Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Canine Names Inspired by Ancient Egypt
This list of dog names from ancient Egypt is 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 an appropriate 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.
Pick a Short Name That's Easy for Your Dog to Remember
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
|Pharoah's Name||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 Meri.
- 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 who is 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 of 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.
Suggestions for Further Research
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.
More Names For Your Dog
- Dog Names from Brazil
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.
© 2013 Dr Mark
What's Your Favorite Ancient Egyptian Name?
mythology!!! on November 21, 2015:
I like the name Anubis. If you're looking for more names there are things on Gods and Godesses that may help you. For example; Rick Riordan is a great author on mythology, and he knows a lot about the Egyptian Mythology. I would like to point you in the direction of the Kane Chronicles. GREAT READ!!! And you may consider adding Ma'at to the list. It means peace/no chaos. Ammit is a good one. He works for Osiris the king of the dead. Technically his job is to devour the souls of the evil, but he comes off as quite a cute and cuddly creature. There's Set, the god of evil. Maybe it would be funny for like a red haired dog? Bast would be a good name for a cat if anyone is wondering. Bast is the cat goddess. Pretty cool. Hapy is a good name (and yes it's Hapy not Happy) he's kind of a goofy nile god. Bes is great! He's the dwarf god, so for a small dog perhaps? Nut is a godess who birthed the major gods and even though she was told not to have children she gambled time with the ultimte DESTROYER the time god. Shu is the air god. Tawaret is the goddess of birth. A dog you hope to breed perhaps? Sekmet the god of war... and many others. here's a website if you seek more. http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/gods/explore/main.ht...
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Thomas C Mill from USA on September 24, 2015:
I found this to be very interesting. Thank you for this. I am a pet lover, but am partial to cats (as were the Egyptians). I once had a cat named Ramses. Here is a nice list of Egyptian names for cats to go along with your terrific list:
mia on January 11, 2015:
i like patra ; great nickname for cleoatra. that is a problem with a lot of great names-they are just too long.My dog plays with a GSD on the beach named max spotes amey alex missy, and even that sounds like quite a mouthful. (I think I would be more a fan of NUBI, or Newbie, whatever!)
mia on January 11, 2015:
my dog are colld spotes / amey/ alex and missy
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 17, 2013:
I like Patra; great nickname for Cleopatra. That is a problem with a lot of great names-they are just too long. My dog plays with a GSD on the beach named Achilles, and even that sounds like quite a mouthful. (I think I would be more a fan of NUBI, or Newbie, whatever!)
Dawn Ross on January 17, 2013:
Thanks for the fun pet name ideas. Many of my pets over the past years have been named from ancient history or mythology... Achilles, Persephone, Maya (from Matamaya in Hindu mythology), and Cleopatra. I know Cleopatra is actually a Greek name but many associate it with Egyptian. My cat's name was Cleopatra but I called her Patra for short. Patra sounds a little more Egyptian somehow... sort of like Petra (which is also a Greek name but Petra was once within the territory of an Egyptian Dynasty.)
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 15, 2013:
I lived in Ireland back in the 80s and studied Gaelic (my father is from the Gaeltacht) but doubt there would be enough to even make a good hub! (At least not that I can remember--that could just be loss of brain cells, however.) Thanks for the idea.
My dog´s name is Arabic, as I lived in Morocco in the late 80s/early 90s and speak that language fluently. I wonder if it is going to be PC to publish a hub on Arabic? I don't think it will go against HP TOS, but I guess I will have to find out the hard way.
Did you click on the Anubis link and read Daughter of Maat´s article on that Egyptian god? Pretty interesting.
That comment about Isis is really good. Sounds like Sir Wrinkles-where do these names come from?
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Bob Bamberg on January 14, 2013:
I don't think the Egyptian names sound as noble as the Chinese names. I had a chuckle when I read Isis-powerful goddess. We had a dog named Isis that came into our store frequently...a pug. Doesn't quite fit the image, does it?
Are you up to a challenge? How about a hub on Gaelic names that the average person can pronounce? Another fun hub, voted up and interesting.