Ancient Egyptian Dog Names
This list of dog names from ancient Egypt are perfect if you want to name your Pharaoh hound, Basenji, or Saluki something African, and something different.
Of course, not everyone owns one of the skinny Egyptian breeds, but below, you'll find a name even if your dog doesn't look like a hieroglyph. Some of the ancient Egyptian dogs were mastiff types. If there were mastiffs, as well as a Saluki type, then there was obviously a crossbred. If there were crossbreds, there were obviously mutts, and even a mutt deserves a noble Egyptian name.
There are a lot of choices, but in the lists here you'll notice that the words are short. It is really best if you pick a name for your dog that has only one or two syllables, unlike many of the words that might be difficult for your dog to remember. Two is best since one-syllable words should be used for basic obedience commands.
In any case, try not to pick a name that will confuse your ancient Egyptian dog.
Egyptian Places That Make Great Names
The banks of the Nile in ancient Egypt had many beautiful cities with large temples, large populations, and elaborate living areas. Most of these names are hard to pronounce and may be difficult for a modern dog to respond to. Here are a few of the best, and easiest:
Karnak or Luxor: A series of temples on the Nile.
Memphis: A city that served as a capital for Egypt, established about 3000 BC.
Tanis: A royal city in the delta of the Nile, in the northern part of Egypt.
Famous Egyptian Rulers
When He Ruled
During the 1st dynasty
Egyptian Names and Nicknames
- Merikara: A pharaoh during the 9th or 10th dynasty; it can be shortened to Mari.
- Rameses: The name of a number of pharaohs during the 19th and 20th dynasties; maybe you can call your dog Rami?
- Tutankhamen: Pharaoh during the 18th dynasty famous for restoring the god Amun; how about Tuti?
Other Great Egyptian Names
One of the most powerful gods of Egypt, he was usually drawn with a tall helmet.
This is the god that looks like a jackal, and it would make a great name for any of the thin Egyptian dogs. The name could be shortened, perhaps to Nubi.
A scribe during the 18th dynasty.
This powerful goddess was usually carved with human features.
Goddess or war and battle, usually painted or carved with the head of a lioness.
A viceroy of Kush during the 19th dynasty, around the 13th century BC.
This god had the body of a man but the head of a crocodile.
A princess during the 19th dynasty, buried at Saqqara.
If you choose one of these great names, be sure to research it, and you will find out a lot more than I have included here. There are also sites available where you can learn to write your dog's name in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
There are plenty of names from ancient Egypt that I am sure to have missed. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment, and I can add it to the list.
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Does your new puppy lie around the house most of the day? Does she seem more interested in her pedicure than her new toy? If your dog jumps up into the hammock every chance she gets, maybe she should have a Brazilian name.
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