Finnish Mythology Dog Names

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Introduction

Finnish paganism, commonly described as Finnish mythology, in general, is quite fascinating. It is connected to the Estonian mythology, but also shares a lot of similarities with Slavic and Baltic mythologies, combining the beautiful, whimsical worlds. As with other beliefs in the world, it survived through oral tradition and poems. The holy animal of Finnish mythology is the bear, the world is structured as the upper half of the egg, kind of like a dome, and the Earth is flat. There are many gods and demigods that rule the planet, and each one of them has an interesting backstory and a fascinating role in this world. Therefore, choosing one of their names as the new moniker for your dog will surely be fun and educational for you and everyone around you. 

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Finnish Mythology Dog Name Considerations

Finding the perfect name for your doggo is not an easy task, however, if you are inspired by the Finnish mythology, that task becomes much simpler. With the plethora of gods, demigods, and heroes from the Finnish folklore, your options are substantial, so finding the perfect moniker is not that intimidating. You can start by researching the Finnish deities, which, in the era of the Internet is easier than ever. Then, you can find the general “field” of interest of the gods that tickled your fancy and go by that. For example, you can choose to name your fluffy dog after the sacred animal in the Finnish mythology, the bear. If this sounds interesting, choose the name Karhu, which means bear in Finnish, or maybe Kontio, which translates to the “dweller of the land.” 

If you are more interested in the gods, start with Ukko, the god of thunder and sky, similar to Zeus in the Greek mythology. Ukko is usually depicted as an old man carrying a hammer, sword, or an axe, from which he can strike lightning and cause thunders. Or, perhaps the name Ilmarinen is more for you. Ilmarinen was the smith who made heaven and the spirit of air. Kave was the ancient god of the sky, and Lempo is the spirit of fertility. Luonnotar is the spirit of nature and the creator of all female creatures. As you can see, the options are many, so you will surely find a name that works best for your doggo.

Male Finnish Mythology Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Ukko
After the Finnish god of storms and lightning
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Tapio
After the god of hunting and master of the wood spirits
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Tursas
After a malevolent sea monster and the lord of the sea shores
1
Väinämöinen
A demigod and hero of the ancient North
1
Lempo
God of love and fertility; alternatively, he is a malevolent god who commands the demons of the forests
1
Kauko
After the Finnish trickster god
1
Hiisi
After Lempo's henchman, demonic or trickster-like entity
1
Kul
The half-fish water spirit in the Finnish mythology
1
Kied
After Kied Kie Jubmel, the god of the herds
1
Kie
After Kied Kie Jubmel, the god of the herds
1
Nyyrikki
After the god of the hunt and cattle, Tapio and Mielikki's son
1
Paha
A demonic spirit, Lempo's helper
1
Surma
A large demonic dog who can turn people into stone with his gaze
1
Lalli
An apocryphal person in Finnish folklore who killed Bishop Henry on the lake Köyliönjärvi
1
Äkräs
After the god of fertility, turnip, beans, peas, cabbage, flax, and hemp
-1
Ahti
After the god of seas, lakes, rivers, and water in general
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Ilmarinen
After the primeval god in Finnish mythology, ruler of the winds, and god of travelers
-1
Lemminkäinen
One of the heroes of the Kalevala, often depicted as a handsome young man with red hair
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Erlik
A Finnish demigod and a spirit of creation
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Ilma
Also known as Ether, the god of air
-1
Joulupukki
The spirit of charity, also known as a version of Santa Claus
-1
Jumala
The god of the sky
-1
Leib-Olmai
After the god of good luck who lives in the trees and gives good luck to hunters who hunt bears
-1
Madderatcha
After the Finnish god of fertility, husband to Madder Akka
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Ovda
A demon who dwells in the forests and lures people in by appearing as a naked man or a naked woman
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Sampsa
After Sampsa Pellervoinen, a mythological person who sows everything
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Thermes
After the god of thunder
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Väinämöinen
The main character in the epic Kalevala; god of songs and poetry
-1
Ulgan
The Finnish deity of creation

Female Finnish Mythology Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Pekko
God of crops, especially barley, protector of the fields, and god of brewing
1
Mielikki
The goddess of forests and the hunt
1
Ilmatar
After the virgin spirit of the air, impregnated by the sea and wind
1
Kalma
After the goddess of death and decay
1
Aijo
An evil spirit who lives in the woods and breeds serpents
1
Haltia
A Finnish fairy, who can be a forest spirit, a water spirit, or an air spirit
1
Kivutar
A malicious goddess of pain and suffering
1
Kyllikki
A young beautiful maiden who vowed to be faithful to Ahti, but broke her promise
1
Louhi
After a wicked queen of Pohjola, a shapeshifter and a powerful witch
1
Marjatta
A virgin who got pregnant by swallowing a cowberry
1
Sarakka
The goddess of fertility, menstruation, love, sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth
1
Tellervo
The goddess of forests, Tapio's daughter
1
Tuulikki
The goddess of the woods and nature
1
Vammatar
The goddess of pain, disease, and suffering
1
Ava
After Ved-ava, a creature similar to a mermaid who seduces humans with her singing
1
Vellamo
The goddess of water, lakes and seas, worshiped by the fishermen
1
Näkki
A shapeshifting water spirit who preys on the children
1
Kuutar
The Maiden of the Moon, aka the goddess of the moon
1
Rauni
After Ukko's consort
1
Tuonetar
After the Queen of the Underworld and Tuoni's wife
-1
Kuu
After the goddess of the moon
-1
Akka
After the wife of Ukko and the goddess of fertility
-1
Ajatar
An evil female spirit who lives in the forest and spreads disease and pestilence
-1
Juksakka
A spirit, protector of children, also known as "akka with an arrow"
-1
Loviatar
A goddess of death and disease who was impregnated by the wind and gave birth to nine sons, known as Nine Diseases
-1
Maderakka
Goddess of women and children, mother of Sarakka, Juksakka, and Uksakka
-1
Kiputyttö
The goddess of pain and illness, who casts spells which actually alleviate the pain
-1
Manala
Another name for Tuonela, aka underworld
-1
Päivätär
Maiden of the Day - the goddess of the sun
-1
Suonetar
The goddess of blood, veins, and blood vessels
-1
Jabme-Akka
After "the akka of the dead", goddess of the underworld

Community Dogs with Finnish Mythology Names

Kaija's name story for Finnish Mythology Dog Names
Kaija
Female
Border Collie
Ottawa Lake, MI

Finnish heritage, my brother was nearly named Kai but at least the dog became Kaija

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