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99 Native American Names for Male Dogs

Updated on April 21, 2017
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Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and the author of a column, "Conversations with Champions," for the BCSA magazine,Borderlines.

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Native American words and names evoke powerful images of courage and the forces of nature. These 99 meaningful words make unique names for dogs, both large and small alike.

For strong male dogs, I like names that conjure images of the animal kingdom of the Wild West. Bears, buffalo, and wolves were revered in Native American cultures, and these lyrical names can bestow health and long life on their namesakes.

For names, I have canvased native languages from around the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Feel free to add your own name suggestions in the comments section.

Native American Dog  200 BC-500 AD
Native American Dog 200 BC-500 AD

Native American Names for Strong Male Dogs

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Kuruk
Pawnee
Bear
Honovi
Hopi
Powerful Deer
Animosh
Algonquin
Dog
Omitaa
Blackfoot
Dog
Makwa
Algonquin
Bear
Nokosi
Seminole
Bear
Honan
Miwok
Bear
Honaw
Hopi
Bear
Miwak
Miwok
Growl of a Bear
Keme
Algonquin
Thunder
Ahonu
Algonquin
He Who Laughs
Maska
 
Strong and Brave
Koa
Hawaiian
Strong and Brave
Kitchi
Algonquin
Brave
Yansa
Cherokee
Buffalo
Dog Effigy Vessel Jalisco
Dog Effigy Vessel Jalisco | Source

Names for Wolf-Like Breeds

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Hemene
Nez Perce
Wolf
Tikaani
Inuit
Wolf
Apisi
Blackfoot
Coyote
Kiyaya
Yakima
Howling Wolf
Amarog
Inuit
Wolf
Honi
Arapaho
Wolf
Honiahaka
Cheyenne
Little Wolf
Maikoh
Navajo
Wolf
Maiyun
Cheyenne
Wolf
Maheegan
Algonquin
Wolf
Native American dog vessel c. 200 BC-500 AD.
Native American dog vessel c. 200 BC-500 AD.

Noble Names

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Desna
Inuit
Boss
Akiak
Inuit
Brave
Micco
Seminole
Chief
Alii
Hawaiian
Chief
Kahuna
Hawaiian
Held in High Esteem
Hiamovi
Cheyenne
High Chief
Awan
Algonquin
Somebody
Yuma
Navajo
Son of the Chief
Bidziil
Navajo
He Who is Strong
Nayarit dog vessel 200 BC-500 AD.
Nayarit dog vessel 200 BC-500 AD.

Cute Names for Small Dogs

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Kele
Hopi
Sparrow
Mochni
Hopi
Talking Bird
Sequoyah
Cherokee
Sparrow
Miki
Inuit
Little
Mansi
Hopi
Plucked Flowers
Mukki
Algonquian
Child
Nikan
Potawatomi
My Friend
Nuttah
Algonquian
My Heart
Ogin
 
Wild Rose
Pakwa
Hopi
Frog
Pules
Algonquian
Pigeon
Rozene
 
Rose
Salali
Cherokee
Squirrel
Sihu
Hopi
Flower

Names from Native American Words for Colors

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Hento
Dakota
Blue
Sioux
Kangee
Crow or Raven
Kilchii
Navajo
Red Boy
Muraco
 
White Moon
Skah
Sioux
White
Suki
Algonquin
Black
Sesi
Inuit
Snow
Fala
Choctaw
Crow
Gomda
Kiowa
Crow
Native American curled dog vessel c. 200 BC-500 AD.
Native American curled dog vessel c. 200 BC-500 AD.

