Finnish Dog Names: Adventurous Names for Your Wild Pup

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Anna Smith
Written by Anna Smith

Do you have a Finnish background? Is it one of your favorite countries to visit? Do you love Finnish mythology? Well, now that you have a new puppy in your life, why don’t you name them after this chilly country? In this article, we’ve selected some of the best Finnish dog names around for you.

It can be challenging finding a name for your pup; you’re probably wondering where to even start. But you don’t have to look far. Some of the best names come from your favorite memories or travels. If you’ve fallen in love with Finland, then you should take a closer look at the country and the places you’ve visited. Maybe there’s a special lake, restaurant, or town that you can’t get out of your mind. Plus, Finnish dog names are all so exotic, unique, and memorable.

You won’t have to dig far into your memory—you probably have some names popping up in your head as we speak. Well, we did some further research for you about Finland and found some stellar names for your pup.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started! The names are divided into two lists: male and female. However, it’s best that you go through both lists as many of these names are gender-neutral. So, take a look at the names, write the ones you like down, and eventually, you’ll choose the best name for your pup.

Female Finnish Dog Names

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Your puppy is one lovely lady, but she also has an exotic vibe to her. You may have visited Finland before, and if you did, you fell in love with the country. Is it an unusual place? Yes. Is it chilly? Absolutely. But you can’t get enough of this country. So, it’s only fitting that you name your girl after this country.

  • Akaa: if you’ve traveled around Finland, you’ve probably stopped by the town of Akaa. It’s a small town located on the southern part of the country. A perfect name for a sweet and gentle girl.

  • Ava: when your girl hangs out with your friends and family, they fall in love with her. Every moment in her company is a blessing for them. She’s sweet, she’s cuddly, and she’s soft. Well, Ava is a Finnish creature that’s much like a mermaid—she seduces people with her singing.

  • Eija: your girl is all about the lights, camera, and action. Whenever she can get a minute, she’s stealing the spotlight from everyone else around her. She’s cute though, so you let it slide. Eija is a name inspired by Finnish actress Eija Vilpas.

  • Espla: the city of Helsinki is the biggest city in Finland. Esplanadi is a large green smack dab in the middle of the city.

  • Haltia: does your puppy prance around playfully and angelically? Haltia is a Finnish fairy who can be a spirit of the forest, water, or air.

  • Helsinki: well if you don’t know what Helsinki is, then did you even go to Finland? Helsinki is the capital city of Finland. If you’ve been to Finland, this is where you probably spent a majority of your time.

  • Inari: if your girl loves water, then why not name her after the third largest lake in Finland? Inari is a feminine, yet powerful name for any puppy. Also, check out our article on how to teach your dog to swim.

  • Juksakka: your girl is one true protector. She takes her role as a family guard very seriously and doesn’t let anyone near your children without coming to her first. Juksakka is a spirit which protects children—also known as “akka with an arrow.”

  • Kemi: this is a town that’s near the Swedish border. Though this town has had its fair share of history, this name is extremely sweet for a girl. Kemi would be ideal for a playful and energetic pooch.

  • Kuu: though she’s just a pup, you’ve caught your pup howling at the moon. Seeing a puppy howl is one of the cutest things ever. Kuu is the goddess of the moon, and this name would suit your pup perfectly.

  • Leena: if you love science, then you’ll love the name Leena. You could name your pup after the famous Finnish geneticist, Leena Peltonen-Palotie. She was quite the woman!

  • Mielikki: your girl loves the forest, and if she had it her way, she’d spend every moment running around in the woods, sniffing around and discovering new things. Mielikki is the goddess of forests and the hunt—a perfect name for your pup.

  • Nakki: now the meaning behind this is dark, but it sounds cute when you say it, right? Though you don’t have to choose this name for the meaning, it’s important to know what it means. Nakki is a shapeshifting creature that lives in the water, preying on children. Spooky!

  • Pori: though it is a city on Finland’s west coast, it’s also an adorable name for a girl. Pori is short, sweet, and has a hint of attitude in it all mixed together.

  • Sara: you’re probably thinking, I didn’t know this was a Finnish name. Well, it’s not a Finnish name, but it is the name of someone famous in Finland. Sara Marie Forsberg is a singer and songwriter.

  • Sultsina: though you may not have guessed it, Sultsina is a rye flatbread that’s served with cream and cinnamon sugar. She’s one grounded and rational pup, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t full of sweetness and love.

  • Tarja: if you love politics, then you’re going to love this name. Tarka Halonen is the first female president of Finland. This name is strong, yet feminine.

Male Finnish Dog Names

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Your pup loves the snow, and you can’t seem to get him out of it. Your puppy is made for winter, so why not give him a name inspired by a cold and wintery country? Finland is known for their winters, and your dog just wants to get on the next plane there. Can you blame him?

  • Ahti: your pup can’t get enough of swimming. The minute he sees water, he jumps right in. Ahti is the god of seas, rivers, and lakes. Basically, he’s the god of water.

