South Dakota Dog Names

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Introduction

A Midwestern US state, South Dakota is named for the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes. The state is the 5th least populous and 5th least densely populated of the 50 states. The Missouri River bisects the state, dividing it into two halves; residents of the state refer to each half as “East River” and “West River”. The majority of the state’s population is in the eastern part of the state, with ranching the predominant activity in the western part.

When looking for the right moniker for your canine companion, looking to South Dakota may offer you options that are just right for your pal. The state has much to offer, including a variety of naming opportunities.

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South Dakota Dog Name Considerations

Don’t despair if you are feeling frustrated in trying to choose the right name for your new canine companion. You are certainly not alone. Upon realizing that you will be calling the name of your pooch thousands of times over the years to come, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. If, like many people, you are seeking a name that fits your dog while also holding meaning for you, take a look at the state of South Dakota as you seek the right moniker for your pup. If you feel a connection to the state, a particular part of it, or something that it represents, a South Dakota-inspired name for your dog may be the way to go. Each time you call the name of your new pal, you will be reminded of a place that means something to you.

A South Dakota-inspired name may also be a good choice if there is something about your dog that reminds you of a dog from the state; for example, your dog may bring to mind the sled dogs in the film Iron Will. A name inspired by the state is also a good choice if your dog shows an interest in an activity that makes you think about South Dakota. If your dog loves spending time with you and your motorcycle, for example, you may think about Sturgis, home of one of the world’s largest motorcycle events.

Regardless of why you are considering a name inspired by South Dakota, you will find that there are plenty of possibilities presented by the state.

Male South Dakota Dog Names

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Aberdeen
A city in the northeast part of the state; about 125 miles northeast of Pierre
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Mitchell
A South Dakota city located in the southeast part of the state
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Pierre
For the South Dakota state capital, located in the central part of the state
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Brandon
The largest suburb of Sioux Falls, located in the southeast part of the state
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Cicero
Cicero Peak is a mountain in Custer, South Dakota with an elevation of 6,168 feet
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Sturgis
A city in the western part of South Dakota that is known for one of the largest annual motorcycle events in the world
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Dell
Dell Rapids, a small city in the southwest part of the state
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Canton
A city in the southeast part of the state, about 20 minutes south of Sioux Falls
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Rushmore
For the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills in Keystone
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Alvin
Lake Alvin, an artificial lake formed by a dam on Nine Mile Creek
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Byron
Lake Byron, a South Dakota lake, is fed by Foster Creek and feeds to the James River
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Llewellen
For Llewellyn Johns State Recreation Area, a small park in Shadehill, South Dakota
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Albert
Lake Albert, in South Dakota, is named after John James Abert, a cartographer of the American West
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Harris
For Harrisburg, a suburb of Sioux Falls
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Red
For Redfield, a small city in the northeast part of the state
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Custer
For Custer State Park, a state park and wildlife preserve in the Black Hills
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Kunchen
For the South Dakota State dessert; kunchen is German for “cake”
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Fisher
For Fisher Grove State Park, located in the east central part of South Dakota
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George
For the George S. Mickelson Trail, a very well-maintained trail in the Black Hills that can easily be used by people of all ages and abilities
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Herman
Lake Herman State Park is located in the southeast part of South Dakota
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Roy
Roy Lake State Park is located in the far northeast part of the state
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Gus
The lead dog in the movie Iron Will, which takes place in South Dakota
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Gutzon
Gutzon Borglum was the sculptor of Mount Rushmore
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Sparky
For Sparky Anderson, a Major League Baseball Hall of Fame manager who was born in Bridgewater
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Tom
Tom Brokaw, television journalist, was born in Webster
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Jefferson
For Thomas Jefferson, one of the presidents sculpted in Mount Rushmore
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Bob
Game show host Bob Barker was raised on the Rosebud Reservation
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Brock
For Brock Lessner, USC fighter and WWE wrestler, born in Webster
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Dennis
For Dennis Daugaard, the Governor of South Dakota
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Thune
For U.S. Senator from South Dakota, John Thune

Female South Dakota Dog Names

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Brook
For Brookings, South Dakota’s fourth largest city; located in the eastern central part of the state
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Madison
Home of Dakota State University; a city in the eastern part of the state
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Pheasant
The South Dakota state bird is the Ring-Necked Pheasant
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Jane
Calamity Jane, a Wild West figure, lived in Deadwood
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Becky
Basketball player and coach Becky Hammon was born in Rapid City
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Mina
Mina Lake State Recreation area; a wooded state park about ten miles west of Aberdeen
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Belle
For Belle Fourche, a city in the west central part of South Dakota
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Summer
Summerset is a small city in the western part of South Dakota
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Peggy
For Peggy Gordon Miller, who was the President of South Dakota State University from 1998-2006
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Aurora
A small town in the eastern part of the state
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Alexandria
A small city in the southeastern part of South Dakota
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Lynn
Lynn Lake, a natural lake in South Dakota
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Pactola
Pactola Lake, the largest reservoir in the Black Hills of South Dakota
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Kampeska
Lake Kampeska is an inland glacial lake in South Dakota
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Cheyenne
Cheyenne River is a tributary of the Missouri River, located in South Dakota and Wyoming
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Cherry
Cherry Creek is a tributary of the Cheyenne River, about 50 miles long, in the central part of South Dakota
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Jewel
For Jewel Cave National Monument in Custer, South Dakota
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Keya
Keya Paha River flows 127 miles through South Dakota and Nebraska
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Ponca
Ponca Creek is a stream that flows from the southern part of South Dakota into northern Nebraska
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Terry
Terry Peak is a mountain in the Black Hills, outside of Lead, South Dakota
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Alex
For the Hotel Alex Johnson, one of America’s oldest and spookiest hotels, in Rapid City
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Gertrude
For Gertrude Bonnin, a Lakota writer and activist who was born on Yankton Sioux Reservation
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Augustana
For Augustana University, a private liberal arts college with a Norwegian heritage
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Rabbit
The mascot of South Dakota State University is the Jackrabbit
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Walleye
For the South Dakota state fish
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Pasque
The state flower is the American Pasque
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Dakota
For South Dakota
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Kristi
Kristi Noem, U.S. Representative for South Dakota
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Canary
For Martha Canary, the real name of Calamity Jane
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Rose
For the Rose Quartz, the state mineral stone

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