Badass Dog Names from Mythology for Big Dogs
Cerberus - Greek mythological "Hound of Hades." Cerberus is a three headed dog with a serpent tail that guards the entrance to Hades. Hercules' twelfth task was to capture Cerberus, and bring him to Eurystheus. Not that Eurystheus actually wanted the Hound of Hades, but he selected the task as one he believed would be impossible to accomplish. Hercules, with the help of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, captures the Cerberus and delivers him to Eurystheus.
Colossus - The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, prior to its destruction by an earthquake. The colossus was constructed in 280 BC and was dedicated to Helios, the Titan god of the sun. It was the tallest statue in the ancient world, standing approximately as tall as the statue of liberty, from her feet to her crown. The colossus stood at the entry to Rhodes City harbor, on the Island of Rhodes.
Bashmu - Assyrian and Babylonian monster akin to the Hydra. The Bashmu was a horned serpent with forelegs and a pair of wings that consumed fish, birds, wild asses and men.
Behemoth - The Behemoth is a mythological beast of gigantic size and supernatural characteristics. It makes its first appearance in the Bible (Job) and appears at the dawn of time with its counterpart, the aquatic Leviathan. It is said the have a tail the size of a tree trunk, to suggests its gargantuan proportions. Legend has it that on Judgement Day, the Leviathan and Behemoth shall be reunited in an epic battle in which they slay eachother. Their remains will be served up in a feast for the righteous and faithful.
Bunyan - American folklore tells of a gigantic lumberjack, Paul Bunyan and his pet blue ox, Babe. The 10,000 lakes of Minnesota were said to have been created by their footprints. Furthermore, the Grand Canyon was created by him dragging his axe across the ground behind him. Name your badass, blue pitbull female Babe, after Bunyan's blue ox.
Chimera - Greek monster with three fire breathing heads, the Chimera possessed a serpent tail with a serpent head on it, the head of a goat protruding from its back, with the head and forefront of a lion. A female monster, she ravaged Asia Minor and the city of Lycia in particular. She is also sister to the Hydra and Cerberus.
The King of Lycia charged Bellerophon with the killing of the Chimera. Bellerophon had the good fortune to own Pegasus, the winged white horse, foaled by Medusa at her death at the hands of Greek hero, Perseus. By virtue of Pegasus aided flight, Bellerophon was able to shoot arrows down on the Chimera at a safe distance from her fiery breath. He dealt the final death blow by affixing lead to the tip of an arrow, which became molten from her breath as it traveled towards her, ultimately choking her on the hot plug of lead.
|The Chimera, sister to the Hydra and Cerberus, the Hound of Hades.
Galigantus - The fairy tale, Jack the Giant Killer, is tied to the legend of King Arthur. Jack slays a series of giants that have been plaguing the region, the last of which is Galigantus. In his castle, Galigatus holds a number of hostages including knights and ladies of the court. Within the castle resides a sorcerer who has transformed a captive Duke's daughter, into a white doe. Jack kills Galigatus, and the sorcerer flees, releasing the young lady from the spell. Jack returns to King Arthur's court with the freed hostages, and is granted the hand of the Duke's daughter and a territory of land as his reward.
Goliath - Philistine champion, Goliath, steps forward during a confrontation with the Israelites, and requests that they too put forth a champion to decide the conflict in a single combat. The earliest texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, place the height of Goliath at six feet, nine inches, while later texts put him at nine feet nine inches tall. David accepts the challenge armed with five stones and a sling, and succeeds by striking Goliath in the center of his forehead, and felling him, with a single shot. David then decapitates the giant, and takes his head and armour. The Philistines flee.
Gorgon - The three Gorgons are sisters, two of which are immortal and the third, Medusa, who is not immortal, and is eventually slain by Perseus. The Gorgons were a popular image in Greek culture, and their serpent ringed heads adorned many entranceways as a form of protection. The Gorgon's intense gaze could turn men to stone. Perseus is able to stalk Medusa, by using his shield as a mirror to determine her whereabouts. Medusa's reflected gaze was not powerful enough to turn him to stone, and so he beheads her and places her head in a sack, which he later uses to turn enemies to stone.
Hercules - The Roman version of Heracles, the half god half hero, son of Zeus and a mortal mother. Hercules is best known for accomplishing the 12 Labors, each of which was deemed to be an impossible task. Renowned for his great courage and strength, it is said that Hercules developed his super human strength by carrying an ox calf on his shoulders every day around the Augean stables. Each day the calf grew, and so Hercules incrementally increased his strength, until he could carry the full grown ox with easy around the stables.
