The Oregon Trail Dog Names

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Introduction

A new dog in the family is a wonderful occasion - all those puppy dog kisses and cute antics would warm anyone's heart. But then you have the conundrum of what do you call this bumbling, awkward but oh, so cute bundle of joy? Rather than getting a headache trying to think of an appropriate name, save yourself the problem by looking at lists already compiled of dogs names, and if you want something special - a historical event like the blazing of the Oregon Trail to new settlers is the perfect inspiration that you need. The Oregon Trail made heroes out of the unlikeliest of people; the hardships they endured, the uncertainty, and the hazards faced was unprecedented for that era. So many people didn't make it to the land promised to them. So many perished along the way, especially in the early days of the trail. So how about honoring their memory with an Oregon Trail name for your puppy? Names such as Idaho, Arroya, Coyote, River or Rocky are reminiscent of the land, as are Sage, Gringo or even Buckaroo. Spend a day or two before you name your new dog to see what characteristics he has. This cute little bundle may grow into a rugged Grizzly of a dog, he may be a bit of a Rogue, or your cute little lady could be a happy go lucky type who would suit Hope, or Daisy. Inspiration from the Oregon Trail legends can provide a unique and lovely name for your new family member.

The Oregon Trail Dog Names in Pop Culture

The Oregon Trail Dog Name Considerations

Everyone wants a unique name for their new dog. But unique can sometimes mean difficult, awkward or even be unclear as to its meaning. Simple sounding names such as Bison, or Dusty are simple to say, they don't sound too similar to command words (which saves confusing your dog) and they are quite different from other dog names such as Rover or - heaven forbid - Dog (I mean, who calls a dog, Dog? Come on - try a little harder than that!) Sensible names are best, and can still be easy to call out and command your dog. Names that roll easily off your tongue save you from embarrassing yourself. Take the nature of your dog into consideration before naming them and remember, if it is a puppy, it will not remain that way for long. They have a habit of blooming before your eyes and before you know it, you have a solid chunk of dog where there was once a tiny little fur ball. So Tiny, Tinker Bell or Dixie are best reserved for miniature breeds, not Great Danes, Rottweilers or Mastiff breeds. The name will leap out at you from a list like this once you have gotten to know your dog fully.

Male Oregon Trail Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Grizzly
As in Grizzly bear, a tough adversary on the Oregon Trail and would suit a large bulky bear of a dog
7
Predator
Plenty on the trail west, both animal and human
7
Wolf
Love this name for a dog, it sounds mysterious, deadly, and an adversary of travellers on the Oregon Trail
6
Chinook
Taken from a warm dry wind from the Rockies, or a large North Pacific Salmon that provided a valuable food source
6
Drake
After Sir Francis Drake, a seeker of a route between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean
6
Hunter
Most early settlers learned very quickly to hunt to survive, the name suits a hunters dog
5
Coyote
A wolf like wild dog native to North America, very cunning and wily like your dog at meal times perhaps
4
Rocky
Rocky outcrops dotted the way west and had to be navigated by the hardy wagon trains
4
Salt
The Salt Lake Cutoff provided a short cut that branched from the California, Mormon and Oregon Trails
4
Gringo
A common term in the old west loosely meaning foreign and English speaking
4
Hazard
Something the wagon trains encountered on a daily, perhaps perfect for your inquisitive dog who pushes the boundaries
4
Ox
Perfect for a big dog, taken in memory of the huge ox that sometimes pulled the wagons
4
River
There were plenty of rivers to cross but the mighty Missouri River comes to mind here
3
Snakebite
A real problem for people moving by foot through the virgin land, the name is cool though
2
Astor
The Surname of John Astor - the founder of Astoria as a fur trading place and the first white settlement
2
Blaze
The early settlers often had to make or blaze their own trail to find a way westward
1
Crockett
A famous frontiersman from the old west legends, ideal for a hunting type of dog
1
Utah
A state in the Western United States, one of the destinations for travellers who branched off the Oregon Trail
0
Apache
A native American Tribe in the Southwestern United States whose homelands were normally the high mountains, valleys, deep canyons and wide deserts
0
Boone
From the western frontiersman Daniel Boone, it would suit a large calm dog
0
Rogue
There were plenty of these types around to prey on the uninformed settlers
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Bison
Also known as Buffalo, this huge North American species once roamed the grasslands in massive herds
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Inde
Taken from the Independence Rock, a 128 foot tall granite outcrop in Wyoming where settlers often carved their names on their way west
-1
Trapper
Fur trapper comes to mind but is cute for a male dog who is always busy exploring
-2
Spur
A metal tool worn on a pair of cowboy boots to direct their horse
-3
Pawn
From the Pawnee Plains Indians who traded with the settlers moving west
-3
Scout
Someone that goes ahead of the wagon train to find the easiest safest route through the land
-3
Yeller
Often named because of the color (yellow) like a Golden Retriever., also a famous story of a brave dog

