50 Exotic Dog Names

By Julie •  Updated: 11/22/20 •  10 min read
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Naming your newly adopt dog or puppy isn’t just about choosing a name. A name is filled with meaning, positive energy, and is something unique that lets your fur baby know you love and care for them. So, a name should have some meaning behind it.

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You might consider naming your dog based on a personality trait or a characteristic of their appearance. Or you can choose a name based on the type of breed your dog is, or where that breed originates. Another idea is to choose a very unique name, one that is exotic and not common.

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If you’ve been searching for just the right name for your canine companion, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a list of exotic dog names for boy & girl dogs, and for puppies! Let’s get started!

Exotic Girl Dog Names

Here are some exotic dog names female – maybe one of these would be a great fit for your lady dog!

1). Adine: this is a Hebrew name that means “noble, gentle, delicate.” This would be a very pretty name for a Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, or even a Toy Poodle.

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2). Adel: this is a German name that means “noble, elite.” Does your fur baby have a noble or elite air about her? Then this could be the perfect name for your lady canine companion!

3). Dafina: this name comes from Swahili and means “precious.” Your girl dog must be very precious if you’ve adopted her!

4). Ababuo: is an African name that means “child keeps returning.” Does your dog come when you call? Then this would be a great name for her, plus it’s unique and pretty!

5). Adisa: this is a name that comes from Ghana and means “teacher.” This could be a great name for a dogs who helps teach other dogs and puppies! Or perhaps the name of a dog who welcomes foster pets to a new foster home. She can teach them the ropes, while also being a sweet companion.

6). Airlia:  this is a Greek name that means “eternal.” Does your dog have a personality that meshes completely with you? Does it feel as if you’ve always been together? Then this is the right exotic, unique name for your fur baby.

7). Adowa: this is another Ghanaian name that means “antelope.” This would be the perfect exotic name for your dog if she loves to run fast like an antelope!

8). Daria: this name originally comes from male Persian name “Darius.” This name means “sea.” Does your dog love water? Does she enjoy going to the ocean? Then could be the right name for her!

9). Afia: this is an African name that means “Friday.” You might choose this pretty, unique name if your fur baby happened to be born on a Friday.

10). Arrluk: this is an Inuit name that means “Killer Whale.” This could be a pretty name for a dog that is black and white, like a Killer Whale (also called an Orca). It could also be a pretty name for a lady dog who is a Husky or another type of dog that loves the cold.

11). Aza: this is an Arabic name that means “comfort.” Does your fur baby bring you lots of love and comfort? Then this is the perfect name for her.

12). Kanut: this is a name that coms from Scandinavia, which means “knot.” Has your dog tied your heart in knots? Then why not choose this name for her?

13). Baayo: is an African name that comes from Gambia, which means “orphan.” Was your fur baby a stray that you adopted from a shelter or rescue? Then this would be a pretty and meaningful name for her.

14). Aysel: this is a Turkish name that means “moonlight.” This name would be a great choice for a girl dog who is white, or black and white such as a Dalmatian, a Border Collie, or a Boston Terrier.

15). Giselle: this is a French name, which means “bright pledge or beautiful like the stars.” If your dog has beautiful bright eyes, or if she has light-colored fur, this would be a very pretty name for her.

16). Khanyisa: this is an African name that means “bring forth the light” or “sunshine.” Does your dog bring light and happiness into your life? Then this would be a great name for her.

18). Harper: this is a British name that means “harpist and minstrel.” Do you play the harp? Do you play an instrument and your dog participates? Then this would be the perfect name for her!

19). Keely: this is an Irish/Celtic name that means “beauty.” What lady dog isn’t a beauty?

20). Sakari: is a pretty Native American name that means “sweet.” This is the perfect name for a girl dog who has a very sweet spirit.

21). Keiko: this is a Japanese name that means “blessing.” Is your fur baby a blessing? Is she of a dog breed that coms from Japan such as a Shiba Inu? Then this would be a very unique and beautiful name for her.

22). Inanni: is a very ancient name that comes from the Sumerian culture. This name means “lady of the heavens,” and is also the name of the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility and war.

23). Eska: is an Inuktitut (Inuit) name that means “a creek.” Does your fur baby enjoy playing in creeks and streams when you hike? Then is a very beautiful, exotic name for her!

