Native American names can be a great choice to consider when thinking of a name for your furry-friend.
Often these names can have secret and mystical meanings, which makes for a unique choice of names.
Also it’s a great way to connect with your ancestry if you have Native American roots, or simply a history lover and a fan of a famous Native American figure (there are so many names to choose from).
We know that choosing a name for your pup can be ruff… so we have picked some of the most beautiful, bold and noble Native American dog names for you. We hope we can help you find the pawfect name for your pup!
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Native American Dog Names
Did you know that Native Americans used their canine companions to help them in day-to-day life?
Dogs were often used as hunters – they were more than just furry friends. Dogs have often been used to help us hunt throughout history, so why not think about naming your friend after a Native American word for a predator?
Here are some of our furr-avorite Native American names for your pooch:
- Makaya – Eagle hunter
- Akikta – Determined and never give up
- Dakota – This means ‘friendly’ and can be used for both a female or male dog
- Cherokee – One of the largest Native American tribes
- Achak – Spirit
- Taima – Thunder
- Cheveyo – Spirit warrior
- Miwok – A bear’s growl
- Cailan – A warrior of life
- Jolon – Valley of the dead oaks
- Kitchi – Meaning ‘brave’ or ‘strong’
- Lye – Smoke
- Mitexi – Sacred moon
- Tallulah – Leaping spring
- Yuma – A Chief’s Son
- Kohana – Swift
- Kele – Sparrow
- Ahawi – Deer
- Kwanita – Meaning ‘God is gracious’
- Enola – A loner
- Tocho – Mountain lion
- Pallaton – Warrior
- Bly – Tall
- Pezi – Grass
- Atim – Simply meaning ‘dog’
- Denali – Great One
- Pazi – Yellow bird
- Liseli – Light
- Maka – Earth
- Halyn – Unique
- Lonato – Flint stone
- Hinto – this refers to ‘deep blue eyes’
- Soma – Sun
- Tyee – Chief
- Calusa – A Native American tribe
- Eyota – Great
- Kai – Willow Tree
- Mansi – A plucked flower
- Akecheta – Fighter
- Ayita – Meaning the first person to dance
- Pati – Fish basket
- Tahki – Cold
- Peta – Golden Eagle
- Meli – Bitter
- Migina – Meaning ‘return of the moon’
- Abeytu – Green leaf
- Chlumani – Dew
- Doba – Meaning ‘no war’
- Miki – Little
- Kanti – Singer
Native American Female Dog Names
Native American dog names can make some sassy and furr-ocious choices for your female dog!
Did you know that Inuit Sled dogs, as well as the Greenland Dog and the Alaskan Malamute are said to be descendants from Native American dogs?
These breeds have the closest genetic links to their Native American doggy ancestors. If you have a grrr-ly Greenland dog, a female Native American dog name might be the perfect choice.
|Native American Female Dog Names|
|Catori – the she spirit||Adsila – Blossom|
|Nova – Means ‘chases butterflies’||Dy – A beautiful deer|
|Koko – Night||Papina – Ivy|
|Winona – First born daughter||Saloso – Cry of the wild goose|
|Una – one||Nizhoni – Pretty|
|Yoki – Rain||Sunki – To “catch up with”|
|Naira – Girl with large eyes||Sayen – Loveable|
|Arizona – Little spring||Onida – Child of importance|
|Wyanet – Beautiful||Kasa – Dressed in furs|
|Lulu – Rabbit||Iskwew – Women|
|Tadita – One who runs||Shikoba – A feather|
|Mika – Intelligent raccoon||Tama – Thunder|
|Pavita – Clear water||Doli – bluebird|
|Nina – Strong||Luyu – Wild dove|
|Wuti – Woman||Macha – Aurora|
|Sitsi – Daughter||Dena – Valley|
|Fala – Crow||Sawni – Echo|
|Inola – Black fox||Etenia – Rich|
|Henna – Red||Goga – Summer|
|Winema – Chief||Anna – Mother|
|Hinto – Blue||Atsila – Fire|
|Waapi – White||Chepi – Fairy|
|Nayeli – ‘I love you’||Rozene – Rose|
|Tayen – A new moon||Sasa – Goose|
|Winnie – Fair one||Bena – Pheasant|
Native American Male Dog Names
Do you feel like you’re barking up the wrong tree when you’re looking at common names for your male dog?
Choosing a Native American dog name will stand out in a crowd and ensures that your male dog will have a name with a secret meaning.
Often, Native American names were inspired by nature – this would be pawfect for a pup who loves to play outside.
