Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
The Art of Selecting a Greek Name for Your Female Dog
What’s in a name? Shakespeare wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but we all know how important a name can be. A dog's name can become a self-fulfilling prophecy; name her Luna, and she could turn out to be a lunatic. On the other hand, naming a hunting dog Artemis, after the Greek goddess of the hunt, may help to elevate your girl's hunting game. With that in mind, choose a name with its associated myth that aligns with your hopes for your new companion.
Here is a list of cool dog names from the Greek goddesses, monsters, and heroines and their tales, any of which is sure to bestow awesome powers on your canine companion.
Greek Names for Agile Female Dogs
If your new companion is destined to be an agility star, these names will give her a leg up on the competition. These fleet heroines of Greek myth are often chaste and certainly loyal. Some are also fantastic weavers—just what you need to assist you with your weave pole training!
Ariadne was daughter to King Minos and half sister to the Minotaur. When Theseus arrived to slay the Minotaur, Ariadne fell in love with him, and gave him a ball of twine to assist him in escaping from the labyrinth. Clever Ariadne escaped Crete with Theseus, however, Theseus eventually abandoned her on the island of Naxos. Here Dionisius rescued and married Ariadne, and her wedding diadem is immortalized in the constellation Corona Borealis.
Atalanta was the fleet-footed heroine and huntress who swore never to marry. Prized for her great beauty, many suitors sought her hand in marriage. In order to please her parents, Atalanta agreed to marry, but only if the suitor could beat her in a foot race. Many tried, but Atalanta was the fastest of humans. Hippomenes, watching one of her races, fell deeply in love with her and prayed to Venus for help, as he was sure he could never outrun the beautiful huntress.
Venus sent Hippomenes three golden apples with which to slow her so that he might keep up with her and ultimately win the race. He strategically tossed the golden apples before her as they raced, each a little further away from her path than the first. As she slowed to bend down to pick up each golden apple, Hippomenes was able to keep pace with her and eventually win by half a stride. Without Venus’ intervention, Hippomenes would not have stood a chance. Name your girl Atalanta if you want a fleet-footed girl that can outrun all of the boy dogs at the agility trial.
Athena is the goddess of mental agility, intelligence, art, literature, strategy, and weaving, among many other skills. She is beautiful, brave, and wise. The city of Athens was named after her, and she figures prominently in many stories, including the Odyssey and the Trojan War. Unlike Ares, her male counterpart, she is known for her fairness in battle and for cool-tempered strategy. Known as the goddess of heroic endeavor, she was her father's, Zeus, favorite child. Born of no woman, Athena sprang fully formed from her father's head.
The most skilled of weavers, Athena challenged the braggadocious Arachne to a weaving challenge, when Arachne bragged that she herself was the greatest weaver of all time. Sadly Arachne, after furious weaving of magnificent tapestries, lost the contest to Athena. In a nod to her considerable weaving skills, Athena transformed Arachne into a spider, so that she could continue to dazzle spinning webs, for all eternity. And that is how we have Arachnids, or spiders. Name your girl Arachne if you want a genius on the weave poles.
Nike, the winged goddess of victory, represents strength, speed, and triumph. She flew around battlefields in a chariot, rewarding the victors with glory and fame represented, by a laurel wreath. She is often depicted on Greek coins, and shares her name to a popular line of athletic shoes; she can also be seen in the hood ornament on a Rolls-Royce. If you like to win fame and glory at Agility Trials or Flyball Tournaments, name your girl Nike.
Penelope was the wife of Odysseus, and she was a very good wife indeed. While he was on his ten-year journey trying to return home after the Trojan War, most believed that Odysseus was actually dead. Many suitors tried to convince Penelope to remarry. Believing that Odysseus was still alive, Penelope stalled for time.
She announced that she would remarry when she finished weaving a funeral shroud for her father-in-law. In reality, she would weave all day, and then unravel her weaving all night. If you want a smart and faithful girl dog that is as nimble in her actions as she is in her mind, name her Penelope; you can call her Penny.
Greek Names for Female Hunting Dogs
The name of a Greek huntress may make a good fit for your hunting breed.
