Dog Names That Mean “Survivor”

Names By Meg Marrs 1 min read April 8, 2021 2 Comments


If you’ve got a pooch who has survived trials and tribulations, a survivor-themed dog name is a must.

From health problems to rescue stories, dog lovers understand that underdogs embody a special kind of spirit. Survival words in different languages are a unique way to start a conversation about your pooch’s story. Several common yet beautiful names additionally come with origins rooted in survival words.

Survivor, courageous, fighter, warrior—select a word or synonym that exemplifies your pooch’s unique story!

“Survivor” in Different Languages

  • Bizirik (survivor in Basque)
  • Julgus (courage in Estonian)
  • Mut (courage in German)
  • Niedobitek (survivor in Polish)
  • Odwaga (courage in Polish)
  • Oorlewende (survivor in Afrikaans)
  • Owasinda (survivor in Zulu)
  • Prezivio (survivor in Croation)
  • Sigur (triumphant in Icelandic)
  • Survivant (survivor in French)
  • Tulelo (survivor in Hungarian)
  • Ushindi (triumphant in Swahili)
  • Lutador (fighter in Portugal)
  • Pugnator (fighter in Latin)

Foreign Words That Mean Something Similar to “Survivor”

  • Basil – Arabic name meaning “brave”
  • Bellatrix – Latin name meaning “warrior,” also, the name of a star
  • Cayden – Welsh name meaning “fight” or “fighter”
  • Dustin – German name meaning “fighter”
  • Elda – Italian name meaning “warrior”
  • Imelda – Spanish name meaning “warrior”
  • Jimmu – Japanese name meaning “divine warrior”

Survival Synonyms

  • Comeback
  • Courage
  • Forge
  • Headway
  • Outlast
  • Triumph
  • Underdog
  • Valor
  • Vanquish
  • Victory

Do you have any other ideas for names that would be great for survivor dogs? Share your top ideas in the comments!

Also, be sure to check out some of our other articles full of dog name ideas!

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Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the Founder and Director of Marketing at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!


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Susan Parker

We have a survivor dog named Rock. He was rescued/traded from an American Indian Reservation here in Arizona by our friend. He traded approximately $5,000 in car parts and labor in an effort to get Rock off of the reservation.
Rock was completely starved, skin & bones. His rescuer fed him lambs milk to bring him back to life.
I know ROCK sounds so simple but he’s a survivor. Rocks now my service animal. He’s Chocolate Lab & Red Nosed Pit Bill. He has the body of a tall & long Lab & the head of a Pittie.
Ideally he should weigh a good 100-125#’s but he’s only 54#’s BUT he’s 100% lean muscle and extremely STRONG!!
He’s my Rock and a very loving, caring boy!!

Ben Team

Rock sounds amazing, Susan. We’re glad you both found each other, and we wish you two nothing but the best!


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