteversion of bisou meaning kiss
Briea french cheese
Brigitteafter French actress Brigitte Bardot
Chanelafter Coco Chanel, French fashion designer
Cheriemy dear
Cocoafter Coco Chanel, French fashion designer
CoquineTease
Cosettesmall and tiny
Eclaira French dessert
Esmebeloved
Fleurflower
Juliettefrench version of Juliet
Lilouversion of loulou meaning my dear
Louloumy darling
ReineQueen
Sophiesmart
Viviennealive

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Unisex Dog Names

If you are looking for a French unisex name, I’ve got you covered:

Unisex Dog NamesMeaning in English
Bijoujewel
BisouKiss
Bleublue
Bonboncandy
Croissantfrench breakfast pastry
ElyséePalais Elysée, the official residence of the French President near the Champs Elysées in Paris
Fonduemelted cheese used as a bread dip
Louis (Louie)name of several French Kings
MatisseFrench painter
Milouworker
MonetFrench painter
Parfaitperfect
Remyoarsman
Soufflea French pastry dish filled with cheese

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So have you found your perfect name? Comment below with the name you decided to go with.

A bientôt!

¹ Featured Image: Dakota Monk

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