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 you dog? Every surviving community in the world has a mythology about their past. However, when we use the term ‘mythological’ certain places might spring to mind first. Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Nordic mythology have some of the most evocative tales which are enjoyed by people all over the world. The characters (whether 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.
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 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 myths, the stories of Norse mythology involve interaction between the gods and humans.
If you want to choose a name for male or female dogs from Norse mythology, first think your dog's personality. 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, 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.
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 explain the world's nature and origins. It was the religion of Ancient Greece, but philosophers also used the stories and characters to provide guidance on how we mere humans should lead our lives. Within Greek mythology we find many figures that were dedicated stories in the oral tradition of Ancient Greece.
Some of the stories and characters from Greek mythology can inspire great names 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 would be a funny Greek name for them. The most obvious inspiration for Greek god names for dogs are the 12 Olympians - the ruling gods in Greek mythology, around whom most of the stories revolve.
The twelve Olympians are:
- 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 Greek names for dogs based on mythology and ancient Greek history are:
- Troy: famous ancient city, site of the famous war between the Trojans and Greeks.
- Athens: the most important "Poli" or city in Greece.
- Achilles: Greek hero of the Trojan war.
- Magnus: in honor of Alexander the Great, conqueror of Persia.
- Plato: important philosopher.
- Echo: nymph who was banished by Zeus.
- Argos: Odysseus' dog.
- Seirios (Sirius): the brightest star, also known as the ‘dog star’.
- 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 given to one-eyed mythological giants.
- Nike: goddess of victory.
- Cerberus: three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades.
- Morpheus: Greek god of dreams.
- Selene: goddess of the moon, great for a silver dog.
- Homer: legendary poet, author of the epic poems the Odyssey and the Iliad.
- Gaia: the Earth goddess.
Dog names from Egyptian mythology
Egyptian mythology refers to 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 strongly resembles the dogs seen in Ancient Egyptian imagery.
Not only do mythological characters provide inspiration for Egyptian dog names, but so can real historical figures from Egyptian history. For example, Cleopatra who was queen of Egypt before it became part of the Roman Empire. She was well known for her striking beauty, so if you have an equally beautiful dog as a companion, Cleopatra would be a good female mythological name for your dog.
Here are different names inspired by Egyptian myth and history.
Main deities in Egyptian mythology:
- Ra, Amun, Isis, Osiris, Horus, Seth, Maat, Ptah, Thot.
- 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: the falcon-headed god of the sky.
- Sobek: the Nile crocodile.
- Nun: heaven, dwelling of the gods.
- Nefertiti: queen of Ancient Egypt.
- Geb: god of the Earth.
- Duat: kingdom of the dead where Osiris reigns.
- Opeth: an Ancient Egyptian festival.
- Thebes: capital of Ancient Egypt.
- Athyr/Hathor: sky goddess, symbolic mother of the pharaohs.
- Tyet: the knot of Isis.
- Neith: early Egyptian goddess of war and wisdom.
- Nile: river that gives Egypt life.
- Scarab: a beetle, popular religious and cultural symbol.
- Anubis: protector of and guide to the underworld, depicted with a dog's head.
Dog names from Roman mythology
Roman mythology contains tales which were greatly influenced by 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 like any other factual elements of their culture. These myths are still present in Italian culture as they have been preserved in Roman sites and historical art.
Many of the Roman gods and goddesses provide great inspiration for both male and female mythological dog names. For example, Victoria can be used for a female rescue dog to show that they have achieved ‘victory’ over their past lives.
The main Roman gods are:
- 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.
- Juno: queen of the gods.
- 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.
Names of Roman emperors suited to dogs:
- Augustus, Tiber, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Caesar.
- Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Titus, Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Severus.
Other names related to Roman mythology, language and history:
- Liber & Libera: minor gods of agriculture that give us the words Insitor (sowing) and Mesor (harvest)
- Romulus & Remus: the founders of Rome, raised by a she-wolf.
- Lupa: the she-wolf that raised Romulus and Remus.
- Crete: cradle of the Roman empire.
- Curia: oldest Roman assembly.
- Luna: goddess of the moon.
- Magna patriam: great homeland.
- Sidera: luminous.
- Bellaque: meaning war.
- Ferox: meaning ferocious.
- Brutus: famous Roman politician.
- Fortuna: luck or fortune
Choosing a mythological name for your dog
We have tried to give you some examples of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse mythological names for dogs, but the best choice will be a name that suits your individual dog the best. Think about your dog's personality, what they like and what they don't. Don't be afraid of choosing ironic mythological names for your dog too. 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. For example husky dogs might be more suited to a Norse mythology name than one from Roman lore. Also, what do they like or enjoy? Take your inspiration form there. While we hope these mythological names for dogs have been great help, there are many others from different myths that 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 these articles on dog names?
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