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English Setter Dog Names

Dog Names March 15, 2019


English Setter Dog Names

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Part of the Setter family, the English Setter is a medium sized dog breed that is most commonly seen as having a white-black spotted coat with long fringes coming out from the back of its legs (making it appear as if it is sporting a cape of some sort). Believed to have originated in England, these dogs were meant to set or point upland game birds back 400 years ago, which is why there were referred to as ‘trained bird dogs.’

While the exact date of origin is uncertain, there are records pointing out this type of Setter dog breed as early as the 1500’s, making these some of the oldest dog breeds out there. Due to their nature as being trained bird dogs, this makes their scent tracking abilities quite keen. Possessing quite a lot of energy, these dogs are happy-go-lucky and make great companion dogs. However, when owning one, you should make sure that you give it plenty of exercise.

The English Setter is a great dog to have. Naming it should be of top priority, as it should be with any other dog you own. For that reason, we have provided a list of names that are meant to inspire dog owners.

Male Dog Names

Some of the names below are part of a list of popular male dog names, but also recommended monikers that fit the overall look or feel of the English Setter.

  • Mannix

This is a name that means monk, and is great for an English Setter that is rather calm.

  • Conall

Meaning powerful wolf, this

  • Sean

The Irish form of John, meaning ‘God’s most gracious gift.’

  • Cormac

Another Irish name referring to the ancient High King, Cormac Mac Airt.

  • Turlach

In Irish, this means one who assists and aids, which is perfect for a companion like the English Setter.

  • Colin

A name that means uproar and tumult.

  • Conor

In Irish legend, this refers to the high king Conaire Mor.

  • Malachi

A powerful name for male dog that means strong angel.

  • Pearse

A name that tributing the Honors Patrick Pearse who helped earn Ireland independence in 1916.

  • Fergus

Usually given to a dog of high energy and strength.


Female Dog Names

The list below tries to provide the best list of names that are befitting your English Setter’s appearance or personality, but are specifically great for females.


  • Deirdre

Pronounced Deer-Dreh, this was the name of the most beautiful woman in Irish legend.

  • Myrna

This is perfect to give any English Setter, as it is means high spirited and festive.

  • Riley

A highly common female dog name.

  • Aideen

This is especially applicable for any English Setter that has reddish coat since it means fiery one.

  • Keagan

Meaning regal, this is great for a dog that has a noble look.

  • Regan

Another name that means regal.

  • Rian

A simple name for a female dog that means little ruler.

  • Fallon

This a name that can be used for both male and female English Setters.

  • Keelan

A name for a dog possessing dark hair.

  • Muriel

Related to the name Meryl, it means: bright as the sea.


Movie Dog Names

Naming your English Setter after a character in a movie or a dog from a famous film is the best way to give a name that is fashionable, unique, and possibly recognizable by many.


  • Atticus

The name of one of the main characters from the movie To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Argo

From the movie Argo.

  • Pippin

One of the Hobbits names in the The Lord of the Rings.

  • Dirk

A manly name from the movie Boogie Nights.

  • Vader

The main antagonist in the first three Star Wars series.

  • Bella

A highly popular female dog name, and also a reference to the female lead in the Twilight series.

  • Riggs

The name of Danny Glover’s character in the Lethal Weapon series.

  • Maverick

One of the characters names in Top Gun.

  • Kenickie

A character in the class film Grease.

  • Darko

Another main character name in the 90’s film Donnie Darko.


Exotic Dog Names

These days it seems naming your dog and child something exotic is a great trend. Therefore, we had to include some of these words that may not be commonly known to provide some foreign variety.


  • Yucala

Meaning hope in Mayan.

  • Roland

This means ‘famous throughout the land’ in German.

  • Liam

In Irish, this is a popular name and means determined guardian.

  • Obadiah

A beautiful name in Hebrew meaning ‘servant of God.’

  • Wayland

Meaning ‘land by the road.’

  • Surya

In Hindu, this word means ‘the sun.’

  • Cory

A simple moniker meaning summit or peak in Greek.

  • Utama

In Indonesian, this word means excellent; eminent.

  • Genki

A Japanese word for lively one.

  • Kemen

In Basque, this word means encouragement.


Appearance-Based Dog Names

One thing that many dog owners tend to do is name their dog after its appearance or personality. There are a lot of factors to consider when examining what goes into a dog’s defining features, whether it’s their actions in itself or simply just the color of their coat and/or size of their body.


  • Cinnamon

This name refers to the brownish tone of the English Setter.

  • Slim Jim

A name that refers to the slender body of the English Setter.

  • Coco

A great name to describe the dog’s chic appearance.

  • Curtain

This is referring to the English Setter’s locks of hair hanging on its legs.

  • Wipers

Sometimes the hair that hangs from its legs look like window wipers.

  • Tower

This is another name that is in reference to the locks of hair on its legs.

  • Wavy

A moniker that refers to the wavy hair of the Setter.

  • Tangles

This name refers to the tangled hair the Setter could have if their hair is unkempt.

  • Ruby

Many have stated that this name fits the English Setter’s majestic appearance.

  • Peaches

When the English Setter has a lighter tone of coat.

Funny Dog Names

There is no doubt that some people don’t need to give their dog a super serious name that has some profound meaning. Some dog owners like to take it easy and simply name their dog after something silly or ridiculous.


  • Deputy Dawg

A hilarious name for any dog.

  • Mulligan

Not super clever or hilarious, but it is a funny for a dog that has hair coming out from its legs, playing on the word mullet.

  • Mat

Many have claimed that the dog looks like a walking mat.

  • Hairy Pawter

A popular funny name since it refers to Harry Potter, but plays on that.

  • Underdog

This is a word meaning a person that is at a disadvantage, and so it is funny to give a hound this name simply because it has the word ‘dog.’

  • McGruff

A dog name that is ridiculous and humorous all in one.

  • Barkevious

A name that plays on the word ‘bark.’

  • Snarls Barkley

Referring to Charles Barkley, it is a funny name to give to a dog.

  • Princess Pee

A ridiculous name that puts two words that don’t seem to go well together.

  • Ubu

A simple sweet name that is fun to say.


Famous Dog Names

The names below list out some famous dog names grabbed from history, film, TV, and/or simply through the sheer fact that they are the pet of a well-known celebrity.


  • Milord

The favorite Irish Setter dog of Czar Alexander II.

  • King Timahoe

The name of the Irish Setter for Richard Nixon’s 56th birthday present.

  • Kojak

This is the name of a fictional character in Stephen King’s The Stand.

  • Mike

The simple name of President Harry Truman’s Irish Setter.

  • Seamus

This is the name of Mitt Romney’s Irish Setter.

  • Gus

A Siberian Husky in in the movie Iron Will.

  • Ruff

A generic dog name and the pet of the main character from the comic strip and the movie Dennis the Menace.

  • Nana

One of the dogs in the film Snow Dogs.

  • Munchie

Beyonce Knowles’ pet dog.

  • Argus

The name of a Irish Setter from the film Familiar Strangers.




David was a dog trainer for 7 years before joining the team. he still does it part-time. When he's not working he loves going to the park with his two Jack Russell Terrier's Joe and Bells.
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