Legend Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For fans of the fantastical, patrons of parables, and lovers of lore, giving your dog a legend inspired name can be a great way to set them apart from the rest while making them as timeless as those they’re named after. From the origins of human existence to modern myths, there are plenty of folklorish characters and local legends to choose from, from cultures all over the world. So if you’re looking for some inspiration for a dog name that stems from some of history’s most famous examples, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve got a comprehensive list of potentially legendary options. 

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Legend Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Giving your dog a legend inspired name can be as simple as picking your favorite mythical place, creature or person. But if you’re looking for a bit more depth and meaning, consider starting by first putting together a list of your dog’s most defining traits, from their looks to their quirks and personality, as it will be the quickest and easiest point of comparison when looking at our list or coming up with one of your own. 

For instance, if your dog happens to be a bit of a thief but often has good intentions, the name Robin would certainly be suitable. For a dog that constantly seems to get lost (but obviously has great value to you), the names Treasure, Dorado, and Atlantis would both be suitable. For a dog that turns into a complete monster when they play, the names Kraken or Weevil would both work. For a large, slow-moving dog who has a distinct smell, the name Bigfoot would be perfect. 

Given the number of legendary beasts, people, and even locations, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you need further inspiration, pick a specific topic like mythical creatures, Irish folklore or something of the like that interests you and start crossing unsuitable names off the list until you find the perfect fit.

Male Legend Inspired Dog Names

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Dorado
After El Dorado, the legendary city of gold
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Arthur
After King Arthur, the well-known but likely fictional knight and king
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Gordian
After the Gordian Knot, the Phrygian legend of becoming king
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Knot
After the Gordian Knot, a timeless piece of rope meant to foretell the next king
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Giant
After the giants of various folklore
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Werewolf
One of the most prominent animal-based legends in American and European folklore
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Dragon
The giant reptilian beasts of medieval legend
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Centaur
The legendary half-human, half-horse beings
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Minotaur
The mythical Greek creature that was said to be half-human, half-bull
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Cyclops
Another Greek-based legend of a giant, one-eyed creature
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Bunyan
After Paul Bunyan, the American folk legend lumberjack
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Henry
After John Henry, the steel-driving legend of American folklore
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Davy
After Davy Crockett, the American frontiersman
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Crockett
After Davy Crockett, of American frontier folklore
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Pecos
After Pecos Bill, from American tall tales
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Geronimo
The Apache leader whose "special powers" were largely exaggerated in legend
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Ranger
After the Lone Ranger, the folkloric figure of the west
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Conqueror
After John the Conqueror, the African prince Uncle Remus's stories were supposedly based on
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Bigfoot
The giant ape beast that supposedly lives in the northernmost parts of America and into Canada
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Champ
After the legendary beast that supposedly lives in Lake Champlain
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Hodag
The mischievous and mythical beast that supposedly lives in the woods of northern Wisconsin
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Bowleg
After Bowleg Bill, the legendary ranch hand who rode fish and whales
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Boone
After Daniel Boone, whose exploits quickly went from reality to legend
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Brer
After Brer rabbit, the folk tale character
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Buffalo
After Buffalo Bill, whose real life was overshadowed by the legend that remains
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Kemp
After Kemp Morgan, the supposed Paul Bunyan of the oil fields
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Inkslinger
The oversized accountant of Paul Bunyan
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Barghest
Also known as Grim, the legendary black dog said to foretell death
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Cerberus
The three-headed hellhound of Greek mythology

Female Legend Inspired Dog Names

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Godiva
After Lady Godiva, the wife of the ruler of Coventry who has a bare legend surrounding her
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Robin
After Robin Hood, an English folklore legend who stole from the rich and gave to the poor
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Fountain
After the legendary Fountain of Youth
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Youth
After the Fountain of Youth, a legend of water that prevents or reverses aging
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Atlantis
After the legend of the lost city believed to be swallowed by the ocean
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Yamashita
After Yamashita's treasure, the Japanese general's loot which is supposed to be hidden
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Treasure
After one of many said to be hidden according to legend
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Prester
After Prester John, a Christian legend said to preside over a magical kingdom
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Flood
After the great flood, which still remains as much truth as legend
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Kraken
The massive squid of numerous sea-faring folklore legends
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Unicorn
A creature of legend that is a horse with a spiral horn on its forehead
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Sverris
Part of Norwegian legend of a powerful king
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Blanca
After La Ciudad Blanca, the legendary White City of Honduras
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Thunder
After Sally Ann Thunder, the supposed gunslinging wife of Davy Crockett
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Appleseed
After Johnny Appleseed, aka John Chapman, whose legend goes far beyond truth
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Fink
After Mike Fink, the riverboat marksman
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Stormalong
After Old Stormalong, the sea-faring legend
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Molly
After Molly Pitcher, the nickname given to the woman believed to have fought at the Battle of Monmouth
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Pitcher
After Molly Pitcher, the female folklore legend who was likely real but her story exaggerated
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Evangeline
The legend of the Arcadian girl who is in search of a lost love
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Salem
After the supposed witches that plagued Salem, Massachusetts
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Kidd
After Captain Kidd, who supposedly hid legendary treasure on the East Coast
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Sal
After Sal of the Erie Canal, who by story, is said to have helped build the state of New York
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Magarac
After Joe Magarac, the steel working legend
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Weevil
After the Boll Weevil, the legendary cotton crop destroyer
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Fin
After Fin Mac Cool, Ireland's version of Paul Bunyan
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Babe
Paul Bunyan's blue ox
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Coronado
After Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, who turned into a legend after searching for gold treasures
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Anubis
The dog-headed figure of ancient Egypt
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Penghou
The Chinese tree spirit that looks like a tailless black dog
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Cusith
A bull-sized dog in several cultures' mythologies known to be the harbinger of death

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