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Introduction

If you’re into Polynesian culture, or rather, the Americanized version of it, giving your dog a tiki name is a fast-track to great associations. Like tiki culture itself, the names alone can conjure up images of sun, secluded beaches, tropical paradises, laid-back lounge music, and an escape from the hustle and bustle of busy workaday life. Of course, for anyone who has a dog that has an easy-going or fun personality, it is a perfect fit, as both can pay homage to one another, both acting as a welcome separation from the average work week. For those who have a dog that might be a bit more troublesome or excitable, well, at least you can still give them a tiki-inspired name with the hope that the name will rub off on their personality. 

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Tiki Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When giving your dog an appropriate tiki-inspired name, there is certainly a lot to consider. Given the breadth of the Polynesian culture’s reach, there is plenty to play off of from the aesthetics to the music, from the atmosphere to the history. Make sure to keep in mind your dog’s appearance, personality and quirks, as they are easily the best elements to play off of. 

For instance, if you have a dog with a large face and wide mouth, such as a Bulldog, Idol, Moai, Tiki, and Raka would all be great choices, as they all encompass the traditional tiki idol — a wooden figure depicting the eccentric-looking gods. If they happen to love the water, Pacifica, the goddess of the Pacific Ocean, would be a great name, as would Bora, Viti, and Tanna, which are all islands in the South Pacific. In a similar sense, if they tend to like rafting or floating around on the water, Kon or Kon-Tiki would be just as suitable. If they seem to sing and howl along with exotica, consider naming them Les, Baxter, Denny, or Lyman, who were all major pioneers in the musical genre. 

For inspiration, don’t hesitate to check out local tiki bars (if you don’t already), listen to some exotica, read a book or watch a documentary about the culture, anything you can do to immerse yourself. Then go spend some time with your dog and see what shakes out like a good cocktail. 

Male Tiki Inspired Dog Names

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Beachcomber
After Don the Beachcomber, the original tiki bar and restaurant, opened in 1933
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Donn
Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, the proprietor of the original tiki bar, changed his name to Donn Beach
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Beach
Tiki culture is all tropical influence and therefore beach-heavy in theme
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Ernest
After Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, the owner of the original tiki bar, Don the Beachcomber
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Beaumont
After Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, the young man from Texas who sailed the South Seas and eventually brought tiki culture back to the US
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Victor
After Victor Bergeron, who adopted the tiki culture business model with his Oakland-based bar and restaurant called Trader Vic's
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Bergeron
After Victor Bergeron, who developed the restaurant chain Trader Vic's
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Scorpion
A traditional tiki drink made from three different rums, gin, syrups and juices
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Zombie
A quintessential tiki drink made with rum, liquors, and fresh juice
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Berry
After Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, who was a large part of the tiki culture resurgence in the 1990s
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Kon
After Kon-Tiki, the name of the raft sailed across the South Pacific in 1947
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Les
After Les Baxter, who is credited with accompanying the Americanized tiki culture with a soundtrack
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Baxter
After Les Baxter, pioneer of the exotica genre, a mix of jazz, afro-cuban, and other world influences
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Lyman
After Arthur Lyman, a popular exotica musician and composer during the mid-century
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Denny
After Martin Denny, credited alongside Les Baxter as being a pioneer of the exotica music genre
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Ben
After Ben "Bamboo" Bassham, a modern designer of numerous famous tiki bars
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Bassham
After Ben "Bamboo" Bassham, who was able to recreate the original Don the Beachcomber entrance based purely off black and white photos
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Punch
A type of popular mixed drink
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Barrel
A classic style of drink delivery - a ceramic barrel
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Grog
A drink made with rum and water
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Dr. Funk
The name of the one of Donn Beach's original drinks
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Cooler
The name of an early Donn Beach cocktail
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Blue
After Blue Hawaiian, a neon blue cocktail
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Idol
What tiki figures are considered, idols of gods
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Thatch
The type of roofing used on tropical huts
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Nui
After Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, home of the giant Moai heads
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Cook
After Captain James Cook, who explored the South Pacific and brought back tales of it
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Lagoon
A stretch of saltwater separated from the sea by a reef or sandbank
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Kaha'i
A handsome Polynesian demigod featured in many myths
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Matu
God of the north wind

Female Tiki Inspired Dog Names

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Polly
As in Polynesia, where the tiki culture stemmed from
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Pacifica
Goddess of the Pacific Ocean
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Rhum
After Rhum Rhapsodies, the name given to the new breed of mixed drinks made from fresh juice, flavored syrups, and rum
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Rhapsody
After Rhum Rhapsodies, the fruit juice-based cocktails Donn Beach was credited with creating single-handedly
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Mai
As in Mai Tai, a tropical drink made with rum, liquor, and juice
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Tiki
A large wooden image of a human figure
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Hinky
After Hinky Dinks, the original name of Trader Vic's
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Brandy
A popular liquor used in tropical drinks
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Bamboo
Inherent to the Polynesian aesthetic
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Kona
One of the names for a transitioning tiki bar
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Martinique
A type of tropical drink made with elderberry syrup, rum, and juice
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Pearl
After two original drinks, Don's Pearl and Pearl Diver
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Puka
After Puka Punch, a tropical drink
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Kula
An interisland ceremonial gift
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Daiquiri
A blended rum cocktail
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Colada
As in Piña Colada, a cocktail made with coconut, pineapple, and rum
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Bora
After Bora Bora, an island in the South Pacific
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Tahiti
After the island of Tahiti, which is located in the South Pacific
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Viti
After Viti Levu, a South Pacific Island; part of Fiji
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Tanna
A South Pacific island that makes up part of Vanuatu
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Taveuni
A Fijian island in the South Pacific Ocean
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Upolu
A South Pacific island; part of Samoa
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Mo'orea
An island in French Polynesia
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Tonga
An oceanic country from which much of Polynesian history originates
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Rapa
After Rapa Nui, the native name of Easter Island
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Moai
The giant stone sculptures from Easter Island
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Raka
The god of winds and storms in the Cook Islands
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Fao
One of five main gods on the island of Niue
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Fisaga
The god of the light, gentle breeze in Polynesian mythology
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Leutogi
A Polynesian princess turned goddess

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