24). Kanzi: is an African name that means “my treasure” or “a treasure.” If your lady canine companion is the treasure of your heart, then this is the best name for her!

25). Kiara: is a Scandinavian name that means “something pure.”

Exotic Dog Names Male

Now, here are some boy dog names exotic that may be just the right fit for your male canine companion!

26). Addae: this is a name that comes from Africa, which means “morning sun.” Does your boy dog like to get you up at the crack of dawn? Then this is the right name for him!

27). Miki: is an Inuit name, which means “little.” What a cute name this would be for a small dog such as a Chihuahua, a Beagle, or even a large dog like a St. Bernard?

28). Alam: this is a Mayan name that means “jaguar.” Does your dog have cat-like ways of being and doing? Then this would be a very unique name for him!

29). Pakak: is an Inuit name that means “one that gets into everything.” If your dog is on the mischievous side, then this would be a very exotic, meaningful name for him!

30). Adeben: is an African name that means “12th born child.” Was your fur baby the 12th born in his litter? Then this would be the best name for him!

31). Aldis: is an English name that means “from the old house.” If you’d like a most unusual name for your canine companion, this one would be a great choice!

32). Bheka: is a Ndebele (from South Africa) that means “behold, watch, take care of.” This would be a very pretty name for a boy dog who is protective, a watchdog, or even for a service dog!

33). Tikaani: this is an Inuit name, which means “wolf.” This could be a great name for a dog that resembles a wolf, such as a German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and more.

34). Delani: this is a Zulu name, which means “be satisfied.” This would be a great name for a dog with a large appetite!

35). Ande: this is a Swedish name that means “spirit.” This could be a great name for a dog that is white, gray or even black. One that blends into his surroundings in the fog, the night or at dawn.

36). Asher: is a Hebrew name that means “happy.” If your fur baby has a happy, loving nature all the time, why not choose this name for him?

37). Khaya: this is an African name that means “home” or “wise child.” Does your fur baby have a great homing sense of direction? Does he seem exceptionally wise? Then this would be a very exotic name for your fur baby.

38). Kayuh: this is an Inuit name that means “mountain.” Does your fur baby love to hike with you in the mountains? Then what better name could you choose for him?

39). Benison: this is an English name that means “blessing.” If your feel your dog is a blessing, then what better name could you choose?

40). Bron: this is a Dutch work that means “spring.” Does your dog have a spring birthday? Does he jump up high? Then this would be a great name for him!

Exotic Puppy Names

Here are some puppy names that are quite exotic!

41). Adzuki (m): this is a Japanese name that mean “red bean.” This would be the perfect name for a red dog such as a Shiba Inu, an Irish Setter, or even a Golden Retriever.

42). Mhambi (m): is a name that comes from Zimbabwe, which means “walker or wonderer.” Does your puppy enjoy taking walks? Does he seem to be in wonder if everything? Then this would be a very exotic name for your puppy!

43). Tira (f): this is a Hebrew name that means “camping.” Do you plan on taking your puppy camping? Then why not choose this name for her?

44). Winona (f): this is a German name, which means “firstborn daughter.” Was your puppy the firstborn of her litter? Then what better name could you choose for her?

45). Tezi (f): this is an African name that means “one who stays.” Does your puppy canine companion stay when you tell her to? Then this would be a great name for her!

46). Pukak (m): is an Inuit name that means “snow smart.” Will your puppy be on a sled team? Does he seem to know how to manage running in the snow? Then this is a great name for him!

47). Xylona (f): this is a Greek name that means “someone belonging to the forest.” Does your little girl puppy seem to be a natural in the forest? Then this would be a very beautiful, exotic name for her.

48). Calyx (m): is a Greek name that means “handsome.” If your male puppy is a real looker, then this would be a very pretty name for him!

49). Cion (m): this is a Gaelic name that means “affectionate.” Is your male puppy very loving and affectionate? Then this would be a wonderful name for him!

50). Umika (f): is Japanese name that means “the ocean’s fragrance.” Does your puppy love to run with you on the beach? Then this is the best name for her!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of exotic names for dogs, and that you’ve found the best name for your canine companion 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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