Eskimo and Inuit Names for Huskies and Other Dog Breeds

Updated on May 30, 2019
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I am a mom and dog lover who is particularly fond of Huskies.

Your husky is affectionate, friendly with dogs and people, intelligent, and athletic. Find an Inuit name that reflects its breed's heritage and personality.
Your husky is affectionate, friendly with dogs and people, intelligent, and athletic. Find an Inuit name that reflects its breed's heritage and personality.

Husky dogs have a proud history as a breed. They descend from Siberian sled dogs and first appeared in Alaska in the early 1900s. Still well-adapted to cold weather, huskies do well in most living situations (though not so well in warm apartments!) They are great with children and other pets and love to get out and exercise.

Understandably, given the breed's roots, there are a lot of Eskimo or Inuit-language names that are great for huskies. In fact, most dog names in Inuit are specifically meant for huskies, though they can be used for other types of dogs too. Each name has a special meaning. For example, Akiak means brave, so the name could describe a particularly brave dog.

When choosing a name for your dog, keep these things in mind:

  • Does the name suit your dog's temperament or appearance? For example, you may want to avoid a name that means "tranquility" or "peace" for a dog that is extremely active.
  • Will the name still work when your puppy is grown? A name that is related to their coloring is risky because fur often changes color as dogs age.
  • Consider whether the name is easy to say and call out. You'll be calling for your husky a lot when it's time to go inside!

Names That Start With A or B

Name
Meaning
Akiak
Brave
Amaguq
Wolf
Anachim
Lake
Anvik Pukiq
Smart
Arrluk
Killer Whale
Ataneq
King
Balto
Unknown

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Names That Start With C or D

Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Chena
Name of River
Chulyin
Raven
Chibukak
Cape
Cikuq
Ice
Chilkat
Unknown
Colville
River
Chinook
Warm Wind
Cupun
Coal
Chinak
Cape
Denilgi
Moose
Chittyina
River
Desna
Boss
Chugach
Chugach Mountain
 
 
Chugiak
Mountain in Alaska
 
 

Names That Start With E-K

Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Eska
Creek (in Sutton)
Kaya
Stay and Don't Go Back
Genen
Shaman
Kayuh
Mountain
Hey
Winter (in Juncau)
K'eyush
Bear Cub
K'eyghashutnu
Fish Harvest (in Creek)
Kinguyakkii
Northern Lights
Kaisha
Unknown
Kowak Siepermo
Cape
Kaskae
Chief
Kukuliak
Cape
Kavik
Wolverine
Kuk'uq
Animal
Husky dogs descend from Siberian and Alaskan sled dogs. Find an Inuit or Alaskan name that fits your dog's temperament!
Husky dogs descend from Siberian and Alaskan sled dogs. Find an Inuit or Alaskan name that fits your dog's temperament!

Names That Start With M or N

Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Maguyuk
Howler
Nanuk or Nanuq
Polar Bear
Megussuk
Shaggy Dog
Negiliq
Parka Ruff
Meshik
Unknown
Nilak
Chipped Ice
Michelo
Unknown
Nini
Porcupine
Miki
Little
Nuka
Bay
Nanook
Cute, Kind
Nuti
Salt Water

Names That Start With P or Q

Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Pakak
One That Gets Into Everything
Qannik
Snowflake
Pamilrug
Wags His Tail
Qimmig
Dog
Pamplona
Rock
Qimugkauyar
Puppy
Panik
Daughter
Qimugta
Dog
Pukiq
Smart
Qimutki
Puller
Pukulria
Bone Chewer
 
 
Punuk
Island
 
 

Names That Start With S

Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Saghani
Raven
Shtiya
My Strength
Sakari
Sweet (My Husky's Name)
Siepermo
Cape
Sesi
Snow
Siku
Ice
Shesh
Brown Bear
Sitka
Unknown
Shika
Unknown
Suka
Fast
Shila
Flame
Suyitnu
Sand River
Shqitnu
Skwentna River
 
 

Names That Start With T - Y

Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Tanana
Hills
Tupit
Tattoo Lines on Face
Taqukaq
Grizzly Bear
Ulva
Wolf
Takaani
Wolf
Yakone'
Red Aurora
Tikchik
Unknown
Yaktag
Cape
Tonrar
Devil
Yukon
River
Tulukaruk
Unknown
Yurairia
Dancing
Tungulria
Black One
 
 

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      Xen 

      2 months ago

      Just a little help on two of your unknown names. Tulukaruq (you've spelled it with a k) is Central Yup'ik for Raven. Sitka was the capitol of Alaska before it was moved to Juneau. It means "people on the outside of Shee" with Shee being the Tlingit word for Baranof Island.

