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Mythological Names for Dogs

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: October 29, 2018
Mythological Names for Dogs

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If you like mythology, ancient history and its deities you've come to the right place to find the most original and unique name for your pet. The lifetimes we spend with our beloved pets become our own personal mythologies, so why not borrow from past lore when choosing a name for them? Every surviving community in the world has a mythology about their past. However, when we use the term ‘mythological’ certain communities might spring to mind first. Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Nordic mythology has some of the most evocative tales which are enjoyed by cultures globally. The characters (in the form of gods, leaders or creatures of varying degrees of menace) within these mythologies have specific traits and stories which might be suitable for your canine friend.

Keep reading these ideas for mythological dog names from AnimalWised. Some of them might seem exotic, but hopefully they'll be a perfect fit for your pooch's personality.

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Viking or Nordic mythological names for dogs

Nordic or scandinavian mythology is what we relate to the ancient Vikings. These Germanic peoples were known for their seafaring ability and spirit of adventure. Viking culture is a mixture of religion, belief and legend. Unlike some cultural mythologies, Norse mythology was a completely oral tradition. There were no sacred books or truths to pass on to the viking people until much later. There were some runes written on stone tablets which referenced mythology, but most was spread orally in the form of poetry. Similar to Greek mythology, the stories of Norse mythology involve interaction between the gods and humans.

If you want to choose a name for male and female dogs from Norse mythology, have a think about the personality of your dog. For example, if your dog is clumsy or always knocking things over with their tail, maybe you could call them Loki who was a god of chaos.

  • Nidhogg - dragon that lives in the roots of the World.
  • Asgard - high heaven religion, where the gods live.
  • Hela - guard of the dead.
  • Dagr & Nótt - day and night.
  • Máni & Hati - the moon and the wolf that chases it.
  • Odin - the most noble and important god.
  • Thor - thunder god with iron gloves.
  • Bragi - wisdom god.
  • Heimdall - son of nine damsels, guards the gods and hardly sleeps.
  • Höor - mysterious blind dog.
  • Vidar - melancholic and sad, this god solves any conflict.
  • Váli - god of archer soldiers.
  • Ull - close combat god.
  • Loki - unpredictable god, creates chaos and fate.
  • Vanir - sea, nature and woods god.
  • Jotuns - giants, wise and dangerous beings for men.
  • Surt & Hrym - giants that leaded the forces of destruction.
  • Valkyrie - beautiful, strong and warrior women, they brought heroes fallen in battle to Vallhala.
  • Vallhala - Asgard's room, governed by Odin, it's where the brave rest.
  • Fenrir - giant wolf.
Mythological Names for Dogs - Viking or Nordic mythological names for dogs

Dog names from Greek mythology

Greek mythology has many myths and legends dedicated to their gods and heroes. They were used by Ancient Greeks to answer the world's nature and origins. It was the religion of Ancient Greece, but the philosophers used the stories and characters to provide guidance on how we mere humans should lead our lives. Within it we can find many figures that were dedicated stories that were transmitted orally.

Some of the stories of Greek mythology can help us point to a name for your dog. A good mythological name for male dogs might be Narcissus. He was so obsessed with his own image that when looking at his reflection in some water, he fell in and drowned. If your dog is fond of drinking out of the toilet or any puddle they come across, this could be a funny mythological name for them. We start with the 12 Olympians who were the main god in Greek mythology, around whom most of the stories revolve.

The twelve Olympians:

  • Zeus: king of gods, heaven and lightning.
  • Hera: marriage and family goddess.
  • Poseidon:lord of the sea, earthquakes and horses.
  • Dionysus: god of wine, celebrations and ecstasy.
  • Apollo: god of light, the sun, poetry and archery.
  • Artemis: virgin goddess of hunting, giving birth and animals.
  • Hermes: messenger of the gods, god of business and thieves.
  • Athena: virgin goddess of wisdom.
  • Ares: god of violence, war and blood.
  • Aphrodite: goddess of love and lust.
  • Hephaestus: god of fire and blacksmiths.
  • Demeter:goddess of fertility and agriculture.

Other names that remind us of Greek mythology and Ancient Greece are:

  • Troy - famous ancient city where the famous war was held between Trojans and Greeks.
  • Athens -the most important "Poli" in Greece.
  • Achilles - Greek hero of the Trojan war.
  • Magnus - in honor of Alexander the Great, conqueror of Persia.
  • Plateau - important philosopher.
  • Echo - nymph who was banished by Zeus.
  • Aquilles - hero warrior and demi-god.
  • Narcissus - a hunter who was obsessed with his own image.
  • Cassandra - cursed priestess.
  • Aloades - giants that challenged the gods .
  • Moirai - owners of life and destiny of men.
  • Galatea - a heart-stealer.
  • Hercules - strong and powerful demi-god.
  • Cyclops - name that mythological giants were given.
  • Nike - goddess of victory.
  • Cerberus - three headed dog which guarded the gates of Hades.
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Dog names from Egyptian mythology

Egyptian mythology carries the beliefs of Ancient Egypt from the pre-dynastic era to the arrival of Christianity. More than 3,000 years of development gave birth to deities depicted as animals and dozens of gods later on. In fact, although many of us think of cats and their relation to Egyptian mythology, dogs also feature heavily in their tales and imagery. In fact, many people think the modern day greyhound starkly resembles the dogs seen in Ancient Egyptian imagery.

