Filipino Dog Names

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Introduction

The Philippines is one of the most interesting countries in the world. Known for its beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, the Philippines has a rich history and diverse culture, resulting from the different countries that once colonized the country. Officially, the national Filipino language is based on the “Tagalog” dialect and is spoken by a huge percentage of the population. “Tagalog” is heavily influenced by the Spanish language and some words in Spanish are similar to that of Tagalog. However, there are several other dialects being spoken across the nation, such as Bisaya and Ilocano, to name a few. Filipino names are also influenced by both Spanish and American names. Whether you have Filipino heritage or simply find the language interesting, here are some meaningful Filipino names that could serve as inspiration for naming your dog. 

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Filipino Dog Name Considerations

Getting a dog is one of the most exciting things that a person can look forward to. After all, you are getting not only a companion but also a friend. However, acquiring a new dog does come with the responsibility of choosing a name. As a rule, dog experts recommend that owners choose a name that is short and easy to pronounce. The ideal length of a dog name is one to two syllables, since dogs are only able to recall the first two syllables of any given word. If you have set your heart on a unique and cool name that is a bit longer than recommended, you can still give this name to your dog. However, make sure that you have a shortened version that you can use when calling or commanding your pooch.

For a Filipino-themed name for your dog, there are a lot of options available. One option would be to pick a traditional Filipino name for your pup. Examples of such names are “Juan” or “Rizal” for male dogs or “Tala” for female dogs. There are also lots of beautiful Filipino words that can be used as a name for your dog. For instance, the Filipino word “kidlat” means “lightning”, which is a cool and unique choice for dogs with a fierce personality. 

Male Filipino Dog Names

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Isla
Means “island” in Tagalog
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Polgas
From the word “pulgas”, which means “flea” in Tagalog
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Kidlat
Means “lightning” in Tagalog
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Bayani
Means “hero” in Tagalog
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Datu
Filipino term referring to chieftain or tribal chief
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Dakila
Means “great” in Tagalog
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Rizal
After the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal
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Alon
Means “wave” in Tagalog
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Juan
The archetypal name for a Filipino man
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Isko
Filipino nickname for “Francisco”
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Makisig
Means “handsome” in Tagalog
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Isagani
The main character in the Filipino literary classic “El Filibusterismo”
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Igme
Filipino name meaning “fearless”
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Andres
After Filipino hero Andres Bonifacio
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Balagtas
After Francisco Balagtas, a famous Filipino poet
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Hiraya
Means “vision” in Tagalog
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Harana
Means “serenade” in Tagalog
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Homobono
Filipino name meaning "good man"
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Danilo
Tagalog version of the name “Daniel”
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Nimuel
Tagalog name meaning “peace”
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Lualhati
Means “inner peace” in Tagalog
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Caloy
Filipino nickname for the name “Carlo”
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Toto
A Filipino term used to refer to a young boy
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Habagat
Filipino term for the southwest monsoon
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Amihan
Filipino term for the northwest monsoon
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Himig
Means “melody” in Tagalog
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Hari
Means “king” in Tagalog
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Maharlika
Means “regal” in Tagalog
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Abo
Means “ash” in Tagalog; good for grey-coated dogs
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Magiting
Means “heroic” in Tagalog

Female Filipino Dog Names

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Tala
Means “bright star” in Tagalog
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Likha
Means “creation” in Tagalog
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Rosas
Means “rose” in Tagalog
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Diwata
Means “goddess” in Tagalog
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Bituin
Means “star” in Tagalog
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Mayumi
Means “modest” in Tagalog
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Dilag
Means “lady” in Tagalog
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Gabriela
After Gabriela Silang, a Filipino revolutionary hero
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Dalisay
Means “pure” in Tagalog
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Hiwaga
Means “mystery” in Tagalog
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Kaya
Means “able” in Tagalog
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Ganda
Means “beauty” in Tagalog
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Diwa
Means “spirit” in Tagalog
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Mahal
Means “love” in Tagalog
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Nenita
Filipino nickname referring to a little girl
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Teresa
After Teresa Magbanua, a Filipino revolutionary leader
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Marilag
Means “beautiful” in Tagalog
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Malaya
Means “free” in Tagalog
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Liwayway
Means “dawn” in Tagalog
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Ningning
Means “shine” or "glow" in Tagalog
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Amor
Common Filipino name meaning “love”
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Diosa
Filipino name meaning “goddess”
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Iska
Female version of “Isko”
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Perla
Means “pearl” in Tagalog
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Sinag
Means “ray of light” in Tagalog
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Reyna
Means "queen" in Tagalog
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Sora
After Melchora Aquino, aka “Tandang Sora”, a Filipino revolutionary leader
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Saya
Means “happiness” or “joy” in Tagalog
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Julita
Filipino name meaning “youth”
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Darna
A popular fictional female superhero in the Philippines

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