100+ Celtic Dog Names: Traditional & Gaelic Ideas

You might be interested in naming your pup after your Celtic heritage – roots dating back to the 1200 BC and include early history in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Adopting a breed originating from one of these areas may also be another reason you’re keen on a Celtic name. 

Regardless of your reasoning, we love the idea of a traditional Celtic name and are certain your pup would enjoy it too! 

Below we have noted the most popular female and male Celtic names, suggestions for the Irish, Scottish and Welshman, a few meaningful ideas, and finally, noted a few famous Celtic names for you to consider. 

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Female Celtic Dog Names

  • Diva 
  • Erie
  • Quin
  • Alesia
  • Avalon
  • Gall
  • Keely
  • Alys
  • Maeve
  • Berit
  • Iona 
  • Sloane
  • Aina
  • Ove
  • Attie
  • Wynter
  • Blair
  • Mavis 
  • Isolde
  • Leigh
  • Teague

Male Celtic Dog Names

  • Cullen 
  • Ferris 
  • Kane 
  • Merlyn
  • Ronan
  • Winsor
  • Cormac
  • Edan
  • Bran
  • Fergus 
  • Burgess
  • Noland 
  • Pert
  • Brently
  • Maddox
  • Doyle 
  • Herne
  • Keir
  • Keary 
  • Egan
  • Mac
  • Hueil
  • Olwen 
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Irish Celtic Dog Names

From Clover to River, we have noted all things that traditionally Irish in addition to a few classic Irish Celtic references. One of these would be suitable for a fun-loving pup that appreciates the great outdoors. 

  • Adara 
  • Breck
  • Ailia
  • Declan
  • Farrin
  • Miles
  • Brady
  • Rory
  • Griffon
  • Cace
  • Orna
  • Angus 
  • Keon
  • Oscar
  • Tag
  • Deidre
  • Malone 
  • Tyrus
  • Auley
  • Fallon
  • Henley
  • Finn
  • Darby
  • Cashel
  • Cacia
  • Brody
  • Ardal 
  • Tait
  • Cowen 
  • Dagen
  • Shaw

Scottish Celtic Dog Names

For all the sporty posh pups out there, an ode to the Celtic Scottish culture would be an interesting and unique spin on a name. Read on to find out which of these fun scot inspired references suits your new addition. 

  • Ailein
  • Cadha
  • Baen
  • Edina
  • Fletcher
  • Davis
  • Alastair 
  • Erroll
  • Baird
  • Walmond
  • Elliot 
  • Forba 
  • Ness
  • Watson
  • Kenzy
  • Ewan
  • Cora
  • Paton
  • Greer
  • Maisie
  • Lachy
  • Aleck 
  • Birk
  • Gordon
  • Argyle 
  • Kai

Welsh Celtic Dog Names

Wales is known for its gorgeous beaches and rugged coastline. Additionally, the Welsh people are notoriously friendly and welcoming. For those dogs who are simply beautiful and have the warmest and inviting personalities, a Celtic Welsh name may just be a perfect match!

  • Alwin 
  • Fyrsil
  • Cas
  • Madog 
  • Odgar
  • Cordelia
  • Dillie
  • Jeston
  • Maddox 
  • Mercher
  • Neued
  • Arvel 
  • Idris
  • Olwen
  • Penn
  • Fane 
  • Kimball
  • Reese
  • Griff
  • Tad
  • Trixy
  • Mali
  • Badan
  • Tyce

Celtic Dog Names with Meanings

If you are searching for a name that has flair – you should consider a Celtic name with a meaning. Not only do these each sound incredibly cool, but they have also lovely, funny, or pure meanings behind them. Read on to find out which of these interesting suggestions pairs perfectly with your dog. 

  • Duff (Dark)
  • Elgin (Noble)
  • Finian (Handsome)
  • Brasil (Battle)
  • Ninian (Many Miracles)
  • Maedoc (Bishop)
  • Etain (Little Fire)
  • Farrel (Brave)
  • Brennus (King)
  • Mochan (Early)
  • Seisyll (Six)
  • Cynbel (Cheif)
  • Ailbe (White)
  • Imogen (Maiden)
  • Lynch (Seaman)
  • Boden (Blonde)
  • Alula (Dainty)
  • Faelen (Little Wolf)
  • Egin (Fiery)
  • Arty (Stone)
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Famous Celtic Dog Names

There have been many influential people from Celtic descent who made their mark in history. For those interested in a name that’s not only famous but has a rich past, one of the following would be right up your alley!

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Finding the Right Celtic Name for Your Dog

Adopting a new puppy is an exciting time, and figuring out what to name them should add even more fun to the process! It might be difficult to decide on a single one when you are surrounded by a ton of great options. We hope that you were able to find what you were looking for and in the end, came out with the perfect name for your new addition. 

If you are finding it difficult to make a final decision, we have included a few useful tips that should help you narrow down the playing field. 

  • Love the name you choose. Ultimately, you will be the one who will be using the name often so you should truly love what you choose. You should also note that your pup will almost always enjoy what you choose! 
  • One or two syllable names are easier to say. Long names are not practical. They are confusing and may even impede or slow the training process with your pup. Keep it simple – you will thank yourself in the long run!
  • Think of the personality your puppy has (or is likely to have). Allow your pup to get comfortable in their new surroundings and watch their personality shine. You will not believe how much of an impact this can make when choosing their name.
  • See how your pet reacts when you say it out loud. This may be a clear indication that they love or hate a name. If an option provokes an alarming bark, we know that’s not the name for your pup! If you get a curious head tilt or a few puppy kisses, we can bet you have found a winner!

Congratulations on your new dog, and enjoy every moment. We hope that we’ve helped you pick out a lovely name for them!

You might be looking for a little more inspiration, so we have included a few of our popular name posts below for you to consider: 


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