Meaningful Names for Rescued Dogs

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Tiquanna
Inuit
Adopted Son
Hok'ee
Navajo
Abandoned
Dakota
Sioux
Friend
Nikan
Potawatomi
Friend
Takoda
Sioux
Friend to Everyone
Aloha
Hawaiian
Love, Hello, and Goodbye

Names From Nature

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Abedabun
Cheyenne
Sight of Day
Abetzi
Omaha
Yellow Leaf
Adsila
Cherokee
Blossom
Aiyana
 
Eternal Blossom
Alawa
Algonquin
Pea
Ama
Cherokee
Water
Amitola
 
Rainbow
Aponi
 
Butterfly
Awanata
Miwok
Turtle
Awantia
 
Fawn
Chapa
Sioux
Beaver
Cholena
 
Bird
Chumani
Sioux
Dewdrops
Kele
Hopi
Sparrow
Kewanee
Potawatomi
Prairie Hen
Kinta
Choctaw
Deer
Koko
Blackfoot
Night
Leotie
 
Flower of the Prairie
Lulu
 
Rabbit
Mika
 
Intelligent Racoon
Native American Indian dog whistle or flute.
Native American Indian dog whistle or flute.

Big Dog Names

Name
Tribe or Language
Meaning
Adoette
Kiowa
Big tree
Bly
 
Tall
Wyome
Algonquian
Large Plain
Bidzill
 
He is Strong
Enyeto
Miwok
Walks like a Bear
Eyota
 
Great
Hanska
Sioux
Tall
Hiamovi
Cheyenne
High Chief
Holata
Seminole
Alligator
Ituha
 
Sturdy Oak
Kai
 
Willow Tree
Liwanu
Miwok
Growling Bear
Machk
Algonquian
Bear
Mato
Sioux
Bear
Songaa
 
Strong
Tasunke
Dakota
Horse

The Algonquin Language

Originally one of the most populous and widespread Native American groups, the Algonquins ranged over much of the Northeast and throughout Canada and the Great Lakes region.

Today, several hundred thousand Americans identify themselves with the Algonquin tribes, which include the Miami, Sauk, Lenape (aka Delaware), Cree, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Mahican, Arapaho, Blackfoot, and Cheyenne, among many others.

The Algonquin language unifies the many tribes with variations from region to region.

5 Famous Native Americans

Cochise

Translated from Apache, Cochise means "Strength of an Oak." An Apache leader and fighter against expansion by both the Mexicans and the Americans, he is second only to Geronimo as an Apache war leader.

Hollywood and television have had an ongoing fascination with Cochise and his only white friend, Tom Jeffords, in films such as Broken Arrow and Fort Apache.

Geronimo

Translated from his native Apache tongue, Geronimo means "One Who Yawns." His mother, wife, and children were killed by Mexican troops in 1858, and he sought revenge over the next 25 years, fighting against both American and Mexican settlers and troops in his territory.

Feared and highly respected in the art of war, Geronimo was eventually forced to settle on a reservation himself. He died in 1909 and was considered a prisoner of war.

Chief Crazy Horse

One of the best-known Native American warriors, Chief Crazy Horse also had visions that brought him strength and courage in battle. He was named "Ogle Tonka Un" or "shirt wearer" by the Lakota, meaning "war leader."

His battle with General George Crook, the Battle of the Rosehead, while not significant in loss of life, managed to delay the US Army from joining General Custer's troops at Little Big Horn, thus ensuring Custer's defeat.

Tecumseh

The iconic hero of the Shawnee, Tecumseh dreamed of an independent Native American nation located in present-day Indiana. He recruited other tribes to join them, and in the War of 1812 they aligned themselves with the British. Together with the British, they defeated Ft. Detroit. However in 1813, Tecumseh was killed in battle and his league of tribes disintegrated with his death.

William Tecumseh Sherman was named for the great Shawnee chief, and was known to his close friends and family simply as "Cump."

Pontiac

An Ottowa leader, Pontiac lead a rebellion against the British government in 1763, known now as Pontiac's Rebellion. Pontiac, Michigan and the automobile company are named for him.

The Cherokee People

The Cherokee are identified with the Southeast of the United States. They speak an Iroquoian language, suggesting that they migrated from the Northeastern part of the continent. Today over 800,000 people identify themselves as having Cherokee blood in their heritage.

