Native American Dog Names

Native American Dog Names

When searching for a name, Native American dog names can be a beautiful and powerful choice. The dogs that lived in the Americas before they were colonized were thought to be much like wolves. The Hare Indian breed was even said to be like a domesticated coyote.

These dogs were used as work dogs for many tasks including hunting, herding, retrieving, guarding, and as sled dogs. Mexica nobles even kept an ancestor breed of the Chihuahua as pets. While most original breeds that lived in the Americas have largely been bred with colonial dogs, but some of their essence still remains.

These specific breeds are thought to still contain a small amount of the Native American dog genetics:

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Labrador Husky
  • Mackenzie River Husky
  • Xoloitzcuintli

You may choose one of these names because of your Native American heritage, because your dog has wolf-like qualities, or simply because you’re looking for a unique name.

Strong Native American Dog Names

  • Micco – Chief (Seminole)
  • Kitchi – Brave (Algonquin)
  • Kuruk – Bear (Pawnee)
  • Makwa – Bear (Algonquin)
  • Nokosi – Bear (Seminole)
  • Miwak – Growl of a Bear (Miwok)
  • Kohana – Swift (Sioux)
  • Kitchi – Brave (Algonquin)
  • Yansa – Buffalo (Cherokee)
  • Honi – Wolf (Arapaho)
  • Maikoh – Wolf (Navajo)
  • Yuma – Song of the Chief (Navajo)
  • Hanska – Tall (Sioux)
  • Wakanda – Possesses Magic (Sioux)
  • Bly – Tall
  • Eyota – Great
  • Denali – Great One
  • Nina – Strong

Cute Native American Dog Names

  • Miki – Little (Inuit)
  • Mansi – Plucked Flowers (Hopi)
  • Tiva – Dance (Hopi)
  • Nikan – My Friend (Potawatomi)
  • Takoda – Friend to Everyone (Sioux)
  • Sihu – Flower (Hopi)
  • Alawa – Pea (Algonquin)
  • Dakota – Friend (Sioux)
  • Nova – Chases Butterfly (Hopi)
  • Onida – The One Searched For (Sioux)
  • Winona – Giving (Sioux)
  • Kasa – Dressed in Furs (Hopi)
  • Kanti – Sings (Algonquin)
  • Kimi – Secret (Algonquin)
  • Weeko – Pretty (Sioux)
  • Kaya – Pure
  • Mona – Noble One
  • Una – One
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Native American Dog Names from Nature

  • Tallulah – Leaping Water (Choctaw)
  • Ama – Water (Cherokee)
  • Maka – Earth (Sioux)
  • Kele – Sparrow (Hopi)
  • Misu – Rippling Brook (Miwok)
  • Koko – Night (Blackfoot)
  • Lulu – Rabbit (Hopi)
  • Kai – Willow Tree (Navajo)
  • Pavita – Clear Water (Hopi)
  • Yoki – Rain (Hopi)
  • Mika – Intelligent Racoon
  • Kinta – Deer (Potawatomi)
  • Kiona – Brown Mountain
  • Peta – Golden Eagle
  • Tala – Wolf

Famous Native Americans

  • Geronimo – Apache Leader
  • Cochise – Apache Chief
  • Pontiac – Ottawan Leader
  • Tecumseh – Shawnee Leader
  • Squanto – Saved the pilgrims
  • Sacajawea – Accompanied Lewis & Clark
  • Pocahontas – Native American woman who married an Englishman named John Rolfe
  • Hiawatha – A great peacemaker and spiritual guide
  • Crazy Horse – Lakota Leader who led a battle against General George Crook
  • Sitting Bull – Lakota medicine man and holy man. Fought in the battle of Little Bighorn against Custer.
  • Black Hawk – Saulk war chief who fought in the War of 1812
  • Sequoiah – Invented a writing system know as the Cherokee Syllabry

Hopefully this list of Native American dog names has provided you with some inspiration! If you need more names try doing a dog name search.

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21 Comments

  1. Analyse

    hey,
    love the names! very inspirational!
    Any who, we are thinking about getting some dogs soon and would like some native american names for them! we are thinking about ether a jack russle Tarrier(sorry if i spelled that wrong!) or a blue heeler. thank you!

  2. Selma

    With me lives a four years old Labrador retriever. His name is Yuma. When he was born I was searching for a Native American name. The time I gave him this name I was told it means Son of the Chief or Son of the Leader. As I had already an older Labrador I thought it would be fine for both of them to give a name that had to do with each one. I wonder what is the correct translation. The one on this page or the one I was told. Anyway, it suits Yuma very well!

  3. Beatriz Carleton

    I’m writing a about and I’m searching for names like these, they help my story a great deal!

    Thanks for the names :3

  4. leah goudie

    this is so helpful im writing a novel called a secret under the canopy and i need some new names for the wolves in my novel these are perfect and the meanings help alot as well helps me fit the names to the personalitys this is so helpful! thank you guys 🙂

  5. Noralee Septoff

    I just adopted a Love Bird. I am going to name him..Kanti. which means..sings. thank you for finding the perfect name for him.

  6. Georgina

    The Carolina Dog, sometimes called the Dixie Dingo, is the descendant of Native American dogs. It’s the only indigenous North American breed.

  7. AJP

    A stray puppy found us as we were traveling through the Navajo Nation at the state line between Colorado and Utah. Now we are searching for a name, as he’s going home with us. Any ideas? He looks to be a Australian Cattle Dog mix. Very uniquely colored.

  8. Wendi

    Blue healers are awesome I have raised three super smart. The only thing I can tell you is they are healers so watch your heels. 🤣 Most Jack
    Russell’s are very hiper

  9. Jessica

    I’m picking up my little girl in a couple weeks, she is a pomsky,and I have a long list of names. All of my dogs have had Indian names, just lost my baby Shawnee a few weeks ago and we had a Lakota, Matsi, Geronimo, Shaina, now this new little girl I have to find a name for

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