Maori Dog Names

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Introduction

If you live in New Zealand or Australia, you will be familiar with Maori names and how culturally significant and beautiful they can be. Then, once you know what each word means, it can plant a seed in your mind to look for Maori dog names that would suit your newly adopted pooch.

People consider Maori dog names for several reasons. They can be unique to the family, the name has a beautiful meaning, or for cultural reasons. There is also no shortage of options because names, words, and place names can end up being beautiful names for dogs. 

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Maori Dog Name Considerations

When you start thinking about Maori dog names, or any names of a different language to the one you primarily speak, your first consideration should be whether or not the meaning behind that name is going to be suitable.

You may like the Maori word, but does its meaning connect to your dog? It’s far too easy to get it wrong. For example, Tiko is a beautiful Maori dog name that you may even consider naming your children. However, in Maori, it means poo. As you can see, beautiful Maori words can have less than desirable meanings.

You may also like to try match your dog’s personality to Maori dog names. If your pup is full of beans, then a name like Pungao is an excellent option. It translates to energy. The possibilities are endless for Maori dog names as almost any word can sound like an unusual pet name once you convert it into a foreign language. Very few people speak Maori as their first language too, meaning it’s unlikely anyone is going to raise their eyebrows at your choice of name.

Steer clear of standard dog names like Spot and Max, and delve into the world of Maori dog names that offer a certain charm. You’re bound to field a lot of questions once people understand how truly unique your new dog’s name is. 

Male Maori Dog Names

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Maui
A hero in Maori Mythology
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Anaru
The Maori variation of Andrew
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Hemi
Maori name for James
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Ahorangi
Meaning enlightened
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Nui
Meaning giant
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Arataki
A leader, and to lead
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Hauku
Morning dew
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Ari
A majestic and mighty eagle
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Kai
Meaning food
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Kauri
A type of NZ native tree
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Manaaki
Sustain, cherish, and concerve
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Nikau
A type of NZ native palm tree
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Wiremu
A desiring protector
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Hohepa
Maori for Joseph
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Kahu
Short for Kahurangi, a type of gem stone
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Paora
Maori variation of Paul
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Piripi
Maori version of Philip
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Amiri
From the east wind
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Rua
Meaning lake, or number two
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Aata
A bear or stone
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Akahata
Meaning supreme in Te Reo Maori
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Rongo
The God of Peace
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Kuri
Meaning dog
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Ngeru
Meaning cat, to confuse a dog
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Kaitiaki
A protector
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Tane
The God of forest and light
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Tama
Son or boy
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Patariki
Also known as Patrick
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Timoti
Timothy in Te Reo
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Hehu
Rescued by God

Female Maori Dog Names

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Ana
Gracious and satisfying
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Hana
Meaning happy
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Kaia
The sea
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Atarangi
The morning sky
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Marama
The moon
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Anahera
An angel
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Manaia
A mythological creature with a bird head and human body
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Moana
The ocean or deep sea
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Roimata
Tear drop
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Waimarie
Meaning good luck in Te Reo
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Pania
A sea maiden in a Maori myth
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Hahana
A radiant light
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Mahuika
The Maori Goddess of Fire
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Ahurewa
A sacred place
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Airini
A woman of peaceful nature
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Anahira
An archangel
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Aramoana
Pathway to the ocean
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Haeta
Meaning dawn in Maori
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Whina
A helpful and kind girl
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Tui
A honey-eating bird
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Pounamu
Greenstone, or a treasured gift
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Makareta
A type of pearl
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Kiri
Another name for tree bark
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Iwi
Your tribe or nation
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Iraia
God wrestler
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Kaheru
Something you would use to dig
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Huihana
A lotus or lily
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Hinewai
The Maori water maiden
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Kahu
A cloak or harrier hawk
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Aroha
Meaning love

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