50 Fables Inspired Dog Names

By Kim •  Updated: 11/23/20 •  13 min read
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Are you having a hard time finding just the right name for your dog? Have you recently adopted a dog or puppy and would like to find a unique name for them? Then why not consider a name inspired by fables?

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Just like any other type of dog name, a name based on a fable or mythology will have some meaning behind it. For instance, a fox character in a story may be mischievous, so using that name would be perfect if you had a dog with the same personality trait!

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You can also use the name of a character from a fable that had specific characteristics. For instance, in The Ant & the Grasshopper, by Aesop, the ant saves up food for winter, while the grasshopper is lazy and does not. That’s just one example!

If you’re looking for a very unique, meaningful name for your dog, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of names based on fables and stories. Let’s get started!

Fables Female Dog Names

Here’s a list of fables girl dog names – we hope one of these will make the perfect name for your female dog or puppy!

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1). Circe: this is the name of daughter of the Titan sun god, Helios and the nymph Perseis. Circe is the goddess of sorcery and transmutation. This is also the name of the main evil woman from Game of Thrones.

2). Calypso: this is a daughter of another Titan god, Atlas and Pleione. Calypso enchants Odysseus, with the plan of making him immortal, so he can be a husband for her.

3). Daphne: is a Naiad and water nymph, who is sought by Apollo. Because she should stay chaste, she prayed to her father, Peneus, who was the river god. To keep her safe, Peneus turned Daphne into her into a laurel tree.

4). Echo: is an Oread, which is a mountain nymph. Zeus enjoyed being around these nymphs because they were beautiful. However, Zeus was married to Hera, who didn’t appreciate him cavorting with he nymphs. So, Echo was given the job of distracting Hera whenever she tried to find Zeus’ whereabouts. One day, Hera realized that Echo was distracting her, and cursed poor Echo. She was cursed with never again saying her own words, but only repeating those that were spoken by others.

5). Leto: is the mother of Artemis and Apollo. She catches the eye of Zeus one day and becomes pregnant. Hera, Zeus’ wife, is not happy with this turn of events. She therefore puts a curse on Leto making sure that no land will allow Leto to give birth on it. Leto finally comes to an island which is not attached to the ocean floor (so, in reality it’s not land). She then gives birth to Apollo and Artemis.

6). Memphis: is the daughter of the Nile and she is the water nymph in charge of the well of Memphis. In fact, there’s an Egyptian city that bears her name to this day!

7). Nike: this is a winged goddess of victory. She flies over a battlefield and gives glory and fame to those warriors that are victorious. She’s also the daughter of the Titan Pallas and goddess Styx.

8). Nyx: was the goddess of darkness to ancient Greeks. She is known for being very pretty and having a lot of power. This could be a great name for a dog that is dark in color and very strong.

9). Pallas: this is the daughter of Triton and friend to Athena. The girls were female warriors who often practiced mock fights together. One day, Zeus happened to look down on one of their mock battles. Fearing that Pallas would kill his daughter Athena, Zeus distracted Pallas and Athena accidentally killed her. To honor her friend Pallas, Athena then built the Palladium and took Pallas’ name as part of hers. So, Athena became Pallas Athena.

10). Penelope: was the faithful wife of Odysseus. She waited 20 years for him to return from the Trojan War. While she waited, many men sought her hand in marriage. However, Penelope believes her husband is still alive and believes he will one day return. To thwart her many suitors, Penelope comes up with creative schemes. This would be a great name for a very faithful and loving dog.

11). Psyche: is a human princess and the youngest, most beautiful of three sisters. Because she’s so beautiful, men began to worship her. As a result, they abandoned Aphrodite’s temples, which causes her to become very jealous of Psyche. As a result, Aphrodite asks Eros to punish Psyche by using his arrows to cause her to fall in love with a hideous man. As Eros prepares his arrows, he accidentally scratches himself, and as a result, falls deeply in love with Psyche. He then takes her to a beautiful place to be his bride.

