Alaska Dog Names: Fun, Cool & Unique Ideas
The first thing to know about Alaska dog names is that they are not only unique but also fun!
They may seem strange at first glance, but then when you think about it, why shouldn’t their owners name them something interesting?
You will see that there are many different ways of naming your dogs. Some of these names might sound very odd or even weird to some people. However, if you look into the background of each one of these names, you will discover that they have been used in various cultures throughout history.
There are several reasons why someone would want to name their dog something unusual. One reason could be to show off their own eccentricity or personality. Another reason might be because they are trying to make a statement about themselves. Finally, some people choose unusual names just out of sheer boredom!
Some of the most common names for dogs include:
Alden (a white dog)
Buddy (a friendly dog)
Duke (a handsome dog)
Ginger (a ginger dog)
Hazelnut (a nutty dog)
Jasper (an old man’s name for a young boy)
Lilac (an exotic flower for a woman’s name)
Minty (minty things are cool)
Olive (a peace symbol for a hippy name)
Sage (an old man’s name for a young boy)
Tangerine (a citrus fruit for a woman’s name)
Violet (a purple flower for a woman’s name)
Winslow (a unique name for a dog)
Zinnia (a flower that you can grow from a seed for a flower’s name)
These are just some of the common names that people call their dogs. These are not all that uncommon, but they are still unique.
Now it is time to look at some of the more interesting, unique, and sometimes a bit weird dog names. Keep in mind that these are only my opinion on what I think are weird names. Everyone will have their own individual opinion on what they think is weird or not.
Some of the different types of strange names for dogs include:
2.1 Musical Names: these types of names are based upon musical terms or instruments. Some examples include:
Bagpipes (a great name for a Scottish dog)
Guitar (this could be a good name for a dog that is brown or black)
2.2 Occupations: These are based upon someone’s occupation or job description. Some examples are:
Chief (this could also be a tribal name)
2.3 Colorful Names: These types of names are usually related to a certain color. Some examples are:
Blue (a blue dog)
Copper (a reddish dog)
Gray (a gray dog)
Green (a green dog)
2.4 Fruit or Vegetable Names: these types of names are based upon fruits or vegetables. Some examples are:
2.5 Things you find in the Garden: these types of names are based upon things you might find in a garden or park. Some examples are:
Buttercup (this is also a flower)
2.6 Tree Names: these types of names are based upon different types of trees. Some examples are:
Maple (this is also a type of tree)
Oak (this is also a type of tree)
Willow (this is also a type of tree)
2.7 Common Household Items: these types of names are based upon objects found in most homes, apartments, or hotels. Some examples are:
2.8 Body Parts: these types of names are based upon body parts. Some examples are:
2.9 Colors: these types of names are based upon colors or paintings. Some examples are:
Blue (a blue dog)
Green (a green dog)
Red (a red dog)
Yellow (a yellow dog)
2.10 Nature and Astrology: these types of names are based upon astrological terms or nature. Some examples are:
Sun (this could also be an astronomical object name)
Venus (this is also an astronomical object and a planet)
2.11 Awards: these types of names are based upon awards. Some examples are:
Oscar (this is also an award)
Emmy (this is also an award)
Grammy (this is also an award)
2.12 Body Part Combinations: these types of names are based upon two or more body parts. Some examples are:
Where Can I Find a Unique Dog Name?
There are a few possible places you can look for a nice and unique dog name.
2.1 Word List: this is the most obvious place to start. There are many lists of words, both in books and online. When looking for a word, you want to find one that is not too common. This means you will have to do some research before you commit to it as your dog’s name.
2.2 Movies: movies can be a great place to look for unique dog names.
Because everyone associates certain characters with certain traits. This means that you can pick a name based upon a trait that you like. For example, if you like the character Mary from the movie “Mary Poppins”, you could name your dog Supervisor to give them a bit of sassy attitude.
2.3 History: Names from history can also provide some unique ideas.
Because many of them have interesting stories behind them. For example, you could name your dog Ranger because that was the job title of William Anderson, the first person to explore Texas.
