Eskimo and Inuit Names for Huskies and Other Dog Breeds
I am a mom and dog lover who is particularly fond of Huskies.
Husky dogs have a proud history as a breed. They descend from Siberian sled dogs and first appeared in Alaska in the early 1900s. Still well-adapted to cold weather, huskies do well in most living situations (though not so well in warm apartments!) They are great with children and other pets and love to get out and exercise.
Understandably, given the breed's roots, there are a lot of Eskimo or Inuit-language names that are great for huskies. In fact, most dog names in Inuit are specifically meant for huskies, though they can be used for other types of dogs too. Each name has a special meaning. For example, Akiak means brave, so the name could describe a particularly brave dog.
When choosing a name for your dog, keep these things in mind:
- Does the name suit your dog's temperament or appearance? For example, you may want to avoid a name that means "tranquility" or "peace" for a dog that is extremely active.
- Will the name still work when your puppy is grown? A name that is related to their coloring is risky because fur often changes color as dogs age.
- Consider whether the name is easy to say and call out. You'll be calling for your husky a lot when it's time to go inside!
Cool Husky Trick!
Name of River
Mountain in Alaska
Creek (in Sutton)
Stay and Don't Go Back
Winter (in Juncau)
Fish Harvest (in Creek)
Nanuk or Nanuq
One That Gets Into Everything
Wags His Tail
Sweet (My Husky's Name)
Tattoo Lines on Face
nafu on March 04, 2020:
biscuit was i thinking
Topaz on February 12, 2020:
Husky, wonderful breed. Be prepared for lots of hair.
Xen on September 03, 2019:
Just a little help on two of your unknown names. Tulukaruq (you've spelled it with a k) is Central Yup'ik for Raven. Sitka was the capitol of Alaska before it was moved to Juneau. It means "people on the outside of Shee" with Shee being the Tlingit word for Baranof Island.
Charlotte o'hare on March 18, 2019:
I didnt like any of these names they're all to plain, and not what i was looking for
Lin on March 09, 2019:
Best dog ever. Truly a pack animal. Loves to lay on my feet when I am at the kitchen sink. That is my Natasha's spot. They each have their own spot. My Nikita loved French baguettes. They love to box with other huskies on their hind legs. They definitely talk to you. My Nikita loved to run free. Only problem is once they get the call of the wild they will climb a six foot fence to run wild. Mine got out and was 25 miles from home when a fellow called me to ask if I was missing something. He said he was Nikita was the most beautiful blue eyed Husky he has ever seen. Natasha was sable colored with blue eyes.
When my daughter was born in February I laid her on a sheepskin rug to catch the afternoon sun. The dogs raised her. If she got fussy they would come get me and whine until I picked her up. She spent her first year of life on the floor with them. She spent that time trying to get to them. She would crawl over to where they were and snuggle. I never heard her cry because the dogs wouldn't let her. They treated her like one of their puppies and would lick her face. I told my daughter that when it was time to marry that she absolutely marry a 'dog man.' I said that because if the fellow didn't like dogs he would never last...and I was right. She did marry a 'dog man' and now they have their own.
Desna on July 12, 2018:
The name fits her well. She is the boss of my other dog.
omiak on May 08, 2018:
what does this name mean?
Arianna25 on March 21, 2018:
Hi there. I recently rescued a young husky/long haired sheppard mix. My bf and I cant figure out what name to give her. Any suggestions please? I really like the inuit/eskimo/indian names.
em on March 16, 2018:
I have a husky named acimosis
rachel6 on March 05, 2017:
we are hoping to adopt a black female husky, she came off of the streets skinny and not in good shape we have found a couple of names and we enjoy the name: Nukka. it means younger/little sister. we like this name because she will be the youngest addition to the family considering our other husky is 7.
jasta6 on January 04, 2017:
My eight year old Alaskan Malamutes name is Sakari Yatone CHENA, Sweet Red River! She is a sable colored beauty
Tarqqiq on December 28, 2016:
Our German Shepard husky names pita for hunting skills He's really like to go ivakkak with us and go ice fishing
Victoria on December 24, 2016:
Titan! 90 pound husky. He's a big boy. He fits the name perfectly with that icey blue stare of his that scares anyone that walks up to the house until they realize he's a mush.
