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. Abbess makes a good name for a bossy or alpha female dog.
- Abbey: Building or group of buildings that house monks or nuns. Also, the beatles album, Abbey Road.
- Abbot: Male monk, he is the head of monks.
- Angel: A spiritual being in attendance to a higher being or god.
- Apse: Church nave or spiritual shrines arched enclosure.
- Aria: A religious song.
- Berretta: Clergyman.
- Bishop: Higher order of Catholic priests.
- Carol: Religious folk song or Christmas hymn.
- Cassock: Minister of the church.
- 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.
- Dean: Clergyman or minister.
- Dervish: Muslim priest who has taken vows of poverty and austerity.
- Dulia: A reverence accorded to saints and angels.
- Faith: Belief in divine providence.
- Fatima: One who is chaste.
- 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.
- Halo: Crown of light seen around Holy figures and saints.
- Hope: Faith in divine assistance.
- Hosanna: A hymn or religious song.
- Hymn: Song of praise to god.
- Jinn: Islamic shapeshifting being of lower power than angels. They have free will to be forces of evil or good.
- Jubilee: In Jewish tradition, a year of emancipation and restoration occurring every fifty years.
- Kebeho: Our Lady of Sorrows of Kebeho, a Rwanda shrine based of the series of visions of an apparition of Mary, seen by a group of adolescents.
- Keen: Keening is a traditional Gaelic vocalization in lament for the dead.
- Mantra: The literal Vedic translation is "sacred utterance."
- Nimbus: Aura of light seen around the heads of Holy figures.
- Ode: A lyric poem or song in honor of the subject of the verses. You can call you dog Odie after the Garfield character.
- Paean: A lyric song of triumph or praise.
- Parson: Minister of the church.
- Pilgrim: One who makes a spiritual journey.
- Preacher: Father or priest.
- 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.
- Sufi: Muslim dervish or ascetic.
- Taboo: A social or religious custom that is forbidden.
- 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.
- Vicar: Priest or father.
- Virtue: Practice of the seven virtues steels one's soul against sin.
- Voodoo: Magic spell.
- 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.
Aura: A luminous presence that surrounds the physical body.
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.
Chi or Qi: "Vital energy," vapor, air or breath, that is the underlying element of Chinese medicine and martial arts.
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.
Lakshmi: Hindi Goddess of Good Fortune.
Lama: High priest as in Dalai Lama.
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.
Padma: Alternate Sanskrit name for the goddess Lakshmi, goddess of beauty and good fortune.
Psyche: Human spirit, soul and mind. Also Greek mythical mortal wife of the god Eros, granted immortality as the Goddess of the Soul.
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.
Spirit: The soul, non physical essence of a person.
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.
Dargah: A holy shrine or tomb built over a revered religious figure.
Fane: Shrine used to worship Roman gods.
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.
Pieta: Michelangelo sculpture of Mary holding Jesus after the crucifixion.
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.
Temple: Holy shrine, also Temple Grandin, famed animal behaviorist.
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)
- 50+ Norse Mythology and Viking Dog Names
Here are over 50 dog names based on Norse mythology or inspired by the Viking era. Learn more about the stories behind these names and why they might be right for your dog. You can even learn how to give your dog his or her own Viking title or nickna
- 101 Male Greek God Names That Make Cool Dog Names
The secret to naming dogs! The complete list of Greek god names with their mythical stories and meanings. The pantheon of Greek heroes, gods, and monsters offers many interesting and unique names for male dogs. Learn their stories and tips for choosi
- 101 Greek Goddess Names That Make Epic Female Dog Names
Meaningful, mythological names for dogs from Ancient Greece. 101+ Greek goddesses and heroines names, with their stories, detailing their amazing powers and gifts; ones that every good dog can use!
- 66 Cosmic Names for Dogs From the Cosmos and Science
Here are some other-worldly dog name ideas from the stellar bodies of our solar system and universe. Many unique cosmic names are based on Greek and Roman gods, heroes and heroines.
© 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!