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49 Meaningful Native American Names for Female Dogs

Updated on April 13, 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.

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
Sioux
Onida
The One Searched For
Sioux
Tiponi
Child of Importance
Hopi
Tula
Peak / New Moon
Souix / English
Nova
Chases Butterfly
Hopi
Meda
Prophetess
Sioux
Zonata
Trusted
 
Wyanet
Beautiful
Algonquin
Kasa
Dressed in Furs
Hopi
Koa
Brave, Bold
Hawaiian
Kekoa
The Brave, The Courageous
Hawaiian

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
Sioux
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
Sioux
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
Sioux
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 2 weeks ago

      Hi Becki: Winona means first born daughter and weeko means pretty. Those could be nice names for a female springer spaniel. Good luck with your new pup!

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      Becki 2 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I am getting a female Springer Spaniel pup and I'm struggling with a name. I had Kenai picked out for a husky, but hubby said no to the breed, so now I'm lost.

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      Solaras 2 weeks ago

      Hi Kim:

      I used to date a fellow from Chippewa Falls! Chippewa is another pronunciation of Ojibwe. The Ojibwe people traditionally have spoken the Ojibwe language, a branch of the Algonquian language family. Here are some Algonquin words that might be useful for names. Miskwa means red, Makwa means bear, Atim means dog in Ojibwe, Kupi means yes, Menatona means one who listens well, Pyas means come here, and Tinda means fire. Hope that helps in finding a name for your service dog!

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      Kim 2 weeks ago

      I just received a "Red" laborador retriever that I need to name. She is 19 months old, and will be used as a service dog. I am looking for a unique Native American name, as I am part Chippewa. Can you help think of a fitting name?

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      Siouxsun 4 weeks ago

      Oh gosh, I'm going to be a spoil sport. I do not think it honors Native American cultures to name your pet from them. The Native cultural histories are in reality a very harsh story, nothing to be romanticized. What is left of Native cultures today is proud but struggling tribes. It's not fun. It's not cute. To top it off, you should know that some tribes feasted on dogs and puppies. Really.

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      Annetta 5 weeks ago

      Hello,

      We are meeting our new puppy in person for the first time this coming weekend. We have only seen adorable pictures. She is Husky mixed with wolf. She is also is a super special new addition to our family because she has a handicap. One of her front paws/leg is deformed. as soon as we heard about her we all were ready and willing to love and take on this responsibility immediately. Looking for THE PERFECT meaningful but also catchy name. Need help please thank you

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      stephanie 6 weeks ago

      Sadly our new sweet Rhodesian Ridgeback died from Parvo at only 9 weeks old. We will be getting another one in a few weeks so I would love a name for her. Something that might me Second chances or luck. Thanks for your help

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      Solaras 2 months ago

      Hi Gillian: Koa is a good female name for brave, and Kekoa means The Brave or The Courageous in Hawaiian. Aloha!

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      Gillian 2 months ago

      I am bringing my rescue dog home next week who was found fending for herself and picked up by the SPCA. She is a terrier cross and is so ugly that it was love at first sight. I would love to give her a name that means brave.

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      Solaras 3 months ago

      Hi Barry:

      It's pronounced tip-ON-ey

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      Barry 3 months ago

      How do you pronounce Tiponi, from Hopi ?

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      Karla 4 months ago

      Hi, I have a beautiful female collie who runs and barks at the thunder and lightening. would you have a name that means "chases thunder"?

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      Linda 5 months ago

      Thank you very much.

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      Solaras 5 months ago

      Hi Linda: I believe are correct on the pronunciation of Mika. For the name Yazhi it is pronounced YA-zshee. I hope that helps.

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      Linda 5 months ago

      How do you pronounce Yazhi? And is Mika pronounced Mecca or Mika (long I)

      I have boy and girl Yorkie. One looks like a raccoon face and one looks like a bear.

      Thank you

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      Glenda 5 months ago

      I have recently lost my tiny female Yorkie with the Baby Doll face. I have always had tiny Yorkies . I recently found out that I am 3/4 Cherokee on my Grandmothers side and that my Grandfather's grandmother was full blood Cherokee. I was hoping to find a Cherokee name for my new little puppy.

      Could you help me please?

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      6 months ago

      Sorry - it's bugging me so much, but Sioux is spelt wrong in the tables - it's written "Souix" in quite a few bits

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      Solaras 6 months ago

      Hi Veronica: I say the Hawaiian name: KOA which means strong and brave.

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      Veronica chong 6 months ago

      Hi, Please help me, is possible you find a native name for a female husky, she is very pretty, fluffy playful, affectionate, intelligent and strong are his most outstanding qualities. I would greatly appreciate your help. Thank you

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      Solaras 6 months ago

      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!

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      Tammy 6 months 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 :)

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      Brandi 7 months ago

      Looking for a strong name for a blue female pit.

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      Solaras 7 months ago

      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."

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      mamagoose 7 months 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 7 months ago

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

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      Doc 7 months ago

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

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      Solaras 8 months ago

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

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      Jammie 8 months ago

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

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      camela 11 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

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      Dawn 11 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

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      Lisa 11 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?

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      Suzi 11 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.

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      Heidi Hertig 11 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!! :-)

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      Coloradomama 12 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 13 months ago

      Hi Natalie: Wyanet means beautiful and strong.

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      natalie 13 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 14 months ago

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

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      duhrel 14 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 15 months ago

      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!

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      Travis H Henk 15 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 15 months ago

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

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      angie 15 months ago

      need a female name for a Newfoundland pup

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      Solaras 20 months ago

      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.

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      Heather 20 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 20 months ago

      Hi Misty:

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

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      Misty 20 months ago

      What is the name for Star or spirit , ty

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      Solaras 23 months ago

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

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      Candace 23 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 23 months ago

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

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      Lysanne Faith10 23 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 2 years ago

      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.

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      Sandra 2 years ago

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

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      Kristi 2 years ago

      Thank you solaras, i like that name

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      Solaras 2 years ago

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

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      Kristi 2 years 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

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      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

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

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      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

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 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

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

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      Neon wolf 2 years ago

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

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