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Formal Names for Pets such as Queen Elizabeth, Mrs. Butterworth, and Mister Whiskers

Formal names for pets are dignified and super fun at the same time. These names sound very traditional, but it is silly for a pet to have a super long name and even sillier that the pet’s surname doesn’t match the owner’s surname.

Putting “Mister” or “Mrs.” in front of a pet’s name is a great naming tactic. Some pets owners don’t even bother with first names. “Mrs. Banks” is a black Mutt. “Mr. Whiskers” is a kitty.

How about Madame Bovary (for the classic novel by Gustave Flaubert)? Or Mark Twain after the American author?

Other funny names to try are “Mrs. Butterworth,” “Aunt Jemima,” or “Mr. Bigglesworth.” (Mr. Bigglesworth is the name of Dr. Evil’s hairless cat in the Austin Powers movies.)

Royal names also work well for any pet. Queen Elizabeth, “Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh” (use the whole thing!), Prince Charles of Wales, The Duchess of Sussex, Countess Camilla, etc. (The only name that may be too sad to use is Princess Diana. And perhaps skip Prince Andrew for the time being.)

Queen Elizabeth is an especially great name for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The Queen was a longtime Corgi owner. Her father, King George VI, acquired the first Royal Corgi when he adopted a puppy named “Dookie” in 1933 when Elizabeth and her sister Margaret were children. Elizabeth obtained her very own pet Corgi named “Susan” on her 18th birthday. Over the years, the Queen has owned approximately 30 Corgis. Most were descended from “Susan.” Sadly, according to the Daily Mail newspaper, the Queen’s last Corgi, named Willow, died in 2018. The word is that the Queen will no longer be breeding and raising new Corgis. However, she still has a couple of “Dorgis” which are cross breeds between a Corgi and a Dachshund. The Dorgis came about when some of the Queen’s Corgis were mated with Margaret’s Dachshund a few generations of dogs back.

November 8, 1971: President Nixon playing with his Irish Setter, King Timahoe on a lawn at the Key Biscayne residence.

President Nixon understood the power of a Royal Pet name. Here he is with his Irish Setter, King Timahoe: