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47 Meaningful Native American Names for Female Dogs

Dogs and humans share a strong and unique bond. Consider reflecting that close relationship with a meaningful name.
Dogs and humans share a strong and unique bond. Consider reflecting that close relationship with a meaningful name.

As a child at summer camp, we were divided into four tribes for session-end competitions: the Apache, the Creek, the Sioux, and the Choctaw. I was proud to be a Choctaw and many years later I discovered that our family was rumored to have Cherokee in our lineage.

Perhaps that explains my fascination with all things Native American, from the clothing, beading, and crafts to Native American myths, legends, and view of the universe. Black Elk Speaks, the autobiography of Black Elk, a Sioux shaman who also toured Europe as a Buffalo Bill Wild West Show rider, provided great insights into Native American philosophy and approach to life, one which today we would refer to as "holistic." Also, the various Native American languages are lyrical, providing a rich source of unusual names for our most trusted companions.

The bond shared between man and dog is the most profound of any two species; we have worked together to help each other survive for 15,000 years. If you have a new pet entering your life, you may want to consider some of these meaningful Indian names to help convey the mystic bond between you and your new best friend.

Names for a Girl Dog Adopted After a Long Quest

What about "Nova" for this puppy? It is Hopi for "chases butterfly."
What about "Nova" for this puppy? It is Hopi for "chases butterfly."
Name
Meaning
Language
Dakota
Friend
Souix
Onida
The One Searched For
Souix
Tiponi
Child of Importance
Hopi
Tula
Peak / New Moon
Souix / English
Nova
Chases Butterfly
Hopi
Meda
Prophetess
Souix
Zonata
Trusted
 
Wyanet
Beautiful
Algonquin
Kasa
Dressed in Furs
Hopi

Names for Performance Dogs

"Wakanda" is Souix for "possesses magic."
"Wakanda" is Souix for "possesses magic."
Name
Meaning
Language
Tadita
One Who Runs
Omaha
Tallulah
Leaping Water
Choctaw
Flo
Arrow
 
Lulu
Rabbit
Hopi
Wakanda
Possesses Magic
Souix
Una
Remember
Hopi
Kanti
Sings
Algonquin
Anevay
Superior
 
Waneta
Charger
 
Washta
Good
Sioux
Native American Pow wow
Native American Pow wow

Names for Large and Powerful Girl Dogs

Who knows? She might grow up to be big and powerful! "Anpaytoo" means "radiant" in Souix.
Who knows? She might grow up to be big and powerful! "Anpaytoo" means "radiant" in Souix.
Name
Meaning
Language
Winema
Chief
 
Nina
Strong
 
Nita
Bear
Choctaw
Bly
Tall
 
Anpaytoo
Radiant
Souix
Kai
Willow tree
Navajo
Hiawassee
Meadow
Cherokee
Wuti
Woman
Hopi

Names for Small Girl Dogs

"Kimi" is Algonquin for "secret."
"Kimi" is Algonquin for "secret."

Native American Indian Names for Small Girl Dogs

Name
Meaning
Language
Tehya
Precious
 
Kele
Sparrow
Hopi
Kimi
Secret
Algonquin
Pavita
Clear water
Hopi
Aqene
Peace
 
Weeko
Pretty
Souix
Yazhi
Little One
 
Yoki
Rain
Hopi
Sitsi
Daughter
Navajo
Winona
First Born Daughter
Dakota
Ute woman, pony and her dogs (wait could that be a border collie on the left?)
Ute woman, pony and her dogs (wait could that be a border collie on the left?)

Names for Dogs With Special Markings

"Mika" means "raccoon."
"Mika" means "raccoon."
Name
Meaning
Language
Fala
Crow
Choctaw
Mika
Racoon
 
Inola
Black Fox
Cherokee
Hinto
Blue
Dakota
Kangee
Raven
Sioux
Tala
Wolf
 
Noya
Sand
 
Pazi
Yellow Bird
 
Henna
Red
 
Tala
Wolf
 
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Solaras 3 days ago Author

Hi Tammy: Yazhi means little one if your rescue is a chihuahua. Tiponi means child of importance. It's nice to give a dog who has had a rough life a name of importance!


Tammy 3 days ago

Hi, i was wondering what would be a good name for a little girl dog that has had a rough life, iam going to rescue her, she a chichacha, sorry i messed up her breed name . ...thank you :)


Brandi 6 days ago

Looking for a strong name for a blue female pit.


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Solaras 2 weeks ago Author

Hi mamagoose: WHile these are not native american names, they do mean mans' defender and protector:

Lexie - Greek. Similar to Alexis, Lexie means "man's defender."

Minna - German. Man's defender.

Sasha - Russian. Derived from the Greek name, Sondra, Sasha means "man's defender."


mamagoose 2 weeks ago

looking for a strong name for our new female Akita (bear dog) considering Nita - but would also like name for gaurdian, protector...that kind of thing. Any suggestions?


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Solaras 3 weeks ago Author

Hi Doc: Thanks for the new Native American name for a foxy red dog, like a Basenji.


Doc 3 weeks ago

Tsula = Pronounced (chew-lah) = Meaning (Red Fox or Fox)


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Solaras 7 weeks ago Author

Hi Jammie: Aquene means peaceful - which would be a lovely name for a gentle pitbull puppy.