Artemis was known to the Greeks as the virgin goddess of the hunt and mistress of animals. At Ephesus in Turkey, her temple became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Known also as the goddess of the hills and forests, she is depicted in paintings and statues in a forest setting, carrying her bow and arrows and frequently accompanied by a dog or a deer. Name your female puppy Artemis if you want a beautiful, faithful, and independent hunting dog.
Callisto, which means “most beautiful,” was the daughter of Lycaon, king of Arcadia, and was one of Artemis' hunting companions. As an attendant of Artemis, she took a vow of chastity. When Zeus took a liking to her, poor Callisto was transformed into a bear by his wife Hera out of jealousy. Then Zeus, taking pity on her, transformed her into a bear in the heavens, thus creating Ursa Major, the bear constellation. If you want a beautiful and loyal hunting companion that is also a star in her own right, name her Callisto.
Not only was she fleet-footed (see her other myth, above), she was a skilled huntress as well. Abandoned by her father at birth for being a girl, she was rescued by a bear and raised by hunters. Atalanta was famed for being the first to draw blood in the Calydonian boar hunt. After her success with the boar, her father rediscovered her and sought to have her marry a proper suitor. Her early rejection by her father created a grudge wherein she swore to never marry. See Atalanta's agility tale above for the story of her famed foot races with potential suitors.
If your dog was a rescue, this might be the perfect name. If you are seeking a skilled and tenacious hunting dog that will beat the boy dogs to the quarry, name her Atalanta.
Grecian Names for Loyal Obedience Dogs
The following names are all tied to myths about loyalty and faithfulness.
In order to win back her husband, Eros, Psyche had to complete a series of four impossible tasks. With the help of ants, reeds, and towers, Psyche was able to accomplish these tasks and win immortality and a place beside her husband. This myth joins Eros (love) with Psyche (soul, mind, or spirit), and is one of the few Greek myths that ends happily.
In psychology, the psyche is the whole mind, consciousness and unconsciousness. In Greek, the word alludes to spirit, soul, ghost, and self (in the sense of the conscious aspects of personality). Name your dog Psyche if you want a resourceful and loving obedience dog that can get the job done.
Hecuba was the faithful queen and wife of Priam, the King of Troy, and mother to nineteen children, including Paris, Hector, and Cassandra. Following the fall of Troy, Hecuba was presented to Odysseus as a slave. One version of the story has it that she snarled at Odysseus and cursed him. The gods took pity on Hecuba and turned her into a dog to escape her enslavement. Name your girl dog Hecuba if you want a true and loyal partner.
Pallas was a childhood friend of Athena's. They were raised together by Pallas’ father, Triton. During a childhood war game, things turned nasty and Athena accidentally killed Pallas. Out of sadness and guilt, Athena took on her friend’s name and became known in Greek tradition as Pallas Athena. Pallas combines loyalty, wisdom, and strategy.
Giving someone the name Pallas alludes to the idea that keeping a name keeps someone's memory alive. Name your girl Pallas for a smart dog with an eternally youthful attitude to life and competition.
Delphi or Pythia
The Oracle of Delphi, also know as the Pythia, was the line of female priestesses who occupied the temple at the foot of Mount Parnassus and delivered prophesies inspired by Apollo. Oracles were believed to be the mouthpieces of the gods, the portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. Considered the most powerful and inspired of the Greek oracles, the Pythia figure prominently in the writings of Plato, Ovid, and Aristotle, among many others. Name your girl Pythia or Delphi if you want an intuitive dog that can read your mind.
Beautiful Greek Goddess Names for Show Dogs
Aretha: Greek girl's name meaning beautiful, excellent and virtuous.
Ariadne: Daughter of King Minos, who fell in love with Theseus and helped him escape from Cretan Labyrinth, after killing the minotaur. Later she was abandoned by Theseus, although she did eventually marry Dionysus. Ariadne now means chaste and most holy.
Calista: Name meaning most beautiful.
Calypso: Calypso is the Greek nymph who held Odysseus captive on the island of Ogygia for seven years. Calypso enchanted Odysseus with her singing as she swayed to and fro, weaving on her loom with a golden shuttle. However, Odysseus' love for his wife Penelope demands that he and his crew to escape to new adventures on their way to Ithaca.
Odysseus appeals to Athena for help, who then appeals to Zeus for an intervention. Zeus commands Calypso to set Odysseus and his crew free; an order with which she grudgingly complies. Name your dog Calypso, and you can call her Callie for short.