2.4 Religion: Religion is another excellent place to look for a unique dog name.
Because many religious names have a nice and sweet sound to them. For example, you could name your dog Gabriel because he wakes you up every morning with his barking.
2.5 Mythology: Mythology is another excellent place to look for a unique dog name.
Because many names from mythology have interesting stories and backgrounds behind them. For example, you could name your dog Fenrir because it was the child of Loki in Norse mythology who consumed the sun and moon, causing great chaos.
2.6 Colors: looking up colors in a dictionary or other source can often provide a nice and unique name for your dog.
Because many colors do not have a common sound to them. For example, you could name your dog Yellow or Primrose because you like the color yellow or primroses.
2.7 Word of the Day: some days you may just want to pick a word at random and use that as your dog’s name. For example, you just learn a new word and decide to use it as your dog’s name. This could be anything from conundrum to serendipity.
2.8 Combinations: you could also just list words that sound good together and create a new one from them. For example, you could take the words Black and Heart and create the name Blackheart. It’s as simple as that.
2.9 Adrenaline: one way that may work well for some is to base the name off of their own feelings towards doing something or a certain trait that the dog has. For example, you could name your dog Adrenaline because of the rush you get when it runs really fast and you have to chase after it.
2.10 Colors: another method that works well for some is to think of a color and base the name off of that. For example, you could name your dog Tangerine because it’s a tangerine color.
2.11 Something already established: you could also try to use an established word in the dog training world as the name for your dog. For example, if you are training your dog based off of Ceaser Millan’s dog training techniques you could name your dog dominant or pack.
2.12 Whatever sounds good: finally, you could just try to pick a name that sounds good. This is often the hardest method because it requires little thought; however, it can still be an effective way to find a suitable name for your dog.
3. When picking a name for your dog, do not overthink it. Many people get caught up in this trap and spend so much time trying to come up with the perfect name that they never actually end up choosing one. As long as it is relevant to your dog in some way and you are somewhat fond of it, then there is no real reason not to choose it.
3.1 Additionally, if you do not like the name you chose, please do not feel bad about changing it. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they are stuck with their name choice. This is not true. You can (and probably will) change your dog’s name at any time for any reason without any sort of repercussion.
4. Once you have chosen a name for your dog, you will need to start associating that name with your dog.
This will require you to start using that name whenever you are talking about or referring to your dog. For example, if your dog’s name is Flash, you would say stuff like, “Come here, Flash” or “Flash, lie down”.
5. You may need to repeat this process several times before it starts to stick; however, once it does your dog will likely learn his name and respond when called.
1.1: Naming a Puppy
Your future relationship with your dog will be heavily influenced by the name that you choose for it. As such, you want to make sure that you pick a name that you will be able to relate to your dog throughout his life.
4.1: Name according to Personality
There are many different ways of choosing a name for your dog, but one of the most common is choosing it according to its personality. All dogs are different so there is no way to know for sure how your dog will act. In some ways it is a gamble, but you can certainly increase the chances of getting a suitable name.
If you want to choose a name based on personality, you could pick a name that reflects what you think your dog will be like as an adult, you can choose a name that describes its personality right now, or even give it a nickname that fits its behavior.
4.2: Name According to Appearance
Another way of choosing a name is to base it on your dog’s appearance. For example, if your dog has floppy ears, you could name it something like Droppy or Floppy. You can also use colors for names; for example, if your dog is all black you could name it Midnight or if it has white feet you could name it Snowy.
The only limit when naming your dog is your own imagination and it is a good idea to pick a suitable name as it will help in building a strong relationship with your dog.
Sources & references used in this article:
The use of dog teams and the use of subsistence-caught fish for feeding sled dogs in the Yukon River drainage, Alaska by CA Strahorn – 1911 – GP Putnam’s sons
Four Square: Writing Method Grades 7-9: A Unique Approach to Teaching Basic Writing Skills by DB Andersen – 1992 – adfg.alaska.gov
Telling our selves: ethnicity and discourse in Southwestern Alaska by J Gould, EJ Gould, MF Burke – 2010 – books.google.com