Are you having trouble coming up with good Papillon names? Choosing the perfect name for your puppy can be difficult, especially if you’re not the only one who has a say in the matter.
I must have offered up nearly 100 names to my family before we decided on Luca for our German Wirehaired Pointer. Even if you don’t have picky family members, you have trouble finding a name that really stands out to you.
You and your pooch will have to live with this name, so it has to be something you really like.
Whether you prefer unique names or common ones, don’t worry about what other people think.
It’s your dog, and you’re the one who will say the name the most.
We’ve put together this article, as well as a number of others, to help you come up with a great name for your new Papillon puppy.
Most Popular Dog Names
Are you wondering what names other people are choosing for their dogs?
Maybe you’d like to avoid popular names.
Or maybe you hope to find something that others will like, too.
According to our Dog Names Survey, the following the top 10 male dog names are:
These names were also pretty popular, each winning a spot in the top 40:
Top Female Dog Names for Papillons
We’ve also collected your favorite female dog names via the Dog Names Survey, and here are the top ten:
Some other popular names include:
- Lily (and Lilly)
Butterfly Papillon Names
Did you know that papillon is the French word for butterfly?
The name makes sense for the breed, as their ears and the silky hair that hangs from them create the image of a butterfly’s wings.
Here are some names inspired by different types of butterflies.
- Admiral (from Red Admiral)
- Adonis (from Adonis Blue)
- Alexandra (from Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly)
- Argus (from Brown Argus)
- Blue (many butterflies have blue in their name, like the Blue Emperor)
- Camilla (camilla is a species of butterfly)
- Chestnut (from Chestnut Tiger)
- Copper (a few butterflies have copper in their names, such as the American Copper)
- Cupid (from Cupido, a genus of butterflies)
- Dana (from the genus Danaus)
- Duke (from Duke of Burgundy)
- Edith (from Edith’s Checkerspot)
- Eryn (from the genus Erynnis)
- Heath (from Small Heath)
- Iris (iris is a species name for some butterflies)
- Julia (from the Dryas iulia, commonly called the Julia butterfly)
- Lady (from Painted Lady)
- Liby (from Libytheana, a genus of butterflies)
- Melissa (this is a species name for some butterflies)
- Pearl (from the Pearl-bordered Fritillary)
- Pierre (from Pieris napi)
- Marshall (from marshalli, a species of butterfly)
- Meadow (from Meadow Brown)
- Red (also from Red Admiral)
- Ringlet (this is the common name for the Aphantopus hyperantus butterfly)
- Rubi (rubi is a species of butterfly)
- Sam/Samuel (from Samuelis, a subspecies of butterflies)
- Selene (selene is a species name for some butterflies)
- Silver (commonly used in butterfly names: Silver-spotted Skipper, Silver-studded Blue)
- Skipper (Skipper is the colloquial term for the Hesperiidae family of butterflies and moths)
- Tullia (tullia is a species of butterfly)
- Vanessa (Vanessa is a genus of butterflies)
Cute Papillon Names
All dogs are adorable, but the Papillon’s diminutive size makes it the perfect candidate for cute names — you know, the type of name you probably wouldn’t give to an imposing guard dog.
Below is a list of some of the cutest Papillon names.
Papillon Names Inspired by Food
Papillons can be picky eaters, which makesgiving them a food inspired name a bit of fun. Here are some of our favorite food-related Papillon names:
- Fruity Pebbles (pebbles for short)
- Kit Kat
- Tater Tot
Cute not your thing? Check out our list of cool names, too!
Unique Papillon Names
If you’re anything like me, you’re not into common names like Max or Hunter.
We want something a little more unusual.
The downside is, unique names can be hard to think of on your own, and some of them are just downright weird.
Here’s a list of unique names that aren’t too bizarre.
Famous Dog Names
If you admire a certain character or actor, you might really want to name something or someone after them.
Perhaps your significant other won’t let you name your next kid Khaleesi, but you could certainly get away with naming your dog that.
Here is a list of famous names that you might like for your dog.
First, we’ll start with the names of famous dogs.
