Whether you're searching for a nice way to celebrate your Greek background, a nod to ancient Greek mythology, or a nod to your favorite Greek dish, Greek culture is full with excellent dog name ideas.
Not sure where to begin? We've rounded up 40 of the best dog names inspired by Greek culture and history. Opa!
Top Greek Names for Dogs
Unsurprisingly, many of the most popular Greek dog names come from Greek mythology. Your new dog is going to rule the household, so a powerful name makes sense, right?
- Adonis: If you think your dog is the most handsome on the block, name him after Adonis, a famously beautiful figure in Greek mythology.
- Apollo: Your dog may not possess all of the skills of Apollo—including music, poetry, prophecy, and medicine—but this moniker is ideal for the smart boy who has nailed "sit," "down," and "shake."
- Athena: This Greek goddess was one of the most important in Greek mythology; not only was she the goddess of wisdom but also handicraft and warfare. It makes sense for the most important lady in your life.
- Hypnos: If your dog loves to snooze the day away, name him after Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.
- Iris: Not only is Iris a beautiful name, but it has a pretty meaning, too. Iris was the Greek goddess of rainbows.
- Nike: There's no better name for a dog that loves to run and play! Yes, Nike is most often associated with sports, but it's also the name of the Greek goddess of victory.
- Olympia: Olympia isn't the name of a Greek god or goddess—rather, it is derived from Olympus, the name given to the mountainous home of the Greek gods.
- Persephone: The goddess of vegetation and co-ruler of the underworld, Persephone was worshipped throughout Greek culture. Plus, Persie makes an adorable nickname.
- Titan: The perfect name for a big dog—or a hilariously ironic name for a : Titans were strong, powerful deities that came before the Olympians.
- Zeus: One of the best-known gods in Greek mythology, Zeus ruled the sky, lightning, and thunder. It's not uncommon for dogs to be afraid of lightning and thunder, but perhaps naming your pooch after this Greek god will alleviate some of the stress.
Tips for Naming Your Pet
Your to-do list may seem never-ending when you bring a new puppy home. Not only do you need to buy toys, a comfy bed, and high-quality dog food and treats for your dog, but you also need to pick the right name that everyone in the family will adore for years. The stakes are high!
What is our recommendation? Consider names with only one or two syllables, which are simpler for your dog to hear and comprehend; and avoid names that seem like orders, such as "sit" and "Kit."
If you're considering a difficult-to-pronounce name, keep in mind that your dog's name will need to be said (and spelled!) by your family, friends, and vets for many years.
Dog Names from Greek History
Looking back in time is a great way to come up with a unique and meaningful Greek dog name. Don't be astonished if your dog begins howling Greek philosophy and epic poetry, or if he puts on a Greek tunic and sandals.
- Kyon (the ancient Greek word for "dog")
Greek Dog Names for Foodies
If you want to pay respect to your Greek family's great home cuisine or simply consider yourself a Greek foodie, your local Greek restaurant's menu will provide plenty of dog name inspiration. Bonus: You get to eat some delectable Greek cuisine while researching names!
Travel-Inspired Greek Dog Names
Greece's stunning scenery, mountain panoramas, and azure oceans are praised all over the world. What better source of inspiration for naming your lovely male or girl dog? Some of these destinations are well-known worldwide (such as Santorini), while others are a little more off the beaten path (like Oia).
Other Dog Name Ideas
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