Island Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For many people, at least those that don’t live on one, the word “island” frequently conjures images of a tropical paradise, of isolation and relaxation, of memories already made or soon to be made. While those images may not be concrete in definition, they’re often well-formed in concept and feeling, namely, the adult version of the great escape, a feeling of freedom and happiness. In a similar sense, it’s also how many owners see their dogs, as a means for both playtime and leisure, comfort and adventure. So whether your dog is a symbol for recreation or repose, giving them an island’s name will surely conjure those iconic images two-fold and pay respect to each other in equal fashion. 

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Island Inspired Dog Name Considerations

OK, so you’ve decided to stick with trying to find an island name. What’s next? Well, it’s time to ferret out the easy choices. If you have a favorite island memory or somewhere you’d like to visit, feel free to use whichever seems most appropriate. For anyone looking to dive a bit deeper off the shore, begin by highlighting some of your dog’s most prominent traits, such as their breed type, appearance or personality. 

In terms of breed type, it can be as simple as matching them up with an appropriately-located island. For instance, if you have an Alopekis, one of few Greek breeds, the names Mykonos, Paxos, and Skepelos would all be suitable, especially if you’ve been to and enjoyed one more or of them. For the same reason, the names Lofoten and Svalbard would be good for a Norwegian Elkhound or Dunkel. 

If you’re looking to dig a bit deeper or provide a bit more meaning, you may need to do a bit of research, but it will broaden your options significantly. For instance, if you have a dog that is a bit of a loner or likes to stand watch, the name Sentinel, after North Sentinel Island, one of the most isolated places on Earth, would be perfect. If they love to fly around and bark, naming them Howland after Howland Island, the place where Amelia Earhart should have landed, would work on several levels, tying in the island, howling, and flying all in one apt name. 

Male Island Inspired Dog Names

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Sentinel
After North Sentinel Island, India; one of the most isolated places on Earth; still inhabited by native hunter/gatherers
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Howland
After Howland Island, USA; the island closest to where Amelia Earhart is believed to have crashed
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Svalbard
After Svalbard Islands, Norway; renowned for their massive polar bear population, now a major tourist attraction
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Pitcairn
After Pitcairn Island, UK; last overseas territory in the Pacific, w/ 50 inhabitants and 1300 miles from Chile, least populous and most remote jurisdiction in the world
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Ni'ihau
After the Hawaiian Island of Ni'ihua, the only privately owned island of the Hawaiian chain
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Palawan
After Palawan Island, Philippines; gorgeous backdrops of jungles and beaches, exotic wildlife
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Lofoten
After the Lofoten Islands, Norway; paradise for fishing, skiing, and hiking, quaint villages and the Northern Lights
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Kohtao
After Koh Tao Island, Thailand; aka Turtle Island, which is aptly named and surrounded by multi-colored reefs
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Maldive
After the Maldives, South Asia; some of the best reefs in the world
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Fiji
After the islands of Fiji, which boast beautiful reefs, ancient temples, and rainforests
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Cook
After the Cook Islands, a group of 15 islands in the South Pacific, many of which have modernized to accommodate travelers who seek their beauty
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Hvar
After Hvar, Croatia; features fortresses, hill hikes, mountain vineyards and the timeless feel of Europe
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Faroe
After the Faroe Islands, Denmark; known as one of Europe's best-kept secrets for it's adventure-seeking landscapes and fantastic birdwatching
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Cayman
After Grand Cayman Island; soft sands, a seven-mile beach
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Galapagos
After the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; gorgeous volcanic islands home to rare species of animals
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Caicos
After Turks and Caicos; feature 230 miles of luxurious white-sand beaches and a laid-back tropical vibe
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Turks
After Turks and Caicos; feature a 14-mile stretch of reef perfect for snorkeling and diving
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Bart
After St. Barts, Caribbean; an upscale paradise dotted with stark architecture and populated with the rich and famous
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Phuket
After Phuket, Thailand; incredible natural beauty spotted with a mix of modern and ancient structures
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Corfu
After Corfu, Greece; centered around its Greek culture, rocky outcroppings and pebble beaches
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Cyprus
After Cyprus, Mediterranean; beautiful coastal views and plenty of history - it's the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite
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Cozumel
After Cozumel, Mexico; cruise ship tourist hotspot with excellent reefs to dive
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Crete
After Crete, Greece; ancient roots, charming oceanside villages and fantastic Greek cuisine
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Paxos
After Paxos, Greece; features classic Greek elements all crammed onto an island with incredible rock formations
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Pico
After Pico, Portugal; still remains somewhat unknown but boasts fantastic wine and views to match
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Skepelos
After Skepelos, Greece; rich with Byzantine era design and white-washed cliffside towns
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Caulker
After Caye Caulker, Belize; fantastic seafood, laid-back vibe, and of course, the Blue Hole
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Sampson
After Sampson Cay, Bahamas; a modestly developed island safe from commercial activity
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Gozo
After Gozo, Malta; boasts some serious history and features lots of Mediterranean culture

