Native Names

Inuit (Inuktitut) (Alaskan) names for your Malamute

The Inuit language is complicated. There are many dialects (Canadian, Greenland, Nordic etc), which create many words for the same English translation. A lot of Inuit words are well over 10 letters upwards to 40 letters. There are a lot of English words for names that simply do not translate well to Inuit or are not very good for a dog name. Plus many Inuit words translate to a complete phrase. We have spent many hours scouring through words and some simply do not work or sound good, where the English translation is perfect. Of course if it is a long word that you like a part of it, then shorten it to your liking. Our dam is Tikaani Rose on her AKC papers. We call her “Tika”, “Kani” or “Rosie” all the time. Our second dam is Sakari Tarrak and call her "Sweetie" or "Shadow". Our Sire is Yakone Amarok "Big Boy" “Rocky”. It is your pet and your name. Do what you want with the words and have fun with it. 

A lot of people name their pets after their color, markings or personality. We even used a combination of Inuit, English and other language words sometimes for our pet names. For example, Ikkuma means “fire” (as he was a mahogany red) and Amarok is a dialect for “wolf”, thus “Fire Wolf”. Tikaani is one of the other dialects for “wolf”. Rose refers to her mahogany red color. It is also feminine and refers to our breeding name. Sakari means "Sweet" and Tarrak is "Shadow". Yakone is "Red Aurora" and Amarok again for "wolf". We had a white Husky that we named Siku Luna. Siku is Inuit for “ice” referring to her eyes (ice blue husky eyes) and body color. Luna, of course, is Latin for “moon” because when she was wet a faint biscuit (pale yellow) coloring showed with various shadowy patters like moon craters. With registered pets it is common to use some names out of their lineage also. Check the page for each dog for their lineage. Have fun and use your imagination with this.

We have compiled from numerous resources of books and the internet some names that will describe your pet. If there is anyone with knowledge of Inuit languages and dialects, please feel free to contact us with some other ideas. I would like as many possible names as I can get. Of course AKC registration does not require the Malamute breed to have names of this language. We just believe in keeping the breed as close as possible to its native origins. Look at some of the longer words and take some letters out until you have a good or unique sounding name. I doesn’t have to be an actual word to be your pet’s name.

Some simple pronunciations: Letters are pronounced mostly as in Latin.

K - Two distinct pronunciations as in “king” or as “Kr” deep in the throat.

J & Y - Interchangeable and pronounced as “y” in “you”.

S - Generally pronounced as “sh” Some dialects pronounce it as “h”. Asso would be a Ho.

I - Pronounced as a long “E”.

U - Pronounced as “oo” or better as in Latin “una”.

NG - Is a single sound like “sing” not separate like “ungodly”.


AIYANA            AKINO            ALASKA            AKIRA

ALPINE            ALUE              AMANI               ANUBIS

APACHE          ARTIC             ASHA                ASIA

ASPEN             AURORA        AVALANCHE    BALTO

BANDIT            BEAR              BLADE              BLAZE


CHYNA           DAKOTA           DEMON

DIESEL          GLACIER           

HALI                 HALO             

JETT                JUNO             KAHLUA            

KENAI              KEESHA        KENO                  KIANA

KIMBA              KITA               KIYA                   KLONDIKE

KODA               KODIAK         LAIKA                 LAKOTA

LOKI                 LOKO             LUKA                  MAKITA

MASKA             MEEKA          MEEKO               MOKI

MOOSE            NAKEENA      NAKONA             NALA

NANOOK          NIKITA            NOMAD              POLARIS

RAVEN             RYKA              RYKU                  SABRE

SAKARI             SAKURA        SAKIRA               SAPHIRA

SASHA              SEQUOYAH   SESKA                SHADOW

SHEBA              SIBERIA          SITKA                 TAHOE 

TIMBER             TONKA           TUNDRA             WHISPER

WINTER            YANA              YUKON               ZAKOYA

ZEPHER             ZIMA

** The following marked names are some of our favorites


ALMOND                                                     Inua

BEARDED ONE                                           Umilik


BLOOD                                                         Aok

BUTTER                                                       Immuyak

CHOCOLATE                                               Koko

COFFEE                                                       Kapik

DARK (without light)                                     Tartok

DUST                                                            Sannerk,   Sanerk

