50 Portuguese Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Tom •  Updated: 08/04/20 •  9 min read
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Do you have Portuguese heritage and would like to find a great name for your new dog or puppy? Or perhaps your new fur baby is a Portuguese dog breed? Whatever the reason, a Portuguese name could be just the right one to fit your canine companion.

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We’ve put together a list of names that have a Portuguese origin, and hope you can find just the right name for your dog or puppy here!

How to Choose a Name for Your Dog

Here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for a name for your precious fur baby:

Choose a name you like: avoid using names you don’t like or that have bad connotations for you. Think of it this way—why would you choose a hated name for a beloved canine companion?

Pick a name that’s one or two syllables: longer names can be appealing, but it’s harder for your fur baby to hear and understand a name that’s longer than two syllables. So, stick with a name that’s short—you’ll both be happier!

Don’t choose a name that sounds like a command: if you choose a name that sounds similar to a command you give your fur baby, he will be confused. A name such as “Neal” sounds awfully a lot like “heal,” for instance.

Portuguese Dog Names Male

Here are some lovely Portuguese names if you have a boy dog!

1). Bonifacio: means “good.” What dog isn’t good? Well, to be sure there are those that are mischievous, but most dogs are good.

2). Leonar: means “the bright one.” This could be the perfect name for a pup who is extremely smart, or possibly for one who has a bright and happy personality!

3). Simao: means “listen.” Does your fur baby have excellent hearing, or does he seem to listen when you talk over problems with him? What better name for your canine friend!

4). Anxo: means “angel.” If your fur baby is an angel, little or big, this the perfect name!

5). Godofredo: means “God” and “peace.” If your canine companion has a peaceful disposition, what better name could you choose?

6). Zorian: means “happy.” Is your puppy or dog happy most of the time? This would be a great name—it even sounds like a happy word!

7). Alfonso: means “noble” or “ready.” This could be the perfect name for a dog that has a regal bearing, or one who’s always ready to go for a walk and have fun!

8). Galena: means “small, intelligent one.” This could be a great name for a small dog, such as a Chihuahua who is intelligent.

9). Albino: means “pure” or “pale.” This could be a great name for a white dog, or one that has a very pure, peaceful spirit.

10). Pabla: means “small” and this would be a great name for a small dog, or you could even use this name for a large dog just to create an oxymoron!

11). Chico: means from Francisco: this could be a great name for a boy dog living in San Francisco, or just because he’s a boy!

12). Atonio: means “highly praiseworthy.” If you have a fur baby who is obedient and sweet, this might be the right name for him!

13). Adao: means “earth.” Does your fur baby have a penchant for digging? This might be the best name for him! We also have a selection of Mexican dog names if you are interested!

14). Bola: means “ball.” If your dog loves to play fetch with a ball, this would be a great name for him.

15). Maximiano: means “greatest.” This is quite a long name, but you could shorten it to “Max.” This might make a wonderful name for a Great Dane, a German Shepherd or even a St. Bernard.

16). Bento: means “blessed.” Do you feel blessed to have your canine companion? Then this is a great name for him!

17). Lucas: means “bright” or “shining.” This is another name for an intelligent dog, one who has bright eyes or a bright personality.

18). Gregorio: means “watchful” or “vigilant.”

19). Carlito: means “little man.” This could be a great name for a small dog of any breed, or for a giant dog, just to have some fun. Plus, it’s a great name!

20). Christiano: this name comes from the famous football player of this name—Christiano Ronaldo. Check out our list of Celebrity dog names for more inspiration!

Portuguese Dog Names Female

Here are some pretty amazing Portuguese names for lady dogs:

21). Gloria: means “glory.” If your feminine fur baby has glorious hair, or a glorious, happy spirit, this would make a great name for her!

22). Margardia: means “pearl.” When you find the perfect canine companion, you’ve most definitely found a pearl. What better name could your lady dog have?

23). Chica: means “young woman.” If you have a puppy or a young dog, this would make a pretty name for her!

