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Your Guide to Dog Names
from Mythology & Folklore

By Janice Jones | Last Updated January 25, 2019

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There are many great dog names from mythology, but it takes a little searching to find just the perfect name.

Ever consider a dog name from mythology or folklore?  There are plenty to choose from.

Many of the dog names from mythology lend themselves nicely as a regal name for your dog. 

The list below does not begin to list all the gods from the ancient worlds. 

We’ve left out many as some are just too long to be practical as a name for a small dog. Some are difficult for English Speaking people to pronounce.

Some represent negative themes that we feel does not represent all the good traits that a dog can possess. 

Want to consider a name from American folklore?  There's a list at the end of this page.

Is there a great name that we haven't added?  (I'm sure there is)  If you know of one or many, please feel free to contact me with your ideas.  I'll be sure to add your ideas along with a quick note giving you credit for your contribution.

Dog Names from Mythology

Athenia, Greek goddess of wisdomAthena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom
  • Achilles: Hero of the Trojan War
  • Aeolus: god of the winds
  • Aphrodite: Greek goddess of love
  • Apollo: Greek idol of music god of poetry, music, and oracles
  • Aporia: Spirit of difficulty, good name for a mischievous dog
  • Aries: Greek idol of war
  • Artemis: Greek virgin goddess 
  • Asteria: Mother of Hecate in Greek mythology
  • Athena: Greek goddess of wisdom
  • Atlas: The Titan forced to carry the sky on his shoulders
  • Attis:  Greek God of Vegetation
  • Aura:  Titan of the breeze and the fresh cool air of morning; Dogs that love the fresh morning breeze
  • Aurora: Roman goddess of the dawn;  For any early rising dogs
  • Calypso:  Sea nymph, daughter of Titan 
  • Castor:  In Greek mythology, one of the twins that Zeus transformed into the constellation Gemini
  • Ceres: The Goddess of Agriculture in Roman mythology
  • Cerus:  Giant bull in Greek mythology
  • Cronus:  Greek god of Time
  • Cupid:  Roman god of love:  Perfect for a loving dog
  • Diana - Greek goddess of the hunt
  • Dionysus:  The Greek god of wine
  • Doris: Sea nymph, name meaning bounty of the sea
Diana, Greek goddess of the huntDiana, Greek goddess of the hunt
  • Eris: Goddess of discord, for an energetic dog
  • Eros: Son of Aphrodite;  Greek god of love and attraction; Any dog could have this name!
  • Fama:  Roman goddess of fame
  • Fauna:  Roman goddess of animals
  • Hera: Queen of the heavens and Greek goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires
  • Hercules: Roman deity of strength; dog names from mythology that refer to strength or power can be used for both strong dogs and those that are tiny.  Consider Hercules for a Chihuahua.
  • Hermes aka Mercury: God of physicians and thieves;
  • Hyperion: The titan of light
  • Hypnos: Greek idol of sleep; Perfect for a lazy dog
  • Iris: Goddess of the rainbow, for the dog with a colorful personality
  • Isis: An Egyptian deity;
  • Janus: Two-headed idol; Roman god of gates and doors
  • Jason: one of the Greek heroes
  • Juno: Roman queen of the gods
  • Jupiter: Roman king of gods:  Do you have that Alpha Male?
  • Kakia: Spirit of the voice; perfect for a talkative dog
  • Karpo: Goddess of the fruits of the earth
  • Liber: Roman god of male fertility;  Will your dog be a stud?
  • Lima: Roman goddess of the threshold
  • Luna: Roman goddess of the moon:  Consider it for a night owl or a white dog
  • Mania: Spirit of madness, Does this name fit your hyper dog?
  • Mars: Deity of war (Roman mythology)
  • Mercury: messenger of the gods in Roman Mythology
  • Minerva: Roman goddess of poetry and wisdom
  • Minotaur: Half man and half beast
  • Nemesis: Roman goddess of revenge
  • Neptune: god of the sea; one of many dog names from mythology if you have a dog that loves the water. (Roman)
  • Nike: goddess of victory;  Just like the clothing company
  • Nixi: Roman idol of childbirth
  • Nox: Roman goddess of night: good choice for a black dog
  • Olympus: Home of the gods
  • Odin: The Norse deity of wisdom, poetry, and magic
  • Opis: goddess of fertility, Might be great for a breeding dame
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  • Pales: Deity of shepherds, flocks and livestock;  Great name for a Shetland Sheepdog
  • Pan:  Greek god of nature
  • Pandora: Opener of box containing human ills
  • Paris: Son of Priam; gave the apple of discord to Aphrodite
  • Pax: Roman goddess of peace
  • Pegasus: Winged horse; great name for a fast runner
  • Perseus: Titan god of destruction and peace
  • Phoebe: Titan god of intellect and prophecy
  • Pluto: Deity of the underworld and brother of Zeus; AND the beloved Disney dog
  • Pollux:  The other twin with Castor that Zeus turned into the constellation Gemini:  Great for a two dog family
  • Pomona: Roman goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards
  • Pontus:  Sea god; Have a dog that likes to swim?
  • Poseidon: god of the sea and brother of Zeus: Great name for a water-loving dog
  • Proteus: Sea god
  • Psyche: goddess of the soul
  • Rhea: Mother of Gods in Greek Myth
  • Roma: Personification of the Roman state
  • Saturn: god of Harvest
  • Selene: Titan goddess of the moon
  • Sors:  Roman god of Luck
  • Styx: One of the river gods
  • Tellus: Roman goddess of the earth
  • Tempeste: Deity of storms
  • Thalia:  The muse of comedy (Greek myth)
  • Thesis: god of all creation
  • Thor: The Norse god of thunder
  • Triton: god of ships
  • Uranus: Roman god of the sky
  • Venus: Roman goddess of love and beauty;  Planning on showing your dog?
  • Vesta: Roman goddess of the hearth and sacred fire:  This dog is a real homebody
  • Victoria: Roman goddess of victory:  Also a nice Royal name
  • Vulcan: Roman god of fire; Do you have a puppy with a fiery personality?
  • Zeus: Ruler of Mount Olympus:  Maybe your dog thinks he’s the Alpha?
ZeusZeus, Ruler of Mount Olympus

