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Introduction

If you’re an explorer, your dog is an explorer, or if you just appreciate those historic trailblazers who carved a path for all those who came after them, giving your dog a famous explorer’s name is perfectly apt. Like it or not, many dogs are already adventurers and if you have the space to test them, I’m sure they’ll prove it to you off-leash. They may even inspire you to traverse new terrain yourself. Whether you choose to sail, hike, or even just drive, there are plenty of people who have explored places both near and far, with names that will help to mark the perfect bridge, canal, or trail between your love for your dog and history’s bold, brave, and adventurous. 

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Famous Explorer Dog Name Considerations

There are tons of attributes shared by both dogs and famous explorers, enough to give nearly any owner pause when considering which direction to go in terms of a name. 

The easiest would be to play off of the dog breed’s heritage, that is, if they’re either a purebred, or clearly defined enough in look to call it one way or another. For instance, an Italian Cavalier Greyhound bearing the name Cabot or Columbus, who were both also Italian, would be suitable. A German Shepherd named Franz after Franz Engel or a Norwegian Elkhound named Leif (Eriksson) would fit for the same reason. 

Of course, if you want to dive deeper, you could look at what type of explorer each was and relate it to your dog. A Portuguese or Spanish Water Dog would be well-suited with a load of different names, thanks to both countries and their sea-bearing adventurers like Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Ponce de Leon. Or if they love to dive into lakes or oceans, Cousteau would be another great fit, just like an American Foxhound who loves the woods or mountains would be the perfect candidate for the name Boone. 

But regardless of what’s easy at the surface, don’t hesitate to get creative and explore new inspirational territory. If you have an adventurous Basenji (an ancient African hunting dog) with chili-shaped markings or a spicy temperament, Piri (after Piri Piri, an African chili pepper and also Piri Reis, the Turkish explorer) would be a great name. A Russian Bear named Yuri (after the first Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin) would be just as good, especially if he loves to explore or is a space cadet. 

Male Famous Explorer Dog Names

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Tanaka
After Japanese explorer Tanaka Shosuke
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Buzz
After astronaut Buzz Aldrin
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Ernest
After Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer
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Vasco
After Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sea
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Magellan
After Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer, organized first circumnavigation
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Cortes
After Hernan Cortes, Spanish Conquistador
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Lewis
After Meriwether Lewis, explored Western United States
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Clark
After William Clark, explored Western United States
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Cook
After Frederick Cook, American, first to the North Pole
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Jacques
After numerous, common name for explorers apparently
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Boone
After Daniel Boone, explored US Appalachian Range
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Hudson
After Henry Hudson, English, discovered Hudson River/Bay
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Drake
After Francis Drake, English, claimed California, second circumnavigator
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Ponce
After Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish, explored Florida, Puerto Rico
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Messner
After Reinhold Messner, Italian mountaineer and explorer
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Dias
After Bartolomeu, Dinis, Diogo, Pero, all Portuguese explorers
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Yuri
After Yuri Gagarin, first Russian into space
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Abreu
Antonio de Abreu, Portuguese explorer of Indonesia
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Salomon
After Salomon August Andree, Swedish, Arctic explorer
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Ballard
After Robert Ballard, American, deep sea, discovered Titanic wreck
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Barbosa
After Duarte Barbosa, Portuguese, first to complete circumnavigation
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Bingham
After Hiram Bingham III, American, explored Machu Picchu/Peru
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Croft
After Andrew Croft, English explorer of the Arctic
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Henson
After Matthew Henson, American, Arctic explorer
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Kingsley
After Mary Kingsley, English, explored much of South Africa
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Knight
After John Knight, American, or Ness Knight, South African, both explorers
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Oxley
After John Oxley, English, explored Australia
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Mungo
After Mungo Park, Scottish, explored West Africa and Niger River
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Otto
After Otto Sverdrup, Norwegian explorer of the Arctic
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Zorro
After Gonzalo Garcia Zorro, Spanish explorer of Columbia

Female Famous Explorer Dog Names

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Mallory
After George Mallory, explorer on first three Everest expeditions
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Aldrin
After astronaut Buzz Aldrin
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Polo
After Marco Polo, Italian explorer and writer
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Archie
After Archibald Menzies, one of the first to Mauna Loa summit
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Marquette
After Jacques Marquette, first European to explore & map N. Mississippi River
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Emil
Schlagentweit, Holub, Racovita, German, Czech, Romanian explorers
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Gavril
After Gavril Sarychev, Russian explorer
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Vespucci
After Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer, his work inspired the naming of the Americas
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Mota
After Antonio Mota, Portuguese, one of the first Europeans in Japan
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Cabot
After John, Sebastian, Italians, explored North and South America
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Cousteau
After deep sea explorer Jacques Cousteau
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Mackenzie
After Alexander Mackenzie, Scottish Canadian explorer
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Soto
After Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer of Southern US/Central America
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Leif
After Leif Eriksson, Norse Viking explorer
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Laika
After Laika, the first dog in space
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Piri
After Piri Reis, Turkish explorer
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Anza
After Juan Bautista de Anza, Spanish explorer of Western US
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Gerty
After Gertrude Bell, English, explored Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, Syria, Arabia
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Bell
After Gertrude Bell, English, explored Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, Syria, Arabia
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Nellie
After Elizabeth Cochrane, pen name Nellie Bly, went around the world in 72 days
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Bly
After Elizabeth Cochrane, pen name Nellie Bly, American, went around the world in 72 days
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Cão
After Diogo Cão, Portuguese, explored Congo River, West Africa
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Hanno
After Hanno the Navigator, Carthaginian explorer of West African coast, 6th BC
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Lisboa
After João de Lisboa, Portuguese, explorer of Indian Ocean, South America
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Nicolet
After Jean Nicolet, French, Northwest Territory
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Kino
After Eusebio Kino, Italian, explored Western US
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Maler
After Teoberto Maler, German-Italian, Mayan Ruins
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Nehsi
After Egyptian Explorer Nehsi, 15th BC
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Kira
After Kira Salak, American, explored Papua New Guinea, Mali, Bhutan
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Warner
After Langdon Warner, American, studied, explored Silk Road

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