Bonjour! Searching for a pup name with a certain je ne sais quoi? Consider looking to the “language of love.” French dog names are perfect for pampered pups with a taste for the finer things in life – as well as goofballs with a taste for French fries.
From sophisticated to silly, posh to punny, we’ve rounded up more than 200 of the best French names for dogs.
Best French Dog Names
Your bestie deserves the best. With that in mind, say “oui oui!” to these memorable monikers.
Ames: Meaning “friend,” this French boy’s name couldn’t be a more spot-on pick for your faithful companion.
Amélie: If you’ve seen the movie “Amélie,” you likely have a soft spot for this French girl’s name. Quirky, playful, and sweet, the heroine is reminiscent of many pups we know.
Beau: Used most often as a boy’s name, Beau means “beautiful” – so of course, it’s fitting for your four-legged friend.
Bernadette: Calling all Chow Chows! Although the name Bernadette sounds dainty, it actually means “brave bear.”
Coco: For the fashion-forward pup, consider this nod to Ms. Chanel, who herself had a Great Dane named Gigot.
Darcy: This classic gender-neutral French name means “dark one,” making it perfect for black and brown-coated pups.
François: You can call him “Frank” for short – but “François” is way more fun to shout at the dog park.
Garçon: “Garçon” means “boy” in French. Who’s a bon garçon? Your pup!
Gigi: It doesn’t get any cuter than Gigi. If you’d like a more formal name for special occasions, Gigi is frequently used as a nickname for the French names Georgette and Giselle.
Jacques: The name Jacques is as French as the Eiffel Tower. It’s adorable for any breed, but especially fitting for Frenchies and Poodles.
Louis: A popular name among French monarchs, Louis is fit for a king – making it almost worthy of your precious pup.
Louna: Meaning “moon,” this French girl’s name winks to your dog’s wolf ancestors.
Magnolia: Named for French botanist Pierre Magnol, the magnolia flower makes for a fresh namesake. For a nickname, Maggie is just as cute!
Napoleon: Have a pint-sized pup who thinks he’s a Rottweiler? Consider borrowing Mr. Bonaparte’s name.
Pierre: The French version of Peter has significant swagger befitting of continental canines.
Paris: When it comes to place-based names, you can never go wrong with The City of Light. Of course, you have to pronounce in “Pah-ree.”
Tintin: Created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, “The Adventures of Tintin” comics were originally published in French. While the (human) main character makes for a great dog name, you could also go with Milou, his faithful canine sidekick.
French Male Dog Names
Good boys, we picked these French male dog names just for you.
Charlemagne: Translating to “Charles the Great,” Charlemagne has a royal pedigree. (Of course, you can just go with Charlie for everyday use.)
Claude: We love Claude’s old-fashioned charm and subtle silliness.
Hercule: The French version of Hercules is an obvious pick for Mastiffs and Saint Bernards, but it’s just as fun for Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus.
Honoré: Meaning “honored one,” this French boy’s name sounds about right.
Monsieur: Fact: it is physically impossible to not smile when meeting a dog named Monsieur.
Marcel: Although first and foremost a novelist, Marcel Proust also wrote a series of playful letters to Zadig, the dog of French composter Reynaldo Hahn.
Monet: The French Impressionist is perhaps best known for his landscape paintings. But he also painted a number of dog portraits, and passerby pups frequently found their way into his compositions.
Pascal: Traditionally used for boys born near Passover and Easter, Pascal could be a fun choice for pets adopted during the spring months.
Remy: Short and sweet, this old-school French unisex name has never gone out of style.
Timothée: Overtly human names are always funny for dogs – especially when they’re French! Whether he goes by Tim or Timothée, your pup is sure to earn smiles.
Voltaire: The French Enlightenment philosopher’s real name was actually François-Marie Arouet – which is solid, but nothing can compete with Voltaire.
More French Male Dog Names
French Female Dog Names
The French language boasts some of the loveliest girl names. Full of charm and grace, these French female dog names are sweet as crème brûlée.
Aurelie: For Golden Retrievers, Aurelie – which means “the golden one” – is a perfect fit.
Béatrice: Meaning “she who makes happy,” Béatrice couldn’t be more fitting for your Good Girl.
Brittany: The popular ‘90s girl’s name is also a region in France. (Britney Spears spells her name differently, but you can still call your pup BritBrit for short.)
Celine: Have a crooner? For Beagles and other vocal breeds, French Canadian singer Celine Dion may be the perfect namesake.
Cosette: Victor Hugo created the name for his “Les Misérables” heroine from the word “chosette,” which means “little thing” in French. We like the name for petite pups and big buds alike.
Eloise: As fans of the children’s book “Eloise in Paris” might remember, Eloise is a spirited young girl with an adventurous streak. (Her dog’s name, Weenie, has considerably less Parisian flair.)
Ésmee: Appropriate for pups, Ésmee means “beloved.”