Carissa: Greek name meaning grace.
Charity: The three Charities or three Graces were daughters of Zeus and inspirations of Beauty, Charm and Goodness.
Chloe: Names used as the summer name of Demeter, goddess of fertility.
Helen: Helen of Troy, daughter of Zeus and Leda, sister to Castor, Pollux, and Clytemnestra, was stunningly beautiful and well-born. Many famed suitors (as many as 46) sought her hand in marriage. The Trojan War began over the abduction of Helen by love-struck Paris. Her beauty was so great that she is remembered as “the face that launched 1,000 ships.” Name your show dog Helen if you prize a pretty face.
Europa was the first queen of Crete and the daughter of a Phoenician king. As she and her maidens were gathering flowers in a field, she caught the eye of Zeus, who determined to seduce her. He disguised himself as a tame white bull and mingled among Europa's father's herd of cattle. Zeus caught the maidens' attention by emitting an aroma of flowers, and when they approached the bull to stroke and admire him, the bull knelt down, and Europa climbed onto his back. Zeus took this opportunity to take Europa.
He rushed into the sea and began swimming furiously towards another land. Nereids (sea nymphs) attended them, riding dolphins, and Triton blew his horn. Europa guessed that her bull was a disguised god and begged him to treat her kindly. Zeus ultimately brought Europa to Crete, where he made her its first queen. The continent of Europe was also named after her. Today, Europa serves as a symbol of Pan-Europeanism, and is depicted on Euro banknotes.
Kallea: Beauty, goodness
Kallini: Beautiful victory
Kalliope: Beautiful voice
Siren: The original femme fatales, Sirens were beautiful half-woman, half-bird creatures. Their singing was so hypnotic that sailors threw themselves into the sea in rapt adoration. Odysseus cleverly survived listened to their song by lashing himself to the mast of the ship so he could not succumb to their allure. Name your girl Siren if you want an irresistible beauty with a melodious bark.
Grace or Gracie: The three Graces, or Charites, were daughters of Zeus and Eurynome. These goddesses were created to fill the world with joyful moments and goodwill. The Graces represent beauty, joy, and charm. They are often depicted dancing in a circle, much like show dogs, to the music of Apollo.
Pandora was created by the gods from clay as the first woman on Earth. Each of the gods gave her a gift, hence her name, which translates as "the bearer of all gifts." As a result, she was beautiful, talented, and feminine. However, Hermes had been instructed by Zeus to give her the gifts of stubbornness and curiosity. Zeus was angered that Prometheus had stolen fire from the gods and had given it to mankind.
In an elaborate plot for revenge and to teach man a lesson, the Gods gave Epimethius Pandora's hand in marriage. Although Prometheus had warned his foolish younger brother not to accept gifts from the Olympians, her beauty blinded him to common sense.
At the wedding, the gods gave Pandora a jar known as the Pithos, which was supposed to contain her wedding present from them. However, she was warned that she must never open her gift. Pandora struggled with her curiosity, which ultimately won in the end. She opened the jar and was stunned and horrified to find all of the ills and suffering she had unwittingly unleashed on mankind escaping from the Pithos. She slammed the jar shut but only one thing remained inside: Hope.
And this is why evil exists on Earth, but we still have hope. Name your puppy Pandora if you don't mind a little mischief around the house.
Thalia: One of the three Graces, Thalia represents Youth, Beauty, Charm and Good Cheer.
Greek Goddess and Monster Names for Water-Loving Dogs
Aigina: Naiad loved by Zeus.
Ceto: Primordial Greek sea goddess, she bore a pantheon of monster children.
Circe: Sorceress with the ability to turn enemies into animals.
Cyrene: Naiad loved by Apollo.
Daphne: Naiad loved by Apollo.
Lamides: River nymphs.
Mynthe: Naiad loved by Hades.
Naiad: In Greek mythology, Naiads were a type of nymph that presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks, and other bodies of freshwater. The waters over which Naiads presided were thought to be endowed with inspirational, medicinal, or prophetic powers. Name your retriever Naiad if you want a dog with amazing instincts and powers of intuition.
Nereid, which means sea nymph, refers to a female spirit of sea water. They were seen as friendly spirits who might help sailors, especially those who were threatened by storms. There were fifty sisters who often accompanied Poseidon, the god of the sea.