Considered one of the Five Civilized Tribes, the Cherokee were eventually the first Native Americans to gain US citizenship. Many of the Cherokee who did not wish to assimilate were relocated to the Oklahoma territories following the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The relocation was known as the Trails of Tears, as many died of starvation and exhaustion during the march.

Famous Cherokee descendents include Will Rogers, Tom Mix, Cher, Walter Brennan, Johnny Depp, and James Earl Jones.

Pledge of Allegiance in Tewa, Navajo, Zuni, Choctaw and Blackfeet

Listen to these beautiful languages.

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      AngeHATFIEld 4 months ago

      Can anyone tell me a good name for brown husky male. only one survived. THANks

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      JAIADS 5 months ago

      THANK YOU

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      Sharon Smith 5 months ago

      Does anyone know a Native American word meaning Survivor ?

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      Wagon Burner 5 months ago

      We have a 2 wk old hairless puppy an hes white skin , an has a small patch of cotton white patch of hair on the back of his head - Id like a strong native american indian name for him ( 1st an a middle name preferred) thank you

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      joe 7 months ago

      you guys are cool 8)

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      Solaras 8 months ago

      Wow Terri Jo - I'll come to NC and help you raise beef and honey bees! In keeping with the bovine them, Yansa means buffalo, Kahuna means chief held in high esteem (You might remember the big kahuna from 1950s beach movies). In keeping with Stormy's name, Yoki means rain, and Taima means thunder.

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      Terri Jo 8 months ago

      Hi. I will be bringing home a male pembroke welch corgi and am interested in a native american name for him. I found the name Tihkoosue (meaning:short). I also found below in the comments the name Takoda. I already had on my list the name Dakota. We traveled out to Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota a couple of times and we loved it. I was toying with the idea of giving him an ironic type name meaning something big (referring to his personality), instead of small or short (referring to his size). Just a quick funny, I was considering Teton, until I found it appears to refer to women's breasts. lol. Do you have any recommendations. He are a few things you might consider to help us. We have a female corgi, her name is Stormy. He will be tri-colored. We have a small farm with cabin type home in the foothills of NC, raising beef and honeybees.

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      Solaras 8 months ago

      Hi Josie:

      You might want to check out the names for dogs with blue eyes for your beautiful husky puppy. Those eyes are stunning! https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Names-For-Dogs-With-Bl...

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      Josie 8 months ago

      What would you guys suggest for a black and white clover masked husky puppy? I was hoping for a good fitting name in Sioux or Cherokee but anything cute would work. He sorta looks like this. http://cdn-www.dailypuppy.com/media/dogs/anonymous...

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      Solaras 9 months ago

      Hi Deb: Yes, I believe your pronunciations are correct. For friend their is Dakota and Takoda mean friend or ally, Nikan also means friend in Potawatomi. I hope that helps!

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      Deb 9 months ago

      Hi Solaras, well the test post didn't work and I still can't access the password not found page so I will post this and await moderation. Thank you so much for trying to help!

      He's a young male about 18 mos old, supposed to be very friendly. He's mostly black *long coat* German Shepherd with mahogany red coloring on his legs and around his eyes, kind of raccoon'ish-like.

      We are looking for a shortish 2-3 syllable *gentle* name even though he's a German Shepherd. Nothing scary sounding, nothing cute sounding. We want noble/proud/dignified sounding. Our dogs are our furry kids :)

      I will give you the ideas we've been tossing around:

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      He is currently in a shelter, brought in as a stray and we'll be traveling 6 hours one way to bring him home, so something involving wandering since he was a stray or long journey since he will have a long journey and we don't know how far he traveled before he was found either.

      Several people have seen photos, say he's gorgeous and that he's got intelligent eyes.

      He'll be a little brother to 2 sisters.

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      I found a few but not sure on the pronunciations, maybe you could let me know if I've got the pronunciations right?

      Tiquanna (tee quan nah?) supposed to mean adopted son

      Koda (koh dah?) supposed to mean friend

      Misun (mee soon?) supposed to mean little brother

      Thank you again for your help!

