Dog Names Meaning Explorer

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Puppies and dogs love to explore. Many can catch a scent with their nose and head off to find the aromatic item without giving a second thought to where they are going or what their ultimate destination might end up being. The natural born explorer in a dog's heart and the animal's true sense of loyalty all combine to make the canine a true companion on many adventures. If your pooch is an explorer then why not pick a handle to denote that wonderful characteristic?

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Dog Names Meaning Explorer

For as long as canines and dogs have shared their lives mankind has picked certain four-legged dogs to accompany them on many exploration adventures. The combination has often forged great friendships, but in other cases, it has resulted in heartbreaking loss. 

Sled dogs have been widely used by exploration and scientific teams on both ends of the globe. Northern Arctic breeds are well-equipped to survive in extreme conditions while pulling a heavy sled for hundreds of miles across the tundra. 

Many historical expeditions such as Roald Amundsen's Norwegian Antarctic Expedition included the use of brave canine explorers. Amundsen set off with a five-man team and 52 sled dogs. They traversed 1,860 miles in 89 days. The team made it to the South Pole and back in record time and ahead of schedule. They had ten days remaining when they returned. Unfortunately, the dogs who were picked for the team did not fare very well. Along the way, they were used by the team as a valuable food source. Out of the 52 sled dogs, only 11 made the return trip. 

Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition, included the use of many sled dog explorers. The hardy animals set sail with their human handlers. During the long days at sea, the men grew very close to their canines. The ship would ultimately become entrapped in ice and crushed. The dogs helped pull the men and supplies across the ice to safety. In the end, though, there were only so many lifeboats available, and the dogs were sacrificed and used as a food source. 

Early canine explorers were not companions but more as a commodity. They were an essential element in the survival of their owners, and many gave their lives so that the humans could go onward. When considering a name for your canine companion, you should remember all of the previous dogs who were great explorers even if they were not 'pets.' 

Male Dog Names Meaning Explorer

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Tenzing
Tenzing Norgay climbed and explored Everest
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Robin
Robin Knox-Johnston sailed around the world
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Yuri
Refers to Yuri Gagarin who explored space
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Roald
Roald Amundsen, an explorer of both the North and South Poles
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Ralph
Ranulph Fiennes explored both the North and South Pole
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Peter
Refers to Peter Minuit a New World explorer
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Ponce
Ponce de León explored Florida looking for the eternal spring of life
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Pedro
Pedro Álvares Cabral explored the jungles of Brazil
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Neil
Neil Armstrong went to the moon and back
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Matthew
Matthew Henson was a North Pole explorer
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Marco
Marco Polo was a famous explorer of China
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Leif
Refers to the explorer Leif Erikson
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Juan
Refers to the West coast explorer Juan De Fuca
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James
Refers to the world explorer James Cook
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Jacques
Jacques Cousteau the Canadian-born ocean explorer
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Francisco
Refers to Francisco Vásquez de Coronado the South American explorer
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Francis
Francis Drake is known for circumnavigation
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Ferdinand
Ferdinand Magellan is known for his circumnavigation
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Byrd
The explorer who owned Igloo
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Ernest
An Antarctica explorer Ernest Shackleton
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Edmund
The Mt. Everest explorer Edmund Hillary
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David
Refers to the African explorer David Livingston
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Christopher
Refers to Christopher Columbus who is believed to have discovered the New World
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Chay
After the Atlantic sailor Chay Blyth
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Brendan
An Irish saint and explorer
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Bartolomeu
Refers to the African explorer Bartolomeu Dias
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Amerigo
Refers to the explorer Amerigo Vespucci
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Abel
After the great explorer Abel Tasman
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Iggy
The nickname of Igloo the explorer dog
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Igloo
The famous little explorer canine owned by Byrd
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Mary
Mary Kingsley, an African explorer

Female Dog Names Meaning Explorer

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Alexandra
A great female explorer of Alexandra David-Néel
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Alexandrine
Alexandrine Tinné was a great African explorer
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Amelia
Amelia Earhart was the first woman in flight to explore the world
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Annie
Refers to Annie Peck a great mountaineer
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Constance
Refers to Asian explorer Constance Gordon-Cumming
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Blair
Refers to Blair Niles a geographer and explorer
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Christa
Refers to space explorer Christa McAuliffe
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Christina
Christina Dodwell was an African explorer
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Delia
Delia "Mickie" Akeley was an African explorer
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Mickie
The nickname of explorer Delia 'Mickie' Akeley
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Florence
Refers to African explorer Florence Von Sass-Baker
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Freya
Freya Stark was a Middle East explorer
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Gertrude
Gertrude Bell explored the Middle East
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Ida
Famous world traveler Ida Pfeiffer
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Harriet
Harriet Quimby was an aviator
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Helen
Helen Thayer, a North Pole adventurer
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Isabella
Isabella Bird traveled the American West
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Isabelle
Isabelle Eberhardt explored Africa
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Karen
Karen Thorndike was known for circumnavigation
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Kate
A fearless Siberian explorer known as Kate Marsden
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Louise
Louise Arner Boyd explored the Arctic
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Lucy
Lucy Atkinson, an Asian explorer
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Mae
Mae Jemison explored space
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Marguerite
Marguerite Harrison explored Persia
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Nellie
Nellie Cashman is known for her adventures around North America
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Sacagawea
Sacagawea, an American Indian who helped white explorers Lewis and Clark
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Sally
Sally Ride was an astronaut who explored space
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Sylvia
Sylvia Earle was an oceanographer

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