DOG NAMES

Jewish Dog Names: Meaningful and Unique Names For Your Pet

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John Walton
Written by John Walton

Whether you would like to remain true to your religion or you simply want to give your pet a name with biblical import, Jewish dog names are some of the best name choices for canine pets. Rich in history and meaningful, don’t you think your dog would love such a name?

When you give your pet a name that’s Yiddish or Hebrew in origin, you’re giving your pet a truly beautiful and unique moniker. Plus, there are a lot of charming Jewish names for dogs that are very descriptive, so you can choose one that’s really suitable for your pet.

In this article, we’ll first give you a quick overview of the Canaan Dog, which is considered as Israel’s national dog. Then we’ll go over a long list of meaningful Jewish names for male canines, followed by excellent Jewish name choices for female dogs. We’ll also give you some of the most beautiful and unique biblical dog names.

The Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog

Tracing its origins back to ancient Canaan, the breed is considered one of the oldest canine breeds. It’s not known how and when the breed came to be, but in the 1930s, the Canaan dog began to be used as a guard dog for the Jewish military as well as for Jewish settlements and to individual homes.

Female Canaan dogs may grow up to 45 pounds, while males usually weight 45-55 pounds. These dogs can grow up to a height of 19-24 inches. Canaan dogs have a dense and straight outer coat and a thick undercoat. Their colors may vary from cream, black, red, to brown, sometimes with white markings.

Canaan Dogs are extremely alert, confident, and vigilant, which is why they’re excellent herding and guard dogs. Highly trainable and adaptable, Canaan dogs also have an affectionate side to them. They’re extremely loyal, protective, and independent.

Jewish Dog Names by Gender

Are you reading this article because you have a Canaan dog? Even if your dog does not belong to this breed, our article can still serve you well.

If you’re looking for a meaningful name for your pet, Jewish names are great choices. You can easily find a suitable name for your pet from this excellent list we prepared for you, whether your dog is male or female.

#1: Meaningful Jewish Names For Male Dogs

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NameMeaning
Abe or AbrahamA Hebrew name that means father or many nations; a good name if you want to breed your dog later on
AbelMeans breath in Hebrew; a great name for the dog that's full of life
AmitMeans friend in Hebrew; perfect for any loyal canine companion
AriMeans lion in Hebrew; a good name for a fearless and brave dog
AsherMeans fortunate in Hebrew; a cool name for your lucky pet
AvivMeans spring or springtime in Hebrew; a great name for a dog born in springtime
BaruchMeans blessed in Hebrew; because you're blessed to have such a great puppy
Benjamin or BennyMeans son of my right hand in Hebrew; a cute name for the dog that's like your right-hand man
BoazMeans swiftness or strength in Hebrew; a perfect name for any strong or fast dog
