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210+ Amazing Names for Alaskan Malamutes: Ideas for Powerful & Cuddly Dogs

Elizabeth Gray

By Elizabeth Gray

a Giant Alaskan Malamute on the street

The Alaskan Malamute is shaggy, powerful, and surprisingly cuddly; it is also one of the oldest sled dog breeds known to humans. These enormous, independent dogs aren’t for everyone but make lovely pets with the proper training and socialization. If you’re preparing to welcome a new Alaskan Malamute into your house, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is what to name your new pup. Check out this list of 210+ amazing names for Alaskan Malamutes.

divider 9How to Name Your Alaskan Malamute

A breed as unique as the Alaskan Malamute needs a name that’s more interesting than the usual “Spot” or “Lady.” The Alaskan Malamute breed is named after the Inuit group who were among their founding breeders, the Mahlemiut. One way to name your own Alaskan Malamute is to consider their breed history and the culture and climate they hail from.

Another option is to draw inspiration from your pup’s physical appearance and personality. You could also name your dog based on your hobbies, interests, or favorite celebrities. If that all seems overwhelming, don’t worry. We have plenty of name options for you to choose from on our list.

Alaskan Malamute and smiling Siberian Husky are standing next to each other
Image Credit: Nataliia Pushkareva, Shutterstock

Amazing Names for Alaskan Malamutes Inspired by Alaska

Some of the simplest and most beautiful names for an Alaskan Malamute are inspired by the state the breed first called home (even if it wasn’t yet a state at the time). Alaska is a land of ice, beauty, and several languages spoken by Native Alaskans that offer a range of name choices for your dog.

  • Denali
  • Yukon
  • Nome
  • Sitka
  • Kotzebue
  • Kenai
  • Kodiak
  • Juneau
  • Nanook (polar bear)
  • Tikaani (wolf)
  • Kima (candy)
  • Kalluk (coal)
  • Siku (ice)
  • Suka (fast)
  • Arctic
  • Brooks
  • Tundra
  • Chinook
  • Balto
  • Alaska
  • Laska

Amazing Names Inspired by Nature

Since they were bred to work in the harshest climates, Alaskan Malamutes make excellent adventure companions for those who love outdoor adventures. These names are all inspired by the natural world, from weather to wild animals.

  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Blizzard
  • Storm
  • Stormy
  • Rain
  • Shadow
  • Thunder
  • Aurora
  • Rocky
  • Willow
  • Aspen
  • Moose
  • Lily
  • River
  • Sky
  • Oso
  • Winter
  • Luna
  • Star
  • Bear
  • Alpine
  • Everest
  • Forest
  • Glacier
  • Polar
  • Sierra
  • Teton
  • Summit
  • Taiga
  • Timber
  • Buck
  • Grizzly
  • Lobo (wolf in Spanish)
  • Kuma (wolf in Japanese)
  • Bolt
  • Avalanche
  • Zion
  • Yeti
  • Granite
  • Orca
  • Raven
  • Star
  • Wolf
  • Wolfie
  • Echo
  • Fang
  • Nova
a Giant Alaskan Malamute at the park
Image Credit: Muk Photo, Shutterstock

Amazing Names Inspired by Physical Traits and Personality

There’s no denying it, Alaskan Malamutes are big, strong dogs. Their extra shaggy coats and pointed ears make them seem even bigger. As massive as they are, these dogs have even more enormous personalities. They’ll easily run the whole household if given a chance, which can cause problems in some cases. These names are all inspired by the size, strength, and independent nature of the Alaskan Malamute.

  • Scout
  • Ranger
  • Maximus
  • Zeus
  • Apollo
  • Athena
  • Diesel
  • Striker
  • Atlas
  • Hunter
  • Samson
  • Titan
  • Brutus
  • Indy
  • Trapper
  • Hercules
  • Raider
  • Surge
  • Alpha
  • Hera
  • Rebel
  • Attila
  • Tank
  • Goliath
  • Captain
  • Sarge
  • Nomad
  • Trek
  • Boomer
  • Whopper
  • Brawny
  • Swift
  • Burly

Amazing Names Inspired by Fictional Characters

You can have a little fun naming your Alaskan Malamute with the choices in this category. Many of them still stick to a general theme of strength and power, so you’ll find a lot of superheroes represented! But there are other options, too, and it’s easy to get creative here. Take some time to get to know your dog and see if they remind you of anyone on this list.

  • Hulk
  • Thor
  • She-Hulk
  • Rogue
  • Mystique
  • Marvel
  • Loki
  • Gambit
  • Bane
  • Batman
  • Zorro
  • Arya
  • Khaleesi
  • Ghost
  • Nymeria
  • Colossus
  • Avenger
  • Gandalf
  • Yelena
  • Hawkeye
  • Magneto
  • Beast
  • Groot
  • Bucky
  • Daredevil
  • Shuri
  • Valkyrie
  • Falcon
  • Nala
  • Simba
  • Scar
  • Fenrir
  • Xena
  • Cyclops
  • Odin
  • Shrek
  • Fiona
  • Joker
  • Lex Luthor
  • Wolverine
  • Mowgli
  • Kong
  • Marmaduke
  • Clifford
  • Maugrim
  • Aslan
  • Beorn
  • Smaug
  • Beethoven (the movie dog, not the composer)
Alaskan Malamute dog lying on concrete
Image Credit: ertuzio, Pixabay

Amazing Cute and Cuddly Names for Alaskan Malamutes

What if your Alaskan Malamute falls squarely into the “gentle giant” category? Well-socialized Malamutes can be gentle, snuggly, and excellent with children. If that sounds like your dog, check out these cute and cuddly names.

  • Flower
  • Pansy
  • Rosie
  • Bluebell
  • Pip
  • Bella
  • Blue
  • Sasha
  • Kona
  • Waffles
  • Teddy
  • Theo
  • Pepper
  • Pancake
  • Mal
  • Paisley
  • Hazel
  • Mia
  • Maya
  • Squeak
  • Ollie
  • Oreo
  • Chewy
  • Howler
  • Singer
  • Angel

Amazing Human Names for Alaskan Malamutes

Some people prefer to use a straightforward human name for their dogs. Perhaps, the name of a beloved (or disliked?) relative is fitting. Since so many millennials are choosing to delay having kids in favor of pets, they may decide to use their favorite baby name for a dog instead. Whatever your reason, here are some human names to consider for your Alaskan Malamute.

  • Charlie
  • Kiera
  • Bailey
  • Harley
  • Haley
  • Lucy
  • Kai
  • Zoey
  • Stella
  • Gracie
  • Brody
  • Cooper
  • Liam
  • Cleo
  • Emma
  • Lola
  • Jasper
  • Marley
  • Titus
  • Freya
  • Leo
  • Roscoe
  • Dexter
  • Cody
  • Otis
  • Archie
  • Lucas
  • Delilah
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Phoebe
  • Dolly
  • Penelope
  • Calliope
  • Pearl

divider 9Final Thoughts

Before you get to the point of deciding on a name for an Alaskan Malamute, research the breed thoroughly to ensure they are a good fit for you and your family. Because of their size and strong-willed personality, Alaskan Malamutes aren’t the best choice for a first-time dog owner. While there is a lot to love about this breed, they require a firm hand and plenty of exercise.

They’re also not the biggest fans of hot weather, as you could probably guess! If you feel this dog is a good fit for your family, hopefully, one of the names on our list will also be an ideal match for your new Alaskan Malamute.

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