Exotic Dog Names

If you want to stand out from the crowd, check out this list of exotic dog names. It's a deeply eclectic mix of dog names from multiple cultures and languages.

Exotic Dog Names

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All Exotic Dog Names

  • Meaning: eagle
  • Adi
    Meaning: jewel
  • Meaning: God's justice
  • Meaning: Lord
  • Meaning: good health; well being
  • Meaning: sunrise
  • Meaning:
  • Meaning: mighty power
  • Meaning: lightning spirit
  • Meaning: joy; bliss
  • Meaning: inside of the soul; spirit
  • Meaning: man
  • Meaning: I hear the sun rising
  • Meaning: like an eagle
  • Meaning: worship
  • Meaning: sweetheart
  • Meaning: courageous one
  • Meaning: my Father is judge
  • Meaning: splendid
  • Meaning: tall pine
  • Meaning: powerful man
  • Meaning: the strong one
  • Meaning: a well watered place
  • Meaning: having mental perception
  • Meaning: unity
  • Meaning: skilled expert
  • Meaning: blessing; benediction
  • Meaning: light, illumination
  • Meaning: shining one
  • Meaning: mystical understanding
  • Meaning: wise learned one
  • Meaning: one of great understanding
  • Meaning: spring; fountain
  • Meaning: awakened; enlightened one
  • Meaning: From the fortress
  • Meaning: Juniper
  • Meaning: perfection; handsome
  • Meaning: beautiful flower
  • Meaning: silver
  • Meaning: earth
  • Meaning: oak tree
  • Meaning: the moon
  • Meaning: to never die
  • Meaning: steady; persistent
  • Meaning: overcome the negative
  • Meaning: affectionate one
  • Meaning: Cliff Dweller
  • Meaning: summit; peak
  • Meaning: harbor; safety
  • Meaning: great joy
  • Meaning: daring; bold one
  • Meaning: Loyal
  • Meaning: gift
  • Meaning: Observing and understanding.
  • Meaning: dolphin
  • Meaning: ultimate bliss
  • Meaning: a prayer
  • Meaning: saint
  • Meaning: god-given
  • Meaning: helpful to everyone
  • Meaning: having meaning
  • Meaning: divine
  • Meaning: full moon
  • Meaning: gift of might
  • Meaning: Dragon
  • Meaning: the wren bird
  • Meaning: tree
  • Meaning: enduring one
  • Meaning: worthy of worship
  • Meaning: I help save
  • Meaning: the one who advances
  • Meaning: The Old Servant
  • Meaning: floating; clarity
  • Meaning: sun god
  • Meaning: God knows
  • Meaning: joy
  • Meaning: ambrosia; immortality
  • Meaning: bestows favors
  • Meaning: mighty one
  • Meaning: fine tree
  • Meaning: Good Man
  • Meaning: pure water; pond
  • Meaning: angelic
  • Meaning: success; valuable
  • Meaning: joy
  • Meaning: learned; intelligent
  • Meaning: Arrow Maker/Folk Army
  • Meaning: the celestial stars
  • Meaning: peace
  • Meaning: greatness
  • Meaning: wolf
  • Meaning: brave one; gallant
  • Meaning: safe harbor
  • Meaning: treasure; wealth
  • Meaning: lively one
  • Gev
    Meaning: brave warrior
  • Meaning: Pledge Or Young Goat
  • Meaning: worthy of glory
  • Meaning: excel; above all
  • Meaning: trust
  • Guy
    Meaning: fighter, guide
  • Meaning: authentic; genuine
  • Meaning: night song
  • Meaning: hope
  • Meaning: healer
  • Meaning: sunny day
  • Meaning: holy place
  • Meaning: the guide
  • Meaning: hope
  • Meaning: Bright In Mind And Spirit
  • Meaning: from the heart
  • Ife
    Meaning: love
  • Meaning: joy
  • Ime
    Meaning: miracle
  • Meaning: the chief
  • Meaning: he who laughs
  • Meaning: one who is serious
  • Meaning: victory of the light
  • Meaning: great; fine
  • Meaning: handsome; beautiful
  • Meaning: splendor; supreme
  • Meaning: knowledge; skill
  • Meaning: swift one
  • Meaning: life
  • Meaning: gazelle
  • Meaning: he rescues people
  • Meaning: God gave
  • Meaning: greatness
  • Meaning: close to God
  • Meaning: lightning striking a tree
  • Meaning: stone
  • Meaning: above it all
  • Meaning: great value
  • Meaning: encouragement
  • Meaning: Strong, healthy second son
  • Meaning: knowledge; skill
  • Meaning: church
  • Meaning: deeply profound
  • Meaning: springtime
  • Meaning: magic
  • Meaning: the dawn
  • Meaning: the dawn
  • Meaning: first man
  • Meaning: happy boy
  • Meaning: purity
  • Meaning: to light the way
  • Meaning: the name of a star
  • Meaning: one with dexterity
  • Meaning: strength; power
  • Meaning: growth; evolution
  • Meaning: rarely seen beauty
  • Meaning: wholesome one
  • Meaning: power; forces
  • Meaning: feast of first fruits
  • Meaning: Friends
  • Lal
    Meaning: precious
  • Meaning: thoughtful one
  • Meaning: Devoted To God
  • Meaning: cherished friend
  • Lia
    Meaning: weary
  • Meaning: he brings us hope
  • Meaning: valley man
  • Meaning: special kind of magic
  • Meaning: dive into life; exuberance
  • Meaning: True hope
  • Meaning: angel
  • Meaning: grace from God
  • Meaning: heart fire; motivation
  • Meaning: mind; heart
  • Meaning: bird of heaven
  • Meaning: the hope one has
  • Meaning: bear
  • Meaning: wise one
  • Meaning: angel
  • Meaning: curious one
  • Meaning: goodness
  • Meaning: dream
  • Meaning: peaceful one
  • Meaning: brave
  • Meaning: bobcat
  • Meaning: From The Hill
  • Meaning: wise one
  • Meaning: loving power
  • Meaning: the receiver
  • Meaning: generous & noble
  • Meaning: bear
  • Meaning: friend; ally
  • Meaning: star dancer
  • Meaning: brings happiness
  • Meaning: river
  • Meaning: eagerness
  • Meaning: New Town
  • Meaning: flower of the moon
  • Meaning: original home
  • Noa
    Meaning: pleasant man
  • Meaning: seven jewels of wisdom
  • Meaning: servant of God
  • Meaning: king
