Moana is one of the best modern Disney movies and should definitely be celebrated. Why not give your dog a Moana name?! With many far from normal choices, a name inspired by Moana is sure to turn heads, especially your dog's! From creative Polynesian names like Te Fiti to simpler choices that have links to the movie (Jordan, for example), you are bound to find a great name for your pup. So all Moana lovers out there, take a look at this great list of perfect dog names to remind you of your favorite movie!
Moana Dog Names In Pop Culture
Aside from being one of the main characters in Moana, Maui is also the name of a famous pup who I'm sure you will recognize. Some background on Maui begins with his discovery. He was found in a shelter in Castaic California by pet trainer Boone Narr, however went on to be primarily trained by Betty Linn, also his permanent handler and owner. Coming from a littler of 14 pups, Maui was about 58 pounds and a Collie mix with white spots. Linn signed Maui up for commercial appearances and also got him cast as the backup dog in the movie "Bingo". Maui's first big break though, came in 1992. If you have ever watched the TV show Mad About You then you are familiar with the dog Maui. Maui played Murray in the show for the duration of the program.
On the show, Maui was portrayed as a slightly dim witted dog who would chase invisible animals and run into walls frequently. However, he was completely loved by the main characters who treated him as their child. Not much was different after the cameras stopped rolling. Maui was completely spoiled by the cast and, according to his trainer, would visibly light up when he got on set at the beginning of each week.
Maui was not at all dim witted however (unlike Murray whom he played) and took directions very well. He had an arsenal of tricks including sneezing on cue, crawling, and, of course, rolling over. Maui also was said to love watching movies, especially those with dogs in them like Beethoven and Old Yeller.
Maui's show biz career didn't go much further than Mad About You and he actually bit his agent, solidifying the end of his career in the spotlight. The cover of TV guide in 1994 which he shared with Moose, the dog from Frasier, was probably the peak of Maui's pup career.
While there were no actual dogs in the movie Moana, there are many who embody the movie through their names. Britain's smallest dog is named Disney while the dog Captain Ron has quite the story to tell (he found his way back to his owners who moved out of state!). Names inspired by Moana are likely to become more and more popular!
Moana Dog Name Considerations
The first thing we would suggest considering when choosing a name inspired by Moana would be if you do, in fact, love the movie! After all, you do not want to give your dog, one of the most important beings in your life, a name from a movie that you do not particularly like. So before you go any further, go watch Moana once more and decide if it is worth naming your pup after!
Another thing to consider is if your dog would be a good fit for a Polynesian, ocean themed name as many of the Moana names fit this bill. As a movie that takes place mainly on the water with mystical creatures and a mythological plot line, this type of essence needs to also be within your dog. You don’t want to have a dog that hates water be named Drua which is a type of boat in Moana.
We would also like to point out one thing you should consider when choosing a name from Moana and that is, can you say the name? Many phrases and names in Moana can be a little tricky especially if you are repeatedly saying it as you will be when you call your dog. Practice saying the name several times before settling for a Moana name!