Christian Dog Names

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Introduction

Religion is often considered to be an important part of our personal identities and for many of us, it gives us comfort when we feel like we are in the dark. Pets also give us comfort in the dark, so in many cases, giving our canine companion a name that is related to our chosen religion just seems natural. Some 2.1 billion believers have made Christianity the most popular religion in the world, which makes pet names based on based on Christian beliefs fairly popular as well. This list should prove inspirational for those looking for a name with a link to Christianity. 

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Choosing a name for your canine companion is an important early step in building your relationship with your dog. A name that is difficult to pronounce clearly and consistently may be confusing for your pet, hindering training and even bonding time, while choosing a name that makes you happy and that your dog naturally responds to may improve them instead. Many of the names on this list such as Elizabeth, John, Magdalene, and Matthew are based on followers of Christ and make excellent choices for any loyal canine. Some of the names on this list may be narrowed down by your specific dog's physical appearance or breed, such as naming a white dog Dove or Lamb or giving a water-loving breed such as a Labrador Retriever or a Portuguese Water Dog a moniker like Fisher or Ichthys. In many cases, however, names from this category are more likely to be pinpointed based on either the profession chosen for the dog, dubbing a future therapy dog Saint, Grace, or Rainbow, or on their circumstances, such as a moniker of Dorcus or Lazurus for a dog rescued from a life-threatening situation. There are also several Christian based names that work particularly well for pairs or groups of dogs, with options like Mary and Joseph, Aquila and Priscilla, and even Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. 

Male Christian Dog Names

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Aquila
Mentioned six times in the New Testament, always together, Aquila and his wife Priscilla worked closely with the apostle Paul
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Capernaum
A city that was a major center of activity during the time of Jesus
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Chi-Rho
The oldest know monogram to represent Christ, made up of the first two letters of the Greek Christos
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Christmas
A Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ
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Daniel
Daniel of the Bible was saved from death in a den of lions by the grace of God
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Fisher
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. " (Matt. 4:19)
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Francis
The currently serving Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City
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Gabriel
One of only two of God’s angels mentioned by name in the Bible and a primary messenger of God
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Ichthys
Two intersecting arches in the form of a fish; an important early symbol to the Christians
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James
Two of the twelve apostles to accompany Jesus were named James
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John
John the Baptist is an important figure in Christianity who baptized Jesus in the river Jordan
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John-Paul
The head of the Catholic church at the turn of the millennium and the 2nd longest serving pope in history
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Joseph
Joseph was Mary’s husband and the adoptive father of Jesus Christ
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King
The King James Version of the Bible is an English translation of the Christian Bible
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Lazarus
A follower of Christ; given new life by Jesus four days after his death; brother of Martha and Mary
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Luke
The apostle believed to be the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts
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Magi
Another term for the three wise men who came to visit Christ shortly after his birth
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Mark
Many scholars regard the Gospel according to Mark to be the earliest written gospel, but its authorship is contested
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Matthew
One of the twelve apostles of Christ and the point of view taken for the Gospel according to Matthew
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Messiah
Christians believe Jesus to be the Messiah promised in the Old Testament
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Michael
One of only two of God’s angels mentioned by name in the Bible; an archangel and warrior of God
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Parable
Jesus often taught his followers using stories called parables
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Paul
An important apostle in the first century and the author of several of the books in the New Testament
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Pius
Pope Pius IX was the longest serving Pope in history, serving as pope for over thirty-one years, from 1846 to 1878
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Saint
A Christian designation for a person who is exceptionally holy or virtuous
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Shamrock
St. Patrick of Ireland used the shamrock as a metaphor to explain the idea of the Holy Trinity
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Shepherd
The Lord is often referred to as a shepherd to human-kind
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Thomas
Also referred to as doubting Thomas; would not believe in Christ’s resurrection until he could see Christ’s wounds
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Thorn
A crown of thorns was forced on Christ’s head during the crucifixion
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Zacharias
The elderly father of John the Baptist

Female Christian Dog Names

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Angel
The powerful spiritual messengers of God are known as angels
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Bethany
The name of the town where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead
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Cana
The first miracle attributed to Jesus was the changing of water to wine at a wedding in Cana
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Dorcas
A Greek name meaning gazelle that is mentioned as a woman restored to life by Peter in the New Testament
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Dove
The dove is often representative of the Holy Spirit and is seen as a symbol of peace and hope
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Easter
A Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ
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Elizabeth
This is the name of John the Baptist’s elderly mother in the New Testament
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Epiphany
Christian feast day associated with the visit of the magi and celebrating the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist
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Eremos
The mountain near Galilee traditionally recognized as the site of Christ’s well-known Sermon on the Mount
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Faith
A strong belief in God’s goodness and love is a core tenet of this religion
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Galilee
Jesus lived much of his adult life in Galilee and performed many miracles there
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Glory
The glory of God and Christ are central themes in Christianity
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Grace
God’s love and power is frequently referred to as his Grace
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Hanna
A prophetess of Jeruselum mentioned in the New Testament
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Jordan
Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist
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Lamb
Jesus Christ is sometimes referred to as the lamb of God for his perfect sacrifice
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Magdalene
Mary of Magdala, also known as Mary Magdalene, was the first of the followers of Christ to see him resurrected
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Manna
A miraculous form of nourishment, either physical or spiritual
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Martha
Follower of Christ and sister of Mary and Lazarus in Bethany
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Mary
Mary was the virgin mother of Jesus Christ and the wife of Joseph; may also refer to Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus and Martha
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Miracle
Jesus performs many miracles in the Bible
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Mustardseed
Christ compares Heaven to a mustard seed in the Parable of the Mustard seed
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Nain
Jesus resurrected the son of a widow in the town of Nain
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Nazareth
The town that Jesus was raised in; he is sometimes referred to as Jesus of Nazareth
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Nicene
The Nicene Creed is a doctrinal statement of belief that was drawn up in 325 AD
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Priscilla
Mentioned six times in the New Testament, always together, Aquila and his wife Priscilla worked closely with the apostle Paul
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Rainbow
A symbol of God’s promise to never destroy the Earth by flood again
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Tabgha
The traditionally recognized site of the miracle of loaves and fishes
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Tabor
Mount Tabor in Galilee is believed to be the mountain described during the transformation of Jesus after his resurrection
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Trinity
The Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ are referred to collectively as the Holy Trinity

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