Ace Fong on October 03, 2016:
I name my girl PEPPER n my boy CHUWEE
Rachel on August 30, 2016:
My huskies name is Denali. He looks just like wolf :) hes so handsome.
I'm getting another husky in October. Shes white with red tipped ears. Thinking about naming her Eska.
roxy on August 17, 2016:
lol for the gaeilge mac tire wolf.... 'mac' on its own means 'son' :) too cute!
Court on August 10, 2016:
'Mac' for short.
It's Irish/Gaelic for Wolf.
Denise on August 04, 2016:
My dog name is
White as snow, blue eyes
You can image why.
Gerry O on June 20, 2016:
I named my Husky "Illa" means partner or friend. you should add this name to the list. Thanks
Anonymous on May 23, 2016:
My husky name is nanik he belonged to a friend of mine I like to know what it means
Buck on March 29, 2016:
Ebby on March 16, 2016:
Ebby on March 16, 2016:
My Husky called Askia and Shops.
Sherry on January 27, 2016:
We had a husky/ shep and we called her Tundra
Anonymous on September 30, 2015:
My malamute's name is Sakari too
anonymous on July 01, 2013:
I want to name my husky Tessa, Vega , or Mckenna!
anonymous on June 19, 2013:
Mine is called Voulk(Russian for wolf) and then good old Jack, both huskies
anonymous on June 16, 2013:
We named ours SITKA - meaning spruce tree she is built like one wonderful smart dog
anonymous on May 15, 2013:
Our Huskie is Sierra - she is so sweet and loves to stay at grandma and papa's house. She is a real talker - just lover her to pieces.
anonymous on April 27, 2013:
My husky is called Sakari. Which means sweet. She is so very sweet but will also answer to ratbag, dogamus, f***knut, Dickius endius and loads of others. Hahaha. Shes my best friend and solemate.
anonymous on April 06, 2013:
@anonymous: you mean D... O... G...?
anonymous on March 04, 2013:
I have two female huskies named Qimmiq & Denali. My best friends
anonymous on March 01, 2013:
hi i have 2 huskies called Zach and Sleigh :)
anonymous on January 31, 2013:
My husky dogs were named Kimik, Kyak,Taiko ( Japanese for"drum") & Kamik
Roughdiamond90 on January 29, 2013:
mines called diesel.. there are some beautiful names though!
anonymous on January 05, 2013:
i am thinking about naming my dog Dioji.
anonymous on January 03, 2013:
Are huskys name is nuknuk it means Eskimo kiss
Dameno on December 30, 2012:
We have a husky, Nanouk, and he is white with black spots.He looks like a polar bear whit cow spots.
anonymous on December 29, 2012:
We have a girl husky and she is red/ white and her name is krymson :)
knitstricken on December 27, 2012:
Our Portuguese Water Dog Lucy came to us on the feast day of Santa Lucia, hence her name! She just turned ten years old. :o)
anonymous on December 03, 2012:
My baby's name is Sabi short for Sabrael and we are getting an addition to the family and he will be named Orion.
anonymous on November 24, 2012:
My dogs name is Keeonah and the meaning is fire and ice ..suits her personality perfectly :)
anonymous on October 24, 2012:
I Would like to Call My husky ' Sherlock '
anonymous on September 30, 2012:
Ushyk - mixed letters of 'husky'
anonymous on September 14, 2012:
anonymous on August 25, 2012:
anonymous on August 12, 2012:
Hi my girl is called Ixa which means friend and companion
anonymous on July 29, 2012:
Ayasha meaning "Little one", Ahyoka meaning "She who bought happiness" both are cherokee names I gave two of my pups.
anonymous on July 26, 2012:
anonymous on May 15, 2012:
I really enjoy the names Tundra and Aurora
Boy is Tundra
Gurl is Aurora but they can be unisex if u want
anonymous on April 17, 2012:
My dog's name was Sjeekka, THE best dog ever!! I always wantend to knowhow the meaning of his name. It comes close to Shika, but nobody seems to know what is means. Who knows ?? It does not rally matter, he was the best dog ever and I miss hij every day. From the Netherlands, Yvonne Gras.