Hydra - The Hydra of Lerna was a waterborne serpent with many heads, each of which emit poisonous fumes. The Lake of Lerna itself was believed to be a portal into Hades. Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus, had raised the Hydra specifically to combat Hercules, son of one of Zeus' love affairs. For every head chopped off of the Hydra, two would grow back in its place. Hercules' second labor was to kill the Hydra, which he accomplished with fire and sword. Hercules prevented the regeneration of heads, by scorching the neck with a torch after each decapitation, thus preventing a new pair of heads from regenerating. Hercules dipped his arrows in the Hydra's poisonous blood after her slaying, later using these poisonous arrows to slay monsters in subsequent labors.
Ladon - The serpentine dragon that guards the Golden Apples by winding itself around the base of the tree, in the quiet Garden of the Hesperides. In Hercules' eleventh labor, he was ordered to steal the golden apples of the Hesperides, the gentle Nymphs of the Evening. The day after Hercules fells the Ladon, Jason and the Argonauts observe Aegle, one of the Hesperides, mourning over the still twitching body of the Ladon in their gentle garden.
Leviathan - A Biblical sea monster or serpent of gigantic proportions associated with chaos and evil. The Leviathan and Behemoth are both primordial beings which will meet again at Judgement Day for a final conflict. Name your big dog Leviathan, and you can call him Levi for short.
Orthrus - The two-headed guard dog, brother to Cerberus, Hydra and Chimera. Orthrus (also Orthus) is charged with guarding Geryon's cattle (Geryon is a two headed/three bodied giant) . In Hercules' tenth labor, he is charged with stealing Geryon's red cattle. In order to accomplish this labor, Hercules slays Orthrus, Geryon and Eurytion, master of Orthrus.
Samson - One of the last "judges" of Israel, prior to the institution of kings, Samson was a Nazirite. He was given great strength by God that allowed his to perform superhuman feats. Among them were his killing of a lion with his bare hands and destruction of the entire Philistine army single-handedly, with just the aid of the jawbone of an ass. Part of his Nazirine vows dictated that he not cut his hair. He was betrayed by his lover Delilah, when she had her servant cut his hair as he slept. Samson lost his strength as a result of breaking his vows, and was given over to the Philistines. To humiliate the once great hero, they gouged out his eyes, and forced him to grind millet in a mill. Eventually he was taken to their temple, where he claimed exhaustion from the travel, and asked to lean against one of the pillars. Samson prayed for his strength to return, and God granted his request. Samson then pushed the pillar from its foundation, causing the collapse of the temple; killing himself and the Philistine worshipers within the temple. Samson is considered to be the Israeli version of Heracles.
Sphinx - The sphinx in Greek tradition is female and merciless, while the Egyptian version is seen as male and more benevolent. In both instances the Sphynx is a guardian comprised of a lion body with a human head; occasionally the sphinx is depicted with wings. In greek myth, the Sphinx guards the entrance to the City of Thebes. Here she asks travellers a riddle; those who cannot answer her riddle are devoured by her.
As a traveller to Thebes, Oedipus is greeted with the riddle, "What speaks with one voice and walks four footed, two footed and three footed?" He answers correctly, "Man, who crawls on for legs as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane as the third leg in old age." In some versions, the sphinx asks a second riddle, "There are the two sisters, one who gives birth to the other, who in turn gives birth to the first. Who are they?" Again, Oedipus answers correctly, "They are Night and Day." Bested, the Sphinx throws herself from high up upon the rocks below and kills herself.
Styx - Greek Titaness of the underworld and the River Styx, she is the personification of hatred.
Talos - A giant formed from bronze by Hephaestus, and given to Zeus to give to Europa as her protector.
Thunderdel - This two headed giant is best known for his chant, "Fee, Fi, Fau, Fum; I smell the blood on an English mun." Jack the Giant Killer eventually beheads the giant with the aid of the moat's drawbridge surrounding the giant's castle.
Titan - In Greek mythology, the Titans are a race of gods and the forebears of the Olympians, and are descended from the Primordial Deities. They ruled during the legendary Golden Age. Individual Titans will be explored further in this list. In modern English, titan refers to anything of enormous size or strength.
Zeke Midas Wolf - The Big Bad Wolf of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale is also known as Zeke Midas Wolf.
|The Great Sphinx of Giza by Berthold Werner
Norse Names for Dogs from Myth
Asgard - One of nine worlds, Asgard is composed of 12 realms, including Valhalla. Asgard is the home to the Aesir gods, who are ruled by Odin and Frigg.
Baldr - Son of Frigg and Odin, Balder or Baldur, is the god of joy, purity, light and the summer sun. Beloved by all of the gods, it is said that his body emitted light as a result of his pure goodness and generosity. Prophecy foretold that Baldr would be killed by mistletoe. Upon hearing this, Loki, the mischief maker, created an arrow made from mistletoe, then joined the gods in their new game of hurling objects at Baldr, as they always bounced off of him. Loki arms the blind god Hoor with a bow and the arrow, and Hoor releases the mistletoe projectile at Baldr. Some legends hold that Loki directed the arrow personally, however accomplished, the arrow hits its mark and flies through Baldr's body, killing him. Baldr is burned in a funeral pyre on his ship along with his horse and his wife Nanna, who dies of grief during his funeral. Baldr's death heralds the destruction of the gods at Ragnarok.
