Inuktitut Dog Names

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Introduction

If you are descended from the Inuit people, a fan of the indigenous tribes of North America, or a lover of anything related to Alaska, Canada, Greenland or the Arctic, you may want to pick an Inuktitut name for your beloved dog.  Without a doubt, canines are a big part of the Inuit peoples' lifestyle and families. The relationship between canines and the Inuits have existed for over a thousand years. The two share a symbiotic union with very deep bonds.

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Inuktitut Dog Name Considerations

Inuktitut is the official language of the Innuit people. Unlike other cultures, the Innuits name their children and pets very unique monikers that often denote body parts. It is not uncommon for a child or dog to be called Putuguq which translates 'big toe.'  Also, their names often showcase celestial bodies such as the moon, stars, and even the Orion constellation. 

Another unique characteristic of Inuktitut names is that they often combine human features with those of animals. The name Nuliajuk is a woman who leads the seals of the sea. Nanurluk refers to a huge white polar bear and Ijiraq means a creature with the soul of a caribou. 

Beloved pets and humans are often named after each other in respect. They believe that handing a name down generation after generation helps the person or dog live on in memory. 

The Innuits adore their dogs, and they name each one of them. Their canines are more than just workers who pull their sleds. The dogs are their friends and companions. It is not uncommon for Innuits to even share their bed with their pets on long cold nights or when out on the tundra on hunting trips. 

Male Inuktitut Dog Names

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Yura
One who is beautiful
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Yuka
A bright star
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Yoskolo
Refers to carved ice
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Tukkuttok
He who is generous
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Tootega
Someone who can walk on water
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Taqtu
A kidney
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Tehoronianhen
One who is covered in clouds
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Adlartok
A clear sky
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Yuta
To claw
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Yotimo
A yellow jacket
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Yoskolo
One who breaks off pine cones
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Ujurak
Refers to a rock
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Tulugaak
A creator of light
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Tulimaq
Refers to a rib
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Torngarsuk
A sky god
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Tonraq
A small male
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Tiguaak
One who is adopted
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Tekkeitsertok
A master caribou hunter
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Tarĸik
Refers to the moon
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Silla
God of the sky
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Pilip
One who loves horses
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Panuk
An island
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Pana
One who cares for souls before they are reincarnated
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Nootaikok
A god of icebergs
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Kumaglak
A fast runner
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Inuksuk
One who is on the right path
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Amaqjuaq
A strong one
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Balto
Famous sled dog
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Togo
Famous sled dog

Female Inuktitut Dog Names

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Ahnah
A wise female
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Akna
A goddess of fertility
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Alasie
One who is honest and noble
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Alornerk
One who is always underfoot
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Amka
A girl with a friendly spirit
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Amaruq
A gray wolf
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Aput
Refers to beautiful white snow
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Anjij
One who has grace
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Aqakuktuq
A girl who can catch fish
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Arnakuagsak
An old lady from the sea
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Arnapkapfaaluk
A goddess who the hunters fear
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Arnaq
Refers to a woman or a girl
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Asiaq
A great goddess who prays for good weather
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Ataksak
A ruler of the sky
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Atiqtalaaq
A young polar bear cub
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Atiqtalik
A polar bear's mother
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Aakuluujjusi
One who creates animals from clothes
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Cupun
Refers to black coal
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Elisapee
God is an oath
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Elisapie
God is an oath
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Ikiaq
The red spruce tree
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Isapoinhkyaki
A singing crow
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Jissika
God beholds
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Katsitsanóron
A precious flower
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Kanaaq
A lower part of the leg
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Kallik
Refers to lightning
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Kireama
Refers to a hill
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Meriwa
A thorn
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Nanurjuk
Refers to a star
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Nuliajuk
A woman who has a fin

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