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      Charlotte o'hare 

      8 months ago

      I didnt like any of these names they're all to plain, and not what i was looking for

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      Lin 

      8 months ago

      Best dog ever. Truly a pack animal. Loves to lay on my feet when I am at the kitchen sink. That is my Natasha's spot. They each have their own spot. My Nikita loved French baguettes. They love to box with other huskies on their hind legs. They definitely talk to you. My Nikita loved to run free. Only problem is once they get the call of the wild they will climb a six foot fence to run wild. Mine got out and was 25 miles from home when a fellow called me to ask if I was missing something. He said he was Nikita was the most beautiful blue eyed Husky he has ever seen. Natasha was sable colored with blue eyes.

      When my daughter was born in February I laid her on a sheepskin rug to catch the afternoon sun. The dogs raised her. If she got fussy they would come get me and whine until I picked her up. She spent her first year of life on the floor with them. She spent that time trying to get to them. She would crawl over to where they were and snuggle. I never heard her cry because the dogs wouldn't let her. They treated her like one of their puppies and would lick her face. I told my daughter that when it was time to marry that she absolutely marry a 'dog man.' I said that because if the fellow didn't like dogs he would never last...and I was right. She did marry a 'dog man' and now they have their own.

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      Desna 

      16 months ago

      The name fits her well. She is the boss of my other dog.

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      omiak 

      18 months ago

      what does this name mean?

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      Arianna25 

      20 months ago

      Hi there. I recently rescued a young husky/long haired sheppard mix. My bf and I cant figure out what name to give her. Any suggestions please? I really like the inuit/eskimo/indian names.

      TIA

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      em 

      20 months ago

      I have a husky named acimosis

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      rachel6 

      2 years ago

      we are hoping to adopt a black female husky, she came off of the streets skinny and not in good shape we have found a couple of names and we enjoy the name: Nukka. it means younger/little sister. we like this name because she will be the youngest addition to the family considering our other husky is 7.

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      jasta6 

      2 years ago

      My eight year old Alaskan Malamutes name is Sakari Yatone CHENA, Sweet Red River! She is a sable colored beauty

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      Tarqqiq 

      2 years ago

      Our German Shepard husky names pita for hunting skills He's really like to go ivakkak with us and go ice fishing

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      Victoria 

      2 years ago

      Titan! 90 pound husky. He's a big boy. He fits the name perfectly with that icey blue stare of his that scares anyone that walks up to the house until they realize he's a mush.

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      Ace Fong 

      3 years ago

      I name my girl PEPPER n my boy CHUWEE

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      Rachel 

      3 years ago

      My huskies name is Denali. He looks just like wolf :) hes so handsome.

      I'm getting another husky in October. Shes white with red tipped ears. Thinking about naming her Eska.

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      roxy 

      3 years ago

      lol for the gaeilge mac tire wolf.... 'mac' on its own means 'son' :) too cute!

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      Court 

      3 years ago

      Mac Tire.

      'Mac' for short.

      It's Irish/Gaelic for Wolf.

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      Denise 

      3 years ago

      My dog name is

      Nauge (Nai-uge)

      White as snow, blue eyes

      You can image why.

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      Gerry O 

      3 years ago

      I named my Husky "Illa" means partner or friend. you should add this name to the list. Thanks

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      Anonymous 

      3 years ago

      My husky name is nanik he belonged to a friend of mine I like to know what it means

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      Buck 

      3 years ago

      Buck.

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      Ebby 

      3 years ago

      Not Shops...Shila

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      Ebby 

      3 years ago

      My Husky called Askia and Shops.

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      Sherry 

      3 years ago

      We had a husky/ shep and we called her Tundra

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      Anonymous 

      4 years ago

      My malamute's name is Sakari too

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I want to name my husky Tessa, Vega , or Mckenna!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Mine is called Voulk(Russian for wolf) and then good old Jack, both huskies

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      We named ours SITKA - meaning spruce tree she is built like one wonderful smart dog

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Our Huskie is Sierra - she is so sweet and loves to stay at grandma and papa's house. She is a real talker - just lover her to pieces.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My husky is called Sakari. Which means sweet. She is so very sweet but will also answer to ratbag, dogamus, f***knut, Dickius endius and loads of others. Hahaha. Shes my best friend and solemate.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: you mean D... O... G...?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I have two female huskies named Qimmiq & Denali. My best friends

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      hi i have 2 huskies called Zach and Sleigh :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My husky dogs were named Kimik, Kyak,Taiko ( Japanese for"drum") & Kamik

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      Roughdiamond90 

      6 years ago

      mines called diesel.. there are some beautiful names though!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i am thinking about naming my dog Dioji.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Are huskys name is nuknuk it means Eskimo kiss

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      Dameno 

      6 years ago

      We have a husky, Nanouk, and he is white with black spots.He looks like a polar bear whit cow spots.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      We have a girl husky and she is red/ white and her name is krymson :)

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      knitstricken 

      6 years ago

      Our Portuguese Water Dog Lucy came to us on the feast day of Santa Lucia, hence her name! She just turned ten years old. :o)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My baby's name is Sabi short for Sabrael and we are getting an addition to the family and he will be named Orion.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My dogs name is Keeonah and the meaning is fire and ice ..suits her personality perfectly :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I Would like to Call My husky ' Sherlock '

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Ushyk - mixed letters of 'husky'

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Neeko

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Snowy

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Hi my girl is called Ixa which means friend and companion

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Ayasha meaning "Little one", Ahyoka meaning "She who bought happiness" both are cherokee names I gave two of my pups.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Nickko

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I really enjoy the names Tundra and Aurora

      Boy is Tundra

      Gurl is Aurora but they can be unisex if u want

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      My dog's name was Sjeekka, THE best dog ever!! I always wantend to knowhow the meaning of his name. It comes close to Shika, but nobody seems to know what is means. Who knows ?? It does not rally matter, he was the best dog ever and I miss hij every day. From the Netherlands, Yvonne Gras.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Amani (Amaanie), Disel (Diesel), Demon (Diemun), Nanook (Nanoek), Odin (Oodin), Dante (Dantee)

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      TheGourmetCoffe 

      7 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens and will remember it when we get another Husky in the future. Our family has been rescuing Siberian Huskies for several years and adopting some of them as our beloved furry friends. At present, we have a remaining 17 year old white blue eyed Siberian Husky female out of 3 we had (2 passed away in 2010). Tasha rules the home and is so loving! Some geriatric care required at her age but she is so resilient and determined to walk an average of 2 to 3 hours per day at different times, must be what is keeping her going and going! Beautiful breed, cannot imagine owning any other breed. Great influence for long regular walks, good for everyone. Enjoyed your lens very much, thank you for your insights about dog names!

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      fullofshoes 

      7 years ago

      an old friend had a beautiful Husky named Eric... regardless of the name, they are beautiful dogs..

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      awwww

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Kenai

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Blaze, Grizzly, Glacier, Thunder, Lighting, Ice, Thorne, Winter, Calypso, Jet, Bolt, Loki, Ace, Taj, Sailor, Polar, Diamond, Anakin, Breeze, Akira, Anakin...

      Hope these were of some help with naming your dog...

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Blaze, Grizzly, Thorne, Bolt, Thunder, Glacier, Blizzard, Ace, Anakin, Winter, Calipso, Akira, Silver, Jet, Lighting, Loki, Kodah-Bear, Taj....

      Hope these help you with you name choosing...

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      Delia 

      9 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! great start on this lens...sweet photos

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