Not only do mythological Egyptian characters provide inspiration for your dog's name, but real historical figures which feature in Egyptian history. For example, Cleopatra who lead Egypt before Egypt became par of the Roman Empire. She was well known for her striking beauty, so if you have an equally beautiful dog as a companion, maybe Cleopatra would be a good female mythological name for dogs.

Main deities:

  • Ra, Amun, Isis, Osiris, Horus, Seth, Maat, Ptah, Thot.

Temples:

  • Deir El-Bahari, Karnak, Luxor, Abu Simbel, Abidos,
  • Ramesseum, Medinet Habu, Edfu, Dendera, Kom Ombo.

Some of the most important Pharaohs:

  • Narmer, Zoser, Keops, Kefren, Amosis, Tutmosis, Hatshepsut,
  • Akenathonn, Tutankamun, Seti, Ramses, Ptolomeus, Cleopatra.

Other interesting names:

  • Horus - falcon
  • The "Guardian of the necropolis" or Desert Jackal - dog
  • Sobek- the Nile crocodile.
  • Nun - heaven and house of the gods.
  • Nefertiti - queen of Egypt during Akenathon's reign.
  • Geb - earth of men.
  • Duat - kingdom of the dead where Osiris governs.
  • Opeth - ceremonial, a festival.
  • Anubis - protector of and guide to the underworld, depicted with a dog's head.
  • Thebes - capital of Ancient Egypt.
  • Athyr - death of Osiris
  • Tybi - Isis' appearance
  • Neith - early Egyptian goddess of war and wisdom
  • Nile - river that gives Egypt life.
  • Mithra - deity that took the throne from Persian deities.
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Dog names from Roman mythology

Roman mythology contains tales which take great influence from the myths and cults of Greek mythology. This is why many refer to Greco-Roman mythology as a catch all for both. However, the Romans were keen to ensure they had their own versions of these tales and took them to be as historical as any other factual elements of their culture. They are as present in Italian culture still as they have been preserved in Roman sites and historical art.

Many of the god and goddesses provide great inspiration for both male and female mythological names for dogs. Some of the best might be something like Victoria which you can use for a female rescue dog to indicate they have achieved victory over their past lives.

Main Roman gods:

  • Aurora: goddess of Dawn.
  • Baccus: god of wine.
  • Belona: minor goddess of war.
  • Diana: goddess of hunting and witchcraft.
  • Minerva: goddess of wisdom.
  • Flora: goddess of flowers.
  • Janus: god of the beginning.
  • Jupiter: main god.
  • Mars: god of war.
  • Neptune: god of the seas.
  • Pax: goddess of peace.
  • Pluto: god of hell and wealth.
  • Saturn: god of time
  • Vulcan: god of fire and metals.
  • Victoria: goddess of triumph.
  • Venus: goddess of love, beauty and fertility.

Roman emperors:

  • Augustus, Tiber, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, el Cesar.
  • Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Titus, Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Severus.

Other names related to Roman mythology:

  • Liber & Libera - minor gods of agriculture that give us the words Insitor (sowing) and Mesor (harvest)
  • Crete - cradle of the Roman empire.
  • Curia - oldest Roman assembly.
  • Magna patriam - great homeland.
  • Sidera - sky.
  • Vixit - unnoticed.
  • Bellaque - war
  • Iniuria - advantage
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Choosing a mythological name for your dog

We have tried to give you some examples of mythological names for dogs you can use, but the best choice will be the one which suits your individual dog the best. Have a think about your dog's personality, what they like and what they don't. Don't be afraid of ironic mythological names for your dog. For example, you can give a Chihuahua the name Zeus as they are known for not being particularly powerful.

Think about things that have happened in your history together or from the stories you heard about them. Their breed type might also give you some help as husky dogs might be more suited to a Norse mythology name than one from Roman lore. Also, what do they like or enjoy? While we hope these mythological names for dogs have been great help, there are many others you can find, so read up on your history and get inspired.

If you still haven't found the right name for your dog, why not take a look at our other selections?

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Roland
Anubis is NOT the Nile crocodile...
Sobek is. Anubis is a the dog form associated with embalming and the dead
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Roland,

Thank you for pointing out this oversight, we have now amended the article. Please feel free to make any further suggestions.
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Jake
This is very useful because I'm starting to get into Mythology and I like to study the gods goddesses and monsters back in the Time.

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