Picking a name for a new pet is an exciting but challenging prospect as we search for the name that perfectly fits our new canine companion. Some people have a name picked out before they even bring their dog home, while others wait a few days or even weeks to learn more about the dog before making their final choice. Many people eventually choose a name based on qualities that they see or wish to see in their new dog, and these qualities can include the quality of greatness, in all of its facets. If you are looking for a name to reflect the greatness you see in your canine this list of names that have great or great one in the definition.
Dog Names Meaning Great One in Pop Culture
There are many names that mean great or great one that make excellent names for dogs, and it's not surprising that some of those names show up in popular culture on occasion. What might surprise you is just how often the name Max shows up as a canine name in books, television, and movies. In 1957, the name Max was used for the canine companion to the titular character in the children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, a role that was played by six different dogs in the 2000 live-action film starring Jim Carrey, and in the early 2000s a fictional dog named Max became the main character in a series of educational books known as the “Max the Dog Science Adventures.” When an exceptionally intelligent and capable bionic German Shepherd was introduced in the third and final season of the television show "The Bionic Woman" in 1978, he was dubbed Maximillian which was typically shortened to Max, the beloved and protective Doberman Pinscher dog that belonged to Jaime Lloyd in the 1989 slasher film “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” was named Max and the character of Max the Dog was featured on many of the episodes of the television series "Little Men" in 1999. A 2015 movie called "Max" featured a canine character by the same name, a Belgian Malinois who has just returned from a traumatizing tour of duty in Afghanistan to live with the family of his fallen handler and the name Max shows up in animated movies as well, as Prince Eric’s faithful English Sheepdog in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and in a more prominent role in the recent 2016 feature-length film, “The Secret Life of Pets.”
The name canine moniker of Max is not restricted
to the page or screen, however, and in spring of 2014, a rescued German Shepherd
with that name became a real-life hero. When the home that Max
shared with his owner became filled with deadly carbon monoxide due to a
malfunctioning wall heater Max was unable to rouse the 80-year-old Jack Ferrell,
and it was at that point that Max took things into his own paws. Grasping the unconscious man’s arm in his powerful jaws, Max
proceeded to drag Jack from the bedroom and into the kitchen, away from the dangerous
fumes. When Jack woke in the kitchen, the dog still using his jaws to grip the
larger man’s arm, the profuse bleeding from his arm prompted him to call 911
and when firefighters arrived, they discovered the lethal levels of carbon monoxide and natural gas in the home, and credited Max with saving his owner’s life.
Dog Name Meaning Great One Considerations
Choosing a name for a new dog is often an enjoyable experience, but one that should be approached with at least some measure of practicality. The name you choose for your canine companion is one that you are likely to be saying and hearing multiple times a day, sometimes in the privacy of your own home, sometimes in a crowded puppy training class, and sometimes even shouted out over a dog park or during certain types of competitive activities. Many people pick a name for their pet based on qualities that they admire, making names that imply greatness very attractive to many new pet parents. Great is a word with several different definitions, however, which may have an effect on the name that is finally chosen. In some cases, great is referring to sheer size, leading a name like Azam, while other times greatness refers to the importance or honor of the individual, and names like Jalila, Dae-Hyun, or Velika may be chosen. Some people may choose a name that honors someone who is known for greatness in their field such as hockey great Wayne Gretzky, Empress of Russia Catherine the Great, or even professional Magic: The Gathering player Robert Maher Jr. who earned the title “The Great One” for his prowess.