Salamis: Naiad loved by Poseidon.
Sinope: Naiad loved by Apollo.
Siren: An irresistible songstress of the sea. See her description in Show Dog Names above.
Syrinx: Naiad loved by Pan.
Greek Name for Your Faithful Dog
Consider one of these names if you have a dog that would never leave your side.
Leto, a Titan goddess, was a longtime lover of Olympian god Zeus. Long before Zeus married Hera, Leto became pregnant with his children. Although the affair and pregnancy predated the marriage, Hera was insanely jealous of Leto, and gave her no end of discomfort and punishment. Leto wandered the earth looking for a place to have her children but, fearing the wrath of Hera, all lands rejected Leto. Finally, with the assistance of Zeus and the North Wind, she came to a barren rock island, Delos. Delos had nothing to lose or fear from Hera, so the island allowed her to give birth there.
Here she had the twins Artemis and Apollo. Her children became great archers at an early age in order to protect their mother. When he was just four days old, Apollo killed the dragon Python, which Hera had sent to kill the children. Artemis and Apollo were both powerful gods that spared no effort in the defense of their mother's honor. As such, they were favored by their father, Zeus, and admitted to the pantheon of Greek gods.
Faithful lover of Zeus, and goddess of wisdom, Zeus too was faithful to Metis, until he learned of her prophecy. The children of Metis were destined to be more powerful than Zeus. Fearing a repeat of his own story, Zeus swallowed Metis whole. However, she was already pregnant when Zeus consumed her.
Suffering a splitting headache, Zeus asked Ares to split his head open for him. Athena emerged from his skull, fully grown and armoured. Happily the wise female warrior that emerged as his first female child was also his favorite.
Greek Names for Your Female Herding Dog
Cassandra was the second most beautiful woman in the world, after Helen of Troy. Gifted by Apollo with the ability to see the future, she was then cursed by him for rejecting his attentions. While he could not take back the gift of foresight, he cursed her that no one would believe her prophesies. As a result, Cassandra was considered insane, although all of her prophecies eventually came to pass in the Trojan War.
If you want a herding dog with great instincts for what the stock will do next and if you don’t mind a dog that is smarter than you are, name her Cassandra, and you can call her Cassie.
Cybele: Goddess of wild animals.
Nephele: Cloud nymph and mother of the centaurs.
Pan was a satyre, half goat and half horned man. Pan is often depicted with a lyre and is the protector of livestock.
Greek Goddess Names for Dark-Coated Dogs
Breeds with black or dark brown fur make a good match for these names.
Andromeda, the beautiful daughter of Ethiopean King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia, was chained to a rock to appease a cruel sea monster sent by Poseidon to destroy their kingdom.
Queen Cassiopeia had openly bragged that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereids, also known as the sea nymphs. Furious at the insult, the Nereids sought assistance from their father, Poseidon, to teach the vain queen a lesson. Even more incensed by the insult, the angry Poseidon sent a sea monster to ravage the coast and devastate the land of their kingdom mercilessly. In seeking a solution to the terror, Zeus suggested to Cepheus that the only way to appease Poseidon and the sea nymphs would be to sacrifice his lovely daughter to the sea monster.
Andromeda was therefore chained to a rock in the harbor, where she awaited the arrival of the sea monster. As luck would have it, Perseus, returning from the slaying of the Medusa, flew past Andromeda on the rock and was immediately taken with her. Seeing her danger, Perseus slew the sea monster, ending its reign of terror, and asked for her hand in marriage. Perseus and Andromeda married and some of their descendants became a new race of people, the Persians.
Nyx was the Greek goddess (or personification) of the night. Homer described her as the subduer of gods and men, and relates that even Zeus stood in awe of her. Older and more powerful than Zeus, he deferred to her wishes. Her children include Hypnos (god of sleep), Thanatos (god of death), Aither (god of light), Hemera (goddess of day), and Erebos (god of darkness).
Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power and beauty. Typically depicted swathed in dark veils, she is “found in the shadows of the world and only ever seen in glimpses.” An excellent name for large breed females, name your dark girl Nyx if you are seeking a powerful, independent, and constant companion.
