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Alaskan Dog Names - Popular and Exotic

Searching for Alaskan Dog Names for your new puppy?  Whether you have a dog breed developed in the far north, love the natural beauty of Alaska, or just have a fascination with the language, you might just find the perfect dog name on this list.

Alaska is home to at least 20 Native languages. Traditional Alaskan names are often used for both girls and boys and it is not unusual to find a family who names their new son after his grandmother. 

The names on this page represent three different categories: 

  • Popular names such as Kodiak, Orca, or Eskimo that people often think about when they brainstorm Alaskan Names
  • Traditional Inuit names and words taken from one of the many languages found in Alaska and northern Canada
  • Place names such as cities, lakes, and parks.  They are listed here because they have cool sounding names that work well as dog names.  

So many of the traditional words found in these languages are long and contain many syllables. 

Though beautiful to the ear, they may be too much for a dog to recognize.  There are many dazzling names but I have restricted this list to ones that would work well for dogs.

So remember, your dog doesn’t need to be the next Balto, run the Iditarod, or even be of a breed developed in Alaska to be christened with one of these great sounding names.

Some small breed dogs associated with Alaska and the North.

Alaskan Klee Kai

American Eskimo (Toy)

HINT:  Pronunciation
The letter I is usually pronounced as ee so that the name Miki meaning little is pronounced mee kee

Common Names Associated With Alaska

  • Alaska
  • Artic
  • Aspen
  • Aurora
  • Balto
  • Bear
  • Beluga
  • Blizzard
  • Borealis
  • Chinook
  • Glacier
  • Grizzly
  • Igloo
  • Mammoth
  • Moose
  • Orca
  • Polar
  • Raven
  • Storm
  • Tundra
Tail of a Humpback WhaleAlaskan Whale Watch
American EagleAmerican Eagle

Place Labels that Make Great Alaskan Dog Names

Attu:  Island
Denali:  Mountain
Eska:  Creek
Homer:  City
Hubbard:  Mountain
Juno:  City
Kiska:  Island
Klondike: Region
Kodiak:  City
Nome:  City
Nuka:  Bay
Palmer:  City
Seward:  City
Sitka:  City
Skagway:  City
Valdez:  City
Tongass:  National Forest
Yukon:  River

Glacier BayGlacier Bay

Alaskan Dog Names

These names can be used for either male or female dogs unless noted.

  • Aanaq:  Mother (pronounced ah-nak)  Female Dog
  • Aatag:  Father (pronounced Ah-tag) Male Dog
  • Aga:  Mother Female Dog
  • Akiak:  Brave
  • Akna:  Mother goddess  Female Dog
  • Amak:  Playful
  • Arrluk:  Killer whale
  • Atka:  King
  • Ataneq:   King  Male Dog
  • Cupun:  Coal
  • Kamik:  Eskimo Boot
  • Kima:  Candy
  • Koko:  Chocolate
  • Miki:  Little
  • Miska:  Little Bear
  • Nanook:  Cute
  • Nanuk:  Polar Bear
  • Nini:  Porcupine
  • Nukla:  Younger Sister  Female Dog
  • Pinga:  Goddess of the hunt, fertility and medicine
  • Pukak:  Snow:  Smart
  • Pakak:  One that gets into everything
  • Panik:  Daughter (Female Dog)
  • Sakari:  Sweet
  • Sesi:  Snow
  • Shila:   Flame
  • Shtiya: 'My strength'
  • Siku:  Ice
  • Suka:  Fast
  • Suluk:  Feather
  • Sura:  New Life
  • Tikaani:  Wolf
  • Tupit:  tattoo lines on face
Alaskan Sled Dogs Enjoying the warmth of summerAlaskan Sled Dogs Relaxing between training sessions.

Alaskan Sled Dog PuppyAlaskan Sled Dog Puppy

Alaskan Sled Dog relaxing on his dog house.Alaskan Sled Dog in Summer

The Photos on this page were taken during a summer trip to Alaska.  The dogs train all summer for the upcoming winter Iditarod.


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