Nature Dog Names: 500+ Mutt Monikers Inspired by Mother Nature



Abby Dole


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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 nature dog names for your pup!

Plant-Inspired Nature Names for Boy Dogs

boy nature dog names

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.

  • Acorn
  • Alfalfa
  • Almond
  • Asparagus (Gus for short)
  • Bamboo
  • Barley
  • Basil
  • Bay (Bay leaf)
  • Bramble
  • Buckeye
  • Bugel
  • Cabbage
  • Cactus
  • Cereus
  • Cilantro
  • Clove
  • Coconut
  • Coleus
  • Coriander
  • Cosmos
  • Cotton
  • Durian
  • Fennel
  • Fiddlehead
  • Fig
  • Flax
  • Hemp
  • Herb
  • Huckleberry (Huck for short)
  • Java
  • Kale
  • Kumquat (Epic pug name)
  • Leaf
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Morel
  • Moss
  • Myrrh
  • Nalin
  • Oleander
  • Oregano
  • Palm
  • Parsnip
  • Peanut
  • Pepper
  • Peyote
  • Pistachio
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Quince
  • Reed
  • Rotem
  • Rye
  • Sage
  • Saguaro
  • Saskatoon
  • Sedge
  • Sorrel
  • Taro
  • Taru
  • Thistle
  • Thorn
  • Thyme
  • Tomatillo
  • Valerian
  • Yam
  • Yarrow
  • Yucca

Plant-Inspired Nature Names for Girl Dogs

dog plant names

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. Check out these beautiful flower dog names and more for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Amaranth
  • Amaryllis
  • Ambrosia
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Aster
  • Azalea
  • Azolla
  • Begonia
  • Berry
  • Blossom
  • Bluebell
  • Blueberry (Great choice for a blue merle doggo)
  • Briar
  • Bryony
  • Buttercup
  • Calla
  • Camellia
  • Carnation
  • Cayenne (Good choice for a pup with a spicy attitude)
  • Cherry
  • Chrysanthemum (Mum or mummy for short!)
  • Cicely
  • Cinnamon
  • Clementine
  • Clover
  • Daffodil
  • Dahlia
  • Daisy
  • Fern
  • Flora
  • Forsythia
  • Freesia
  • Gardenia
  • Gerbera
  • Ginger
  • Heather
  • Hibiscus
  • Holly
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Laurel
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Lily
  • Marigold
  • Myrtle
  • Orchid
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Peach
  • Peony
  • Periwinkle
  • Petunia
  • Poppy
  • Primrose
  • Rhubarb
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Saffron
  • Sakura
  • Snapdragon
  • Snowdrop
  • Sugar
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tansy
  • Tiger lily
  • Tulip
  • Verbena
  • Violet
  • Wisteria
  • Zinnia

Tree-Inspired Dog Names

dog tree 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.

  • Acacia
  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Aspen (Perfect for a posh pupperino)
  • Balsam
  • Baobab
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cashew
  • Cedar
  • Chestnut
  • Cork
  • Cypress
  • Dakota
  • Dogwood
  • Douglas
  • Elm
  • Elwood
  • Ficus
  • Fir
  • Ginkgo (Stands out at the dog park!)
  • Hawthorne
  • Hazel
  • Hickory
  • Larch
  • Linden
  • Madrona
  • Magnolia
  • Mahogany
  • Maple
  • Mesquite
  • Oak
  • Olive
  • Palmetto
  • Pecan
  • Pine
  • Poplar
  • Redwood
  • Rowan
  • Sassafras (Sassy for short!)
  • Sequoia
  • Spruce
  • Sumac
  • Sycamore
  • Tamarack
  • Walnut
  • Willow
  • Yew

Season and Weather Inspired Nature Dog Names

season-inspired 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.

  • Aqua
  • Autumn 
  • Blue
  • Breezy
  • Cloud
  • Cloudy
  • Cyclone
  • Fog
  • Frost
  • Gusty
  • Hail
  • Hurricane
  • Lightning
  • Niña (As in La Niña)
  • Niño (As in El Niño)
  • Rain
  • Rainbow
  • Raindrop
  • Rainy
  • Sky
  • Snowflake
  • Snowy
  • Spout
  • Spring
  • Squall
  • Storm
  • Stormy
  • Summer
  • Sunny (Perfect for a golden retriever)
  • Sunshine
  • Thunder
  • Tornado
  • Windy
  • Winter
  • Yule

Nature Dog Names Inspired By Earth Formations

dog canyon

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.