Selene, Mene, or Phoebe
Selene is the Titan goddess of the moon; her presence is felt when the moon is full. Also called “Mene” and “Phoebe,” her equivalent in ancient Roman religion and myth is Luna, Latin for "moon." Selene was a favorite among ancient love poets; she is described as a very beautiful goddess, with long wings and a golden diadem. Name your dog Selene, Phoebe, or Mene if you want a beautiful, intelligent, and loving companion.
Greek Goddess Names for Naughty or Disobedient Dogs
Ate: Pronounced "eighty." Ate is the goddess of ruin, mischief, delusion and folly. She is said in some traditions to be the eldest daughter of Zeus, and in others to be the daughter of Eris, goddess of strife. At Hera's bequest, Ate tricks Zeus into an oath he soon regrets. Enraged, Zeus hurtles Ate to Earth, and forbids her return to Olympus. Ate walks Earth on the heads of men, causing strife and havoc on mortales.
Eris: Greek goddess of strife, she is often depicted on battlefields enjoying the bloodshed of man.
Fury: The Furies are the goddesses of vengeance. They are depicted with snakes for hair, blood drips from their eyes and they have the heads of dogs.
Dysnomia: Another daughter of Eris, "Strife," Dysnomia is the goddess of lawlessness. While there are no cults around Dysnomia, she figures prominently in poetry juxtaposed against Eunomia, the embodiment of civil order.
Nemesis: The Greek translation of nemesis is "To give what is due." Nemesis is the goddess of divine retribution. She castigates those who have committed crimes against the immortals with madness.
Greek Goddess Names for Dogs
These Greek names from lesser-known goddesses, myths and personifications make original names for female dogs.
- Achelois: Moon goddess.
- Alcyone: Meaning Kingfisher. The gods saved Alcyone and her husband from drowning by turning them into kingfishers.
- Alectrona: Goddess of the sun.
- Aphrodite: Goddess of love and beauty.
- Arete: Excellence
- Astraea: Goddess of justice.
- Até: Goddess of mischief.
- Atropos: Fate who cut the thread of life, determining the moment of death.
- Bia: That which brings happiness, goddess of force.
- Calliope: Muse of epic poetry.
- Circe: Witch and half goddess that turned Odysseus' men into beasts.
- Clio: One of the Muses; inspiration of history.
- Clotho: One of the Fates, she spun the thread of life.
- Daphne: Niaid and object of Apollo's desire.
- Dido: Queen of Carthage, she committed suicide when Aeneas was called by Poseidon to leave her. Her dying curse launched the Punic wars.
- Doris: A Sea nymph
- Echo: Nymph who gossiped, so much so, she was cursed to only repeat the words of others.
- Electra: She and her brother plotted revenge against their mother and stepfather for the murder of their own father Agamemnon.
- Elpis: The spirit of hope.
- Eos: Goddess of dawn.
- Erato: Muse of lyrical poetry.
- Eris: Goddess of strife.
- Euterpe: One of the Muses; inspiration of song and elegiac poetry. .
- Harmonia: Goddess of harmony and concord.
- Hebe: Goddess of youth.
- Hecate: Goddess of magic
- Hemera: Primordial deity and goddess of daylight.
- Hera: Wife of Zeus and goddess of marriage and birth, known for her jealousy.
- Hestia: Goddess of the hearth.
- Hygea: Goddess of cleanliness and hygiene.
- Iris: Goddess of rainbows.
- Khione: Goddess of snow .
- Libra: Goddess of Justice.
- Lilah: Greek, meaning "lily."
- Lyra: Star constellation representing the lyre of Orpheus.
- Lacheses: One of the Fates.
- Maia: Goddess of fields.
- Mania: Goddess of insanity.
- Melpomene: Muse of tragedy.
- Muse: Nine goddesses of inspiration.
- Nemesis: Goddess of retribution.
- Parcae: One of the fates, associated with the personification of childbirth.
- Peitha: Goddess of persuasion.
- Persephone: Goddess of the Spring.
- Pheme: Personification of popular rumor, also Fama.
- Polyhymnia: Muse of hymns.
- Rhea: Queen of the Titans and mother of the gods. Rhea makes an excellent name for a brood bitch.
- Styx: Deity and river that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead.
- Terpsichore: Muse of dance.
- Tessa: Harvester or reaper.
- Thalia: Muse of comedy.
- Thetis: one of the 50 Nereids, goddess of the water.
