There's just something about the French language that is music to our ears, and the unique quality of the accent makes everything sound both fancy and adorable — which makes French-inspired names perfect for naming dogs.
Seriously, go through this list of names and say each one aloud. We guaranteed you can't do it without cracking a smile — or finding at least 10 that you'd love to use for your own pup.
Dog names inspired by French words that are fun to say
Regardless of meaning, French words roll deliciously off your tongue and instantly make you feel more affectionate. Name your love pup one of these French dog names, and you're sure to get even more warm fuzzies for your favorite little fur-ball.
For the girls
1. Je t'aime (I love you)
2. Parfait (perfect)
3. Coquette (flirt)
4. Fille (girl)
5. Papillon (butterfly)
6. Amie (friend)
7. Bijou (jewel)
8. Magnifique (magnificent)
9. Chevrefeuille (honeysuckle)
10. Coquelicot (poppy)
11. Libellule (dragonfly)
12. Fleur (flower)
For the boys
13. Rififi (trouble)
14. Narcissique (narcissist)
15. Éclair (lightning bolt or the pastry)
16. Délicieux (delicious)
17. Grand-père (grandfather)
18. Affectueux (affectionate)
19. Chanceux (lucky)
20. Noir (black)
21. Heureux (happy)
22. Rendez-vous (meeting)
23. Flâneur (aimless loafer)
24. Amoureux (lover)
Dog names inspired by French foods
If you are infatuated with French cuisine, give your pup a name that will warm your tummy (and make you hungry to visit the country).
25. Pâtisserie (pastry shop)
26. Pistache (pistachio)
28. Pain (bread)
29. Croquembouche (tower of pastries)
33. Mille-feuille (puff pastry dessert)
35. Cassoulet (sausage and bean soup)
36. Niçoise (type of salad)
Dog names inspired by touring through France
If you've traveled around France or have a dream vacation planned, consider a French dog name that reminds you of a fave landmark or geographical locale on your itinerary.
Dog names inspired by famous French people
Consider the following names of famous French people to give your new pup a cultured European moniker. Then have fun with it by quoting French movies or books to your furry French-named friend.
49. Monet (Claude Monet)
50. Louis (Louis Pasteur, King Louis)
51. Marquis (Marquis de Sade)
52. Descartes (René Descartes)
54. Coco (Coco Chanel)
55. Pascal (Blaise Pascal)
56. Antoinette (Marie Antoinette)
57. William the Conquerer
58. Jacques (Jacques Torres)
59. François (François Hollande, current president)
60. Gérard Depardieu (actor)
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Originally published June 2015. Updated March 2017.