15 Names for Your Dog Based on Greek Mythology

Updated on July 9, 2019
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Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.

Dog Names From Greek Mythology
Dog Names From Greek Mythology | Source

There is a wealth of places to get dog names from. How do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your pooch? One way is to look for a name with meaning. Mythology is a great place to turn to for names brimming with meaning. Everything from gods and goddesses, to nymphs and titans, can be a source of inspiration for a dog name.

Greek mythology comes from ancient Greece, also known as the cradle of Western civilization. Such mythology depicts a pantheon of gods led by Zeus, god of the sky, in stories of adventure and war. In this article, we'll look at 15 names from Greek mythology that could be just right for your dog or puppy.

1. Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. She is the daughter of Zeus. Her quarrel with Athena and Hera was said to have started the Trojan War. Aphrodite is often considered the idealization of beauty come to life.

This name might work well for a physically gorgeous dog, but it could work just as well for a female dog with a beautiful soul or even one inclined to jealous fits!

Aphrodite's birth
Aphrodite's birth | Source

2. Apollo

Apollo has one of the most prolific resumes in mythology. He is the god of the sun, music, prophecy, truth, healing, light, poetry, plague, and more! Apollo is the son of Zeus. His twin sister is Artemis, the huntress. Apollo is also the leader of the nine muses.

Because Apollo has such a diverse portfolio this name could work well for most male dogs. Due to Apollo’s musical proclivities, it might work particularly well for a dog that likes to howl!

3. Ares

Ares is the god of war. His parents are Zeus and Hera. Ares is the god of untamed, violent conflict. He is a wild, primal force. Ares loves to get into battle and fight it out with humans and gods alike.

This name would work well for a tough male dog that likes to tussle or who just looks badass.

Ares, God of War
Ares, God of War | Source

4. Artemis

Apollo’s twin sister, Artemis, is the goddess of the hunt. She is also the goddess of wild animals and the wilderness. Artemis’ favorite weapon is a bow and arrows.

Artemis could be a good name for a female hunting dog or a dog of a traditional hunting breed. This name would also work well for a dog that loves exploring in the wild, or that you love to take on long walks in the wilderness.

5. Atlas

Atlas is the Titan who holds the entire earth upon his shoulders. The Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa are associated with him. Atlas would make a great name for any strong or working dog or for any breed of dog that originates in Africa.

6. Athena

Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war. Unlike Ares, Athena prefers tactical and strategic battles. She is a careful and competent goddess. As a warrior goddess, she leads her own troops into battle.

This name is a beautiful one for most female dogs of some stature. It is particularly well-suited for dogs who are or are to become careful guardians of their households.

Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War
Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War | Source

7. Calypso

Calypso is a nymph who lives on the Isle of Ogygia. In Homer’s Odyssey, Calypso seduced Odysseus and kept him on her isle for seven years. She is exceptionally pretty and well-spoken. She is a lovely singer and dancer and she uses those skills to lure Odysseus in.

Calypso could make a pretty name for a more delicate female dog or one that is particularly agile. The name could also work for a dog that likes to “sing” or is particularly good at wheedling treats out of people.

8. Cerberus

This three-headed hound guards the entrance to the Underworld. He belongs to Hades, Zeus’ younger brother and the king of the Underworld. Cerberus is an enormous, slavering beast that can eat humans whole.

Cerberus could be a good name for any really large male dog. If you happen to have a three-headed dog, it would be particularly appropriate, but one that looks menacing (even if he’s a real sweetheart) will do just as well. You could also consider ironically naming a toy dog such as a Chihuahua or Pomeranian this ferocious name.

9. Chaos

Chaos is the very first thing to ever exist in the universe. Chaos is that which everything else came from. The first gods emerged from Chaos. This name could work for any dog that likes to cause mischief or always wants to be first.

10. Demeter

Demeter is the goddess of the harvest. People believed that, without Demeter, crops wouldn’t grow and the earth would grow barren. When her daughter, Persephone, is in the Underworld, Demeter grieves and Winter falls upon the earth.

This name could work for many female dogs. It could work particularly well for a rescue dog that has had puppies or for a dog that loves to frolic among the plants and trees.

11. Hera

Hera is the wife of Zeus and queen of the gods. She is extremely jealous of all of Zeus’ infidelities. Hera is the goddess of women and marriage, which makes her feelings about Zeus make even more sense!

Hera could make a good name for a female dog that likes to be a “mother hen” or for one who is very jealous of her owner’s affections.

12. Hermes

The winged god, Hermes, is known for his speed. He is the messenger of the gods. He is also known as a trickster. He likes to trick other gods just for the sheer satisfaction of doing so. Hermes is also the patron of travelers.

Hermes could be a nice name for a male dog that runs very fast or who likes to play tricks. It could also be a good name for a dog you take with you on your travels.

13. Nike

Nike is the goddess of victory. Nike flies on her chariot, visiting battlefields and rewarding valorous warriors. Nike could make an interesting name for a resilient dog such as one that was rescued.

14. Persephone

Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She reigns as queen in the Underworld alongside the god-king, Hades. Persephone is a goddess of vegetation. She ate seeds from a pomegranate while visiting the Underworld and now must stay there every Fall and Winter because of this.

Persephone could make a good name for a female rescue dog. It would also be a pretty name for a dog that has a regal demeanor.

Zeus, King of the Greek Gods
Zeus, King of the Greek Gods | Source

15. Zeus

Zeus is the king of the gods. He is the god of skies and thunder. Zeus is married to Hera, although he cheats on her all of the time. Zeus has many, many children from many mothers, both immortal and mortal. He resides on Mount Olympus.

Zeus might make an interesting name for a male dog that likes to flirt a lot. It could also work for a majestic dog who could be king of all dogs.

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