The god or goddess of the dog-star






Emily P. Contributor

Sirius-ly, could there be a better dog name? It's a nod to the brightest star in the night sky, a celestial beacon for all you astronomy buffs. Plus, Harry Potter fans will appreciate the homage to Sirius Black, who could transform into a loyal, protective dog. And let's not forget the etymology - Sirius is derived from the Ancient Greek word for "glowing" or "scorching". So, if you want a dog name that's out of this world, that's steeped in history, and that's got a touch of magic, then Sirius is a stellar choice!

Traits associated with the name Sirius:

Dogs named Sirius tend to be loving, loyal, resilient, and strong-willed. This name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Sirius?

It suggests that you have an appreciation for the stars and the night sky. It could also suggest that you have a fondness for the Harry Potter series, as Sirius Black is a character in the books.

Is Sirius a good dog name?

Sirius has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. Sirius is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Sirius is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Sirius outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Sirius was, in the past month, the 365th most viewed dog name on

As of June 2024, Sirius is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Sirius was viewed 0 times, and liked 0 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Sirius's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Sirius is most adored in Idaho, Wisconsin and Iowa.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Nebraska, Alaska and Montana.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Sirius.

Most popular breeds named Sirius:

  1. German Shepherd
  2. Siberian Husky
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. American Pitbull Terrier
  5. Newfoundland

Famous dogs named Sirius:

  • literature icon A dog named Sirius was a character in the book Sirius by Olaf Stapleton.

Sirius is found in these categories:

greek dog names

Means "glowing" in Greek, associated with the brightest star.

mythical dog names

The star, often associated with dogs, is named after the Greek word for "glowing" or "scorching."

celestial dog names

Star of Canis Major constellation, also Harry Potter's godfather's animagus form!

Dog names like Sirius:

God of time in roman mythology.
A long-lived bird in greek mythology.
Stinging tail star sign.
an artist who creates sculptures
Sirius dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (2)

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Chuck (California, United States)
We named our pup Sirius. Not only is he the Dog Star, he's our star dog!
May 24, 2023

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Donna Shepherd (Scotland, United Kingdom)
I love this for my new puppy 😍
May 09, 2023

Let us know what you think of Sirius as a dog name!