Does being out in nature make you feel your best? It’s likely that it does the same for your new pup. There’s tons to explore in the great outdoors, so why not name your new pooch something nature-related? Check out our list of 170+ great nature dog names for your pup!
Plant-Inspired Nature Names for Boy Dogs
There are many plants along the trail and beyond that make awesome nature-themed dog names, ranging from familiar faces to quirky, lesser-known finds. Here are our favorite picks for plant-based male dog names.
- Asparagus (Gus for short)
- Bay (Bay leaf)
- Huckleberry (Huck for short)
- Kumquat (Epic pug name)
Plant-Inspired Nature Names for Girl Dogs
Other plant names lean feminine and make excellent nature-inspired names for female dogs with natural beauty. These include flower names for dogs, many of whom are perennially popular at the dog park as female dog names.
- Blueberry (Great choice for a blue merle doggo)
- Cayenne (Good choice for a pup with a spicy attitude)
- Chrysanthemum (Mum or mummy for short!)
- Sweet Pea
- Tiger lily
Tree-Inspired Dog Names
If you’re interested in height, look no further than tree-themed nature names for dogs. These mighty mutt monikers soar high into the sky and perfectly suit massive mutts.
- Aspen (Perfect for a posh pupperino)
- Gingko (Stands out at the dog park!)
- Sassafras (Sassy for short!)
Season and Weather Inspired Nature Dog Names
The wild and wacky world of weather inspires some of the coolest nature names for dogs. These picks have plenty of energy, making them excellent choices for mutts on the move.
- Niña (As in La Niña)
- Niño (As in El Niño)
- Sunny (Perfect for a golden retriever)
Nature Dog Names Inspired By Earth Formations
If you’re looking for interesting nature names for dogs that you won’t hear at every obedience class, check out geographic terms. Not only are these rare dog names, but they’re pretty cool too.
- Fjord (Awesome for Nordic breeds)
- Rapid (As in river rapids)
- Sienna (Beautiful color of desert rock formations)
Rock, Precious Metal, and Gemstone Nature Dog Names
Whether you’re seeking a sparkly mutt moniker or earthy names, this list of nature-inspired names are diamonds in the rough. Many are color-themed, too, fitting a variety of dog breeds.
- Marble (YouTuber Jenna Marbles has a Chihuahua with this name)
Foreign & Lore Based Nature Dog Names:
Some of the coolest nature names for dogs come from outside our everyday vocabulary. This includes mythological figures and nature-themed words in other languages.
- Akna (Mother Earth in Mayan)
- Artemis (Greek goddess of the moon)
- Bigfoot (Mythological ape-like beast)
- Blimah (Hebrew word for Blossom)
- Ceres (Roman goddess of the seasons)
- Dionysus (Greek god of vegetation)
- Fleur (A French word for flower)
- Fuego (Fire in Spanish)
- Gaia (Goddess of the Earth)
- Helecho (Fern in Spanish)
- Jacinta (Spanish for hyacinth)
- Jolanda (Italian for violet)
- Jupiter (Roman god of storms)
- Lluvia (Spanish for rain)
- Neptune (Roman god of the sea)
- Nieve (Spanish for snow)
- Njǫrd (Norse god of the water)
- Poseidon (Greek god of the sea)
- Púca (Celtic Folklore beast)
- Rio (Spanish for river)
- Sasquatch (Mythological ape creature)
- Sol (Sun in Spanish)
- Ullr (Norse god of snow)
- Yeti (Mythological mountain beast)
Animal-Inspired Nature Dog Names
Countless creatures make adorable nature names for dogs. You can find noteworthy animal namesakes for every doggo’s appearance, whether you have a tiny terrier or a drooling giant.
- Bear (see our list of dog names that mean “bear”)
- Doe (A female dear)
- Lobo (Spanish for wolf)
- Mariposa (Spanish for butterfly)
Landmark, National Park, & Trail Inspired Nature Dog Names
Nature-inspired dog names can also come from your favorite hiking trails and parks. Not only are these picks beautiful, but they capture your wanderlust in one woofin’ good name for nature lovers.