  • Alvar: if you’re a fan of architecture, then you may want to name your pup after one of your hobbies. Alvar is the name of Alvar Aalto, a famous Finnish architect.

  • Ensio: this name means “the first.” Have you just adopted your first dog? Well, the two of you are going to have a lot of fun together, and you probably have a lot to teach each other. They say you never forget your first love, and we certainly never forget our first dog.

  • Eric: you probably didn’t expect the name Eric on this list, right? Well, though the name doesn’t originate in Finland, Eric is quite famous in Finland. Eric Tigerstedt is a Finnish inventor known as the “Thomas Edison of Finland.”

  • Erlik: though this sounds like a light and playful name, it actually has a darker meaning. Erlik is a Finnish demigod and actually a spirit of creation.

  • Espoo: when you were in Finland, your favorite place to visit was Espoo. It’s the second largest city in Finland. Now, your pup may not be the biggest, but they’re a close second!

  • Finn: it’s a sweet and mischievous name for a pup who can’t seem to stop getting himself into trouble. Finn is short for Finland. If you’re a massive fan of Finland, then you’ll love the shortened version of it.

  • Hanko: this name has an old man vibe to it, does it not? It would be a cute name for a Pug or Bulldog, especially if they have an old soul. Hanko is also the name of a port on the south coast of Finland.

  • Henri: is your dog as fast as lightning? He can cut corners and outrun any other dog. Henri is a name inspired by Henri Toivonen, a Finnish rally driver. If your pup is one quick little guy, Henri is the perfect name.

  • Hiisi: your pup is a tricky one. You never know what his next move is going to be and you feel you always need to keep a close eye on him. He’s a naughty one! Well, Hiisi is the name of Lempo’s henchman who’s a demonic character.

  • Kalakukko: if you were in Finland, then you’ve tasted the delicious food it has to offer. You’ll need to really practice saying this name.

  • Kauko: your pup loves to pull pranks on you. He likes to hide his bones and teases you with his leash—you always need to keep your eye on him! Kauko is the Finnish trickster god, and this name suits him perfectly.

  • Kie: your dog is a herder; he loves to make sure he’s leading the pack—that everyone is heading in the right direction. Kie is after Kied Kie Jubmel who’s the god of the herds. He keeps a close eye on his flock.

  • Kul: if you’re a fan of mythology then you’re going to love this name. Kul is a half-fish spirit in Finnish mythology.

  • Lempo: this name brings nothing but love. Actually, Lempo is the god of love and fertility in Finnish mythology. But for your sake, make sure your pup is neutered or spayed.

  • Lennu: this is the name of the first dog of Finland. As the president’s dog, he’s adored by all—as your dog is as well.

  • Pekko: your pup is a farm dog and loves to guard the crops. He loves to make sure his crops are kept safe. Well, he sure sounds a lot like the god of crops and protector of fields, right?

  • Raako: the name of the Finnish god of time. You never know where all the time goes when you’re with your dog. He’s just too sweet and loveable!

  • Rock: your pup is one big and burly guy! But this name isn’t after Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Actually, Rock Church is located in Helsinki. If you’re spiritual, then Rock is a sweet name.

  • Surma: your dog has these wild colored eyes. Most people go under a trance when they have eye contact with your pup. This name has a startling history. Surma is actually a demonic dog that turns people into stone upon staring at them. See what we mean?

  • Thermes: your pup can occasionally have a nasty temper. If he doesn’t like what’s happening, he’ll bark until you figure out what’s going on. Thermes would be a good name as it after the god of thunder.

  • Ukko: your pup runs as fast as lightning, and he also has a bit of a temper. Well, then you’ve found the perfect name for him. Ukko is the Finnish god of storms and lightning.

Wrap Up

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After reading this list, what do you think? Does your pup have what it takes to carry one of these Finnish dog names? If your puppy has an exotic flair or a winter-vibe, then a Finnish name would suit them perfectly. Plus, if you love the country, then you knock two birds with one stone. The names we chose on this list will bring out the best in your pup.

While reading the lists, write down the names that you find eye-catching. After looking at this list, you probably are feeling a little overwhelmed. Your list is full of names that you love—but how do you pick just one? You need to see how they react to them. Call them by your chosen names and see if they respond. They’ll help you choose the name.

Let us know which name you chose if you ended up picking a name for your pup from our list! If you came up with something else, do let us know what the name is. Next, check out our article on dog booties for snow. Your dog may have a name from the land of ice and snow, but they still need adequate protection against the cold!

About the author
Anna Smith
Anna Smith

Anna Smith resides in beautiful Santa Monica, CA, where she works as a Pet Nutrition Expert in a leading retail pet store. She is responsible for nutritional strategies for different breeds and development of new products on the market in compliance with Association of American Feed Control Officials. Anna's passions are education about proven methods and best practices in the industry and her dog Max, who is always well-fed.