  • Meaning: one who is special
  • Meaning: extreme; without limit
  • Meaning: deer
  • Meaning: God consoles me
  • Meaning: eagle
  • Meaning: sun
  • Meaning: black drink crier
  • Meaning: divine law
  • Meaning: Prosperous, rich
  • Meaning: tribe; nation
  • Meaning: the good road in life
  • Meaning: Mother Earth
  • Meaning: sprout; blossom
  • Meaning: cherished
  • Meaning: virginal; pure
  • Meaning: purity
  • Meaning: lightning & thunder
  • Meaning: field; open country
  • Meaning: very loving
  • Meaning: Shining one
  • Meaning: bringer of victory
  • Meaning: mountain
  • Meaning: devoted
  • Meaning: A daughter of a monarch.
  • Meaning: holy
  • Meaning: Capable one
  • Meaning: strong one
  • Meaning: brave
  • Qen
    Meaning: honest & upright
  • Meaning: hardworking man
  • Meaning: clever one; crafty
  • Meaning: rightly guided
  • Meaning: satisfied
  • Meaning: sweet basil
  • Meaning: Wife / Goddess Lakshmi
  • Meaning: he outshines in battle
  • Meaning: Rain + Elle
  • Meaning: gift from God
  • Meaning: song of the Lord
  • Meaning: white antelope
  • Rex
    Meaning: King
  • Meaning: my sweetness
  • Meaning: white antelope
  • Meaning: pomegranate fruit
  • Meaning: pleasant little laugh
  • Meaning: beautiful
  • Meaning: fertile earth; fertility
  • Meaning: famous throughout the land
  • Meaning: song of the Lord
  • Meaning: white rose
  • Meaning: she rises up
  • Meaning: victory
  • Meaning: Bright Fame
  • Meaning: seed
  • Meaning: one with knowledge
  • Meaning: lotus tree
  • Meaning: pure
  • Meaning: a good person
  • Meaning: possessed of youth
  • Meaning: Welcome, Peace
  • Meaning: Brilliance and intelligence.
  • Meaning: referring to Buddha
  • Meaning: joy
  • Meaning: river
  • Meaning: lotus eyes
  • Meaning: the world
  • Meaning: defender of mankind
  • Meaning: juniper plant
  • Meaning: harmony
  • Meaning: calm & peaceful
  • Meaning: devoted to serving others
  • Meaning: Shae + Lynn
  • Meaning: good luck; happiness
  • Meaning: prefix Sha + Lana
  • Meaning: guard; protector
  • Meaning: standing elk
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Meaning: marvelous
  • Meaning: stone, boulder
  • Meaning: a plain, a flat area
  • Meaning: to counsel together
  • Meaning: prefix Sha + Wanda
  • Meaning: kind
  • Meaning: smart
  • Meaning: be strong
  • Meaning: Kind, auspicious
  • Meaning: triumph
  • Meaning: an Italian island
  • Meaning: saint; holy man
  • Meaning: peak; height
  • Meaning: the light
  • Meaning: the goddess Indra
  • Meaning: sun
  • Meaning: sky
  • Meaning: star; shining brightly
  • Meaning: sacred
  • Meaning: good charm
  • Meaning: thunder horse
  • Meaning: stars in constellation Taurus
  • Meaning: The sun
  • Meaning: Cindy; light
  • Meaning: endurance; strength
  • Meaning: from state of Texas
  • Meaning: light
  • Meaning: ambitious boy
  • Meaning: The sun
  • Meaning: elevated boy
  • Meaning: song
  • Meaning: maiden; child
  • Meaning: desire
  • Meaning: child of the people
  • Meaning: Tanana River in Alaska
  • Meaning: we have been given
  • Meaning: the spiritual way
  • Meaning: born on Christmas day
  • Meaning: a treeless plain; savannah
  • Meaning: fresh; new
  • Meaning: birth; resurrection
  • Meaning: made of light
  • Meaning: friend
  • Meaning: Dalai Lama's name
  • Meaning: Ancient goddess who governed the productivity and fertility of the Earth
  • Meaning: true illumination
  • Meaning: goddess
  • Meaning: Earth/Land
  • Meaning: camp; encampment
  • Meaning: victory
  • Meaning: God please listen to our cry
  • Meaning: tiger
  • Meaning: wise
  • Meaning: intelligent boy
  • Meaning: triple might
  • Meaning: long life
  • Meaning: gazelle
  • Meaning: traveler
  • Meaning: veil of the moon
  • Meaning: lucky
  • Meaning: Ty + Yvette
  • Meaning: the soul; strong spirit
  • Meaning: fellowship, brotherhood
  • Ume
    Meaning: energy
  • Meaning: fragrance of the ocean
  • Meaning: one who is lovable
  • Meaning: stone; gem
  • Upe
    Meaning: river
  • Meaning: strong; healthy
  • Meaning: wisdom
  • Meaning: Excellent
  • Meaning: to rule
  • Meaning: the ocean
  • Meaning: Hammer in Finnish.
  • Meaning: excellence
  • Meaning: great
  • Meaning: city of canals in Italy
  • Meaning: belief; faith
  • Meaning: changing, twisting
  • Meaning: clothed with authority
  • Meaning: life
  • Meaning: conquering
  • Meaning: strong hero
  • Meaning: excellent one
  • Meaning: my price
  • Meaning: heavenly water
  • Meaning: loyalty
  • Meaning: spirit; courage
  • Meaning: bright sunshine
  • Meaning: land by the road
  • Meaning: the western village
  • Meaning: tells the truth
  • Meaning: fair-skinned
  • Meaning: continue the mission
  • Meaning: comes from the forest
  • Meaning: one from the forest
  • Meaning: dear one; darling
  • Meaning: productive land
  • Meaning: night
  • Meaning: descent like a rivers waters
  • Meaning: new sun
  • Meaning: mother has arrived
  • Meaning: dove
  • Meaning: violet in color
  • Meaning: God will add
  • Meaning: hope
  • Meaning: dream
  • Meaning: Increasing, Surplus
  • Zak
    Meaning: pure one
  • Meaning: protection; shelter
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Meaning: beautiful red glow in the sky
  • Meaning: gift
  • Meaning: God Will Strengthen
  • Meaning: Sophia; wise
  • Meaning: mankind
  • Meaning: integrity; virtue
  • Meaning: path; the way
  • Meaning: brilliance; splendor
  • Meaning: acquires strength
  • Meaning: acquires strength