  • Alpine
  • Blight
  • Brooks
  • Canyon
  • Cliff
  • Coral
  • Cove
  • Delta
  • Drift
  • Dune
  • Earthquake
  • Esker
  • Fallow
  • Field
  • Fjord (Awesome for Nordic breeds)
  • Forest
  • Geo
  • Glade
  • Gulch
  • Gully
  • Harbor
  • Jetty
  • Lava
  • Magma
  • Marsh
  • Meadow
  • Mesa
  • Ness
  • Nubbin
  • Ocean
  • Peak
  • Pingo
  • Prairie
  • Rapid (As in river rapids)
  • Ravine
  • River
  • Rocky
  • Savanna
  • Shore
  • Shoal
  • Sienna (Beautiful color of desert rock formations)
  • Summit
  • Thicket
  • Tide
  • Tombolo
  • Tundra
  • Vale
  • Valley
  • Volcano

Rock, Precious Metal, and Gemstone Nature Dog Names

rock-inspired 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.

  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Beryl
  • Boulder
  • Bronze
  • Clay
  • Coal
  • Copper
  • Crystal
  • Diamond
  • Emerald
  • Flint
  • Garnet
  • Gem
  • Gold
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Marble (YouTuber Jenna Marbles has a Chihuahua with this name)
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Pearl
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Silver
  • Slate
  • Topaz

Foreign & Lore Based Nature Dog Names:

River 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

dogs that guard chickens

Countless creatures make adorable nature names for dogs. You can find noteworthy animal namesakes for every doggo’s appearance, whether you have a small terrier or a drooling giant.

  • Aye-Aye
  • Baboon
  • Badger
  • Bandicoot
  • Bear (see our list of dog names that mean “bear”)
  • Beaver
  • Beetle
  • Birdie
  • Boa
  • Bobcat
  • Bongo
  • Buck
  • Buffalo
  • Bug
  • Bunny
  • Butterfly
  • Caribou
  • Chickadee
  • Cicada
  • Cobra
  • Colt
  • Coyote
  • Crab
  • Cricket
  • Croc (as in crocodile)
  • Crow
  • Dingo
  • Dodo
  • Doe (A female dear)
  • Donkey
  • Dove
  • Ducky
  • Eagle
  • Egret
  • Emu
  • Falcon
  • Fawn
  • Fennec
  • Ferret
  • Finch
  • Fox
  • Froggy
  • Gator
  • Gazelle
  • Gecko
  • Giraffe
  • Goat
  • Goose
  • Gopher
  • Gorilla
  • Grizzly
  • Guppy
  • Hawk
  • Hedgehog
  • Hippo
  • Hornet
  • Hyena
  • Ibex
  • Ibis
  • Impala
  • Jackal
  • Kangaroo
  • Katydid
  • Kinkajou
  • Koala
  • Koi
  • Leech
  • Lemming
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Llama
  • Lobster
  • Lobo (Spanish for wolf)
  • Lynx
  • Magpie
  • Mamba
  • Mariposa (Spanish for butterfly)
  • Meerkat
  • Mink
  • Minnow
  • Moose
  • Mouse
  • Mule
  • Muskrat
  • Nematode
  • Newt
  • Opossum
  • Osprey
  • Otter
  • Ox
  • Oyster
  • Panda
  • Panther
  • Peacock
  • Penguin
  • Pig
  • Polar
  • Puffer
  • Puffin
  • Puma
  • Quail
  • Quill
  • Rabbit
  • Rat
  • Raven
  • Rhino
  • Robin
  • Rooster
  • Sable
  • Shark
  • Shrew
  • Shrimp
  • Sloth
  • Slug
  • Snake
  • Sparrow
  • Spider
  • Squirrel
  • Starling
  • Talon
  • Toad
  • Turtle
  • Viper
  • Weasel
  • Wolf
  • Wolverine
  • Wren

Landmark, National Park, & Trail Inspired Nature Dog Names

trail dog names

Nature-inspired dog names can also come from your favorite hiking trails and parks. Not only are these nature dog names beautiful, but they capture your wanderlust in one woofin’ good name for nature lovers. These monikers are perfect fits for the best breeds for hiking!

  • 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 meanings

Nature-themed dog names can be subtle in their ties to the great outdoors, too. Some of our favorite nature dog names 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”) See more German dog names.
  • 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”) See more Japanese dog names.
  • 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 with dogs

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 or in a sleeping bag. These mutt monikers are old-fashioned fun and classic, wearing well on any pooch.

  • Arrow
  • Beans (Fitting for a gassy breed like a bulldog)
  • Boots
  • Canoe
  • Canteen
  • East
  • Ember
  • Fire
  • Fisher
  • Ford
  • Grove
  • Hotdog
  • Marshmallow
  • North
  • Paddle
  • Poncho
  • Ranger
  • Scout
  • Smoke
  • S’more
  • South
  • Toasty
  • Trail (Or Trail Mix, for fun)
  • Wade
  • West
  • Woody

Nature Dog Names: FAQ

best dogs for hiking

Still need some help nailing the perfect nature-themed mutt moniker? Not sure if you should go for popular names or something unique? Check out the most commonly asked questions surrounding nature dog names and their answers.