- Tyche: Goddess of fortune and prosperity.
- Urania: Muse of Astronomy.
- Zoe: Greek name meaning life.
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Elisabeth Boucher from Los Angeles on September 01, 2020:
I am getting a female toy poodle. I hesitate for her name between: Hera, Gaia, Bia and Psyche. Which one do you reccommend? (I am hesitant about Hera because of her reputation though.) Thank you.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on August 07, 2020:
Hi Alex: you might find a cute name for your new border collie here in this article on Names for Multi Colored Dogs. https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Names-for-Two-Tone-and...
Alex on August 05, 2020:
I am getting a female border collie puppy in 1 week. She is white, grey, and black
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on July 02, 2020:
Hi Yet and delete: Thanks for visiting. You might consider one of the moon goddess names for your white mini pitbull female. Luna and Selene are the Greek and Roman names respectively. Aurora is the goddess of the dawn.
Yet and delete on July 01, 2020:
What is a good name for a female mini Pitbull female all white
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on June 24, 2020:
Hi Donna: I am not sure what a Junip is? We do have an article on German dog names that might be helpful. Here is the link: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Best-Dog-Names-for-Ger...
Donna on June 23, 2020:
Hi! I need some help I’m getting a German Shepard mixed with a junip? I need a name that will go with it please help!!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on April 19, 2020:
Hi Riverzy - A female search and rescue dog??? I would have to name her Psyche. Such a resourceful girl, who wins love and immortality in the end.
Riverzy on April 19, 2020:
Got our first Airedale Terrier pup...such a smart little girl! She will be trained for Search & Rescue, a river-ambassador and mountain-party dog. Her name ?
Patrick on February 07, 2020:
I have a new pup, Siberia husky.. My sister named her Athena, and I name her sibling Shiva.. I owned the dam, that i named her Isis... From Egyptian mythology... So sad that her name is tainted from radical groups.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on January 09, 2020:
Hi Amy: I am partial to the name Nyx for a powerful black female. She is one of the primordial goddess, and even Zeus lived in awe of her. She is known for her great beauty, but is only glimpsed at the edges of shadows of the night.
Amy on January 09, 2020:
Hello I was wondering if you could help me? I’m getting a black female husky puppy and I wanna name her something powerful for preferably after a goddess but also something that easily rolls off the tongue.
Would appreciate any help! Thanks!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on June 04, 2019:
Titan is a lovey dog name. Female names that match up with Titan might be, Olympia, Hera, or Juno.
Titan goddess names that might work for you include: Rheia Titan goddess of ease and flow, Tethys Titan goddess of primal fonts of water, or Themis Titan goddess of obedience and order (great for an obedience dog) .
Brittany on June 03, 2019:
I have a great pyrenees male named titan. Im getting a girl and would love a name to go with our boy
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on March 25, 2019:
Hi Addie: I like the name Psyche for your beautiful Aussie girl. Curiosity got her into trouble with Eros, but her bravery, resourcefulness and resolve saved the day! See her story above under Loyal Obedience Dogs.
Addie on March 19, 2019:
Hi i am going to have a puppy that is an Australian Shepherd Border collie mix and i habe already met her and she's a female and she is very curious, Brave, adventurous, and smart and im wondering if you have any ideas for a name for her.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on March 08, 2019:
You might consider the names Venus or Aphrodite, as the Roman and Greek goddess of love. Also, Philia is Greek for friendly love.
Katseyes4u on March 02, 2019:
Needing some help. I’m getting a gorgeous black and white shih tzu next week & she has a white heart shape on her head - any ideas??
Seraphira on February 26, 2019:
If you want to stick with the Norse theme... We wanted to adopt a G.Shepard / ElkHound mix. She was gorgeous/gentle/inquisitive but it wasn't quite the right fit at the time... We wanted to name her "Skadi" Skaah dee. Look the goddess up, but in short terms, goddess of winter.
Sylph or Sylphee if I was going to add to it. It just comes to mind with a long slender form that might flow about the house. (spirit of air)
Isaac Custodio on February 16, 2019:
I have a Chihuahua and im sick of common names i want for it to be unique but and the same time something beutiful what shoul i name her?
