Egyptian Dog Names

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If you are a history or travel buff then the chances are good that you are enamored with Egypt. One of the best ways to display your interest is to bestow a unique Egyptian moniker on your beloved pooch. There are numerous names and key historical Egyptian figures that you can pay homage to and name your dog after. Any Egyptian name that you choose will be unique and people will definitely ask you about the origins of your dog’s name. Whether it's a ruler, god or goddess, or an animal related to Egypt there are a myriad of suggestions when it comes to this theme.

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Egyptian Dog Name Considerations

There is no denying that Ancient Egypt holds a mysterious appeal. Most people know that Egyptians revered cats, but dogs also played an important role in their lifestyle. Dogs often symbolized gods and were frequently kept as domestic pets. Interestingly, the hieroglyphics never show dogs as an animal to be petted but they were nonetheless valued because they were often mummified and buried in the tombs of their owners. In Abydos, Egypt there is even a place that was specifically set aside for dog burials. The dogs were laid to rest beside women, archers, and dwarfs.

Egyptians referred to dogs as ‘iwiw’ which denotes the sound of the animal’s bark. Canines were regularly used for hunting, guarding, and in a military capacity. The names of ancient Egyptian dogs have been gathered from the collars, which were commonly buried with the dogs. The dog’s collar would have its own name lovingly engraved on it. Many dogs were simply named after their colors but others were named only numbers. Others were bestowed with handles that were simply words of endearment. Some were also named after the pooch’s unique abilities or talents.

There are several breeds of dogs that are believed to hail from Ancient Egypt. The Basenji,  Greyhound, Pariah, Ibizan, Saluki, and Whippet are all believed to have roots in the desert land. Whippets were actually considered the dogs of the pharaohs and are believed to be closely related to the Greyhound and the Pariah. The Molassian was brought to Egypt by Greek traders. The Egyptians quickly took a liking to the Molassian and used them for hunting and war.

Male Egyptian Dog Names

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Abuwtiyuw
A documented dog companion in Ancient Egypt
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Anubis
A dog-like god
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Seti
19th dynasty ruler
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Djet
A first dynasty ruler, fourth pharaoh
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Unas
5th dynasty ruler
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Pepi
6th dynasty ruler, third pharaoh
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Teti
6th dynasty ruler
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Kaba
3rd dynasty ruler
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Intef
11th dynasty, third ruler
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Tut
After the boy king
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Thutmose
18th dynasty ruler
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Djoser
3rd dynasty ruler, second king
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Menna
18th dynasty scribe
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Sobek
A combination crocodile and human god
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Amun
A powerful Egyptian god
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Abrax
Means shining one
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Bast
God of fire and heat
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Donkor
A humble man
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Eshaq
A prophet
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Femi
A man who loves
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Khufu
A powerful pharaoh
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Horus
The god of light
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Kosey
Means lion
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Lukman
A man who is a prophet
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Montu
A god that resembles a falcon
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Nephi
A good son
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Pilis
Means second born son
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Ra
The sun
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Ramses
A powerful pharaoh
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Rah
A god of the sun

Female Egyptian Dog Names

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Cleopatra
Female ruler of Egypt
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Shani
A wonderful woman
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Safiya
A pure woman
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Rehema
A goodhearted woman
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Nubia
A golden treasure
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Nenet
Spiritual and divine
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Neith
A woman who stands tall
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Nefret
Beautiful and stunning
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Nefertiti
A ruler and queen
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Nanu
A cute girl
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Midge
A darling girl
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Berenike
One who always brings victory
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Chione
A daughter of the Nile
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Ebony
A person of beauty inside and out
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Edrice
A great ruler
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Feme
Means love
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Isis
The mother of all life
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Khepri
The morning sun
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Kissa
A sister of twins
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Lapis
A precious stone
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Lateefah
A kind person
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Mandisa
A sweet girl
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Masika
A girl of rain
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Tia
A 19th dynasty princess
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Sekmet
The goddess of war
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Maye
A beloved one
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Moswen
Light skinned
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Na'eemah
A caring woman
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Neferure
Means womankind
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Nephthys
Female of the boundary of temples

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