      Deb

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      Solaras 9 months ago

      Hi Deb: What kind of name were you looking for (Male/Female) Size, Attribute? And I will see what we can find for you!

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      Deb 9 months ago

      We are getting a new dog soon and I'd *love* to give him a meaningful Native American name. All the sites I've found are very limited with names. I've tried a few online translation sites which turn out to be useless and my searches have not found any human translators. Looks like Rosetta Stone can't help either (yes, I'm getting desperate). Does anyone know where I could find a good translator or someone reliable that could help me with this? Thank you! Deb

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      Thunder 11 months ago

      Geronimo does not mean he who yawns. That is English for Jerome. The Mexicans could not pronounce his real name. Facts should be checked before publishing

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      jj 11 months ago

      i love these animal names

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      Keepthemflying@yahoo.com 15 months ago

      A playful and extremely loyal white German Shepherd met us in our driveway as we pulled in last night. After spending the night on our deck facing in ad to keep watch on our Family we are praying she is a stray. Our first stop this morning is to the pet adoption set up at the gun show to scan for his microchip. This dog seems to be well cared for and eagerly let me brush him out. If we get to keep him since he chose us, naming will be next. Hubby has already began calling him "Ghost" which he answers to. I want to offer him up a unique Native American middle name or a Military K9 name. Any suggestions? He seems to be around 9 months to a year old. Blessings abound!

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      Solaras 16 months ago

      For your brown dachshund, you might consider Desna, which means boss, or Nikan for friend. If you want to focus on names for dogs with blue eyes, this article may be useful http://hubpages.com/dogs/Names-For-Dogs-With-Blue-... Best Wishes!

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      terry 16 months ago

      Looking for miniature dachshund male names (dapple, brown, light tan, brown nose and blue eye's) open to any and all suggestions and help please

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      the-boxer 16 months ago from Belgium

      Fantastic!! We had been looking for an appropriate name for our black puppy arriving in 6 weeks time. Thanks to your listing of many wonderful names we have chosen SUKI (meaning black).

      This name sings on the tongue and we can't wait to start calling this when she comes home at the age of 9 weeks.

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      Kathy McGraw 24 months ago from California

      Gow ja

      Like ouch but gou ga is how you say Lightning in Blackfoot.

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      Lauren Soucy 24 months ago

      I have a rescue named "Takoda". He lives up to his name. =)

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      dilynn weatherwax 2 years ago

      does any one know how to say lightning in blackfeet i got a new dog today and need help finding a name

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      Kathy McGraw 3 years ago from California

      Solaras,

      You better believe Micco was the boss/chief of the house :)

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      Solaras 3 years ago

      Hi Kathy: Thanks for dropping by. Love your Mom's pet's names; did the bird growl like a bear? lol I am sure Micco was chief around the house, after all cats have servants, and dogs have masters.

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      Kathy McGraw 3 years ago from California

      I am putting the finishing touches on a Native American kids book and found your list of names very interesting. Even more interesting is 2 of my moms pets had names from here. Her bird was named Miwok and her cat was Micco.

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      RockyMountainMom 3 years ago from Montana

      That does sound familiar, now that you mention it. But I don't remember either. Hopefully there will be good news on facebook later.

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      Solaras 3 years ago

      I Hope Makwa is feeling better soon. I have the feeling that was someone's name in The Last of The Mohicans, but it's been a long time since I read it.

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      RockyMountainMom 3 years ago from Montana

      Another fascinating hub, and interesting timing. That's the second time the name Makwa has come up today. A local wolf biologist friend named his dog Makwa (he looked like a bear cub as a puppy) and though I don't know the details, Makwa is needing positive thoughts today toward pulling through some type of serious illness or injury.

      Great hub, thanks for posting it.

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      Solaras 3 years ago

      That's great Dogmam58! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dogmama58 3 years ago

      Our male Rhodesian Ridgeback is named Julou's Pahayuca by Ruvanda. Pahayuca, a little sanitized means Amorous Man in Comanche.