12). Selene: is the goddess of the moon and the daughter of Hyperion and Theia. Luna is known for her thick hair and for driving her chariot across the night sky, while her brother, Helios, takes his chariot across the sky during the day.

13). Artemis: this was the Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness and wild animals. She was also the goddess over the Moon and chastity. She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was also the goddess of childbirth and midwifery.

14). Aura: was a Titan goddess of the breeze and fresh, cool air in the early morning. She was the daughter of Lelantos, who was the Titan of air. She eventually had two sons who were twins. Does your fur baby love fresh air and being outside in the morning? Then this would be a very pretty name for her.

15). Calliope: was the muse of epic poetry for ancient Greeks. She was one of the nine muses. She was once asked by Zeus to judge a dispute between the Aphrodite and Persephone, who were fighting over Adonis. If your fur baby is a peacemaking, or she inspires you, then this would be a really pretty name for your fur baby. You could even shorten this name to “Calli.”

16). Cassandra: was the priestess of Apollo for ancient Greeks. In Greek mythology, she was cursed to utter true prophecies, which were never to be believed by the hearers. She was also the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, and her older brother was Hector, who was the hero of the Greco-Trojan war.

17). Daphne: was a naiad, and a daughter of the river god Peneus. According to mythology, Apollo insulted Eros (Cupid) the god of love, Eros used a golden arrow to shoot Apollo, which lead him to fall in love with Daphne. Then Eros shot Daphne with a leaden arrow, which caused her never to love Apollo in return. This is a very melodramatic story, but the name is still a pretty one that could be fitting for a dog who loves water, or if you’d like a name that is very unique.

18). Gaia: is the personification of Earth in Greek mythology. She is the mother of Uranus, and the Titans, and more. If you love the Earth and nature, this could be a very pretty name for your fur baby!

19). Helen: this is the same woman who was Helen of Troy, for whom the Trojan war was fought. Come to find out, she was also a daughter of Zeus and Leda. She was one of the most beautiful woman in the known world at that time.

20). Iris: was the Greek personification of the rainbow and a messenger of the gods. She was the daughter of Thaumas and the ocean nymph, Electra. If your fur baby loves the water, this would be a great name for her!

21). Phaedra: was the daughter of Minos and Pasiphae of Crete. She weas also the wife of Theseus and the mother of Demophon of Athens and Acamas. We just think this is a pretty name that would be a great fit for any girl dog!

22). Rhea: is another character from Greek mythology. She was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus. She was also the older sister and wife of Cronus. This is another pretty name that would be a great fit for a girl dog.

23). Thalia: she was one of the three Charites (Graces) to ancient Greeks, and she had two sisters and was a daughter of Zeus, and her mother was Eurynome, the goddess of lawful order. Thalia was the goddess of festivities. Does your canine companion enjoy a good party? Then this could the perfect name for her!

24). Frigg: this was a goddess from Scandinavian mythology, who was the wife of Odin. She was the goddess of love, beauty, fertility and fate. She was also the queen of Asgard and had the gift of divination. She was the only goddess who could sit with her husband. If you’d love to have a unique, pretty name for your dog, this could be a great choice!

25). Freya: was a Norse goddess who was goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. We think this is another unique name that would fit a beautiful girl dog!

Fables Male Dog Names

Here are some great Fables dog names for boy dogs!

26). Erebus: was the god of darkness and shadow, who was born from Chaos. He had the power to manipulate darkness and shadow, and more. This would be a great name for a dog who has dark or gray fur.

27). Ajax: was a great hero in Greek mythology and was the son of King Telamon of Salamis and Perriboea. He played a major role in the Trojan War. We hope your fur baby isn’t a warrior dog, but we do like the sound of this name and think it would be a great name for a large dog such as a Rottweiler or a St. Bernard.

28). Brontes: to ancient Greeks, this was a cyclops in their mythology. He was the son of Ouranos and Gaia, and brother to two other cyclopes.

