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Cool Authentic Russian Names for a Siberian Husky Dog

Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

This list should give your Siberian Husky a good laugh.

This list should give your Siberian Husky a good laugh.

Best Siberian Husky Names

Are you looking for a special name for your Siberian Husky? You might think it is okay to name your dog "Balto" or "Yukon," and if you do, your dog won't mind. But don't be surprised if you run into other Siberians at the dog park with the same name. Whatever you do, don't name him "Charlie," since about half the dogs at the park will respond when you call.

Names in the List

This list will not include any long words that are not appropriate for your dog. The word “Kamchatka” is a peninsula in eastern Siberia and it sounds great—unfortunately, no dog is going to respond to a word that long. There are many other names that are fine in some languages and not good in Russian and the native Siberian tongues.

If you want a special name for your Siberian Husky, here are some good suggestions.

Siberian Huskies a little too young to be named!

Siberian Huskies a little too young to be named!

Siberian Cities, Regions, Etc.

I had named all of my dogs after locations in Siberia, but since most of them were hard to pronounce, we ended up using nicknames.

  • Buryat: republic
  • Kara: sea
  • Novaya (use the nickname Nova): island in the Arctic sea
  • Novosibersk (use the nickname Novo for a boy, Nova for a girl): city
  • Omsk: city on the Tran-Siberian railroad
  • Taishet (use the nickname Tasha): city on the Tran-Siberian railroad
  • Tobolsk (Toby would be a good nickname): ancient fortress
  • Tomsk: city close to the Tran-Siberian railroad
  • Ugra: Native word for all of Siberia from the northern Ural mountains to the Arctic Sea. The dogs we know as Siberian Huskies are actually Ugra Huskies, but since Ugra is also an Indian word I think Siberia would have easily won out.

Siberian Mountain Ranges

  • Baikal
  • Chamar
  • Chersky
  • Gydan
  • Koryak
  • Ural mountains

Siberian Rivers

  • Amur
  • Kolyma (Kola is a good nickname)
  • Lena
  • Yana river
Look at those beautiful eyes

Look at those beautiful eyes

Siberian Tribes

The tribes of Siberia can also provide some great names for your dog:

  • Chuckchi: Most Siberians come from this tribe, so it is a great authentic name
  • Hun
  • Koryaks: Tribe in the far east, mostly found on the Kamchatka peninsula
  • Mansi: One of the tribes found in the Ugra region, in the far north where Siberian Huskies are part of the family.
  • Nenet
  • Saha
  • Ugyar
  • Yupik: One of the indigenous Siberian tribes that still keep Eskimo-type dogs

Siberian Mythology

  • Chagan: One of the gods who formed the earth through diving to the bottom of the ocean and bringing up dirt
  • Kami: Word for shaman in a Turkic language of Siberia
  • Kara: Famous shaman who could bring the dead back to life
  • Morgon: Famous shaman, another name for Kara
  • Nama: The man who saved his wife, children, and the animals in a boat during the great flood

Russian Names and Words

The peoples of Siberia are composed of the tribes that originally inhabited the land and Europeans of all sorts—those who moved there by choice or by force. Several have good names you can use:

  • Sasha: Popular Russian name
  • Yermak: Cossack leader that conquered most of Siberia for the Russians

There are a few odd words that will also make good names:

  • Kasha: Russian word for porridge, a common food in Siberia
  • Malchik: Russian word for boy
  • Yasak: Tribute (taxes) that the Siberians had to pay to the Russians
Siberians are real escape artists! Make sure you get an ID tag as soon as possible.

Siberians are real escape artists! Make sure you get an ID tag as soon as possible.

After You've Chosen a Name...

As soon as you have chosen your Sibe's new name, buy a tag from your local pet store or order one from Amazon. Siberians are real escape artists and you will probably never get your dog back if he runs off and does not have a tag.

Buy a tag with his name, your name, and your telephone number. It may even save his life.

Be sure to ask your vet about a microchip at your next regular visit.

Siberian Huskies ready to be named!

Siberian Huskies ready to be named!

Siberia's Legacy

Whether you believe Siberia was named after the Sabir tribe, or if it is a Tatar word for the sleeping land, both the land and the dogs from the country are interesting and there are plenty of great names available. This huge area covers over five million square miles, and when Russia sent her prisoners here they didn't even bother putting a fence around the prison. The land is so large and barren there was nowhere to escape to.

Do you have any ideas for your dog's new name? You may not feel comfortable pronouncing some of these names at first, but go ahead and pick something special—after you have yelled at your Siberian Husky the first fifty times the name will come naturally.

My dog Kola used to listen to his Siberian name. Sometimes!

