Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, "Borderlines."
Pets possess the ability to bring spiritual contentment into our lives. Dogs, who live in the moment, teach us how to be present. They never worry about the future, fashion or their physical appearance; rather, they are non-judgemental and live in a state of contentment or "Santosha," the state of feeling that all of your needs are met, no more or less.
Most importantly, pets provide unconditional love. These mystical names celebrate the spiritual lessons that canine companions bring into our lives. Choose a name for your pet that will be a self fulfilling prophecy, and enhance your spiritual outlook with their devoted companionship.
Spiritual Names for Dogs
Abbess: Female head of nuns. Abess makes a good name for a bossy or alpha female dog.
Abbot: Male monk, he is the head of monks.
Apse: Church nave or spiritual shrines arched enclosure.
Chant: Rhythmic speaking or singing in a religious context. Chant makes a good name for a male or female dog that likes to bark a lot.
Charism: Spiritual gift, a beautiful name for a pet that is intended to help heal a wounded spirit.
Charity: One of the seven virtues.
Clement: Merciful acts, actions or person, mild.
Deacon: An office in Christian churches involving service. Deacon makes a good name for a therapy or service dog.
Dulia: A reverence accorded to saints and angels.
Faith: Belief in divine providence.
Friar: Religious order of men in Catholicism. Friar Tuck was a member of Robin Hood's merry men.
Grace: Gift of the divine to the undeserving.
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Halo: Crown of light seen around Holy figures and saints.
Hope: Faith in divine assistance.
Hymn: Song of praise to god.
Jubilee: In Jewish tradition, a year of emancipation and restoration occurring every fifty years.
Nimbus: Aura of light seen around the heads of Holy figures.
Pilgrim: One who makes a spiritual journey.
Reaper: The grim reaper who collects souls.
Rector: Head of a parish.
Saint: One who is exceptionally virtuous.
Seeker: One in search of religious enlightenment.
Torah: First five books of the Old Testament.
Trinity - Throughout world religions, three is a magical or sacred number. In Christianity, the Holy Trinity consists of the Father, son and Holy Ghost.
Virtue: Practice of the seven virtues steels one's soul against sin.
Yogi: Person proficient in the Hindu spiritual ascetic discipline yoga.
Mystical Names for Dogs
To be a mystic, is to be one who has had a mystical experience, or a series of mystical experiences, which are defined as “allowing yourself to let go of your personal identity and just being or joining into something greater than the individual self.” The mystic is someone who has experienced a spiritual union with “The One.” One may define “The One” as God, nature, Mother Earth, or the source may be the cosmos. For some of us, we find a mystical connection with our canine companions. Researchers believe losing a pet can often be more emotionally wrenching than the loss of a human companion.
If you are seeking a mystical connection with your new canine companion, consider one of these names to further your intention.
Aikido: Japanese, meaning harmony energy way; form of martial arts.
Brahma: Hindu, Brahma is the creator of the universe and part of the Hindu triumvirate, or Trimurti, with Shiva the destroyer and Vishnu the preserver.
Chakra: Human energy center.
Confucius: Chinese, educator and philosopher of ancient China.
Dharma: Way of higher truths.
Druid: Celtic magicians and soothsayers. Creators of Stonehenge.
Hachiman: Japanese, Shinto god of Archery and war.
Horus: Egyptian, God depicted with the head of a dog, protector of Egypt and Egyptians.
Japa: Spiritual practice of repeating a mantra. Japa makes a good name for a barky dog.
Juju: A karmic reaction to ones own actions.
Kami: Japanese, Shinto belief in the sacred power present in both animate and inanimate things.
Karma: The spiritual cycle of cause and effect.
Koan: Zen Buddhist master's dialog or question used to validate a student's experience or enlightenment.
Mantra: Vedic Hinduism syllables or poems repeated in ceremonies to bring protection.
Moksha: Sanskrit, liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Nasma: Body made of the purest form of light.