Dog Names from American Folklore

Here are some names drawn from American Folklore.  Some of these names work very well for different breeds and most can be shortened to one syllable words.  If you have a dog breed that originated in the United States, such as the Boston terrier, American Hairless or the Alaskan Klee Kai, consider one of these names. 

  • Ethan Allen:  Hero of the American Revolution

  • Daniel Boone: Frontiersman:  Great for a dog who loves adventure

  • Paul Bunyan:  Lumberjack of legend:  Cute for a tiny dog with a big personality

  • Calamity Jane: Frontier character

  • John Chapman:  aka. Johnny Appleseed:  Does your dog love apple snacks?

  • Buffalo Bill Cody: Scout and showman:  There are plenty of dogs out that that want the spotlight, does your dog like to put on a show for you?

  • Davy Crockett: Frontiersman.  Is your dog looking for the next big escapade?

  • Mike Fink: Legendary frontiersman, marksman, fighter,  and teller of Tall Tales

  • John Henry:  Legendary strongman; you know your dog is strong when he always wins the tug-of-war game with you.

  • Jesse James: Outlaw; How about this name for a dog with a little bit of mischief in him.

  • Casey Jones: Locomotive engineer:  Do have a dog that prefers riding in a doggie stroller? 

  • Annie Oakley: Theatrical performer and superb marksman;  She was best known for performing in Buffalo Bills Wild West Show

  • Pecos Bill: Famous Cowboy

  • Betsy Ross: Seamstress; sewed the first American Flag

  • Uncle Sam: Term used to symbolize the United States

There are many ways to name a dog.  Dog Names from Mythology is just one suggestion, but there are plenty more on this site.  For more ideas, check out our other pages on dog names.

If you found Dog Names from Mythology helpful, check out our other dog names pages. Or go to the main dog name page and choose a category.

Dog Names from British Folklore

Beowulf Epic poem in Old English. 

Brutus of Troy (legendary founder of London) use either Brutus or Troy

King Arthur (and the Knights of the Round Table)

Lady Godiva - rode naked on horseback, covered only in her long hair 

Robin Hood

References

Greek Gods and Goddesses

History Hit