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 04, 2019:
You may want to try Freya to go with the name Thor. Freya is associated with love, fertility, beauty, and fine material possessions – Freya is the archetype of the völva, a professional or semiprofessional practitioner of seidr, the most organized form of Norse magic. It was she who first brought this art to the gods, and, by extension, to humans as well. Given her expertise in controlling and manipulating the desires, health, and prosperity of others, she’s a being whose knowledge and power are almost without equal. Female dogs will always dominate male dogs, Freya is a name that is supportortive of this essential fact.
Amber Star Vachon on January 29, 2019:
I have a 4yr male shepard mix named Thor and we are bringing home a Shepard/wolf mix little girl i have looked at all the options can you help with a name please
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2019:
Hi Sandra: You could take a page from Athena's book and name her Pallas Aylisse. You could call her Pal for short.
Sandra Bowden on January 10, 2019:
I am looking for a female English bulldog name-we have 3 granddaughters and each of them have had their name somewhere in the name of our other 2 dogs-Aylisse is the one who we want to have a part of her name in. we haven't got our pup yet but very soon-any Ideas?
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on November 25, 2018:
Thanks for visiting! I have never seen a green eyed Akita - that would indeed be rare!! I like the name Pallas for a large female. The name Pallas conveys eternal love and loyalty.
Lauren on November 24, 2018:
I need a rare name for a green eyed Japanese Akita, but idk what name to choose :(
Dionne on October 24, 2018:
Hiya I've just got a little pup she's a tan chorkie,I really appreciate if you could help me with a unique name please
Kat on August 21, 2018:
I named my kitty Ophelia!
Yosha on August 14, 2018:
Please help need a girl dogs name. She’s whit in colour with a small amount of shandy brown on her head only. Her mums called princess belle.
This will be our 1st Family dog.
Hubby & I like unusual names & also what their meanings are
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Elisa on June 17, 2018:
Hi i was wondering if you could help me? Im getting a female puppy and shes all black with a lil bit of white. Im stuck on a name for her.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on May 16, 2018:
Excellent name suggestion Phoebe! Phoebe is the Titan goddess of prophecy, and the grandmother of Olympic gods Apollo and Artemis. Through Apollo's oracular gift, the Oracle of Delphi receives her powers of prophecy. At one time the Oracle of Delphi was the most powerful woman of the ancient world.
Phoebe on May 15, 2018:
How about phoebe that is a Greek name
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on April 21, 2018:
Hey Airstrike - Feel free to add some of your favorite Greek god and goddess names, especially the more esoteric ones! We all love good suggestions that we can add to the article.
AIRSTRIKE on April 20, 2018:
I'm a Greek mythology nerd, so this is obviously interesting to me. This site is LIT!!!!! I could name a crap ton of Greek gods & goddesses.
unknown2 on January 21, 2018:
I love this site, but you forgot Yeorgia she's the Greek titan of the earth or something. My favorite name is Callisto...
Also I'm greek and getting a dog so I like names that are Greek and English, but I have NOT been able to think of any until now!
Tyler Osborne on January 01, 2018:
Her momma is a rescue from a fighting ring and she's my baby that's my Ken If you understand? Her name is Lucy and she just had baby blue puppies and I'm keeping one with a white head, neck with all grey blue color. I'm looking for a old queen name or something?
George on November 26, 2017:
We lost a beloved miniature fox terrier two weeks ago with cancer she was fourteen years and four months her name was Bella we miss her very much and still every time we turn we think she is next to us we just put a deposit on a female miniature fox puppy which we will pick it up on the 8th of December we are looking for a new name from Greek goddess names can you help out
Sarah Reynolds on October 20, 2017:
We just bought a 12 week pure breed German Shepherd she came with the name Sasha but we searched through the goddess names on her and chose Nyx. Suits her well. She's so amazing. This list made it simple to choose a name with meaning.
unknown on September 20, 2017:
cj whats your last name
maya on September 18, 2017:
i like aphrodite
Cookie Quick⚡️ on September 02, 2017:
I am saving a pure bread huskey from hurricane Harvey and i want to now name him Apollo
Dina Baxter on August 10, 2017:
I am adopting a female 1 year old German Shepard x. Her name is currently Queen but I just can't see myself keeping this so I am looking for something similar can anyone help?