anonymous on April 02, 2012:
Amani (Amaanie), Disel (Diesel), Demon (Diemun), Nanook (Nanoek), Odin (Oodin), Dante (Dantee)
TheGourmetCoffe on January 11, 2012:
Really enjoyed your lens and will remember it when we get another Husky in the future. Our family has been rescuing Siberian Huskies for several years and adopting some of them as our beloved furry friends. At present, we have a remaining 17 year old white blue eyed Siberian Husky female out of 3 we had (2 passed away in 2010). Tasha rules the home and is so loving! Some geriatric care required at her age but she is so resilient and determined to walk an average of 2 to 3 hours per day at different times, must be what is keeping her going and going! Beautiful breed, cannot imagine owning any other breed. Great influence for long regular walks, good for everyone. Enjoyed your lens very much, thank you for your insights about dog names!
fullofshoes on December 14, 2011:
an old friend had a beautiful Husky named Eric... regardless of the name, they are beautiful dogs..
anonymous on October 28, 2011:
anonymous on August 15, 2011:
anonymous on June 15, 2011:
Blaze, Grizzly, Glacier, Thunder, Lighting, Ice, Thorne, Winter, Calypso, Jet, Bolt, Loki, Ace, Taj, Sailor, Polar, Diamond, Anakin, Breeze, Akira, Anakin...
Hope these were of some help with naming your dog...
anonymous on June 15, 2011:
Blaze, Grizzly, Thorne, Bolt, Thunder, Glacier, Blizzard, Ace, Anakin, Winter, Calipso, Akira, Silver, Jet, Lighting, Loki, Kodah-Bear, Taj....
Hope these help you with you name choosing...
Delia on September 13, 2010:
Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! great start on this lens...sweet photos
4 Dogs that Look like Huskies
Dogs that Look like Huskies –В Northern dogs, including the Alaskan Malamute and the pet dog group called Alaskan Huskies, resemble Siberian Huskies due to the fact that they all adapted to hold up against freezing temperatures and go after available prey in their environment. Although discerning canine individuals can tell the different purebred northern canines apart, they share many breed qualities, including upright pointed ears, a double coat, broad chest, plus size and curled tail.
Huskies are athletic and energetic. They generally have a thick double coat that can be gray, black, copper red, or white. Their eyes are normally pale blue, although they might also be brown, green, blue, yellow, or heterochromatic. Huskies are more vulnerable to some degree of uveitis than the majority of other breeds.
Alaskan Dog Names – Geography
Without a doubt, Alaska is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the United States, if not the world.
From snow-capped peaks to picturesque forests to colorful coasts, the state’s geography is quite breathtaking.
As we explore Alaskan dog names, let’s take a look at geographically inspired ideas.
- Alaska – Of course, you can go with the obvious choice and name your dog Alaska.
- Laska – Or shorten it to this cool moniker.
- Juneau – The capital city of Alaska.
- Anchorage – Alaska’s most populous city.
- Fairbanks – A large city in the interior region of Alaska.
- Kodiak – The name of an Alaskan island and city.
- Ketchikan – A large Alaskan city not terribly far from Seattle.
- Sitka – The name of a strait, city and national park in Alaska.
- Wasilla – Another large Alaskan city.
- Valdez – A city and commercial fishing port.
- Yukon – The name of a river that flows from Canada into Alaska.
- Nuka – An island in the northern Gulf of Alaska.
- Denali – The highest mountain peak in North America (formerly named Mount McKinley).
- Hubbard – A glacier located in eastern Alaska and part of Yukon, Canada.
- Eska – As in Eska Falls.
- Kiska – An island that’s part of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
- Frontier – Alaska is called “The Last Frontier,” which is fitting considering that it’s the furthest extent of the United States.
Tips for Naming Your New Dog
It's no secret: Bringing home a new dog is ruff work. Between shopping for your new dog's gear, like a comfortable bed and fun toys, choosing a high-quality, nutritious kibble, and prepping your home for a puppy—or even an older dog—the to-do list may feel never ending. Need a little extra pressure? You have to think of the perfect name for your new family member, too.
Here's our advice for choosing the ideal dog name:
- Choose a name that suits your dog's personality. You wouldn't give a mellow dog a name like Speed, right? Unless, of course, you want to be ironic.
- Consider names that contain one to two syllables and hard consonants. These names will be easier for your dog to hear and understand.
- Avoid names that sound like another word or a command. Naming your dog Rock, for example, will only confuse him whenever you say "walk!"