Emily P. Contributor

Basil is one of those old-fashioned names that I feel has a real charm to it. It's a name with royal roots, and is a top-notch choice for your well-behaved male dogs.

Oh, and it's not just a fragrant herb, folks! I'm thinking of Basil Rathbone right now -- the suave Sherlock Holmes actor, who lends a dash of sophistication to this name for sure.

Plus, in Greek, Basil means "king," so it's perfect for your regal Rover. And let's not forget Basil of Baker Street, the Sherlock-inspired mouse detective.

So there are tons of reasons to go with Basil, not least if they have a knack for sniffing out hidden treats from behind the couch! It's a name that's equal parts classy, quirky, and cute.

Traits associated with the name Basil:

Basil has an elegant sound to it that really closes the gap between dog and human.

Dogs named Basil tend to be loving, affectionate, good-natured, and strong-willed. This name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Basil?

That you have a creative and unique sense of humor, and that you appreciate the finer things in life.

Is Basil a good dog name?

Basil has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. Basil is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Basil is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Basil outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Basil was, in the past month, the 378th most viewed dog name on

As of June 2024, Basil is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Basil was viewed 0 times, and liked 5 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Basil's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Basil is most adored in Maryland, New Mexico and Washington.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Missouri, Idaho and Connecticut.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Basil.

Most popular breeds named Basil:

  1. Dachshund
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Jack Russell Terrier
  4. Corgi
  5. Chihuahua

Basil is found in these categories:

cute dog names

Evokes a charming herb, and recalls Fawlty Towers' lovable, bumbling protagonist.

old fashioned dog names

Popular during Victorian times, it's rarely heard in modern dog parks.

greek dog names

Derived from Greek, meaning royal, kingly, or brave.

posh dog names

Derived from royal herb, it's favored by aristocrats and Downton Abbey fans.

food dog names

Named after a popular herb used in cooking.

nature dog names

Derived from a plant, it's often chosen for dogs due to its earthy, green connotations.

disney dog names

He's named after a detective hound in a popular animated film.

british dog names

Associated with popular British TV character Fawlty and traditional English cooking.

Dog names like Basil:

Little Bird
The first name of agatha christie's miss marple character
Courtyard within castle walls; steward or public official.
Companion, partner; perhaps a version of the word "brother".
Gift of god
Noble, Exalted
Basil dog name meaning

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LeAnna (Georgia, United States)
The name Basil makes me thing of the herb basil, which is refreshing, and elegant
September 02, 2022

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