Female Oregon Trail Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Bramble
A type of prickly scrub shrub of the rose family; nasty to get caught up in, but a pretty name for a pooch
7
Faith
Something those hardy brave souls must have had in abundance when travelling the Oregon Trail
7
Idaho
Taken from the State of Idaho, but makes a unique and pretty name for a dog
6
Diamond
A popular name in pioneering times, often combined with another name such as Diamond Lil for a saloon girl
6
Honey
A good name as well as a welcomed treat if you could find it on the pioneer trail
6
Willamette
Named after the Willamette Valley, a perilous journey along the Oregon Trail
6
Daisy
Short and cute, it depicts the daisy strewn open land the pioneers encountered on their journey
5
Misty
The travellers must have encountered many a misty morning on their journey. Its a soft, romantic name for a cute soft dog
5
Cedar
A type of tree often used by the new settlers when they built a home in the new land
5
Sage
Cute name for a dog, named after a small evergreen shrub and used as a culinary herb
3
Pyxie
Taken from the Baker County Gold Mine known as The Pyx Mine
3
Dixie
Often a name favored by a Southern Belle, as well as a story about a dog named Winn Dixie of modern times
3
Dusk
A relaxing time of the evening as the sunsets, soft sounding for a gentle fluffy dog
3
Lara
Taken from the Fort Laramie which was an important outpost along the Oregon Trail
3
Sunshine
A play on the word sunny for the lovely summer days they encountered but ideal for a happy go lucky pooch
3
Bear
Encounters with bears were more common than not for the new settlers heading west
2
Charity
A popular name for girls durng the Oregon Trail days, meaning giving, providing, selfless gifting and perfect for your dog
2
Shoshone
Honoring the Shoshone Native American tribes the travellers encountered
2
Sierra
In 1848 Gold was found in the Sierra Nevada portion of the American River and two thirds of the Oregon male population flocked there to cash in on the find
2
Aspen
A common name for certain tree species that are native to cold regions with cool summers
1
Arroya
A lovely name taken from the name used to describe a steep sided gully
1
Dusty
Named after the dry months of the year where dust coated clouds formed from the moving wagon trains
1
Hope
A belief that they would make it to the west, some made it, others didn't but it is something we all need
1
Myra
Taken to honor Myra Bradwell, a pioneer woman lawyer and women's rights activist
1
Prairie
Large open grasslands the wagon trains encountered on their journey
0
Dew
A mist that coats the ground or exposed areas at night, surprisingly wetting and would soak the travellers - its a short cute name for a dog
0
Cascade
Taken from a waterfall that flows in several stages, encountered along the Oregon Trail and had to be navigated around
0
Astoria
After Ford Astoria on the Oregon Trail, quite a unique name for a dog
-1
Lafayette
A settlement in Oregon Territory, very French sounding and posh don't you think
-1
Electra
A lovely name taken from a young girl who sadly lost her life on the Oregon Trail, an opportunity to honor her name
-2
Ivy
A low green growing climbing plant that travellers encountered, it was also a popular girls name

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