I don't use these commands in training my dog since I think Arabic words work a lot better. If they are not too difficult for you to pronounce they will make you Siberian Husky sound out at the dog park when you call him to heel!

Kolyma (Kola) of Kamchatka, my first Siberian Husky.

Kolyma (Kola) of Kamchatka, my first Siberian Husky.


Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 26, 2019:

David--if a girl, the Portuguese form of Moon is Lua, (Loo-ah), which is a great name too. (Not very authentic for a Sibe, but oh well.)

David on May 24, 2019:

Moon is the best name, change my mind

Mimi Saaf on August 01, 2018:

My sweet baby girl's name is

Miss Dove Puddin'. When I first saw her. I thought -'Ooh! You put me in the mind of jello vanilla pudding'. So, when I decided to get her, I thought about my favorite soap, for some reason. So she is known by Dove and, when addressed properly, she is Miss Dove Puddin'. Ive had her since she was 6 weeks and I believe she thinks of me as her mommy. She is very sweet and loyal.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 25, 2018:

Rose, where in the world are you reading the advice that you should shave your husky? Did you read my comment?

do not ever shave your husky!!!!!! on January 24, 2018:

do not ever shave your husky!!!!

Rose W on September 14, 2017:

NO! Terrible advice. NEVER SHAVE YOUR HUSKY!! Shaving it will NOT help with shedding, and it will ruin their guard hairs (outer coat) PLEASE never advise anyone to shave their husky or any double coated dogs. This is coming from a Dog Groomer and husky lover and owner (mines a service dog)

Tori Lewis from Palo Alto, CA on October 24, 2016:

My childhood dog was a husky named Charlie... We clearly weren't having a particularly creative moment that day ;)

Abhaque Supanjang from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia on June 26, 2013:

Nice...! I love seeing these dogs...!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 08, 2013:

I can understand shaving a Husky because of all the hair they shed when they blow their coat, but it does not help the dogs and I would never have done it to one of my own dogs. I have been told that the hair acts as an insulator, and here in the tropics when Siberians get hot they just jump in the water. My neighbors that have Huskies allow their dogs in the water all of the time.

I used to use a dye on my Maltese that would just wash out, similar to the kool-aid. It never irritated the skin. If it had, of course, I would have stopped.

Puff is a great name. Definitely not on that "overused" list!

B A Tobin from Connnecticut on April 08, 2013:

:) Yes indeed. We had fun giving everyone in the family Indian names..especially the dogs. My daughter is quite creative and I don't call her that for the reason you named. All of my Jacks are named after berries..the first Black, then Blue then Strawberry but her middle name stuck; Puff. I sang puff the magic dragon to her as her theme song and anytime she heard it she would come running.

It is amazing how much soil is embedded in a heavy coat like a husky's!

Lol makes us wonder what their real color is...that brings me to your wild article on dyeing a dog's hair! WOW!! My daughter dyed her Jack but not with permanent color. She was after my Kiki and I guarded Kiki rom my daughter!! Say what do you think about people shaving Huskies??

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 08, 2013:

"Great White B****"! That is a good one, but not a name you could use around the dog park. I enjoyed that tale of Kikis first bath--I often wonder how many brown and gray dogs might be something else underneath.

B A Tobin from Connnecticut on April 08, 2013:

My White Husky is named Kiki. And because she stamps her feet for a treat and she is a female dog, my daughter and son started Indian names for our dogs.. hers of course is "Great White Bit__ Well she is a female dog!

I find your writing very interesting and thorough! Loved it! Thank you!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on January 30, 2013:

I will check it out~! Having 3 malamutes boy do they give me a lot of stuff to work with~~~ Wouldn't have it any other way though!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 30, 2013:

Natashalah--not appropriate but still a pretty cool name.

akirchner--almost! Those puppy days are a lot of work. Did you look at the article on "Five Dog Breeds for a Writer"? I mentioned Malamutes there and would like your input, if you get a chance. Thanks.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on January 30, 2013:

Interesting names, Dr. Mark--I have malamutes and named my big boy Griffin (out of Gryphon malamutes--didn't even realize I was doing that) just because it seemed to fit him. I guess it means some kind of lord or noble--he is indeed. If you go with the gryphon analogy, I would term him half human, half dog~ He is one hilarious dude and somehow the name has served him well these almost 4 years. CUTE pictures...OMG makes me almost want to go backwards to my puppy days with him and his niece....almost!

Natasha from Hawaii on January 29, 2013:

My brat dog (husky, I mean) was named Connor at the SPCA, and I let him keep the name. It's supposed to mean lover of wolves, so I guess it's appropriate, even if not very traditional.