ChaikaMeans life in Hebrew; a unique name for a lively dog
ChaimMeans alive in Hebrew; another great name for happy and lively dogs
DavidMeans beloved in Hebrew; a charming name for your treasured pet
Eitan or EthanMeans firm or strong in Hebrew; a good name for a strong dog
EliMeans ascend in Hebrew; a good biblical name for dogs
EliezerA Hebrew name that means my God is help; a truly meaningful name for your pet
EliotA Hebrew name that means my God is the Lord"; another excellent biblical name for your dog
EranMeans awake or watchful in Hebrew; a great name for a guard dog
EyalMeans courage in Hebrew; a cool name for a courageous dog
EzraMeans aid in Hebrew; perfect for the working dog that always helps you
GadMeans fortune in Hebrew; because your pet is your treasure
GilMeans happiness in Hebrew; an excellent name for your cheerful pet
HadarMeans splendor in Hebrew; a charming name for your gorgeous dog
HymanMeans alive in Hebrew; perfect for your lively and playful pet
ItzakMeans laughter in Hebrew; an excellent name for a cheerful and happy dog
JaphethMeans beautiful in Hebrew; simply because your pet is beautiful
JaronA Hebrew name that means he will sing; perfect for the music-loving puppy
JesseMeans gift in Hebrew; a great name for a puppy, especially if he was given to you as a gift
Jonah or JonasMeans dove in Hebrew; an excellent name for a peaceful dog
Joshua or JosiahA Hebrew name that means God rescues; perfect for the stray pet you rescued. Also fitting for a rescue dog
LabanMeans white in Hebrew; an excellent name for white-colored dogs
LeshemMeans opal in Hebrew; perfect for black dogs
LevMeans heart in Hebrew; simply because you love your pet
Meir or MeyerA Hebrew name that means he who illuminates; a good name for an intelligent dog
Menachem or MendelA Hebrew name that means one who comforts; perfect for any loyal canine companion
MordecaiMeans little man in Hebrew; a cute name for a small dog
Moses or MosheA Hebrew name that means drawn out of the water; perfect for puppies that love to play in the water
NoahMeans rest in Hebrew; a cute name for a puppy that loves to sleep
RanenMeans to be joyful in Hebrew; an adorable name for cheerful dogs
Reuben or RubenA Hebrew name that means behold, a son; perfect for your first male puppy
RishonMeans the first in Hebrew; another excellent name for your first male dog
SachielMeans water angel in Hebrew; a beautiful name for water-loving dogs
SamsonMeans sun in Hebrew; a good name for dogs with a coat the color of the sun
ShulamithMeans peaceful in Hebrew; a good name for a docile and gentle dog
SimonMeans listening in Hebrew; perfect for your obedient puppy
SivanMeans a spring month in Hebrew; an excellent name for dogs born during springtime
TuvyaA Hebrew name that means goodness of God; a great name for the dog that was given to you as a gift
UriA Hebrew name that means my flame; an excellent name for dogs with a flame-colored coat
YadidMeans friend in Hebrew; a great name for your loyal canine friend
YonahMeans dove in Hebrew; a beautiful name for your peaceful and gentle dog
ZakaiMeans pure in Hebrew; a good name for pure white dogs
ZivMeans brilliance in Hebrew; a charming name for smart dogs