What are some cute national park dog names?

The U.S. National Park System is full of awesome nature dog names, with some of the most recognizable being Acadia, Rainier, Smoky, and Zion. Other great contenders for your canine include Yosemite, Denali, Katmai, and Teton.

What dog names are inspired by Yellowstone?

Yellowstone is brimming with cool canine namespiration. You could opt for Mammoth, after Mammoth Hot Springs, or go for Geyser, as in the famous formations dotting the park. Faithful also works well, inspired by Old Faithful. Lamar is a usable mutt name worn by a river, while Hayden is a gorgeous valley that’d make an epic pooch moniker.

Another option is to use the name of a mountain peak within the Yellowstone, like Atkins, Eagle, Colter, and Doane, or plants found in the park, such as Juniper, Spruce, and Fir. Feeling animalist? Check out animals living in the area as potential nature dog names, like Bear, Fox, and Moose. On the ear, these picks aren’t always as obvious as other park-inspired names, but they’re still worth considering.

What are bug-inspired dog names?

Male dog names linked to bugs include Ant, Spider, and Wasp, while bug-inspired female dog names like Butterfly, Cicada, and Junebug are a tad softer on the ear. Looking for something unisex? Check out these gender-neutral bug names for dogs: Buggy, Cricket, and Mantis.

What are geography-inspired dog names?

Cool geography-based doggo names include Delta, Valley, and Mesa. More common picks are River and Ocean, while Bay, Channel, and Fjord are rarer finds with the same vibes. Other neat, geography-inspired dog names are Alpine, Magma, and Jetty.

What are some tree names for dogs?

Males dog name with tree ties include Cypress, Cedar, and Birch, while female dog names like Willow, Hazel, and Cherry have tree connections. Looking for unisex? Try on Ash, Aspen, and Juniper.

Tree names for dogs are cool to explore, as each tree has its own symbolism. The Magnolia represents youth, while the Mimosa is about change and adaptability. The Alder was about courage in Celtic tales, and the Yew tree is entangled in death in multiple tales, including Greek mythology, giving it a spooky side.

Trees also have their own imagery and connotations, depending on type. A deciduous tree like the Maple, Oak, Hickory, and Elm can have an autumnal feel, paying homage to your canine’s fall-hued coat, while an evergreen tree such as the Pine, Fir, and Spruce offers a year-round Christmas air.

What are popular names for dogs related to nature?

Nature names for dogs are super common, making up many of today’s top mutt monikers. Among popular nature names for boy dogs, you’ll find Rocky, Bear, and Goose, and in natural female dog names, there are Daisy, Willow, and Ruby.

An easy way to pick a popular nature name for your dog? Use a precious jewel name like Pearl or Diamond for girl doggos and a fierce animal or bird of prey moniker for a male mutt, like Hawk or Grizzly.

What are some unique nature dog names?

There are heaps of unique natural names for doggos, with Carbon being a great contender. This atomic element is often associated with the color black, making it perfect for an inky-coated canine like a Lab. Pagoda is a cool type of Chinese tree and a rare moniker, much like Beluga, a whale found in the Arctic region.

Other rare nature dog names include Caribou, Crater, Reef, and Tsunami.


Does your pup have a nature-inspired dog name? Any nature dog names you think we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Abby Dole

Abby Dole is passionate about pooches, and is the owner of a sweet little Terrier Mix named Maggie. She is not only a lover of dogs, but also of poetry, baking, and the outdoors. You can usually find her drinking tea, listening to Norah Jones, and wishing it was raining.

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  1. Marjorie Avatar

    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.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      *Love* those names, Marjorie! Especially Timber and Meadow.
      Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary Avatar

    l have a English Toy Spaniel named Quigley, a handful if l ever saw one lol

  3. Mary Avatar

    my friend’s australian shepherd is named River! she is 2 and her owner just got a 12 week old Australian Shepherd named Aspen

  4. Kassie Avatar

    My dogs name is Aster, as in the purple flower.

  5. Paula Avatar

    Hey Guys! Why did you leave out Sierra? Great name for a Golden Retriever or a Labrador. Wishing you well.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      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.

  6. Kate McCorkle Avatar
    Kate McCorkle

    I knew an American Eskimo dog named Tundra. Canela (Cinnamon) is popular here in Mexico.

  7. Sandra Avatar

    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.

    1. Laura R Avatar
      Laura R

      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…?