155 Native American Dog Names Rich In Beauty & Meaning

Native American heritage is rich with culture and history. From famous tribes to ancient ceremonies, the community comes with endless inspiration for beautiful names for your babies, both human and fur! If you're looking for a unique dog name with a powerful meaning, check out these 155 Native American names for dogs.

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Native American names for male dogs.

  • Ahanu- He laughs
  • Akando-Ambush; has power and wealth
  • Akikta- Works with determination
  • Alo- Spiritual guide
  • Asahavey- Bird Chief; a perfect leader
  • Bidaban- Beginning of dawn; an excellent human being
  • Caiya- To be near something
  • Calian- He is a warrior of the life
  • Catahecassa- Black hoof
  • Dakotah- A friend of friends
  • Dasan- A chief
  • Dyami- A majestic Eagle
  • Elan- A friendly and lovely person; a tree
  • Elsu- A flying falcon
  • Enapay- Brave and powerful
  • Hassun- Stone
  • Hotha- A man who is gray.
  • Huslu- One who is a hairy bear
  • Jacy- He has a face of the Moon
  • Japa- To chant
  • Kele-Sparrow
  • Keme- Secret thunder
  • Kenesaw- Grass
  • Laneetees- Big elk
  • Lonato- Flint stone
  • Luta- Red; beautiful
  • Mahkah- One who belongs to and is one with the Earth.
  • Makya- Eagle hunter
  • Ouray- Sharp as an arrow
  • Pays- One who is coming
  • Paytah- Born out of fire
  • Pegalesharro- A person who is like a man's chief.
  • Piapot- A person who understands the secret of Sioux.
  • Quanah- Fragrant, sweet-smelling
  • Raini- The creator
  • Sahale- Like a falcon
  • Tasunke- Horse
  • Tatanka- A bull buffalo
  • Tattuye- A fox
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Native American names for female dogs.

  • Adila- Blossom
  • Aiyana- Eternal blossom
  • Amadahy- Forest water
  • Aponi- Butterfly
  • Atepa- Wigwam
  • Atotoztli- Something which is not very clear.
  • Aviaja- A cousin; expressive and positive
  • Awendea- One who is a beautiful morning.
  • Awendela- Fawn
  • Awinita- One who loves social life; fawn
  • Ayita- First to dance
  • Aylen- A clear individual; happiness
  • Catori- Spirit
  • Chenoa- Dove
  • Chilam- Snowbird
  • Chimalis- Bluebird
  • Dyani- Deer
  • Enemene- Sing
  • Enesta- Hear
  • Enola- Solitary
  • Etenia- The wealthy
  • Fala- A bird name; crow
  • Halona- Happy Fortune
  • Halyn- Unique
  • Hateya- Make tracks; press with the foot
  • Helki- Touch
  • Hinto- Having deep blue eyes
  • Hokaratcha- Pole cat
  • Hurit- Beautiful
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  • Imala- Disciplines
  • Kasa- Dressed in furs
  • Kateri- The mohawk
  • Kimi-Secret
  • Kineks-Rosebud
  • Maji-Leave
  • Meli-Daughter
  • Na'estse- One
  • Neewa- Four
  • Nese- Two
  • Niaran- Five
  • Nistu- Three
  • Nizhoni- Beautiful one
  • Seke- Black
  • Tanis- Daughter
  • Tepkunset- Moon
  • Soma- Sun
  • Winona- First
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Names for dogs inspired by Native American heroes.

  • Ahtahkakoop- The name of an early 19th Century Cree chief.
  • Ahuitzotl- The eighth Aztec ruler
  • Black Hawk- A powerful opponent to the U.S. government.
  • Cochise- An Apache leader
  • Crazy Horse- A leader in the fight against General George Crook and the U.S. government.
  • Geronimo- A prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought to protect his people's land for over 25 years.
  • Hiawatha- Little is known of Hiawatha's involvement in historical events. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the story "The Song of Hiawatha" loosely based on an actual Native American.
  • Pocahontas- Daughter of Chief Powhatan, a Native American woman who married an Englishman, John Rolfe.
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  • Red Cloud- One of the most capable warriors from the Oglala (Sioux) tribe to face the U.S. military.
  • Sacajawea- Most well known for accompanying Meriwether Lewis and William Clark during their exploration of the Western United States. Her image appears on the dollar coin.
  • Sequoiah- A silversmith who invented the Cherokee Syllabary.
  • Sitting Bull- A Hunkpapa Lakota medicine man and holy man. He is famous for his victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn against Lt. Col. Custer.
  • Squanto- A notable Native American that aided British Pilgrims before his tribe was wiped out
  • TallChief (Maria TallChief)- A reputable Native American ballerina.
  • Will Rogers (Will)- A Cherokee actor, Vaudevillian, philanthropist and presidential candidate.

Names for dogs inspired by Native American tribes.

  • Absentee
  • Aleut
  • Amikwa
  • Apache
  • Assuti
  • Biloxi
  • Blackfoot
  • Caddo
  • Cahokia
  • Callam
  • Calusa
  • Cherokee
  • Cheyenne
  • Cocopa
  • Comanche
  • Dakota
  • Dotame
  • Erie
  • Eyak
  • Fox
  • Fremont
  • Jemez
  • Kanza
  • Kichapoo
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  • Lumbee
  • Mahican
  • Napissa
  • Nauset
  • Ofo
  • Ojibwe
  • Papago
  • Pequot
  • Sawokli
  • Serrano
  • Sioux
  • Tachi
  • Tewa
  • Waco
  • Walla Walla
  • Yahi
  • Yana

Names for dogs inspired by Native American culture.

  • Bead
  • Earth
  • Feather
  • Fire
  • Fringe
  • Ghost
  • Medicine Man
  • Moccasin
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  • Mukluks (Boots)
  • Spirit
  • Tipi
  • Turquoise
  • Wigwam

The possibilities are endless when looking for the perfect dog name.

We know you want to make sure your pup has the perfect name. Inspiration is all around you so get creative! For even more ideas, check out one (or all) of these carefully crafted lists below. Your puppy will thank you.