Mayan Names for Dogs - Male and Female

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. May 25, 2023
Mayan Names for Dogs - Male and Female

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The history of the Mayan civilization is woven with a rich combination of traditions, myths and deep connections with the nature. This includes their associations with various animals that have come to symbolize aspects of their traditions and spiritual appraoches. Mayans are particularly associated with the jaguar, as well as snakes and eagles which are still important symbols for Mexico. They are also associated with dogs. Much more than mere pets, dogs were allies to the Mayan peoples, essential for farming, hunting and other important enterprises. They were also spiritual guardians who warded off evil spirits and protected temples.

Since the Mayan culture has such a rich history of guardinship and allyship with dogs, it makes sense that some may want to name their own dog after something associated with this tradition. AnimalWised provides an extensive list of 130 Mayan names for dogs for both male and female dogs to provide some inspiration.

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  1. Mayan names for female dogs
  2. Mayan names for male dogs
  3. Mayan names for dogs with meanings
  4. Names for dogs of Mayan gods

Mayan names for female dogs

Since ancient times, female dogs have been recognized as protectors and guardians in Mayan homes. Their maternal instincts and unwavering dedication make them reliable caregivers for both their pups and their human families. For the Maya, these noble animals embody the strength and beauty of femininity. They are considered to have a special connection to the goddess of fertility and creation.

Choosing a Mayan name for a female dog is not a trivial task. Mayan names evoke deep and symbolic meanings. Each name is carefully selected to capture the dog's unique qualities and characteristics. Some names may highlight bravery and determination, while others may refer to beauty and grace. These names transcend mere labeling and become a tribute to the dog's personality and spirit, establishing a special bond between her and her guardian.

Here are some examples of Mayan names for female dogs that may interest you:

  • Akna
  • Amara
  • Ambar
  • Balam
  • Chel
  • Citlalli
  • Citlalmina
  • Ikal
  • Itzayana
  • Itzel
  • Itzelic
  • Iuhtecuhtli
  • Ixamara
  • Ixchab
  • Ixchel
  • Ixchil
  • Ixk'anleem
  • Ixmaat
  • Ixquic
  • Ixtab
  • Ixtz'unun
  • K'inich
  • Kiara
  • Kukulkan
  • Maya
  • Nahuatl
  • Nalani
  • Nalun
  • Nayeli
  • Nicté
  • Nuk
  • Xamara
  • Xanat
  • Xelha
  • Xelhua
  • Xilomen
  • Ximena
  • Xixim
  • Xochitl
  • Xuna
  • Xunaa
  • Xunaxi
  • Xunche
  • Yumilka
  • Zaci
  • Zahira
  • Zaira
  • Zazil
  • Zina
  • Zunilda

If you want to learn about some more modern names for dogs which bear relation to Mayan dog names, check out our list of Mexican names for male and female dogs.

Mayan names for male dogs

Courage and bravery were intrinsic characteristics of the male Mayan dogs. They were noted for their ability to face dangers and challenges with boldness and determination. These animals were indispensable in hunting expeditions, accompanying hunters with their keen sense of smell and their ability to track prey. In addition, their courage manifested itself in the defense of their owners and territory, facing any threat with fierce determination.

  • Ah
  • Ahau
  • Ahmose
  • Bacab
  • Balamer
  • Cenote
  • Chac
  • Chechem
  • Chichen
  • Coba
  • Ek
  • Hunahpu
  • Itzamna
  • Ix
  • Ixam
  • Ixchel
  • Kabah
  • Kan
  • Kinich
  • Kohunlich
  • Kukulkanes
  • Loltun
  • Mayapan
  • Nal
  • Palenque
  • Puch
  • Tulum
  • Tzucacab
  • Uayeb
  • Uxmal
  • Xahuayxol
  • Xaman
  • Xaman-Ha
  • Xcacel
  • Xcaret
  • Xelha
  • Xhaka
  • Xhale
  • Xhuyub
  • Xibalba
  • Xikin
  • Xkuk
  • Xlaax
  • Xlapak
  • Xnoha
  • Xnok
  • Xpoc
  • Xul
  • Xunantunich
  • Xyaab
  • Yaxha

For those wanting to look a little further afield than Mexico and Central America, you can check out our list of Italian names for male and female dogs for more inspiration.

Mayan names for dogs with meanings

We have already spoken of the importance canines presented in the lives of the Mayan peoples. Not only did they contribute invaluable work, they provided unconditional love, intuition and company in what were often difficult times for survival. The close relationship between the Mayans and their dogs transcends the limits of the material world. It is rooted in a deep emotional and spiritual connection.

We take this into consideration when we provided the following Mayan dog names with meanings:

  • Ch'en: heaven
  • Chichén: mouth of the well
  • Itzayel: heavenly gift
  • Ixamal: beautiful water
  • Ixk'an: wind
  • K'atun: time
  • Kukul: feather
  • Xamir: cheerful
  • Xanabil: glow from heaven
  • Xunah: brave woman
Mayan Names for Dogs - Male and Female - Mayan names for dogs with meanings

Names for dogs of Mayan gods

The indomitable spirit of male and female Mayan dogs reflected the deep connection that existed between these animals and the Mayan worldview. Dogs were believed to have a special connection to the spiritual world and the gods, being considered guardians of the thresholds between the human and divine worlds. Their free spirit and keen intuition made them sacred beings, capable of perceiving subtle energies and preserving spiritual balance in the community.

  • Ah Mun: god of agriculture and maize.
  • Ah Puch: god of death and the underworld.
  • Ahau Kin: god of the sun and life.
  • Bacab: protector gods of the cardinal points and seasons.
  • Chaac: god of rain and lightning.
  • Ek Chuah: god of commerce, markets and war.
  • Hunab Ku: supreme god and creator of the universe.
  • Itzamná: god of the sky, night and day.
  • Ix Tab: goddess of sacrifices and doctors.
  • Ixazaluoh: goddess of motherhood and childbirth.
  • Ixchel: goddess of the moon, fertility and medicine.
  • Ixtab: goddess of suicides and protector of souls in the underworld.
  • Ixtabai: goddess of weavers and artisans.
  • K'awiil: god of abundance, lightning, and fire.
  • Kinich Ahau: god of the sun and light.
  • Kisin: god of violent death and earthquakes.
  • Kukulkan: feathered serpent and god of wind and wisdom.
  • Xaman Ek: god of guardians and protectors.
  • Yum Cimil: god of death and human sacrifice.
  • Yum Kaax: god of agriculture and nature.

If you liked these Mayan dog names, you might be interested in taking a look at this article with Mythological names for dogs. If you have already chosen your Mayan dog name for your dog, you may want to purchase a personalized pet ID tag with the link we provide below:

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