On the hunt for female dog names that stand out from the crowd? If you've never considered names from Greek mythology, you're missing out on the best choices. The names of Greek goddesses that have been handed down through generations are considered to be holy and immortal because they contain and transmit the power of the goddess. Here's a list of 10 awesome goddesses and their stories, which not only you but even your dog will love.
Athena is the Greek virgin goddess of wisdom, war, strategy, arts and literature. She always believed in fighting for restoring justice and righteousness, and only took part in wars fought for her state against outside enemies. It’s an entirely appropriate name for a smart and powerful female dog.
Hera is one of the most interesting and famous figures of the Greek mythology. Known as the goddess of marriage and Queen of the Gods, Hera always had a special interest in protecting married women and preserving the sacred marital bond.
Hera was the only lawful wife of Zeus. She embodied the virtues and defects of the married woman. On the one hand, she was affectionate, faithful, and submissive to her husband. On the other hand, she was a fractious, jealous and spiteful wife. In her absolute anger and anguish over Zeus’ never-ending affairs, she often punished both Zeus' partners and the offspring that resulted from these illicit unions.
Overall, Hera is a lovely name. It suits a large and powerful female dog, and you can certainly call her date Zeus.
Artemis is popularly known as the goddess of virginity, hunt and natural environment among other things.
Artemis was the product of Zeus' extramarital affair with Leto. From the first hours of her birth, she helped her exhausted mother to give birth to her brother, Apollo, thereby identified as the protector of childbirth and labor.
From very early on she had gained many admirers. Devoted to hunting and nature, she rejected marriage and love. She was the protector of nature and the hunt. Both wild and tame animals were under her protection.
For an independent hunting dog, no name is better than Artemis.
Eris is the Greek goddess of chaos, strife and discord. Because of her disagreeable nature she was the only goddess not to be invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. As a means of revenge, Eris threw a golden apple amongst the goddesses which she inscribed “To the Fairest.” Three laid claim to it - Hera, Aphrodite and Athena, and their rivalry brought about the events leading up to the Trojan War.
If your dog is mischievous and often makes trouble for you, then Eris would be a very cool name for her.
Psyche was a mortal woman who was turned into the goddess of the soul in Greek mythology.
When Psyche and Eros were in love, Eros hid his true identity (he is a god) and told Psyche she must never gaze upon his face. However, Psyche was tricked into disobeying what Eros had said by her jealous sisters and the angry god forsook her. Psyche searched the whole world for her lost love and accomplished a series of seemingly impossible tasks. Finally Psyche was reunited with Eros and married him.
Name your dog Psyche if you want a strong-minded and loyal dog that can get the job done.
Leto was one of the brides of Zeus, and the mother of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. She is the goddess of motherhood.
Long before Zeus married Hera, Leto became pregnant with Zeus' children. But that did not lessen Hera's jealousness. Hera gave her endless punishment and drove her from land to land preventing her from finding a place to give birth. Leto never yielded to Hera and finally came to a barren rock island. She gave birth to twin deities there and did everything possible to protect her children from Hera’s persecution.
If you hope your dog can try her best to protect you from danger, then pick this name.
Penelope was the wife of Odysseus and was a good wife indeed.
Odysseus was forced to fight against the Trojans and the war lasted ten years, during which no news about Odysseus was heard. Most believed that Odysseus was actually dead. Many suitors tried to convince Penelope to remarry. But Penelope believed that her husband was still alive. To stall for time, she announced that she would remarry once she finished weaving a burial shroud for her father-in-law. However, in reality, she weaved in the daytime and then unravelled her weaving at night. Eventually Odysseus came back and the couple were reunited.
Penelope is the perfect name for a female dog that is smart and faithful.
Nike? The Swoosh?! The famous sports brand?! This is what you may know about Nike.
But what you might not know is that Nike is the winged goddess of victory, both in battle and in sport. This goddess flew around battlefields in a chariot, rewarding the worthy victors with glory and fame, represented by a wreath of laurel leaves.
The popular sports brand shares the same name with the goddess - That is not by accident. The founder of Nike (corporation), Phil Knight, chose the name purposely for its association with victory in sport. In fact, everything about the branding of the company comes from the mythology of this goddess.
If you like to win fame and glory at Flyball Tournaments or Agility Trials, then call your girl Nike.
Echo was once a beautiful nymph who caught the attention of Zeus. Hera, Zeus' wife, was jealous of Echo and took away Echo's beautiful voice and cursed her only to be able to repeat the last words she heard. Later on, Echo gradually became the Spirit of Noise and Jabbering. Name your dog Echo if she seems never to stop barking.
Nyx is the goddess of the night in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of Chaos, which made her one of the first creatures ever to emerge from the void.
Nyx was attributed with powers over illness, suffering, dreams, misfortunes, quarrels, war, murder, sleep and death. Besides, she was also the supreme ruler of prophetic power. She was so powerful, feared even by Zeus, King of the Gods.
What's interesting about Nyx is that some of her children, like Moirai (Fates), Hypnos (Sleep) were born from the goddess alone, without a father, which fully proves a myth is a myth.
If you are seeking a powerful, independent companion, or you just like this goddess, choose the name Nyx!