There are also Native American names that can make your pooch sound brave and strong – a paw-some idea if you’ve got your very own male Malamute! because these pups are the most boisterous of them all.
|Native American Male Dog Names|
|Herrick – Leader of an army||Lusio – Light|
|Bodaway – Fire maker||Sinopa – Fox|
|Akando – Ambush||Maska – Strong|
|Chaska – First born son||Nayavu – Clay|
|Dyami – Eagle||Pachu’a – Feathered water snake|
|Tooantuh – Spring frog||Odakota – Friends|
|Ahote – Restless one||Paytah – Fire|
|Gad – Juniper Tree||Askook – Snake|
|Nikiti – round and smooth||Skah – White|
|Aditsan – Listener||Kilchii – Red boy|
|Delsin – ‘He is so’||Wahkhan – Sacred|
|Axe – Father of peace||Yahto – Blue|
|Enyeto – Walks as a boar||Ahunu – he laughs|
|Nakos – Sage||Annawan – Chief|
|Ahmik – Beaver||Chatan – Hawk|
|Alo – Spiritual guide||Mongwau – Owl|
|Tokala – Fox||Etu – Sun|
|Diwali – Bowls||Helki – Touch|
|Mato – Bear||Menewa – Great Warrior|
|Hakan – Fire||Elsu – Flying falcon|
|Iye – Smoke||Patwin – Man|
|Jolon – Valley of the dead oak||Adahy – Lives in the woods|
|Aranck – Stars||Pinon – Name of a myth|
|Ituha – Sturdy oak||Bidziil – Strong man|
|Kono – name unknown||Cha’tima – The caller|
Native American Names For Wolf
Did you know that Native American dogs were more closely related to wolves than our domesticated dogs of today?
Wolves and Native Americans share a special relationship. They have been regarded as a spiritual animal that conveys both beauty and power.
Some tribes felt wolves were mystical and modeled their own tribes upon wolf packs. They believed that every wolf would lend a helping paw to others in their pack, which Native Americans tried to incorporate into their communities.
Howl can you resist these names?
- Tala (Sioux)
- Hemene (Nez Perce)
- Kiyaya – Howling Wolf (Yakima)
- Honi (Aropho)
- Aho – Whitewolf
- Lelou (Chinook)
- Shunkaha (Lakota)
- Honiahaka – Little Wolf (Cheyenne)
- Okhmhaka – Little Wolf (Cheyenne)
- Maikoh (Navajo)
- Maiyun (Cheyenne)
- Maheegan (Algonquin)
- Waya (Cherokee)
- Beya ish (Shoshone)
- Tivaci (Chemehuevi)
- Teekon (Athabascan)
- Mahigan (Cree)
- Kyiyu (Seneka)
- Kooy (Kiowa)
- Lokwa (Nootka)
- Sinapu (Ute)
- Mingan – Dark wolf
- Omitaa – Dog (Blackfoot)
- Amarok/Amarog – Mythological wolf (Inuit)
Native American Dog Names and Meanings
- Iracema: This literally means ‘honey-lips’ so is perfect for a sweet and sensitive pup!
- Hiawatha: Meaning ‘he who combs’.
- Ixchel: This means ‘rainbow lady’ – great for a dog with a bright personality.
- Tlalli: Means earth.
- Wapasha: This means ‘red leaf’ and was the name of many Native American chiefs.
- Hialeah: Meaning a pretty prairie.
- Yunuen: Half moon. This would make a beautiful name for a husky!
- Miwak: This means ‘growl of a bear’ – great for a furr-ocious dog.
- Chumani: Dew drop.
- Holata: This means ‘alligator’. This would be great for a dog with a brilliant set of pearly whites!
Famous Native American Names
Another great way to pick a name is to look at famous individuals.
Here are some famous Native Americans, all with totally amazing names! Take a look through the list below.
- Pocahontas – A native American woman who married an Englishman. Though a true story, it was glamourized by Disney’s film Pocahontas. A great name for any Disney fan!
- Black Hawk – A brave and fierce war chief who fought to save his people’s land.
- Geronimo – Leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe – but his name also means ‘one who yawns’.
- Gall – A Lakota leader who played a huge part in the Lakotas’ fight against the United States.
- Pontiac – Another famous chief of the Ottawa.
- Nanye-hi/Nancy Ward – Nanye-hi was given the title of Ghigua (war woman) after her part in the Battle of Taliwan.
- Mourning Dove/Christine Quintasket – A famous female Native American writer.
- Tecumseh – Shawnee leader, Tecumseh is most well-known for his part in retaking the land taken from Native Americans. His name also means, ‘panther in the sky’.
- Hiawatha – Little is known of the real Hiawatha; however we know he was an advocate of peace. Henry Wadworth published a book, ‘the Song of Hiawatha’ that is loosely based on him.
- Maria TallChief – A famous dancer, TallChief was born to an Osage Nation father. Her fantastic ballet skills led to her continued input into Chicago dance schools – one of which she founded.
Native American names have so many different meanings.
There are so many names to choose from, ranging from the nature inspired Yoki (rain) to the name that literally mean wolf (like Tala).
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These unique names are truly great for you and your pooch and are sure to catch people’s attention when calling your pup in the park.
We hope that you have found the right name for you and your furry-friend!
Let us know your favorite in the comments section below…