My cousin's cat is named Zeus, which got me thinking about pet names based on Greek mythology. I’m half Greek so my fascination isn’t that far-fetched. And when I was thinking about it, I was surprised at how many pet names based on Greek mythology I could come up with. Here are few of my suggestions if you’re looking for the perfect name!
Dogs are smart! My friend is currently training a German Shepherd for the Seeing Eye Foundation and they are in the process of house-breaking him. Whenever he needed to go to the bathroom, he never went to the back door like they wanted. Instead he went to the bathroom door because he associated that with where people went to the bathroom. I find that brilliant! Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, so why not use this great pet name based on Greek mythology for your pooch?
If you have a cat, then look no further! Cats are very self-sufficient animals, which is often misconstrued as self-absorbed. If they want to lie in the sun all day, then they will. In Greek mythology, Narcissus is most famously known for seeing his reflection and falling madly in love with himself. He spent his days staring in a mirror, basking in his own glory until it caused his death. So maybe Narcissus is the name for you! I can’t wait to name my cat this, so all I need is a cat!
Got a pet snake? Well remember the beautiful Gorgon who was cursed for breaking her vow? Medusa’s hair became entirely made of snakes. What’s more, her gaze turns people to stone. Now snakes aren’t the most common house pet and may cause your friends to freeze up at first. It fits great!
Hera is the goddess of marriage and childbirth. And bunnies don’t get the stereotype of always having a lot of kids for no reason. So why not name your bunny after this wonderful Greek goddess? It's unique, clever, and striking. Oh, and pretty!
In Greek mythology, Hermes is Zeus’ messenger. What animals do you know that convey a message? This name would be great for either a dog or a parrot. Dogs love to announce when people are at the door, walking on the sidewalk, and so on. Parrots repeat messages of what people say, which is pretty unique for animals.
A girl in my elementary school raised horses and I always wanted her to name one Pegasus! As the myth goes, Pegasus is a flying horse. Sure, horses don’t fly today. I guess they lost that trait from the Greek times. But still, Pegasus is a fitting name for a horse. Plus it's a good way to mix things up from Spirit or Blaze. You want your pet horse to stand out, so this is perfect!
The Muses in Greek mythology were known for their melodic voices. The songs they sang brought joy to anyone who heard them. Clio is one of the Muses. You might consider naming a bird this for its love of singing.
There are some rich pet names based on Greek myths. I hope these suggestions get you thinking. What are some other good pet names? Did you have a favorite?