Female Island Inspired Dog Names

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Socotra
After Socotra Island, Yemen; universally striking between red rocks, steely blue water and loads of unique flora and fauna
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Monuriki
After Monuriki Island, Fiji; location where the film Cast Away was shot
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Easter
After Easter Island, Chile; home to the legendary Moai, the microcosm of early materialism
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Munecas
After The Island of the Dolls, Mexico; aka La Isla de las Munecas, where a man hung dolls from the trees to ward off the spirit of a dead woman
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Hashima
After Hashima Island, Japan; an abandoned mine island that looks like a battleship
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Bouvet
After Bouvet Island, South Atlantic; uninhabited and also completely isolated, only visited by adventurers
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Palmyra
After the Palmyra Atoll; a group of islands used for natural and scientific research
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Navassa
After Navassa Island, an uninhabited Caribbean island now marked as a nature preserve
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Attu
After Attu Island, Alaska; the westernmost island in the Aleutian chain, population 20, all of which are Coast Guard members
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Skye
After the Isle of Skye, Scotland; considered one of the most beautiful islands on Earth between its rock formations and gorgeous water features
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Lucia
After St. Lucia Island; gorgeous and lush with volcanic beaches and rainforests
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Santorini
After Santorini, Greece; incredible white-washed buildings with striking blue roofs, perched on cliffsides
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Bora
After the island of Bora Bora, French Polynesia; bungalows on crystal blue waters and tropical beaches
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Capri
After Capri, Italy; cities built into oceanside cliffs over an aquamarine sea
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Bali
After Bali, Indonesia; boasts lands and waters equally beautiful, lush and tropical
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Kauai
After Kuai, Hawaii; one of the oldest Hawaiian Island, well-regarded as one of the most beautiful and accessible
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Moorea
After the island of Moorea, French Polynesia; Tahiti's little sister, boasts fantastic landscapes and natural features
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Sicily
After Sicily, Italy; fantastic wine, ancient villages, and dramatic coastlines
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Mykonos
After Mykonos, Greece; luxurious white buildings on sprawling coastlines
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Ischia
After Ischia, Italy; a mountainous island with steep cliffs; large tourist attraction for the supposed healing powers of its mud spas
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Mallorca
After Mallorca, Spain; rich citrus plantations and beautiful alternating rock and sand coastlines
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Seychelles
After Seychelles, East Africa; granite islands with white sand beaches and colorful reefs
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Maui
After Maui, Hawaii; dramatic volcanic landscapes with lush vegetation and plenty of places to adventure or just lounge
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Tahiti
After the island of Tahiti; a quintessential vacation island featuring water-mounted bungalows, crisp white sands and plenty to explore in the water
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Guadeloupe
After Guadeloupe, Caribbean; fantastic backdrops, perfect for eco-tourism as 70% of the island is protected natural space
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Martinique
After Martinique, Caribbean; ancient secrets tucked into the wilds of the island, all with beautiful backdrops
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Cocos
After Cocos Keeling, Australia; a tropical paradise unspoiled by chains and excessive tourism
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Samoa
After Samoa, South Pacific; caves, waterfalls, and gorgeous volcanic formations
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Sandon
After Sandön, Sweden; Swedish charm between forests of pine and moss, classic villages and excellent Swedish cuisine
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Caye
After Caye Caulker, Belize, where you can snorkel with nurse sharks and stingrays
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Exuma
After Exuma Cays, Bahamas; a series of 365 cays and islands, rich history but also often visited by the rich and famous

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