#2: Meaningful Jewish Names For Female Dogs

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NameMeaning
AbigailA Hebrew name that means father's joy; a great name for a female dog that gives you joy and happiness
AbiraMeans strong in Hebrew; perfect for a strong female dog
Adena or AdinaMeans slender in Hebrew; a pretty name for a slender dog
AderesA Hebrew name that means one who protects; an excellent name for a female guard dog
AdieMeans ornament in Hebrew; a nice name for your pretty dog
AhavaMeans love in Hebrew; a good name for the pet that you love
Aliya or AliyahMeans to ascend in Hebrew; a great name for dogs that love to climb up on things
AlizaMeans joyful in Hebrew; a pretty name for a cheerful dog
AlmaMeans maiden in Hebrew; a nice name for your pretty little dog
AlonaMeans oak in Hebrew; a good name for a strong and steadfast female dog
AmiA Hebrew name that means my people; perfect for the dog that's truly yours
Anna or AnneMeans grace in Hebrew, a pretty name for a graceful dog
AvivaMeans spring or springtime in Hebrew; a cute name for the female dog that's born in springtime
AyalaMeans deer in Hebrew; a good name for the dog that's as fast as a deer
AylaMeans oak tree in Hebrew; a good name for a female dog that's as strong and steadfast as an oak tree
BlumaMeans flower in Hebrew; a pretty name for a beautiful dog
BrachaMeans blessing in Hebrew; a cute name for the dog that came into your life as a blessing
CarmelaMeans garden in Hebrew; a pretty name for the puppy that loves to romp in your garden. If you don’t like your dog digging in your garden, check out our article on how to keep dogs from digging
ChanaMeans grace in Hebrew; a good name for a graceful dog
ChavaMeans life in Hebrew; a beautiful name for a lively dog
ChayaMeans alive or living in Hebrew; a nice name for your cheerful and lively puppy
DaraMeans mother-of-pearl in Hebrew; perfect for an all-white female dog
DavanMeans beloved one in Hebrew; a pretty name for your treasured pet
DavidaFeminine version of David; a great name for your beloved canine
EdenMeans delight in Hebrew; a great name for your delightful pet
EleoraA Hebrew name meaning God is my light; a meaningful name for your treasured dog
EvaMeans life in Hebrew; a beautiful name for the dog that's full of life
GiliA Hebrew name meaning my happiness; perfect for the pet that gives you joy
GittelMeans good in Yiddish; a great name for a great dog
HavaA Hebrew name meaning breath of life; another excellent name for lively dogs
HedvaMeans happiness in Hebrew; a pretty name for your cheerful pet
HilaMeans halo in Hebrew; a great name for all-white dogs
IdehMeans praise in Hebrew; a meaningful name for pretty dogs
IraMeans watchful in Hebrew; a great name for alert guard dogs
JannaA Hebrew name meaning God is gracious; perfect for the pet that was given to you as a gift
JerushaMeans inheritance in Hebrew; a beautiful name for the pet that you inherited
JezebelMeans chaste in Hebrew; a pretty name for your spayed female dog
JoanA Hebrew name that means God is gracious
Kaila or KaylaIn Hebrew, the name means: Who is like God? A pretty name for any female dog
KetziaMeans cinnamon in Hebrew; a good name for any cinnamon-colored dogs
LioraA Hebrew name that means my light; perfect for the pet that's the light of your life
MangenaMeans melody in Hebrew; a pretty name for your dog if you're a music lover
MarninaMeans rejoice in Hebrew; because you're happy to finally have your own pet
Nan or Nancy or NannaMeans grace in Hebrew; a pretty name for your elegant dog
NaomiMeans delightful, pleasant, or beautiful in Hebrew; an excellent description for your pet
NedivaMeans generous or noble in Hebrew; a good name for a noble dog
NissaMeans sign in Hebrew; a cute name for your puppy who’s a sign of many great things to come
NitzanaMeans blossom in Hebrew; perfect for the dog that's as beautiful as a flower
RaizelMeans rose in Yiddish; a beautiful name for your charming puppy
SarahMeans princess in Hebrew; because your pet is a beautiful princess
SaraiMeans argumentative in Hebrew; perfect for the dog that loves to answer back whenever you call her attention
SelahMeans to pause and reflect in Hebrew; a good name for a quiet and observant dog
ShalomA Jewish salutation that means peace; a great name for your peaceful and gentle dog
SharonRefers to the plains in Hebrew; perfect for dogs that love the open space
ShaynaMeans beautiful in Yiddish; an excellent name for your female puppy
ShelahMeans request in Hebrew; a great name for the puppy that you prayed for
ShoshanaMeans lily in Hebrew; a great name for a white female dog
SydelleMeans princess in Hebrew; a pretty name for your princess-like pet
TammyMeans twin in Aramaic; a pretty name for the puppy that was born as a twin
Tova or TovahMeans good in Hebrew; perfectly describes your obedient dog
VardaMeans rose in Hebrew; a pretty name for your pretty pet
YadiraMeans beloved friend in Hebrew; an excellent name to give your loyal canine companion
ZaharMeans dawn in Hebrew; perfect for the puppy that always wakes you up at dawn
ZahavahMeans gold in Hebrew; a good name for a gold-colored female dog
ZambdaMeans meditation in Hebrew; an excellent name for quiet and docile dogs
ZehavaMeans golden one in Hebrew; another pretty name for golden-haired puppies
ZelphaMeans dignity or beautiful in Hebrew; simply because your pet is extraordinarily beautiful
Zila or ZillahMeans shade or shadow in Hebrew; a great name for black-coated female dogs. Also great for the puppy that follows you everywhere like a shadow
ZiselMeans sweet in Jewish; perfect for your sweet and affectionate canine pet

Unique Biblical Names For Your Canine Pet

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The Bible is an excellent source of beautifully unique and meaningful names. If you want to give your pet a biblical moniker, here’s a great list of name choices for you to select from.

