50 Basque Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Julie •  Updated: 09/01/20 •  10 min read
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Are you of Basque descent? Do you come from the Basque area and need a great name for your dog? Or do you have a fur baby who comes from one of the Basque dog breeds? No matter your answer, you may be able to find the perfect name for your dog in this article.

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We’ve done the research to find some great Basque names for your fur baby! Before we get started with our list of dog names, we’ll share some fun details about the Basque region and Basque dog breeds! Now that you’ve learned a little bit about the Basque region and its dogs, here are some great Basque names for your fur baby!

Basque Dog Names Male

Here are some Basque boy dog names that might be a good fit for your dog!

1). Lehoi: means “lion,” and would be a great name for a dog who has a mane like a lion, or perhaps has the brave spirit of a lion.

2). Ander: means “manly,” and is the Basque version of the name “Andrew.” This would make a very unusual name for a boy dog! Very unique!

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3). Zuri: means “white,” and would be a fitting name for a pale-colored or white dog.

4). Anker: means “fierce,” which could be a great name for a dog who is very protective your family and home.

5). Dabi: means “dearly beloved,” which we know your fur baby is. What better name could you choose?

6). Luken: means “bringer of light.” If your fur baby fills your life with light and love, this would be the perfect name for him.

7). Bolivar: means “mill on the shore,” would be the perfect name for a large, strong dog such as a Basque Shepherd Dog, a German Shepherd, or even a St. Bernard.

8). Xabat: means “savior,” and is simply a wonderful name for any boy dog.

9). Beltz: means “black,” and would be a great name for any dog that is mostly black or all black.

10). Ahio: means “wish,” and would be a unique name for a dog who you’ve wished for and finally received.

11). Arkaitz: means “rock,” and would be the perfect choice of name for a large dog and/or one who is very strong.

12). Eder: means “good looking.” If your fur baby is handsome, then this is the right name for him!

13). Ozen: means “howler.” Does your fur baby howl a lot or like to do the midnight howl? Then this is the best name for him!

14). Ganix: means “God is gracious,” and is the Basque version of the name John. If your canine companion has a gracious, loving spirit, then this is the best name for him.

15). Kerman: means “brother,” and could be the perfect name if you have two dogs from the same litter who are brothers.

16). Tipi: means “small,” and could be a great name for small dogs such as a Boston Terrier, Bison Frise, or even a Pomeranian.

17). Yuli: means “youthful,” and would be a great name for a puppy, or a dog who has a very youthful spirit, such as a Golden Retriever, who is a puppy life!

18). Zorion: this is a unique name that means “happiness.” Does your dog bring you a lot of happiness and smiles? Then this could be the best name for him!

19). Gergoi: means “watchful and vigilant,” and is Basque for the name Gregory. This could be a great name for a dog who is protective and vigilant of your home and family.

20). Argi: means “light.” If you have a light-colored dog, or a dog who brings a lot of light into your life, this would be a great name for him!

Basque Female Dog Names

Now we’re ready to look at some great Basque girl dog names!

21). Maite: means “love,” and is the perfect name if your dog loves you—we know you love her!

22). Laguna: means “companion,” which could be the perfect name if your fur baby loves to be with you 24/7!

23). Alaia: means “joy,” and is the best name for your dog if she fills your life with joy and happiness.

24). Motela: means “snow,” and could be a great name for dogs that are white, or those that just love the snow!

25). Ume: means “girl,” which is a cute, unique name for any girl dog!

26). Bigun: means “soft.” Does your canine companion have soft fur? Or does she have soft eyes? Then why not choose this name for your lady fur baby?

27). Angelu: means “angel,” which could be the perfect name for a girl dog who is simply divine and angelic.

28). Esti: means “sweet,” and would make a pretty name for a dog who has a sweet nature.

29). Izar: means “star.” Does your female dog have a star blazed on her face, chest or back? Then this would be a great name for her! Or if she’s the center of your life, then what better name could you choose?

30). Otsana: means “lily.” This could be a pretty name for your dog if you love lilies, or you just like this very unique, beautiful name.

31). Zurine: means “white” and would make a great name choice for girl dogs who are a pale color or who are white.

32). Maritxu: means “beloved,” which is a precious name if you really love your canine companion.

33). Alaba: means “daughter,” and would be a great name for a dog if you have sisters from the same litter, or dogs that act like sisters to one another.

