One of the first duties new dog owners face is naming their baby. A dog will respond to the name you give it for the duration of its life. Your dog’s name will also depict its personality and can impact how other people perceive your pet. For Christian pet parents, selection of name takes on a whole new dimension since God places a great deal of importance and priority on names. Many Biblical names have deep spiritual significance and can tell a story about your pet’s origins, personality and the role of the name in history. So let us find out possible spiritual and Biblical dog names, female and male, for your consideration.
Some practical suggestions for choosing Biblical or Hebrew puppy names
Heritage and meaning
Perhaps you want to honor someone in the family or even a deceased pet when naming him. Character and personality are important aspects of choosing significant names for your dog from the Holy Book. Avoid certain dishonorable names as the male or female character with that name may have acted dishonorably. So it is a good idea to know the significance and meaning before choosing ‘faith’ based dog names. Finally, make sure you can pronounce and spell the name you choose. Sometimes names are creative and unique but they can also be difficult to spell or pronounce which could have people stumbling to get it right. If you desire to find a unique name, then there should always be a balance between popularity and uniqueness.
Tips to ‘create’ heavenly dog names
You can actually even create unique Bible dog names, male or female, by trying certain spelling variations. This way, you will surely end up with one-of-a-kind name that will get people to admire your pet and your creatvity. Here are some examples:
- Danielle is a great name from the Bible, which you can change to Ranielle.
- Susan to Suzahn
- Rosa to Rosah
Another way to create unique Biblical names for male or female puppies is to combine two or more names for example: Ron + Ellen gives the female name Ronelle or male name Ronel.
Top Popular Christian Names for Male and Female Dogs
Bible dog names (Male)
- Jake (from Jacob) – This is a Hebrew name meaning to ‘be behind’ or to follow. It also means fun loving.
- Alexis – This is a good unisex name for a pug or poodle. In Bible, the name means protector of mankind.
- Mike (from Michael) – Michael was one of the archangels in the Bible.
- Josh ( from Joshua) – Joshua succeeded Moses. The name has Hebrew roots ‘Yeshoua’ meaning Yahweh is salvation or to save.
- Matt (from Matthew) – In the Bible, Matthew was one of the 12 apostles. Matthew also means Gift of God.
- Danny (from Daniel) – Daniel is a Hebrew name which means God is my Judge.
- Christ (from Christopher) – This name has Greek roots and means ‘carrier of Christ’.
- Andy (from Andrew) – The first of the twelve apostles and patron saint.
- Ethan – This name appears almost 8 times in the Hebrew Bible. It has several deep meanings such as solid, enduring, permanent etc.
- Will/Willie/Willy (from William) – William is Old German name meaning ‘determined protector’.
- Tony – Anthony has Roman and Greek roots. In Greek, anthos means flower and the Roman clan name means Highly Praiseworthy.
- Dave – From David or Hebrew Dawid which means uncle or beloved.
- Alex – can be short for Alexander or Alexandra. In biblical meaning, Alexander is the one who assists men.
- Nicky – from Nicholas. Nicholas from Acts 6:5 was a native of Antioch who followed Christ.
- Jamie – from James. The Biblical meaning of this name is brother of Jesus or that which supplants, heels or undermines.
- Johnny – This is a great name for a Boston Terrier. It is the nickname for John which is the Hebrew name for ‘to be gracious’.
- Noah – Be careful when naming your pet Noah as it is very similar to NO command and could confuse your dog. Noah is otherwise a rather popular name meaning the builder of the Ark.
Biblical dog names for female dog
- Em/Emily/Emma- All three are lovely names and not too common as well. As far as its roots go, Emily comes from German Aemilius meaning industrious. Emma is short for Amelia/Emmeline. In Hebrew, Amelia means Work of the Lord.
- Madeline/Madison – Both of these are good names for a female Labrador or Great Pyrenees. Madison, in the Bible, means son of Matthew although it is a popular female name. In fact; Madison was one of the 20 top names for baby girls in 2000s.
- Olivia – Olivia makes an awesome name for a Bull Mastiff, Maltese or Italian Greyhound. The meaning of the name in Bible comes from ‘olive’ which is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty and dignity.