Felicienne: This musical name means “great happiness,” which dogs know a thing or two about.
Fleur: For a nature-inspired choice, consider Fleur, which means “flower.”
Madame: Would Madame care for another biscuit?
Noelle: Derived from the French word for Christmas, Noelle is a festively French choice for pets adopted during the holiday season.
Roxanne: If your early-bird pup acts as your alarm clock, Roxanne – or Roxie, for short – means “dawn.”
Sylvie: Meaning “spirit of the wood,” Sylvie pays homage to your pup’s wild side.
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Cute French Dog Names
If you’re looking for a très adorable name, French offers plenty of cultured cuties.
Angeline: For the pup who can do no wrong, consider Angeline, which means “angel.”
Amour: The French word for “love” gets right to the point.
Belle: Meaning “beauty,” Disney fans will especially enjoy this name from “Beauty and the Beast” fame.
Bijou: The French word for “jewel” is fitting for your treasured companion.
Chanceux: If you rescued your best friend, Chanceux – meaning “fortunate” – is a sweet reminder of how lucky you were to find each other.
Chérie: Gomez Addams’ favorite term of endearment translates to “my darling.”
Chouchou: Another French pet name, “chouchou” is reserved for those nearest and dearest – i.e., your dog.
Duveteux: Every puffy pup at the dog park is named Fluffy. To stand out from the pack, consider Duveteux, the French word for “fluffy.”
Étoile: For the dog who lights up even the dark days, consider the French term for “star.”
Mignonne: Mignonne is the French word for “cute,” but it’s also used as a girl’s name.
More Cute French Dog Names
- Chiot (puppy)
- Choupinette (sweetheart)
- Citrouille (pumpkin)
- Coeur (heart)
- Dorée (golden)
- Jolie (pretty)
- Soleil (sun)
- Trésor (treasure)
Unique French Names for Dog Names
You don’t have an ordinary dog, so why choose an ordinary name? These unique French names for dogs are well suited for one-of-a-kind pups.
Camus: A literary pick for the intellectual pup with an existentialist side.
Chauve: If you have a hairless breed, such as a Chinese Crested, the French word for “bald” is a funny way to wink at their fashionably sparse fur.
Écureuil: The French word for “squirrel” makes for an ironic name (…that your pup may or may not appreciate).
Escargot: Even if you don’t like to eat escargot, we can all agree that it’s a cute and unexpected dog name.
Fidèle: Meaning “faithful,” this unusual French boy’s name is a unique way to honor your best friend’s loyalty.
Gustave: Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer who designed, you guessed it, the Eiffel Tower.
Jean-Luc: “Star Trek” fans will especially enjoy this shout-out to the captain of the USS Enterprise.
Lancelot: In French Arthurian legend, Lancelot du Lac is one of the greatest Knights of the Round Table, and is renowned for his loyalty.
Lionel: Meaning “little lion,” Lionel is especially fitting for Pomeranians. (But let’s be honest – any dog named Lionel has king-of-the-jungle potential.)
Louvre: If you ask us, every dog is a work of art. So why not name yours after the world’s most famous art museum?
Lucien: For the dog who never fails to brighten your day, Lucien is a French boy’s name meaning “light.”
Sacrebleu: “Sacrebleu! Stop digging up those petunias!” This old-fashioned French exclamation is always fun to say, so why not give yourself a reason to?
Triomphe: For a Francophile spin on Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, consider Triomphe.
Versailles: For a regal name, Versailles is an especially grand choice.
More Unique French Names for Dogs
- Chaton (kitten)
- Coccinelle (ladybug)
- Libellule (dragonfly)
- Manchot (penguin)
- Minuit (midnight)
- Notre Dame
- Renard (fox)
French Food Names for Dogs
No matter the language, food names are always fun for pups. From sweet to salty, these French food names for dogs are deliciously cute. Bone appetite!
- French Fry
Baguette: Everyone loves a loaf dog! Even if your dog doesn’t have Corgi-level loafing skills, Baguette is a carb-loaded cutie.
Brie: What dog doesn’t love cheese? For a fromage-forward name, Brie is a winner.
Camembert: Looking for a stronger, slightly nuttier name? Camembert fits your flavor profile.
Champagne: Perfect for bubbly pups, Champagne is toast-worthy.
Cerise: For ginger dogs, the French word for “cherry” makes for a colorful name.
Crevette: Whether your BFF is teeny-tiny or super-sized, Crevette – the French word for “shrimp” – is a sizable contender.
Dijon: For golden-coated canines, Dijon is a natural fit with a bit of spice.
Éclair: If your dog is black and white, this sweet treat strikes the right tone.
French Fry: Everyone loves dogs, everyone loves French fries. We rest our case.
Macaron: Incredibly sweet and just as adorable, French macarons have plenty in common with dogs.
Madeleine: The French cookie is also a popular girl’s name with a pup-perfect nickname – Maddie!
More French Food Names for Dogs
- Crème brûlée