- Acadia (Acadia National Park)
- Aoraki (Aoraki Mount Cook National Park)
- Baker (Mount Baker)
- Baddy (Badlands National Park)
- Bryce (Bryce Canyon National Park)
- Cascade (Cascade Mountain Range)
- Cayuga (Cayuga Trail)
- Crater (Crater Lake)
- Denali (Denali National Park)
- Elbert (Mount Elbert)
- Elbrus (Mount Elbrus)
- Emei (Emei Mountain)
- Everest (Mount Everest)
- Fuji (Mount Fuji)
- Glacier (Glacier National Park) – we think this could be a great Husky dog name!
- Guadalupe (Guadalupe Mountains)
- Joshua (Joshua Tree National Park)
- K2 (K2 Mountain)
- Katmai (Katmai National Park)
- Kauai (Hawaiian island)
- Kenai (Kenai Fjords)
- Kodiak (Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge)
- Logan (Mount Logan)
- Mammoth (Mammoth Cave)
- Maui (Hawaiian island)
- Pacific (Pacific Crest Trail)
- Rainier (Mt. Rainier)
- Sequoia (Sequoia National Park)
- Shenandoah (Shenandoah National Park)
- Smoky (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
- Tai (Mount Tai)
- Teton (Grand Teton National Park)
- Wutai (Mount Wutai)
- Yellowstone (Yellowstone National Park)
- Yosemite (Yosemite National Park)
- Zion (Zion National Park)
Dog Names With Nature-Related Meanings
Nature-themed dog names can be subtle in their ties to the great outdoors, too. Some of our favorites have hidden natural meanings that make them next-level awesome.
- Ayanna (African name meaning “beautiful flower”)
- Bexley (English name meaning “woodland clearing”)
- Chloe (Greek name meaning “young green sprout”)
- Dresden (German name meaning “people of the forest”)
- Ensley (Scottish name meaning “solitary wood clearing”)
- Keanu (Polynesian name meaning “cool breeze”)
- Luna (Latin name meaning “moon”)
- Neva (Spanish name meaning “snow”)
- Noor (Arabic name meaning “light”)
- Ravenna (English name meaning “raven or black bird”)
- Ravi (Indian name meaning “the sun”)
- Rinji (Japanese name meaning “peaceful forest”)
- Rumi (Japanese name meaning “natural beauty”)
- Silas (Latin name meaning “man of the forest”)
- Sylvie (Latin name meaning “forest”)
- Talia (Hebrew name meaning “morning dew or heaven’s dew”
- Tzippa (Hebrew name meaning “bird”)
- Violante (Latin name meaning “purple flower”)
- Zahara (Hebrew name meaning “flowering plant”)
- Zevi (Hebrew name meaning “gazelle or glory”)
Camping Related Nature Dog Names
Got a dog who loves hiking and camping? Well, you may just want a nature-inspired name for your dog that you can picture around a campfire. These mutt monikers are old-fashioned fun and classic, wearing well on any pooch.
- Beans (Fitting for a gassy breed like a bulldog)
- Trail (Or Trail Mix, for fun)
Does your pup have a nature-inspired dog name? Any names you think we missed? Let us know in the comments!
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October 27, 2021
our nature dog names have been Pebbles, (pebbles by the lake) Ashes (campfire ashes), Jasmine (A field of jasmine) and Timber (Timber of the northwoods) and now we are thinking of Meadows for our last new female springer these are all female springers.
October 27, 2021
*Love* those names, Marjorie! Especially Timber and Meadow.
Thanks for sharing!
January 12, 2021
l have a English Toy Spaniel named Quigley, a handful if l ever saw one lol
January 12, 2021
my friend’s australian shepherd is named River! she is 2 and her owner just got a 12 week old Australian Shepherd named Aspen
August 22, 2019
My dogs name is Aster, as in the purple flower.
August 20, 2019
Hey Guys! Why did you leave out Sierra? Great name for a Golden Retriever or a Labrador. Wishing you well.
August 21, 2019
Hey, Paula. That does seem like an obvious one we missed!
Thanks for pointing that one out to us — we’ll add it when we update the article.
August 20, 2019
I knew an American Eskimo dog named Tundra. Canela (Cinnamon) is popular here in Mexico.
August 20, 2019
Hey, the word “fire” is not a good one. Just think about calling ”Fire” and folks thinking that there is a conflagration. The fire department might not be too happy. The other names are fun.
September 19, 2021
We’re picking up a pup from a rescue today.. My husband likes Ranger (we camp a lot!).. but I did mention it might lead to the actual ranger appearing every time we called him 😀
Since we live near Mt. Baker – we may go with Baker…?