Beowulf - Scandinavian in origin, but preserved as the oldest written English poem, Beowolf recounts the tale of the eponymous character and his battle with the monster Grendel. Grendel has been devouring the King of the Danes' men within his mead hall. Hearing of the ongoing slaughters, Beowulf sails there to test his skills against the monster. He succeeds in killing Grendel, thereby enraging Grendel's mother. Beowulf then slaughter's the beast's mother, with a giant sword found in her lair. Beowulf returns home and becomes King of the Geats. 50 years later he slays a dragon, but is mortally wounded in the conflict.
Freyja - Norse goddess, Freyja (also Freya) is associated with love, beauty, fertility, war and death. Freya rides a chariot drawn by two cats, wearing a cloak made of falcon feathers. She is accompanied by a pet boar, Hildisvini. The most beautiful of the goddesses, when Fryeya rides into battle, she gets one half of the slain, while Odin receives the other half. His are taken to Valhalla, while hers reside with her in her hall Sessrumnir. She is the twin sister of Freyr, the most glorious of all of the Norse gods.
Fenrir - A monstrous wolf, Fenrir is the son of Loki. He is also father to wolves Sköll (which means treachery) and Hati Hróðvitnisson which means He Who Hates. It is foretold that Fenrir will kill Odin, and in turn be slain by Odin's son, Vidar.
Frigg - Wife of Odin and goddess of foreknowledge and wisdom. Everyone's favorite day of the workweek, Friday, is named for Frigg.
Freyr - Brother to the beautiful Freya, Freyr is associated with virility, prosperity as well as sunshine and fair weather. He brings peace and pleasure to mankind. He rides a shining boar, made by dwarves and possess a ship that always finds favorable winds, which can be folded up and put in a travel sack, when not in use. Name you male dog Freyr if you are seeking a peaceful and prosperous existence.
Loki - Mischievous Loki is half god and half frost giant. He wishes to aid the other Norse gods and be accepted among them, yet his frost giant half tends to make him unreliable and frequently belligerent to the Norse gods. Loki's hand in killing Baldr sets in motion the end of the gods at Ragnarok.
|Odin flanked by his familiars
Odin - Odin is associated with wisdom, poetry, the runic alphabet, death, healing, sorcery, frenzy and the gallows. He is depicted with a long beard and one eye missing; he wears a broad rimmed hat and carries a spear called Gungnir. He is the father of Thor and Baldr, and is accompanied by his familiars, the wolves Geri and Freki, as well as two ravens Huginn and Muninn. Odin receives half of the slain after battle, with the balance going to Freya. He is associated with creation in that he slays the primordial being Ymir, and gives the gift of life to the first two humans, Ask and Embla.
Ragnarok - The Norse equivalent of Revelations, Ragnarok is a series of foretold events, including natural disasters and an epic final battle, that leaves many of the primary Norse gods dead in its wake. Odin, Thor, Freyr and Loki all meet their ends in Ragnarok. In the aftermath, the world will be renewed after having been submerged in water. The dead gods are then resurrected, in order to join the surviving gods. Finally, mankind will be repopulated by two surviving humans.
Thor - Perhaps the most popular of the Norse gods, Thor is the hammer-wielding god of thunder, lightning, storms, strength, oak trees, protector of mankind and fertility. Thor rides a chariot drawn by two goats, his hammer is named mjolnir, and other accoutrements include a magic belt, steel gloves and a staff. Thor is merciless in his slaughter of his foes. Thursday, Thor's Day, is named for this god.
|Thor and his mighty hammer
Lyrical, Mystical and Mythological Names for Dogs
Mythology is born of ancient tales passed down via bards, who sang tales of heroic adventures, and poetry stored as some of the earliest texts, such has the Iliad, recounted by Homer. These names pay homage to those early instruments that preserved the religious and historical epics across our ancient cultures.
Ballad - A simple narrative poem of folklore origin,
Chronicle - A history of events.
Epic - Often a long poem recounting heroic and majestic events.
Fable - A short tale that teaches a moral lesson.
Gallant - Brave, noble-minded or heroic.
Haiku - Japanese verse.
Idol - An image or material object that represents a deity.
Legend - A body of stories, handed down by oral tradition, that revolve around a particular character. The individual around which tales of bravery and noble deeds center.
Lyric - Poems composed to be accompanied by the lire.
Myth - Stories composed of deities and semi-deities that explain natural phenomena, rite or practice.
Ode - Lyrical poem.
Rhyme - Poem or verse with corresponding rhyming at the end of each phrase. Logic, Sense or plan.
Rune - A poem or saying used in magical spell casting.
Saga - Epic tale or history.
Stanza - A division of poetry formed in sets of lines often with a rhyming scheme.
Valiant - Bold, heroic or stout-hearted.