29). Argus: was a one-hundred-eyed giant in Greek mythology. He was a giant and was the son of Arestor. He was also a servant of Hera. Does your dog seem to have excellent eyesight? Then this would be a great name for him!

30). Damon: was a Greek who was friends with Phythias. This pair were later known and celebrated for being friends who would willing sacrifice themselves for each other. Is your dog protective, brave and courageous? Then maybe this would be a great name for him!

31). Evander: in ancient times, this man was a hero from Arcadia, Greece, who brough the Greek pantheon, laws, and alphabet to Italy.  He founded the city of Pallantium, which would eventually become Rome.

32). Eros: to ancient Greeks, this was the Greek god of love. He was the son of Ares and Aphrodite was known for his bow and arrows, which he could use to cause others to fall in or out of love. Does your fur baby have a very loving spirit? Then why not choose this name for him?

33). Helios: was the god of the sun in Greek mythology. He rode a golden chariot that carried the sun across the sky each day, from east to west. At night, he made the return journey, and started all over again the next day. This would be a great name for a dog who really loves to get up early every day!

34). Hermes: was the herald, or messenger, of the gods in Greek mythology. H was the son of Zeus and the Pleiad, Maia. He often carried messages from and to the gods.

35). Jupiter: in Roman mythology, he was the god of thunder and the sky. In Greek mythology, he was Zeus. Does your fur baby have a loud, thunderous bark, then this would be the perfect name for him!

36). Leander: was a young man from Abydos in Greek mythology. He lived on the eastern part of the Hellespont and fell in love with the priestess of Aphrodite, Hero.

37). Morpheus: in both Greek and Roman mythology, he was the sone of Hypnos, who was the god of sleep. Morpheus sent human shapes to dreamers, while his brothers sent forms of animals and inanimate things. Does your fur baby like to sleep a lot? Then why not choose this name for him?

38). Pan: was the god of the wild, shepherds, flocks, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and more. Does your canine companion enjoy being outside in nature? Does he also love music? Then this would be a very great name for him!

39). Theseus: is a legendary hero in Greek mythology, who was once an early king of Athens. He’s very famous for killing evil characters, Amazons, centaurs and more. If you have a god who loves to hunt, then this might be a great name for him!

40). Vulcan: is the Roman mythological god who was in charge of all types of fire—from volcanoes and deserts, to the forge and metalworking. If your dog has fire-colored hair, such as a Golden Retriever, an Irish Setter, or even a Shiba Inu, this would be a very unique name for him!

More Fables Pet Names

Here are some more dog names inspired by fables and mythology!

41). Baldur (m): was the Norse god of beauty, innocence, peace and rebirth. He was also a husband of Nanna. What a most unusual name this would make for your boy dog!

42). Eir (f): was the Norse goddess of healing. Has your fur baby brought healing to your life? Then this is the best name for her!

43). Foresti (m): was the Norse god of justice, peace and truth. If your dog has a peaceful spirit, and loves the forest, then this could be a good name for him.

44). Hlin (f): was the Norse goddess or consolation and protection. Does your lady canine companion protect you and offer comfort? Then what better name could you choose for her?

45). Nott (f): was the Norse goddess of the night. This would be a pretty name for a lady dog who has dark or black fur.

46). Sif (f): was the Norse goddess of the harvest and was wife of Thor. Does your fur baby love to look for food in places such as the waste basket or those little “oopses” that fall on the floor when you’re cooking? Then this could be a great name for her!

47). Thor (m): was the Norse god of thunder and battle, and a son of Odin.

48). Kvasir (m): was the Norse god of inspiration. Does your bring inspiration and love to your life? Then what better name could you pick for him?

49). Gefjun (f): was the Norse goddess of fertility and the plough. This might be a very unique name for a dog who loves to dig!

50). Mani (m): was the Norse god of the Moon. This might be a great name for a dog who loves to howl at the moon, or who has light-colored fur.

There you have it! A list of Fables pet names! And we hope you’ve been able to find the best name for your canine companion in this list!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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