Hawaiian Dog Names
Hawaiian dog names conjure up imagery of bright blue skies and waters, gorgeous mountain landscapes, and colorful flowers. Hawaiian names are rising in popularity across the US for babies, and this infatuation is beginning to carry over into the canine world as well.
Popular Hawaiian dog names include short and sweet Kai and Koa on the boys' side, and the lyrical Leilani, Kailani, and Alani on the girls' side.
Other well-recognized Hawaiian names include Moana and Maui, Lilo and Nani from Disney films, as well as monikers made known by celebrities such as Keanu Reeves and Auli'i Cravalho.
Unique Hawaiian dog names include Iolani, Anela, and Lilinoe for female dogs, and Kainoa, Makaio, and Akoni for male dogs.
Search our entire collection of Hawaiian names for dogs below.
Description:Kai is an internationally flexible name with many possible origins and meanings, growing in popularity in the US and a diverse range of European countries.
Origin:Latin, Scandinavian, or Hawaiian
Meaning:"to rejoice or sea"
Description:The new Maia, the next Kayla, Kaia has been on the charts since the year 2000. You might see it as a female form of the also-rising Kai, which means sea in Hawaiian and is sometimes used for girls as well, or as a Kardashianization of the ancient goddess name Caia.
Description:A name of multiple identities: a somewhat soap-operatic single-syllable surname, a homonym for the biblical bad boy Cain, and, when found in Japan and Hawaii, it transforms into the two syllable KA-neh. Kane also has multiple meanings: in Welsh, it's "beautiful"; in Japanese, "golden"; and in Hawaiian, "man of the Eastern sky."
Description:With Noah taking the Number 1 spot in 2013, Koa is attracting more attention than ever.
Meaning:"the coolness, or the cool breeze"
Description:An evocative name brought from Hawaii to the mainland by Keanu Reeves, who was born in Beirut to a part-Hawaiian, part-Chinese father. It moved into the Top 1000 for the first time in over a decade in 2016. Keanu ranks among
Description:One of a group of pretty double L names, Lilia is more unusual and distinctive than some others. Truly cross-cultural, the lilting Lilia is heard in the Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Hawaiian communities and would be a good choice for a child born to parents of different ethnicities.
Description:Leilani is derived from the Hawaiian elements lei, meaning "flower," and lani, "heavenly." It can also be translated as "royal child," as lani is connected to high-birth and aristocracy, and leis—flower garlands worn around the neck—are associated with children. "Sweet Leilani" is an Academy Award-winning song by Bing Crosby.
Origin:Hawaiian, Greek, Basque
Meaning:"dolphin; to flow; wave, sea foam"
Description:Multicultural option, equally intriguing as, but more unusual than, Maia.
Description:Nakoa is a Top 100 name for boys in Hawaii. It became more widely known after actors Lisa Bonet and Jason Mamoa chose it for their son.
Origin:Variation of Leo, Latin
Description:This alternative spelling of Leo is popular with German-speaking parents. It's rare in English-speaking areas, which could be a burden, but the advantage is that it could be short for (or honor) a name such as Julio or Lionel.
Origin:German, diminutive of Liselotte; Hawaiian
Description:Lilo is the name of the spunky little Hawaiian girl character in the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch-- and is also Lindsay Lohan's nickname. Multi-cultural, it can be found in Hawaiian, German and Hebrew nomenclature.
Description:One of the most popular native language names for boys in Hawaii, Makoa joins Nakoa and Koa as Hawaiian boys' names finding a wider audience in the US.
Origin:Hawaiian variation of Mary
Description:Makes Grandma Mary or Maria's name fresh and modern. A fairly unusual name made more familiar by one of Barack and Michelle Obama's young daughters.
Meaning:"sea and sky"
Description:This name's similarity to Kalani and pretty Hawaiian origin helped catapult it into the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013.
Description:Unusual yet accessible Hawaiian choice. The Noel beginning makes it a possible name for baby girls born at Christmas.
Description:Hawaiian names are having a moment, and this one, despite its strong meaning, is relatively undiscovered. The pronunciation may not be immediately obvious, but it didn't hurt Keanu Reeves.
Meaning:"deep ocean, sea"
Description:This Maori name, often heard in New Zealand, is an attractive, evocative choice for lovers of the ocean made famous – perhaps too famous – by the Disney heroine. Moana was also an alternate name for the heroine Ofelia in Pan's Labyrinth. Moana may also be a color name for a deep ocean blue ("lanu moana"). Moana and other Disney Princess Names are the subject of a featured blog.
Description:Kalea is a Top 100 name for girls in Hawaii. Sources differ on the meaning of the name, but the most authoritative land on joy or happiness...though kalea is also the Hawaiian word for orgasm.
Description:A nature name from the Hawaiian islands that's vaguely reminiscent of trendy names like Luke and Luca. However, it's also the name of a Swedish company that makes mechanical lifts used in medical settings to move mobility-impaired patients.
Description:Evocative of tranquil island escapes. One of several Hawaiian (and pseudo-Hawaiian) names ending in "-ani" that's soaring in popularity, Nalani made its debut on the US Top 1000 in 2016.