Finding the best Malamute names can be tricky.
There are so many wonderful ways to choose.
How can you possibly pick the right one?!
Naming Your Malamute Puppy or Rescue Dog
The Alaskan Malamute is a large, strong breed that was originally bred to haul heavy freight.
Trudging his way through the frozen landscape of the tundra.
These hardy, robust pups were later used as sled dogs.
The Malamute’s ancestry and origins are often used as inspiration for names for this breed.
Also, many Alaskan places and things that are associated with the state are commonly chosen as good names for a Malamute.
Of course, the name you choose for your dog must suit his looks and personality.
You also want a short name.
Long names are too difficult for a puppy to memorize and can make teaching him to come to you complicated.
If you do see a long name that you love, try to come up with a nickname.
Don’t choose a name that sounds like one of your training commands, one of your family or another of your pets.
Just imagine the confusion this would cause!
Best Malamute Names
The State of Alaska where the breed comes from can provide a great source of inspiration for Malamute names.
Here are some good names that will tell admirers exactly where your dog hails from as soon as you tell them his name.
- Aurora (after the Northern Lights)
- Beluga (a white whale, often sighted off the Alaskan coast)
- Borealis (after the Northern Lights)
Weather-Inspired Malamute Names
The Alaskan Malamute has evolved to survive and thrive in the harshest of winter weather.
You might like to choose a winter-weather inspired name for your pup.
- Ava (short for avalanche)
Female Malamute Names
If your Malamute puppy is a girl, you might want to find a really appealing, feminine name for her.
Why not choose a native Alaskan or Inuit name for your Alaskan Malamute?
That would be fitting and original too.
Some of these names also work well for a male puppy.
We’ve included the meanings of these names too, so you can pick one that best suits your pup’s personality.
- Aga (mother)
- Arrluk (killer whale)
- Eska (creek)
- Kanut (white goose)
- Kima (candy)
- Miska (little bear)
- Nanuq (polar bear)
- Nini (porcupine)
- Nukka (little sister)
- Sakari (sweet)
- Shila (flame)
- Suka (fast)
For loads more great ideas for female dog names, check out this article.
Male Malamute Names
So, if you’re going to get a male Malamute puppy, you might want to check out some genuine Native Alaskan or Inuit boy names for him.
Although the names we’ve listed here are male names, there’s no reason why you couldn’t use them for a female dog if you wanted to.
- Amak (playful)
- Atka (king)
- Chinook (warm wind)
- Kaskae (chief)
- Kavik (wolverine)
- Kayuh (mountain)
- Miki (little)
- Nanook (cute)
- Pakak (someone who gets into everything)
- Siku (ice)
- Ulva (wolf)
You can find more ideas for male dog names at this link.
Cool Malamute Names
Malamutes are a pretty cool dog to have.
Handsome, intelligent and brave, your Malamute is sure to draw admiring glances wherever he goes.
A cool dog deserves a cool name.
Here are a few ideas:
For more cool dog names, check out this link.
Cute Malamute Names
With their delightful fluffy faces and lively, playful personalities, Malamute puppies are one of the cutest breeds around.
So, you might want to choose a cute Malamute name to suit your pup.
If you choose a cute name for your Malamute, just bear in mind that your tiny bundle of fluff won’t stay that way forever.
So, if you don’t have a good sense of irony, you might want to seek inspiration elsewhere.
For more cute dog names, check out this link.
Funny Malamute Names
If you have a good sense of humor, you might want to pick a funny Malamute name.
A funny name can be taken from any source of inspiration.
For example, you might want to use the name of a teacher who you find particularly amusing.
Or maybe a politician whose antics are a current “in” joke.
Just be careful not to cause offense to anyone you know.
And do bear in mind that today’s “in” joke will be forgotten by tomorrow.
Your dog will have his name for life.
Here are just a few funny dog names you might like to choose.
Unique Malamute Names
Nobody wants the dog to have the same name as half a dozen other pooches at the dog park.
After all, just imagine the puzzlement that would cause.
By choosing a unique dog name for your Malamute, you can be sure that you won’t bump into another pup with the same moniker.
One way of choosing a unique Malamute name is to take a look at your dog.
What makes him special?
Does he remind you of a movie star, a rock god or a folk hero?
Here are a few ideas for unique Malamute names.
- Biggie Smalls
- Boo Boo
- Idris Elba
- Joni Mitchell
- Neville Longbottom
If you want to see more than 200 more unique dog names, check out this article.
Tough Malamute Names
Some Malamutes just look plain tough, even though they’re big softies at heart.
If you want a tough name that suits your pup, you might want to check out these names we’ve come up with.
For tough Malamute names, take a look at the suggestions in this article.
Fun Facts About Malamute
Here are a few tidbits about the Last Frontier’s favorite breed.
Did you know that the Alaskan Malamute was named as Alaska’s official state dog in 2010?
Malamutes have been around people for a very long time – 5,000 years.
They were originally kept as companions and work dogs.
The Labrador Retriever is distantly related to the Malamute.
Malamutes prefer to howl rather than bark.
Malamutes helped to open up the Last Frontier by carrying mail and supplies to the state’s first settlers.
During the First World War, 450 Malamutes were transported to France to help deliver supplies to French troops who were stationed in isolated mountain outposts.
The Malamute was a part of World War II as search-and-rescue dogs.
They also worked as weapons carriers and sniffer dogs, searching for mines.
The Malamute was in high demand during the Gold Rush when prospectors used them to haul huge quantities of food and supplies through mountain passes.
Congratulations on welcoming your new Malamute puppy or dog into your life.
If you found inspiration for your new best friend’s name in our article, we’d love to hear about it.
What name did you choose for your Malamute?
Tell us your dog’s story in the comments section below.
References and Further Reading
- “10 Facts About the Alaskan Malamute, The State’s Official Dog,” Gray Line Alaska, 2017
- American Kennel Club
We adopted an older white malamute. Her name is Storm. She is the most gentle, quiet dog and so happy. Everyone who meets her just loves her!
Grace Ballance says
I went on this site just because I was curious what other people name their Alaskan Malamutes, and my malamute’s name, Avalanche was first under the weather inspired names, and I didn’t even choose his name on this site!
Donald Hesson says
We named our malamute Denali which means “the mighty one.” What a mighty one he was. Born: 11-07-09
Crossed over 07-29-19
“Bubby,” rode shotgun, master outdoorsman, tent snuggler, expert canoeist, hawg runner, swim champ, lover of all, loved by all, BEST DOG EVER!
It means great one not the mighty one.
We had a Malamute for 15 years, his name was Jack London. He was a magnificent dog!