Mountain Cur Liver on July 30, 2017:
Voting For Electra
I need help with a name for a puppy on July 30, 2017:
Please help me pick a name
Leilani on July 07, 2017:
Freya.....Viking Goddess of Love
Jennifer Johannin on June 29, 2017:
We have 6 yellow lab puppies that are 11 days old!! One of the potential owners loves the show, Vikings. He chose Floki for his little guy, and now I'm stuck on these names. Callipso (sp??) really stands out....help for the other 2 males and 2 females??
Paranormal Rabbit on June 19, 2017:
I used this site to name my rabbit and we named her A Siren
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on June 04, 2017:
Hi Eliza: Good luck with your new dogs! Pitbulls certainly are deserving of Greek God and Goddess names. Powerful and benevolent; they were once known a the nanny dog!
Eliza on June 03, 2017:
Amazing! I'm adopting a female pitbull mix pup in a few months, and possibly a male. This list has definitely changed me from 'helpless' to 'excited'! My family will definitely benefit from this list when it's name-choosing time.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on May 16, 2017:
Hi Katt: Your girl sounds like a big girl. How about naming her Hippolyta one of the great queens of the Amazons. You can call her Lyta.
Katt on May 15, 2017:
My Puppy is Pitbull and Cane Corso Mastiff Mix I need a beautiful Dog Name thats different but pretty and to be a Goddess Name.
SunseraeTyler on April 03, 2017:
I chose Selene and for my male Helios... they are my Sun and moon and now we are getting another female and her name will be Luna... so I am guessing that if I get another male, his name will have to be Aten
mrs roper on February 28, 2017:
this is not helpful for school work at all
jacinta on January 11, 2017:
I actually called my loving cat Pandora, Pandi for short, so funny to read of someone else saying that. My current kitty is Rudy. When I first got her she used to give me rude staring looks ... challenging me in her 5 inches of self.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on January 01, 2017:
Hi Cj: Excellent name choices for your puppy and beautiful Siamese cat!
Cj on December 30, 2016:
I going with Hades for my Bruttchess mountain puppy and Aphrodite for my white Siamese cat
rebecca mattingly on October 28, 2016:
well, we named our big english mastiff/female......now 180 lbs Oleander Blue...named after a wildflower that grows out west. We call her Ollee for short
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on October 07, 2016:
Congratulations Swift on your new puppy, Goddess Athena! She will be a wise warrior!
Swift on October 06, 2016:
Just got my little one today I am naming her Athena. She is actually the runt of the litter but I just feel the name is soo fitting for her
boom on August 29, 2016:
i like chloe
Lisa on August 14, 2016:
You are missing Brizo!!! Goddess of the mariners and a badass german shepherd girl name!
Aaliya on July 01, 2016:
Pandora and call her Pandi. That's what I'm naming my next girl
Hera on June 06, 2016:
kari on May 10, 2016:
DawnofKnights on March 19, 2016:
I vote Athenians
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on January 19, 2016:
Hi Pamela: So glad we could help you select the right goddess name for your new puppy. Good luck with Nyx!!
Pamela on January 19, 2016:
Just got a new female puppy her breed is Amstaf (American Staffy) and my mum wanted a female goddes name and so we went on this site and so we decided to go with Nyx.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on April 25, 2015:
Thanks for dropping by Bubble - I am glad you enjoyed them!
bubble on April 25, 2015:
Random greek person here... Your comments are so damn funny xD
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on August 15, 2014:
Hi Jean: Thanks for visiting. My partners kennel name is Callista! We share that name with many co-bred dogs. It is lovely.
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on August 15, 2014:
I think Callisto is really cute for a girl puppy!
FullOfLoveSites from United States on June 17, 2013:
I think Helen is a nice name for a dog, especially if it's very beautiful and looks graceful. Great ideas for dog names, those Greek names. :)
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on May 04, 2013:
Thanks Vibesites! We can add Minerva to the list although it is the Roman version of Athena. You could call her Minnow!
vibesites from United States on April 29, 2013:
Wow, thanks for your list! Now I can have new ideas to name dogs. Voted up and awesome
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on March 25, 2013:
BTW What is a "social group" for Rotties?
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on March 25, 2013:
Awesome - I vote for Nyx for such a powerful girl!
Adrienne Farricelli on March 25, 2013:
Great list! Voted up and useful and bookmarked it. I am planning to add a third Rottie to my social group soon and love Roman/Greek names for this breed.