34). Pozne: means “happiness.” Does your fur baby have a happy spirit? Or does she make you and everyone around her happy? Then this is a great name for her!

35). Artizar: means “morning star,” and would be the perfect name for a lady dog who likes to get up early in the morning!

36). Gorria: means “red,” and would be the perfect name for any lady dog who has a red coat.

37). Berezi: means “special.” What lady dog isn’t special?

38). Arrosa: means “rose,” and is simply a pretty name if you love roses, or you lady dog is exceptionally pretty.

39). Handia: means “large,” and would make a great name for large dogs such as an Afghan Hound, Akita, Bearded Collie or an American English Coonhound.

40). Lerden: means “graceful.” If you have a dog who is extremely graceful, or a from a dog breed, such as an Afghan Hound, Greyhound, or a Saluki, which is graceful, this would be a great name for her!

Basque Puppy Names

Now, let’s take a look at some great Basque names for puppies!

41). Ohar (f): means “observation,” and could make a great name for a puppy who is observant, and seems to have an old spirit.

42). Garbi (f): means “pure,” and is the perfect name for any little girl puppy, for they are surely beautiful and pure.

43). Bihurria (f): means “mischievous,” what little girl puppy isn’t mischievous?

44). Uda (f): means “Summer,” and would make a unique, pretty name for a girl dog born in the summer months.

45). Neska (f): means “lass/girl,” and is a pretty and short name that would be easy for a puppy to learn!

46). Apur (m): means “little,” which would make a great name for a puppy that comes from a small dog breed.

47). Begiak (m): means “eyes,” which would make a unique name for a boy dog who has beautiful eyes.  

48). Arrats: means “twilight,” which could be a great name if you love the series of the same name!

49). Mosu (m): means “kiss.” Does your puppy love to give you sweet kisses? Then this would be the perfect name for him!

50). Mendi (m): means “mountain,” and could make a great name for a puppy who will grow up to be as big as a mountain!

Some Important Facts about the Basque Region

The Basque region is located on Spain’s north Atlantic coast and shares a border with France. In fact, if you’re in the Catalan region, just follow the French border north and west, and you’ll arrive in the Basque region! The capital of this region is San Sebastian, which sits on the sea and is considered one of the best places to eat in the world. And the city was the winner of the European Capital Culture in 2016. The reason is clear—the city is not only the capital but is the center of culture in this region. It’s a city filled with concerts, film festivals, art exhibitions and more.

This region also has its own language, which is separate from Spanish. You may notice, for instance, that names contain a lot x’s and z’s. The Basque language is completely distinct in the world and is one of the oldest still in use. The Basque region also has its own unique cuisine, which is famous around the world. Here, you’ll find a dish called pintxos, which is popular and consist of bread topped with different types of ingredients. It’s a little bit like tapas, but different. The Basque people also have their own sports! Their favorite national sport is called pelota and is similar to handball. This is one of the fastest sports in the world that uses a ball.

The region is also home to many natural parks and nature reserves including Aizokorri-Aratz, Urikola Natural Park, and more. These parks include wetlands, rolling pastures and high mountains. And did you know, this is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf? It has some of the best surfing conditions in the world, and many international surfing competitions are held here.

The Basque Shepherd Dog

Not only is the region home to beautiful nature parks, cuisine and culture, the Basques have also developed a wonderful dog breed. This breed is known as the Basque Shepherd Dog, also known as the Perro de Pastor Vasco. This is rare breed that was originally bred by Spanish shepherds to help tend sheep cattle. However, these days, they are often found in homes as companions for the family.

Basque Shepherd Dogs make great family dogs, even for families that have young children. These dogs are highly intelligent and full of energy. In fact, the breed has been termed “hyperactive.” These dogs are medium-sized, strong, and sturdy that somewhat resemble German Shepherds. They have a medium coat, with short fur on the head, and a plumed tail. Their coats are usually a yellow or gold color, but can also come in cooper, black, red, fawn, or even blue.

These dogs love to be outside and active and they want to please their pet parents. While these are great dogs, they do need a pet parent who is experienced with dogs and has a firm hand. The Basque Shepherd is a dog that responds well to positive reinforcement training methods. While these dogs have been called hyper, they are also known for their loving, gentle natures, which makes them a great fit for families with young kids. They can also be protective and act as a guard dog for the family home.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on Basque names for dogs, and that you were able to find the best name for your fur baby here!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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