Polynesian Mythology Dog Names

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Introduction

The term "Polynesian Mythology" refers to the ancient religious and cultural beliefs held by the various groups of people who live on the islands that are scattered around the Central and South Pacific Oceans. Thanks to the likes of Disney's Moana, more people have been exposed to some of the characters and concepts that are related to Polynesian Mythology, but it still isn't as well known as the likes of Greek or Norse Mythology. Nevertheless, the stories of heroism, gods, monsters, and the creation of the world that permeate throughout Polynesian Mythology are just as culturally significant as any other collection of cultural narratives.

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Polynesian Mythology Dog Name Considerations

Dog owners looking to name their pet after characters from Polynesian Mythology are in luck; dogs are incredibly significant in Polynesian Mythology! There are a number of deities in Polynesian Culture that either have a lot of canine features or who are outright canines from the get go (there are also a number of characters, such as the Demigod Māui, who can adopt a dog like form at will or others, like Māui's brother in law Irawaru, who have been changed into a dog like form against their wills. No matter how you slice it, what becomes evident after you learn about the sheer number of ways that dogs are represented in Polynesian culture is how the sentiment of Canophilia, the love of dogs, permeates throughout this particular form of Mythology. 

As such, we recommend you consider giving your dog a name that's based off of a character from Polynesian Mythology as way of giving your pet a name steeped in culture and tradition. You'll have no problem finding a number of dogs, gods, and monsters that who had a massive impact on Polynesian culture, so choose wisely; if you feel that your dog exhibits heroic tendencies, consider naming him after Māui himself or if you own a female dog try Hina, after Māui's sister. 

Male Polynesian Mythology Dog Names

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Irawaru
Maui's former brother in law and the first dog
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Maui
The chief hero of Polynesian lore
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Ti'iti'i
Mai's Samoan counterpart
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Halevao
The god of the "Peka" or flying foxes
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Tāwhirimātea
One of Maui's ancestors
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Tāwhiri
A shorter name for Tāwhirimātea
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Tangaroa
A Maori great god of the sea
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Takaroa
Another name for Tangaroa
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Rongo
The god of cultivated food and Tangaroa's brother
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Tūmatauenga
A god of war and hunting
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Tu
Tūmatauenga's shorter name
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Haumia-tiketike
The Maori god of the wild
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Haumia
Haumia-tiketike's abbreviated name
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Tāne
The Maori god of forests and birds
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Tāne Mahuta
A longer version of Tane's name
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Tāne nui a Rangi
Another, even longer name for Tane
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Rangi
The Sky Father of Polynesian culture
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Ranginui
Another name for Rangi
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Raki
Rangi's name in many South Island legends
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Rakinui
Another South Island name for Rangi
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Tagaloa
A Samoan name for Tangaroa
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Kanaloa
A squid deity from ancient Hawaiian myth
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Raka Maomao
The Polynesian god of the wind
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Raka
A simplified version of Raka Maomao's name
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Huanaki
A major god in Niuean mythology
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'Oro
Another major god in Polynesian culture
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Tihatala
Another major god of the Polynesian islands
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Tui Tokelau
A prominent god to the Tokelau peoples
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Kaha'i
Another well known and beloved Polynesian demigod
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Tafaki
Another name for Kaha'i

Female Polynesian Mythology Dog Names

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Hina
A name that belongs to many Polynesian females, one of them being Maui's sister
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Hine
An alternative for Hina
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Sina
The Eastern Polynesian version of Hina's name
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Arohirohi
The goddess of mirages and illusions
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Atanua
The goddess of the dawn
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Atanea
Another name for the goddess of the dawn
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Atea
A goddess who is said to have changed genders
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Hine-nui-te-po
The Maori goddess of darkness
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Ivi
The Earth mother of Tahiti
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Kobine
A goddess said to have created the heavens and the Earth with her dad
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Marama
The Maori goddess of the moon
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Pani
The Maori goddess of vegetation
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Rohe
Maui's wife and the sister of the sun
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Ro'e
Rohe's name in Mangaia
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Nafanua
A warrior princess from Samoa
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Tilafaiga
Nafanua's mother
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Hokohoko
A Niuean goddess with a quirky name
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Taema
A female who appears in various Samoan legends
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Miru
A Polynesian goddess of the Cook Islands
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Merau
A Polynesian goddess of death and the underworld
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Ira
A goddess of the sky and the stars
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Mahu-ika
Mahuika's name in the Tuamotu archipelago
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Mafuike
Another name for Mahuika
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Mahui'e
Another alternative name for Mahuika
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Mahuike
Another name for the Polynesian goddess of fire
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Mafui'e
Another Polynesian goddess similar to Mahuika
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Mahuika
The Maori goddess of fire
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Faumea
The Polynesian goddess of the ocean
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Leinani
A name that means "beautiful child"
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Moana
A name that means "sea" in Polynesian culture

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