- Hannah – This is a beautiful name for a girl Dachshund or a St. Bernard. Mention of Hannah can be found in Samuel 1:2-2:21. It has Hebrew origins and Hannah was Peninnah’s wife. Unfortunately she remained barren.
- Abigail/Abby – Abby is a popular name for a Cavalier King Charles, Dachshund, Boston Terrier or even a sweet Yorkie. The name Abigail means Father’s Joy.
- Isabella/Bella – Bella has remained a popular dog name for many years now. Isabel is Latin for Promise of God.
- Elizabeth (shortened to Betsy, Liz, Bess, Lily, Abi, Lise, Liza, Eliza etc) – Elizabeth (Gospel of Luke, 1:5) was the daughter of Aaron. Hebrew meaning of this name is oath of God.
- Ashley – This is a male and female name and later it became a popular name for dogs. Name your Jack Russell terrier or your Akita Ashley. Its meaning in Bible is ‘ash tree’.
- Sarah – Sarah is Princess.
- Sophie – Good name for a Great Pyreness! In Bible, it means wisdom, skill.
- Alyssa – Hebrew and Greek name meaning rational. It also has German roots.
- Gracie – Top name for a quiet graceful puppy; it means Gift from Heaven. Also, God’s Grace protects us every day.
- Ava – Ava means ‘living one’. It is a good name for dogs that are shy or independent.
- Taylor – Taylor is a great name for a beautiful Boxer or German Shepherd. In Hebrew puppy names, it means clothed in salvation.
- Brianna – Have a scary, fierce guard dog? Brianna is a good name for her, don’t you think? The name has Irish roots meaning The Noble One.
- Lauren – This human name makes a great dog name too! Lauren is symbol of honor and victory often depicted in the Biblical sense as laurel or sweet bay tree.
- Chloe – Dogs named Chloe are often large breed dogs. The name has Greek roots meaning fertility or blooming.
Some more top dog names from the Bible and their spiritual significance
- Adam – Good name for a Doberman Pinscher or a German Shepherd. It means formed of Earth.
- Aaron – Light bringer
- Abel- Breath or Life of God
- Adina – Hebrew name meaning adorned or clothed with praise.
- Adora – “I have loved you’ says the Lord and that is what this beautiful name means spiritually.
- Amber – Like a Jewel
- Amos- Bearer of burden
- Anna/Anah/Ana/Anka – Full of Grace
- April – Means Awakened or New in Faith
- Barb – Meaning stranger/purchased.
- Bane – Heir or child of exhortation
- Baxter – Provider/Industrious
- Beau – Handsome
- Bebe – Baby
- Caesar – For a Beagle puppy
- Caleb – Bold
- Cady – Pure/Blameless
- Cala – Fortress/protected
- Daisy – Cleansed
- Dale – From the valley/peaceful
- Dane – Blessed
- Danya – God is my Judge
- Daria – wealthy/ gracious
- Davin – Brilliant
- Dean – Loving
- Delsie – Promise
- Elva – Anglo Saxon name meaning leader of the Elves.
- Egan – Irish/Gaelic name meaning fire
- Fallon – Heir
- Fanny – Dedicated
- Fanya – Free/vindicated
- Felton – Hopeful
- Gershon – Exile
- Gideon – Destroyer/One with stump in place of hand
- Hank – Rules his household
- Henry – From German Heimirich meaning home ruler
- Hanan/Hannen – from Hebrew channan meaning chief of tribe.
- Ishmael – God will hear/blessed
- Jakan – Intelligent/discerning
- Jade – Precious gem/priceless
- Kaley – Pure/spotless
- Laban – White/glorious
- Mayon/Maayani/Maion – Water source/Fountain of Life
- Naran – Young man/Temperate
- Odell – Wealthy
- Odelia – Praise God
- Paloma – Dove/Symbol of Peace
- Penelope – Bobbin.
- Rasheda – Friend of God
- Ranan –Sacrifice
- Sabah/Sheba – Hebrew name meaning promise, oath
- Selena – Greek word meaning as fair as the moon
- Timothy – Meaning honoring God
- Tyson – Son of the ruler
- Ulana – Filled with Joy
- Vale – Valley/praise
- Zafina – Victorious/Strength of God