Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of
everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.
Sometimes inspiration for names can be hard to come by. Read on to find your
inspiration or find the right name for your new webbed-footed friend.
Why a Water-Related Name for a Newfoundland?
There is a whole world of ideas for dog names—so how do you narrow it down and
find the perfect one for your pooch? One technique is to look at what a name
means. For Newfoundlands, turning to water—the lakes, rivers, oceans, and
rain—is a great place to find real inspiration.
Newfoundland dogs were bred as working dogs who specialize in water-related
tasks—they even have webbed feet. Unlike most dogs that swim with the
traditional doggie paddle, Newfs swim with a powerful stroke that moves those
webbed feet down and out through the water. The combination of webbing,
stroke, and sheer strength allows them to pull a rowboat filled with people to
shore using only her teeth, muscles, and will.
Choosing a water-related name will honor a Newfoundland’s heritage and his joy
in the water. It will also connect you and your dog to one of the greatest
elemental forces in the universe. Discover 15 great names for your
A bay is a large, recessed body of water connected openly to the coast of a
larger body of water like an ocean or a sound. Bay could make a good name for
most Newfoundland boys, although it strikes me as a name that might work best
for a brown-colored dog since bay-colored horses are a type of brown.
This traditional English name means “rocky water.” It’s a strong-sounding name
for a strong dog. This name would work well for a big male dog (or a puppy who
you believe will fill out well) who will provide steady guardianship and
companionship for the family.
This name has a couple of connotations, one real-world and one literary. In
the real world, we have the Caspian sea, sitting between Europe and Asia. In
the realms of fantasy, we find Prince Caspian, a character out of C.S. Lewis’
The Chronicles of Narnia. Prince Caspian was a great sailor.
A good dog to name after the prince might be an adventurous male, ready to go
out and explore the world and get to know everyone and everything in it. A
male named after the sea might be more solid and stoic since the Caspian sea
has a higher salt content and is correspondingly more “solid.”
Meaning a small coastal inlet or bay, cove is a simple, but attractive word.
This name could work for either a male or female Newfoundland. This name might
do better for a Newf who’s on the smaller side or one who likes to make
herself look smaller than she really is, maybe by hiding herself in your lap?
A hilly Newfoundland Coast
This name comes from the obvious—a landlocked body of water. Lakes are
beautiful, like our dogs. Many a Newfoundland has enjoyed playing with her
human family or practicing water rescues in a lake. A lot of people see lakes
as calming places. This name might be best for a calmer or more serene
Marilla means “shining sea” in Latin. Picture the sun sparkling off every peak
of ocean on the clear waters of the Mediterranean sea. It’s a gorgeous sight.
A Newf with this name might like the ocean a lot or she might be particularly
beautiful. Of course, aren’t all Newfs beautiful?
This word means “the hill by the lake.” It is a name that could be used for
either a male or female Newfoundland. The hill could refer to a taller
Newfoundland, but it also sounds like a regal place for a regal dog.
Alternately, it could be a good name for a watchful home companion who is
always alert for intruders.
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A nixie is a type of water child or water spirit. She is related to the pixies
and dryads and other types of nymphs of the world of fairies. Nixies can be
dangerous but are generally playful so long as no one threatens the people she
loves. She enjoys games and fun. This name could be good for a Newf that likes
to play a lot, but one that will never let anything bad happen to her family.
This name is based on the Greek god Oceanus, god of the Earth’s fresh waters,
or some of his children, the Oceanids, nymphs of springs and fountains.
Oceanus was later considered god of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
With Oceanus’ connection to oceans, a Newf with this name could be a more
tempestuous girl. This name could also work for a very social Newfoundland if
you think of the Oceanids and how much the nymphs enjoyed being with each
This name is pretty self-explanatory. Rain falls across almost all of the
earth. It nourishes us physically and spiritually. Rain keeps us whole. Rain
brings life into this world. Rain is like a goddess nurturing and nourishing
us throughout our days. So, perhaps this name would work well for a female
Newfoundland with a mothering temperament. Alternately, this could just be a
fun name for a dog that loves to play in the rain!
This name is Spanish or Portuguese for “river.” The famous city, Rio de
Janeiro, overlooks the Atlantic ocean. This name could be good for a dog with
Spanish or Portuguese heritage or for any dog of either gender that likes to
play in the water.
Newfoundland in the river
Like the name Rio above, river has a pretty basic but beautiful meaning.
Rivers flow throughout the world bringing water with them as well as boats,
people, and packages. River would be a great name for a water rescue dog or a
dog you plan on training in water rescue. This name could also work for a dog
of either gender who enjoys splashing around in a river.
This name means “edge of the water” in one of the Native American languages.
The name also refers to a gorgeous, wild mountain and lake-filled region of
the United States of America called Tahoe that lies roughly where northern
California meets Nevada.
The Tahoe area, when you can get away into the wilderness, is pure serenity.
This name could work for a male or female Newfoundland who appreciates long
hikes in the wild or who has a very serene nature.
A Newf puppy in the Tahoe snow
This is another name of Native American origins. This name for a female
Newfoundland means “lovely water.” So, this name could work well for a
particularly pretty Newf, but this sentiment doesn’t have to be taken
literally. The name could work just as well for a Newf with a lovely soul or
In Greek, Zale means “strong sea,” and “power of the sea,” so you know it’s
not a name to mess with. A male dog with this name might be a leader or
protector. Zale could also be a good name for a particularly big or powerful
Am I your Zale?
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