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Our guide to the best exotic dog names

Many people are content with tried-and-tested, traditional dog names – but what if you yearn to stand out? Finding true innovation with names often requires us to look to other cultures and languages, and step outside of our comfort zones. Thankfully, there’s a special beauty in what’s foreign and unusual to us, and that’s where exotic dog names come into play.

From the ancient Mayans, to Old Chinese, to Dutch and Gaelic, we’ve assembled a list here of some of the world’s most exotic and unusual dog names. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when looking through it, because most of these ideas will be completely foreign to you. But here are a few tips of ours for selecting a beautifully exotic name.

For male dogs, there’s no better place to start than Kenji. This name is unmistakable Japanese, and breathes vitality into a young puppy, meaning “strong, healthy second son”. Naturally, we see this name most often with Akitas and Shiba Inu dogs, but it’s powerful and versatile enough to work for any breed.

Sticking with the Japanese theme, we also like Maki. Inspiring images of cutely formed sushi rolls, this name probably works better with smaller dogs. And for something completely left-field, we love the sound of the name Safi – an Arabic name meaning “pure”.

For female dogs, our favourite from this list is Lia. This adorably soft name is found in several European languages, including Italian and Greek, and works well for calm, relaxed or gentle pups.

Looking next to Hindi and Arabic, we love the name Sana. We’ve actually never heard this given to a dog before, so you could be the first to give the honor! It means “brilliance” and “intelligence”, so would be a great choice for Border Collies, Labs, Shepherds and other naturally smart breeds.

And our third pick goes to Kona, which is strongly associated with the Kona coffee of Hawaii.

Exotic Dog Names: Stats

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As of October 2022, exotic dog names seem increasingly popular with new puppy owners. Our stats show that they are more fashionable than they were six months ago.

Princess is the most popular name, having received more likes than any other in this list of exotic dog names.

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