10 Male Dog Names From Interesting Greek God Stories

Screw tradition! You want to name your dog something that's a bit more unique and cool. Still, you don't want to choose something that's too far out. Here are 10 awesome dog names from Greek myth you can go ahead and use.

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1. Zeus


Zeus is the king of all the gods and is the god of the sky, weather, law, order and fate. No one is mightier than the mighty Zeus. He is depicted as a regal, mature man with a sturdy figure and dark beard.
He was the youngest child of the Titans Kronos and Rheia. Kronos devoured each of his children when they were born, but Zeus escaped this fate when his mother spirited him away, handing Kronos a stone substitute wrapped in blankets. Eventually Zeus rescued his siblings and cast his father down into Tartarus.
Zeus is consistently ranked in the top 50 most popular male dog names year after year. If you want a popular dog name or have a large and stately dog, you might have just found the perfect name.

2. Apollo


Apollo is known as the sun god, music god, archery god, poetry god, painting god, prophecy god, plagues and healing god, animal welfare god, god of radiance, and many more! He is the boy wonder of Greek mythology, who seems to be good at everything, thoroughly sickening to us mere mortals.
Apollo is depicted as a handsome, beardless athletic youth with long hair and attributes, such as a wreath or branch of laurel, bow and arrows, and lyre. This Greek god name is well suited for any dog.

Apollo is a Greek god name is well suited for any dog.

3. Ares


Ares was a hyper-aggressive and extremely masculine god who ruled over the domain of war, depicted as either a mature, bearded warrior armed for battle, or a nude, beardless youth with a helm and spear.
Ares loved battles and violence. Never mind which side he was on, so long as there was plenty of blood. He sided against most of the Olympians during the Trojan War, so it's not hard to see why he was not very popular among them.
Ares is a good name for powerful dogs. If you have a large, powerful and aggressive dog, this name is definitely the best choice.

4. Pan


Pan is the god of shepherds, pastures, and fertility.
When he was born it was a bit of a shock. He was half human and half goat, with pointed ears, a pug nose and the legs and horns of a male goat. His mother screamed when she first saw him and ran away. But Hermes took pity on the abandoned child and took him to Mount Olympus. It was not long before Pan was the delight of many of the gods and goddesses.
You could name your dog Pan if you would like him to be a delight to all.

5. Hermes


Hermes is the god of merchants and commerce, athletics and travel, public speaking, shepherds and thieves. He was Zeus' youngest son and his mother was Maia. Quick acting and cunning, he was able to move swiftly between the world of man and the world of gods, acting as a messenger of the gods and the link between mortals and the Olympians. Both gods and humans liked and trusted Hermes.
Hermes is the perfect dog name for fleet and smart dogs.

Hermes is the perfect dog name for fleet and smart dogs.

6. Hercules

Hercules was half man and half god. His mother was a mortal, but his father was the king of all the gods, Zeus. He was born incredibly strong and best known as the strongest of all mortals. He was the deciding factor in the triumphant victory of the Olympians over the Giants. The Romans valued him highly as he best fit their idea of a hero. He eventually had a fair sized cult that worshiped him as a god.
Hercules is best suit for canines that are strong and brave, such as Siberian Husky, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Dane and so on.

Hercules is best suit for canines that are strong and brave, such as Siberian Husky, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Dane and so on.

7. Chaos


Chaos was the lower atmosphere which surrounds the earth. The word Chaos means "gap" or "chasm", being the space between heaven and earth.
According to Greek mythology, Chaos was the first thing that ever existed and the source of everything. Chaos produced Gaea (Earth), Tartarus (underworld), and Eros (love), while later Erebus (darkness), Nyx (night) and Hemera (day) also popped out. Name your wild puppy Chaos, and soon all good things will come.

8. Pollux And Castor

Pollux And Castor

Pollux and Castor were twin brothers, together known as the Dioscuri. Their mother was Leda, but they had different fathers. When Castor was killed, Pollux asked Zeus to grant half of his immortality to his brother. Hence, they were transformed into the constellation Gemini, able to travel together between Heavens and Hades.
If you have brought two new dogs home, and hope they can get along very well, consider these two names. If you are expecting an inseparable bond with your dog, pick this name, too.

9. Cadmus


Following the instructions of various kings, gods, and goddesses, Cadmus built the city of Thebes. He served Ares for eight years. After that period, he married Harmonia at the gods' request.
One of his best-known stories is his fight against a dragon. He killed the dragon to avenge his companions.
If you hope your dog will follow your instruction and to remain loyal to you, name him Cadmus.

10. Nereus

When it comes to Old Man of the Sea, your first thought might be the old man in Ernest Hemmingway's literary work. While the original of this phrase was said to be Nereus, one of the sea gods from ancient Greece.
Nereus was the son of Pontus, a personification of the sea, and Gaea, the Earth goddess. He was considered to be a friendly, gentle and trustworthy God, who never lied. Call your dog Nereus if you are looking for a kind, gentle, reliable, and sincere friend.

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