24). Luana: means “graceful battle maiden.” This could be a great name for a dog who is protective of you and your family, but graceful in her movements.

25). Ramona: means “wise protector.” This is another great name for a lady dog who is watchful over you and your family but is wise in how she reacts.

26). Ylva: means “she-wolf.” Do you have a dog that resembles a wolf? Then here’s her name!

27). Kaci: means “brave or “watchful.” This is another great name for either a boy or girl dog who is protective and will do what it takes to keep their family safe.

28). Ida: means “diligent” or “prosperous.” What a great, simple, pretty name for a girl fur baby who diligently loves to play and enjoy time with her family!

29). Agueda: means “good-hearted.” This is a wonderful name for a lady dog who just loves everyone, loves life and lives to the fullest!

30). Rania: means “queen.” If your fur baby is the queen of your heart, this is the very perfect name for her!

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Cute Portuguese Dog Names

Here are some cute Portuguese names for dogs that are sure to steal your heart!

31). Adelaide (f): means “noble” or “kind.” This is a great name for a lady dog who is noble or kind—or both! You could even shorten the name to “Adel” or even “Addie,” if you’d like!

32). Alex (m): means “defending men.” This is a great name for a boy dog who protects his home and family, but is really a gentle soul.

33). Mano (m): Portuguese slang for “brother.” Does your fur baby have a brother? Or will he be an adopted brother for another canine companion? Then this is a great name to choose!

34). Iria: means “woman of peace.” What a pretty name for a girl dog, especially one who is loving and peaceful. This name also sound like a flower (Iris). All great reasons for picking this name for your fur baby!

35). Rafael (m): means “God has healed.” Finding your fur ever companion is indeed a healing experience. What better name, if you’ve found a boy canine companion!

36). Estevao (m): means “crown.” Does your dog think he’s the ruler of the house? Then you may pick this name and may also want to consider taking him to doggie training!

37). Nossa (f): means “our.” This is a beautiful name for a female dog who belongs to a family or a couple.

38). Nalda (f): means “strong.” If you have a strong lady canine friend, this could be a great name for her. It’s pretty and sounds strong at the same time.

39). Vicente (m): means “conqueror.” We like the name for a boy dog. Our interpretation is that this pup has conquered your heart and will be devoted to you for life.

40). Calista: means “most beautiful.” What a pretty name for a girl dog! Of course, this is a fitting name for any girl dog—each and every one is beautiful.

For more inspiration, check out our list of posh and snobby dog names!

Best Portuguese Dog Names

We don’t think there are truly best Portuguese names for a dog—but we think these are pretty special!

41). Julio: means “downy beard.” This could be the perfect name for a boy dog who looks like he has a beard.

42). Ulrica (f): means “wolf ruler.” This would be the perfect name for a lady dog who looks like a wolf—maybe a wolf-dog, German Shepherd, or even a Golden Retriever/ChowChow mix!

43). Alcides (m): means “strength.” What a great name for a dog who is strong, but loving and gentle!

44). Clara (f): means “clear.” If your fur baby has clear, beautiful bright eyes, this could make a great name for her.

45). Adriano (m): means “sea” or “water.” Do you have a boy dog who loves water and loves to swim? This would make a great name for any dog who loves water or lives near water.

46). Bento (m): means “blessed.” If you have a boy canine companion and feel blessed, why not choose this name for him?

47). Dulce (m/f): this name could be male of female, but one thing is for sure. It would make a great name for any dog who has a sweet nature.

48). Urso (m): means “bear.” If you have a large boy dog, that resembles a bear, what better name could you pick?

49). Amanda (f): means “she who must be loved.” What fur baby doesn’t deserve love? They all do!!

50). Praia (f): means beach, while this is a female name, we think a boy could sport it just as easily!

We hope you’ve found the very best name for your furry companion here, and that you both enjoy the new name in the years to come!! We have recently published a post on Turkish dog names, review it for more inspiration.

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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