NameMeaning
AbraThe feminine form of Abraham
AmasaRefers to a person who carries heavy burdens; an excellent name for your tireless working dog
AsaOne of the early kings of Judah
BethelThis biblical town is found north of Jerusalem
BeulahOne of the names used to refer to the promised land
Dina, DinahThe daughter of Leah and Jacob
EdnaA name that means full of youth—perfect for dogs that maintain their puppy-like playfulness
EnochMeans one who is consecrated to God
EvanMeans God has blessed; a good name for the puppy that came to you as a blessing
GenesisRefers to the first book of the Bible; a good name for your first puppy
GideonRefers to the Israelite hero who led their victory against the Midianites; a good name for a warrior-like dog
GoliathThe famous giant that was slain by David in the Old Testament; a good name for a gigantic dog
GoshenRefers to the land where the Israelites stayed in Egypt before the Exodus
HiramA name that means the noblest person; a good name for a noble dog
JaffaOne of the oldest cities in the entire world
JehuAn Israeli king
JerichoThe Old Testament city with the famous walls
KelilaMeans crown or laurel—perfect for your regal pet
MalachiAn Old Testament prophet
MannaThe food miraculously sent from heaven; perfect for the pet that came to you like a gift from heaven
MolechA mythological Phoenician god mentioned in the Old Testament
NegevA desert found in the southern part of Israel; a good name for a hardy dog
RanitaMeans a joyful song; perfect for puppies who love to hear their own voice
SabraMeans calm and peaceful, an excellent name for quiet and docile dogs. How about teaching your chatty dog to speak?
ShemHe was the oldest son of Noah; a good name for your first male puppy
TaliaMeans dew from heaven; another great name for your heaven-sent puppy
TalithaMeans a young girl; a pretty name for your female pup
TarsusThe city where Saint Paul was born
YaffaMeans very pretty; an excellent way to describe your pet
ZadokMeans the righteous one; perfect for the dog that never causes mischief
HedvaMeans happiness in Hebrew; a pretty name for your cheerful pet
HilaMeans halo in Hebrew; a great name for all-white dogs
IdehMeans praise in Hebrew; a meaningful name for pretty dogs
IraMeans watchful in Hebrew; a great name for alert guard dogs
JannaA Hebrew name meaning God is gracious; perfect for the pet that was given to you as a gift
JerushaMeans inheritance in Hebrew; a beautiful name for the pet that you inherited
JezebelMeans chaste in Hebrew; a pretty name for your spayed female dog
JoanA Hebrew name that means God is gracious
Kaila or KaylaIn Hebrew, the name means: Who is like God? A pretty name for any female dog
KetziaMeans cinnamon in Hebrew; a good name for any cinnamon-colored dogs
LioraA Hebrew name that means my light; perfect for the pet that's the light of your life
MangenaMeans melody in Hebrew; a pretty name for your dog if you're a music lover
MarninaMeans rejoice in Hebrew; because you're happy to finally have your own pet
Nan or Nancy or NannaMeans grace in Hebrew; a pretty name for your elegant dog
NaomiMeans delightful, pleasant, or beautiful in Hebrew; an excellent description for your pet
NedivaMeans generous or noble in Hebrew; a good name for a noble dog
NissaMeans sign in Hebrew; a cute name for your puppy who’s a sign of many great things to come
NitzanaMeans blossom in Hebrew; perfect for the dog that's as beautiful as a flower
RaizelMeans rose in Yiddish; a beautiful name for your charming puppy
SarahMeans princess in Hebrew; because your pet is a beautiful princess
SaraiMeans argumentative in Hebrew; perfect for the dog that loves to answer back whenever you call her attention
SelahMeans to pause and reflect in Hebrew; a good name for a quiet and observant dog
ShalomA Jewish salutation that means peace; a great name for your peaceful and gentle dog
SharonRefers to the plains in Hebrew; perfect for dogs that love the open space
ShaynaMeans beautiful in Yiddish; an excellent name for your female puppy
ShelahMeans request in Hebrew; a great name for the puppy that you prayed for
ShoshanaMeans lily in Hebrew; a great name for a white female dog
SydelleMeans princess in Hebrew; a pretty name for your princess-like pet
TammyMeans twin in Aramaic; a pretty name for the puppy that was born as a twin
Tova or TovahMeans good in Hebrew; perfectly describes your obedient dog
VardaMeans rose in Hebrew; a pretty name for your pretty pet
YadiraMeans beloved friend in Hebrew; an excellent name to give your loyal canine companion
ZaharMeans dawn in Hebrew; perfect for the puppy that always wakes you up at dawn
ZahavahMeans gold in Hebrew; a good name for a gold-colored female dog
ZambdaMeans meditation in Hebrew; an excellent name for quiet and docile dogs
ZehavaMeans golden one in Hebrew; another pretty name for golden-haired puppies
ZelphaMeans dignity or beautiful in Hebrew; simply because your pet is extraordinarily beautiful
Zila or ZillahMeans shade or shadow in Hebrew; a great name for black-coated female dogs. Also great for the puppy that follows you everywhere like a shadow
ZiselMeans sweet in Jewish; perfect for your sweet and affectionate canine pet

Wrap Up

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Jewish and biblical names for pets are truly meaningful and unique. Do you have a favorite Jewish name for your dog? Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions with us. And check out our article on tricks to teach your dog next so the two of you can start building a bond.

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

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