Jammie 7 weeks ago

I need a name for a female pitbull she is very gentle and playful


camela 4 months ago

im looking for a name for my new german shepard pup, i have a 17 yr old GSD n her name is wayla. plz help


Dawn 4 months ago

Hi

I would like a name for my new cockapoo she is red in colour , springy , fun I already have another make cockapoo his name is Bear

Our family live in Canada we recently stayed in Rama which is from the Chippawa tribe but I'm happy with a nice cute name from any tribe x


Lisa 5 months ago

I'm getting a shepard/wolf puppy female she is only a week old right now. She is what i have always wanted. She needs a special strong name. Any suggestions?


Suzi 5 months ago

Hi, my husband and recently added a red heeler to our family. She is 3 months old, very energetic and loves to chase our German Shepherd Abigail. I need a name for her, she is very curious and energetic.


Heidi Hertig 5 months ago

I'm looking for Native American names for our new black lab pup!! She's got very large ears & seems to get into EVERYTHING even at a year & 1/2 old, haha!! She came with the name Chloe but I'd like something more unique & she doesn't seem to care what we call her!! She follows my son everywhere he goes & loves to snuggle too!! Very inquisitive so anyway, anything you think may fit my description would be appreciated!! Thanks!! :-)


Coloradomama 5 months ago

Hi! What a cool site! We are going to be the proud parents of a beautiful English Creme Golden Retriever puppy. We would love to name her Charlotte, but have her AKC name have a Native American theme. Any ideas that start with C that will work for our future princess? You're the best!


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Solaras 6 months ago Author

Hi Natalie: Wyanet means beautiful and strong.


natalie 6 months ago

hi ! so glad i found this page. I am getting my cane corso /black lab in June. I love native names and there meanings. I am looking for a name , that means beauty , strong , love and gift . Any help would be great. Thank you in advance.


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Solaras 7 months ago Author

Hi Duhrel: Nova means chases butterflies and Kasa means dressed in furs, both would be cute names for your retriever mix! Thanks for visiting!


duhrel 7 months ago

My girlfriend and I just adopted a small retriever mix rescue. What would a couple good names for her?


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Solaras 8 months ago Author

Hi Travis: I am sorry to hear about the emergency c-section. I am glad you have a little fighter with spirit. Hototo is Hopi for "warrior spirit who sings." You can call her Toto for short!


Travis H Henk 8 months ago

We just had our female have an emergency C-section and only one of her puppies survived we're going to have to bottle feed this puppy she's a little fighter with a strong Spirit do you have a recommendation thanks and thank you for this website I love it


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Solaras 8 months ago Author

Hi Angie: You might consider the Choctaw name Nita - it means bear.


angie 8 months ago

need a female name for a Newfoundland pup


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Solaras 13 months ago Author

Hi Heather: Colestah was a real life Native American medicine woman. She was known as a medicine woman, psychic, and warrior.

Also, and I am not sure on the pronunciation, Changing Woman in Navajo is Asdzaa nádleehé. She brings order and life to mankind.


Heather 13 months ago

I just recently lost my puppy and it has been 10 days and Im still mourning a great deal. Well because of this we decided to go get a female puppy. What my question is are there any names for females that mean healer or something along those lines?


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Solaras 13 months ago Author

Hi Misty:

Thanks for dropping by! Achak is the Algonquin name for Spirit, and Aranck is the word for Stars.


Misty 13 months ago

What is the name for Star or spirit , ty


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Solaras 16 months ago Author

Hi Candace: Angeni means Indian spirit or angel. Thanks for visiting!


Candace 16 months ago

I'm looking for a Name For My White Boxer (Female) Puppy, I Kinda Wanna Find Something That Means Angel.


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Solaras 16 months ago Author

Hi Lysanne - The name Onida means "the one searched for" - that might make a pretty name for your new girl!


Lysanne Faith10 17 months ago

we are looking for a name for our new puppy. she is 80-90% Texas red wolf. She likes to howl and talk. We have looked along time for her, therefore she is very special to us!


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Solaras 19 months ago Author

Hi Sandra: Azeban is the trickster raccoon in Native American legend, who plays tricks on people and other animals, but usually ends up learning a lesson as a result.. That might be a cute name for either a boy or a girl coon dog.


Sandra 19 months ago

I'm a coon hunter is there words Native American that describes this


Kristi 21 months ago

Thank you solaras, i like that name


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Solaras 21 months ago Author

Hi Kristi: If she loves to play in water, Yoki is a cute name. It means rain!


Kristi 21 months ago

I have a female red nosed pitt i am looking for a good name. She is smart and loving and loves to play in water


Melanie 2 years ago

Hey , is there any female names meaning protector or child protector like that?


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Solaras 2 years ago Author

Hi Taylor: Iolani is Hawaiian and female for Royal Hawk, and Cetan is a unisex name in Lakota for Hawk - I hope that helps!


taylor 2 years ago

Is there any names meaning hawk or anything like that for a female?? I have a blue healer puppy and I don't know what to name her


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Solaras 2 years ago Author

Hi alexadry - Thanks for dropping by! I love thinking of unique names for cats and dogs.


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA

Nice collection of names here, will refer my clients who search for names.


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Solaras 2 years ago Author

Hi Neon Wolf - Thanks for dropping by and reading. I am not sure what your question is.


Neon wolf 2 years ago

Is there any names? (I sorry if is a dumb question)

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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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