St. Christopher is often depicted with having a dog's head, which became human when he turned to Christ. While you might not want to go for the full version, there are so many cute nicknames that would make any dog wag their tail with glee: Tophie, Kit, and even Chrissie, which makes a great female choice.


The patron saint of dogs is the rather handsome French saint, Roch, whose wounds were healed by his dog's licking. While you could opt for the original French spelling, Rocco is a pretty adorable version that would suit any canine companion.


Admittedly, this isn't the easiest name to pull off, and you'd no doubt end up calling for your "Gwinnie," but it is an unusual name that belonged to a 13th-century "saintly" dog. While the Catholic Church doesn't recognize the greyhound as a saint, his place in history is pretty impressive.


Take inspiration from the Spanish regalo de dios, which means "Gift from God." By calling your little hound "regalo," or Reggie for short, then you'll have a constant reminder of what a blessing it is to have a dog.


This is a perfect name for a sweet little female dog. Coming from the Italian name Gianna, meaning "God is gracious," you'll appreciate your little Gia for the true joy she brings.


You could go back to the Old Testament for a Hebrew name that means "Messenger of God." Every time you take your little Mal for a walk, you'll be reminded of God's presence in your lives.


Although a popular child's name, the meaning "Given by God" is important to consider for all the creatures in our lives. You can adopt a perfect version for your own pup that reflects his or her character: Gabe, Gabbie, or the original Gabriel for the more serious hounds out there.

Dominic, or Domini Canis for the Latin lovers

For those with an appreciation of the Dominicans, you could look to its founder for a bit of inspiration. He's often portrayed with a dog by his side, as his mother had dreamed she'd be giving birth to a dog when she was pregnant. Dominic's story and religious life gave rise to the play on words of Dominicanus, a person belonging to the order, and Domini Canis, hound of the Lord.