Medieval Pet Names

People in the Middle Ages did keep pets – dogs, cats, birds, monkeys and many other kinds of animals. Although they often had particular duties – i.e. hunting or catching rats – there are many accounts that showed affection and love between these pets and their owners.

Scattered in various texts and remains from the Middle Ages, and the research by Kathleen Walker-Meikle has uncovered several examples of medieval pet names:

Check out the books by Kathleen Walker-Meikle:

Medieval Pets, by Kathleen Walker-Meikle (Boydell, 2o12)

Medieval Dogs, by Kathleen Walker-Meikle (London, 2011)

Medieval Cats, by Kathleen Walker-Meikle (London, 2011)

Need to know more about animals in the Middle Ages? Check out:

Pet Care Advice from the Middle Ages

Count Robert’s “Pet” Wolf

Ten Strange Medieval Ideas about Animals

Why Cats were hated in Medieval Europe

The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages



medieval pet names - Medieval illumination of a dog, 14th century, from a Codex in the Czech Republic

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