Constellation Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Whether you’re a fan of astronomy, Greek mythology or just love the stars, giving your dog a constellation inspired name can be a great way to eternally connect them to a celestial body you can look upon even long after they’ve passed. Since many of our dogs are already the stars of our lives (or maybe some just act like it), it’s certainly suitable for them to partially take on the identity of other objects filled with plasma (and sometimes gas). And just like those dogs, constellations often have fantastic stories behind them that give them life and personality, further cementing them into our memories.

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Constellation Inspired Dog Name Considerations

The best way to find your dog an appropriate constellation inspired name is to make a list of their most apparent, unique, and quirky traits from their looks to their personality. We also recommend you take a look at the full meanings behind each name both on and off our list. We picked 60 of our favorites but there are 88 totally modern, universally recognized constellations with stories that stretch beyond our short descriptions that might also provide further inspiration, so give our list a read, see what pops out, then do further research to determine how suitable the really are. 

There are several angles you can approach it from as well. For instance, if your dog acts or is treated like royalty, consider Andromeda, Cassiopeia, or Cepheus as they are all linked to powerful Greek figures. If your dog has traits that overlap with other animals, say, loving to jump around and soar like an eagle (a dock diver, perhaps?) then find a constellation that’s similarly suitable, such as Aquila, who was named after the eagle associated with Zeus’ lightning. For a dog that loves to plow into things, Aries would be a great fit, after the ram with the Golden Fleece. 

Almost every constellation on the list has a direct tie to Greek mythology (outside of those named by Dutch navigators in the 16th century), so you’ll certainly have a lot to choose from in both name and backstory, so don’t skimp on your research if you’re looking for the perfect name. It may just be written in the stars.

Male Constellation Inspired Dog Names

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Apus
Meaning "no feet" in Greek; Bird of Paradise
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Bootes
Meaning the oxen driver; also known as the Herdsman
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Caelum
Meaning the engraver's chisel
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Venatici
After Canes Venatici, which represents two hunting dogs
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Cepheus
The King, husband to Cassiopeia and father to Andromeda
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Cetus
Meaning the whale or sea monster
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Cirinus
Named after and meaning the compass
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Corvus
Represents the crow or raven, sacred bird of Apollo
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Crater
Represents the cup or chalice of Apollo
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Crux
Means the cross, which is linked to several stories
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Cygnus
After the Swan, associated with the myth of Leda
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Dorado
Meaning the swordfish
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Grus
Meaning the crane; named by Dutch navigators
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Draco
Represents the dragon Ladon, the creature with 100 heads
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Fornax
Named after the chemical furnace in the 18th century
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Hercules
After the legendary Greek hero
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Leo
After the lion, the beast killed by Hercules
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Lupus
Meaning the wolf, which was first cataloged by Ptolemy
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Monoceros
Meaning the unicorn in Latin
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Orion
After the mythical hunter Orion
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Pavo
Named after the peacock by Dutch navigators
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Perseus
After the Greek hero Perseus
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Phoenix
After the mythical bird of fire
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Pictor
Meaning the painter in Latin; originally meaning the painter's easel
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Pyxis
Represents the mariner's compass
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Scorpius
Named after the scorpion that killed Orion
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Serpens
Meaning the serpent
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Taurus
Meaning the bull, one of the oldest known constellations
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Volans
Named after the flying fish
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Lepus
Named after the hare hunted by Orion and his two dogs

Female Constellation Inspired Dog Names

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Lyra
The harp or lyre of Orpheus
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Andromeda
The Princess of Ethiopia, daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus
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Antlia
Named after the invention of the air pump
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Aquarius
Meaning water bearer; usually associated with Ganymede
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Aquila
The eagle; sometimes associated with Zeus' lightning
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Ara
Meaning the altar
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Aries
The winged ram with the Golden Fleece
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Auriga
The charioteer, placed in the sky by Zeus himself
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Carina
The keel of the Argo Navis, the Greek ship
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Cassiopeia
After the boastful Greek queen, wife to Cepheus
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Columba
Named by Petrus Plancius after Noah's Dove
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Corona
Meaning crown, a prefix to numerous constellations
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Delphinus
Meaning the dolphin, named after Poseidon's messenger
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Equuleus
Meaning little horse, usually associated with Hippe, the daughter of a centaur
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Hydra
After the multi-headed reptilian creature from Greek mythology
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Lacerta
Meaning the lizard
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Libra
Named for the scales of justice
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Lynx
A faint constellation that supposedly takes the eyesight of a lynx to see
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Musca
Meaning the fly, named by the Dutch in the 16th century
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Norma
Meaning the level, named after the carpenter's tool used by shipbuilders
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Octans
Named after the octant, the precursor to the sextant
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Pisces
One of the Zodiac constellations, meaning the fish
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Puppis
Named after the stern of the Greek ship Argo Navis
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Gemini
Meaning the twins
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Sagitta
Meaning the arrow, related to Sagittarius
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Tucana
Named after the toucan by Dutch explorers in the 16th century
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Ursa
Meaning the bear; prefix to major and minor
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Vela
Meaning the sails in Latin, referring to the sails of the Argo Navis
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Vulpecula
Meaning the little fox, implying the fox that carried a goose to Cerberus
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Mensa
Meaning the table in Latin, referring to table mountain in South Africa

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