Nirvana: Buddhists' ultimate culmination of the pursuit of liberation.
Sahib: Persian, meaning friend and Lord.
Shinto: Japanese, religion dating to the eighth century, involving the worship of ancestors, gods, spirits and the spiritual presence Kami.
Shiva: Hindu, third god of the Hindu triumvirate, Shiva is the destroyer or transformer.
Simran: Sanskrit, means remembering or contemplating on the highest plane.
Vishnu: Hindu, the preserver of the universe.
Yana: Sanskrit, meaning spiritual journey or path.
Mystical Dog Names From Spiritual Shrines and Locations
Basil: Saint Basil's Cathedral, located at the end of Moscow's Red Square, represents the Kingdom of Heaven.
Lourdes: France, a small market town which became famous for eighteen visitations by the Mother Mary to a fourteen-year-old girl. Pilgrimages are made here in the hopes of healing through the spring waters of the grotto located in Lourdes, France.
Mecca: Holiest site in Islam. All Muslims are required to pray in the direction of Mecca. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the city.
Meru: Mount Meru, the location of Angkor-Wat, is the Mount Olympus of the Hindu faith.
Sinai: Holy Mount Sinai is believed to be the mountain Moses descended from with the Ten Commandments.
Tibet: Nicknamed "The Roof of The World," Tibet is located in the Himalayas, and it was home to the exiled Dalai Lama.
Cool Dog Names Inspired by Mystical Objects
Aegis: Goatskin shield attributed to Zeus and Athena.
Charm: An object or incantation to bring about luck or assist in an incantation.
Crystal: Natural occurring rock formation that possesses energy.
Fetish: An object revered for containing a powerful spirit.
Kirpan: Small sword carried by Sikhs.
Mandala: Buddhist and Hindu symbol of the universe.
Rune: Mark or letter of mystical or magical significance.
Tiki: Small carved spirit, frequently worn as a pendant. Tiki makes a cute name for a small breed of dog.
Patron Saints Whose Names Make Meaningful Dog Names
Patron saints are advocates and protectors of various groups of people, occupations and places. If you are seeking a meaningful spiritual name for your dog, consider your occupation, hobbies or the occupations of those you want to see protected. Then any time you call your dog's name, you will also being calling on the protector of your chosen affiliation.
For instance, are you a hunter? Name your dog Eustachius, and you can call him Stash for short.
|Patron Saint||Advocate and Protector of Persons, Activities or Places|
Inn Keepers, Air BnB, vintners and vine growers
Dentists and those who suffer toothaches
Military firefighters, foundry workers, miners, builders and architects
Historians and writers
Town criers, veterinarians
Bona of Piso
metal workers, stone workers and blacksmiths
Tanners, cobblers and curriers
Archangel: Ambassadors, postmen, communications. Guardian angel of Israel
Cavalry, knights, horsemen, soldiers
School children, computer technicians, programmers and scientists
Joan of Arc
Laborers, working people
Children, police officers and hospital workers
Cutlers, glaziers, laborers, peasants, sale people
Martin of Tours
Field workers, meteorologists
Chaplains, porters, tailors
Second hand dealers, tile makers
More Dog Name Ideas (Gods, Goddesses, the Cosmos and More)
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- 101 Male Greek God Names That Make Cool Dog Names
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- 101 Greek Goddess Names That Make Epic Female Dog Names
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- 66 Cosmic Names for Dogs From the Cosmos and Science
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© 2018 Barbara Fitzgerald
Alita.J on August 21, 2020:
So helpful for my English essay!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on August 19, 2020:
Hi Canine Queen: This article on blue and grey dog names may give you some ideas for your weimaraner. https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-Names-for-Gray-Dog...
The Canine Queen on August 18, 2020:
I loved your list.Does anyone know any weimaraner names?
Lillie on May 28, 2019:
arrow on April 01, 2019:
like your shooting a bullseye!