Female Famous Dog Names
- Beatrice (Best in Show)
- Belle (Peanuts comics)
- Bullseye (The Target mascot, which has been portrayed by female dogs, though the character is said to be male)
- Daisy (Blondie comics)
- Fifi (The Rugrats)
- Gidget (The Secret Life of Pets)
- Lady (Lady and the Tramp and Game of Thrones — Sansa Stark names her direwolf Lady)
- Ladybird (King of the Hill)
- Lassie (Lassie: The Movie)
- Miss Agnes (Best in Show)
- Nana (Peter Pan)
- Nymeria (Arya Stark’s direwolf)
- Perdita (101 Dalmatians)
- Rita (Oliver & Company)
- Rosebud (Air Buddies)
- Sandy (Little Orphan Annie)
- Summer (Bran Stark’s direwolf)
- Winky (Best in Show)
Male Famous Dog Names
- Balto (from the movie Balto)
- Benji (from the movie Benji)
- Bolt (Disney’s Bolt)
- Brian (Family Guy)
- Buddy (Air Bud)
- Buck (The Call of the Wild)
- Butch (Best in Show)
- Chance (Homeward Bound)
- Charlie (All Dogs Go to Heaven)
- Copper (The Fox and The Hound)
- Fang (Hagrid’s dog in Harry Potter)
- Fluffy (Hagrid’s three-headed dog in Harry Potter)
- Ghost (Jon Snow’s direwolf)
- Grey Wind (Robb Stark’s direwolf)
- Hachi (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale)
- Hubert (Best in Show)
- Marley (Marley and Me)
- Odie (Garfield)
- Padfoot (Sirius Black’s nickname in Harry Potter)
- Pal (This was the name of the first of nine male Collies who played Lassie; males were chosen because they were
- bigger than females)
- Pongo (101 Dalmatians)
- Scooby (Scooby Doo)
- Scrappy (Scooby Doo’s nephew)
- Shadow (Homeward Bound)
- Shaggydog (Rickon Stark’s direwolf)
- Sirius (as in Sirius Black, from Harry Potter)
- Snoopy (Peanuts comics)
- Vincent (the Labrador Retriever in the TV series Lost)
- Wishbone (from the TV series Wishbone)
- Zuma (A chocolate Labrador from the kid’s show PAW Patrol)
Other Famous Names
If you want to name your dog after a character, historical figure, or otherwise, we have some great ideas for that, too!
- Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
- Arya (Game of Thrones)
- Athena (Greek goddess of war and wisdom)
- Hermione (Harry Potter)
- Jane (Jane Eyre)
- Lucille (Lucille Ball)
- Morgana (Arthurian legend)
- Nala (The Lion King)
- Ophelia (Hamlet)
- Pippi (Pippi Longstocking)
- Rosa (Rosa Parks)
- Sylvia (Sylvia Plath)
- Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
- Bartleby (Bartleby, the Scrivener)
- Dante (Dante’s Inferno)
- Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
- Drogon (One of the dragons from Game of Thrones)
- Edgar (Edgar Allen Poe)
- Hawthorne (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
- Homer (Simpson, or the one who wrote The Odyssey; it’s up to you)
- Hot Pie (Game of Thrones)
- Huck (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
- Jorah (Game of Thrones)
- Merlin (Arthurian legend)
- Milton (John Milton)
- Starbuck (Moby Dick)
The Best Papillon Names
Choosing a name for a new Papillon puppy is an exciting event, but it can be stressful as well.
Sometimes you’re not the only one with a say in the matter, or you just can’t seem to find anything you like.
Maybe you’ve got a name all picked out, but once you bring your puppy home, it just doesn’t seem to suit her at all. Back to the drawing board you go.
We hope you’ve found this article helpful and that you’ve found the perfect name for your puppy.
If not, never fear! We have plenty of articles dedicated to naming dogs on our website; just visit us here.
Have You Chosen Your Favorite Papillon Name?
Did you find the perfect moniker for your pup? Let us know in the comments! Check out more ideas in our cool dog names article!
Oliver Would Be A Wonderful Choice
We named ours Cookie because her face coloring looks like an overstuffed oreo cookie. She loved her name and responded immediately.
I named my female papillon “aubrey” the fact that I didn’t see it anywhere on the list makes me suprised.
We named our black and white male Papillon Checkers. He was the sweetest, smartest little dog you could ever find. His face and eyes were so expressive. He could look through to your soul. We miss him terribly.
I named my Papillon Mariposa” it means “Butterfly” in Spanish I don’t speak Spanish but “Mariposa” is a perfect name for a papillon and for short I call her “Posey” or “Pose”
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Sharann Lloyd says
We named our papillon Falkor after the luck dragon on Neverending Story. His facial markings make him look like he’s flying all the time!!!
Lee Nichols says
My male papillon is named Yoda
Our Papillion is named “Hunter” because we got him from Hunterville. and our other one is “cocoa” because shes dark brown and looks like chocolate.
cocoa gave birth to 6 puppies(5 girls and 1 boy) 2 weeks and 1 day ago and we are keeping 2 of them. they are both black and white. the boys name is Brutice and we dont know a name for the girl yet.
My two pappilons are Francois and Theo.
April Seigfried says
I don’t see the famous name Tramp on “Lady and the Tramp”
Kathy Jones says
I named my Papillion Hazel, I love the fact it is a rare name.
We named our 9 week old Papillon, Gadget. Fits him perfectly. I picked the name out way before we even picked him out.
richard j quinn says
what about angel