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If you are thinking of adding a dog to your family, you will need a name for them! Picking a name based on a theme is much easier than thinking through all the options out there and narrowing it down later. 

French is a beautiful romantic language that is so chic and cosmopolitan. If you have a new dog and an affinity for French culture, use one of the names on this list as inspiration for your new furry friend! 

Top French Dog Names  

There are plenty of words in the French language or names common in the country that make excellent dog names. 

If you live in a country where French is not the top language, you can use almost any word for a name since you will not use that word in communication most of the time! Take a look at this list of the top French dog names.

  • Claude
  • Henri 
  • Jacques 
  • Bella 
  • Chloé
  • Renée
  • Amélie 
  • Jean 
  • Noel 
  • Maurice
  • Sébastien 

French Male Dog Names

If you prefer sex-specific names, there are plenty of adorable dog names associated with French culture that are male-oriented. Here is a short list of these names!

  • Antoine 
  • Gaston 
  • Francois 
  • Marc 
  • Laurent 
  • Pierre
  • Philippe 
  • Pascal 
  • Louis
  • Victor
  • Timothée

French Female Dog Names

French names are elegant, sweet, and the perfect fit for a fancy and sophisticated dog! Get to know your dog’s personality before naming them to find the perfect French lady moniker that suits their style. Here is a list of inspirations to get you started. 

  • Cecile
  • Geneviève
  • Margeaux 
  • Sabine 
  • Camille 
  • Éloise
  • Isa 
  • Fleur
  • Simone 
  • Giselle

French Dog Names Based on French Culture & Fashion

If you are a Francophile, a French transplant, or a native of France, naming your dog after an icon in French culture or fashion might be the move for you! 

So many French names sound elegant and roll off the tongue inspired by French fashion designers, fabulous French desserts, and beautiful French words. Take a look at this lineup to see if you can put any of them to use! 

  • Yves
  • Louvre
  • Dior 
  • Celine
  • Balmain
  • Hermès
  • Chanel
  • Paris
  • Bordeaux 
  • Versailles
  • Eclair
  • Macaron 
  • Brulée
  • Croissant 
  • Monet 
  • Brioche

Which Dog Breeds Go Best With French Names?

There is no cut-and-dry rule for using a French name for your pup. However, breeds like Yorkshire Terriers, Bichon Frise, Papillons, French Bulldogs, and Poodles are the perfect breeds to rock a French-themed name!

Final Thoughts 

Dogs respond best to names that are short and quick to say. The use of single or double-syllable names is the best way to do this! If you name them a longer name, use a cute nickname to get their attention. 

The best advice to remember when naming a dog is to assess its personality, physical features, and characteristics before settling on a name. Then, try it out for a couple of days to see if it fits and if they respond to it. If so, keep the name! If not, do not be afraid to change it.

Bonne Chance! 

If you’re looking for more ideas on what to name your dog, we have a series of comprehensive lists you may find helpful: