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Eskimo and Inuit Names for Huskies and Other Dog Breeds

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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!
NameMeaning

Akiak

Brave

Amaguq

Wolf

Anachim

Lake

Anvik Pukiq

Smart

Arrluk

Killer Whale

Ataneq

King

Balto

Unknown

Cool Husky Trick!

NameMeaningNameMeaning

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

 

 

NameMeaningNameMeaning

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!

NameMeaningNameMeaning

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

NameMeaningNameMeaning

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

 

 

NameMeaningNameMeaning

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

 

 

NameMeaningNameMeaning

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

Tell Me Your Dog Names

nafu on March 04, 2020:

biscuit was i thinking

Topaz on February 12, 2020:

Husky, wonderful breed. Be prepared for lots of hair.

Xen on September 03, 2019:

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.

Charlotte o'hare on March 18, 2019:

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

Lin on March 09, 2019:

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.

Desna on July 12, 2018:

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

omiak on May 08, 2018:

what does this name mean?

Arianna25 on March 21, 2018:

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

em on March 16, 2018:

I have a husky named acimosis

rachel6 on March 05, 2017:

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.

jasta6 on January 04, 2017:

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

Tarqqiq on December 28, 2016:

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

Victoria on December 24, 2016:

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.

Ace Fong on October 03, 2016:

I name my girl PEPPER n my boy CHUWEE

Rachel on August 30, 2016:

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.

roxy on August 17, 2016:

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

Court on August 10, 2016:

Mac Tire.

'Mac' for short.

It's Irish/Gaelic for Wolf.

Denise on August 04, 2016:

My dog name is

Nauge (Nai-uge)

White as snow, blue eyes

You can image why.

Gerry O on June 20, 2016:

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

Anonymous on May 23, 2016:

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

Buck on March 29, 2016:

Buck.

Ebby on March 16, 2016:

Not Shops...Shila

Ebby on March 16, 2016:

My Husky called Askia and Shops.

Sherry on January 27, 2016:

We had a husky/ shep and we called her Tundra

Anonymous on September 30, 2015:

My malamute's name is Sakari too

anonymous on July 01, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 19, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

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

anonymous on May 15, 2013:

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.

anonymous on April 27, 2013:

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.

anonymous on April 06, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 04, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 01, 2013:

hi i have 2 huskies called Zach and Sleigh :)

anonymous on January 31, 2013:

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

Roughdiamond90 on January 29, 2013:

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

anonymous on January 05, 2013:

i am thinking about naming my dog Dioji.

anonymous on January 03, 2013:

Are huskys name is nuknuk it means Eskimo kiss

Dameno on December 30, 2012:

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

anonymous on December 29, 2012:

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

knitstricken on December 27, 2012:

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)

anonymous on December 03, 2012:

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

anonymous on November 24, 2012:

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

anonymous on October 24, 2012:

I Would like to Call My husky ' Sherlock '

anonymous on September 30, 2012:

Ushyk - mixed letters of 'husky'

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

Neeko

anonymous on August 25, 2012:

Snowy

anonymous on August 12, 2012:

Hi my girl is called Ixa which means friend and companion

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

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

anonymous on July 26, 2012:

Nickko

anonymous on May 15, 2012:

I really enjoy the names Tundra and Aurora

Boy is Tundra

Gurl is Aurora but they can be unisex if u want

anonymous on April 17, 2012:

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.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

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

TheGourmetCoffe on January 11, 2012:

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!

fullofshoes on December 14, 2011:

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

anonymous on October 28, 2011:

awwww

anonymous on August 15, 2011:

Kenai

anonymous on June 15, 2011:

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...

anonymous on June 15, 2011:

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...

Delia on September 13, 2010:

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