FIRE                                                        **   Ikkuma

FIRE (bright meteors)                                    Iqniq

FLAME                                                    **   Shila

FROST                                                          Kaniq,   Iluq

GLACIER                                                       Sirmiq

GOLD                                                            Kanosak

ICE                                                          **    Siku,  Sikku,                                                                                      Cikuq,  Sikuaq

ICE (ice crack)                                               Qopuk

ICE (drifting lump of ice)                                Kassuq

ICE (smooth stretch of ice)                            Manirak

ICE (small ice floe)                                         Masaaraq

ICE (piece of fresh water ice)                         Nilak

ICE (solid ice cover)                                       Nutaaq

IVORY                                                            Tugar,   Tungaaq

MOON                                                            Tatkret

RED                                                                Aupaluktok

RED AURORA                                          **  Yakone

RED SPRUCE                                                Ikiaq

RUSTY                                                           Pekartok

SNOW                                                            Sesi,   Aniu,   Qannik

SNOW (falling snow)                                      Qaniit

SNOW (snow crust)                                        Pukak

SNOW (soft snow)                                          Massak,   Akluitok

SNOW (soft deep snow)                                 Mauja

SPIRIT                                                             Irrusiq

TATTO (lines on face)                                     Tupit

WHITE                                                             Kakortok

YELLOW                                                          Koksortok,   Kayok


ABREAST (side by side)                           **   Nellani

ALONE                                                            Kissimi,   Kissima

BETWEEN                                                       Miksa,   Miksani

CHEWS                                                           Tamuawok

COMPANION                                                  Pikatti,   Aipa

DANCES (Eskimo dance)                                Mumik,   Momerpok

FAST                                                         **   Suka

FRIEND                                                           Illamar

FRIENDLY                                                       Nagojut

HEART (big heart)                                           Corazon

HOWLER                                                         Maguyuk

HOWLING DOG                                              Miortok,   Miagortok

HUNGRY (is hungry)                                       Karpok

KISSES                                                            Kunikpok

LICKS WITH TONGUE                                    Alukpok


ONE WHO HUNTS FOR FOOD                      Aput

QUICK                                                             Tuwawi

SHAMAN                                                         Tupilek

SMART                                                            Pukiq

STRONG (is strong)                                         Nukilik

STRONG (strongest of all)                               Sangilak

STRONG (my strength)                                    Shtiya

SWEET                                                       **   Sakari

UNDER FEET                                                  Amak,   Alornerk


ADOPTED CHILD                                            Tiguaq,   Tiguak

ADOPTED SON                                         **   Tiquana

ADULT                                                              Innark,   Aktok

BABY                                                                Nutaralak

CHILD                                                               Nutara,   Piarak

DAUGHTER                                               **    Panik

GIRL (young girl)                                               Niviasar


MOTHER                                                            Aga

SWEET DAUGHTER                                         Buniq

YOUNG                                                              Makoktok

YOUNGER SISTER                                   **     Nukka


BIG (is big)                                                        Angiyok,   Takiyok

BIGGEST                                                          Angilak

BROAD (is broad, is wide)                                Siliktok

CURLED TAIL                                                   Pamiyok

MASK                                                                Kinapak

SOFT                                                                Amaguq


AIR                                                                    Sila

APPLE OF THE EYE                                        Takubvik,   Iyaroak

ANGEL                                                              Annakpok,   Anernerk

ANIMAL (child’s word)                                **   Kuk’uq

BEAR (brown bear)                                          Shesh,   Aklark

BEAR (grizzly bear)                                          Taqukaq

BEAR (polar)                                              **   Nanuk,   Nanuq

BEAUTIFUL                                                      Aningan,   Anana

BIG WOMAN                                                    Asiavik

BOY                                                                 Nukapiak,  Inosuktok

BOSS                                                                Desna,   Issumatak

CANDY                                                      **    Kima

CHIEF                                                               Kaskae,   Atanerk

DEVIL (or ghost or spirit)                                  Tonrar,   Tonraq

DOG                                                                 Qimmiq,   Kringmerk

DOG (plays)                                                      Unayok

DOG (puller)                                                      Qimuki,   Qimugta,

DRAGS SLED                                                   Uniarpok

ESKIMO BOOT                                                 Kamik

EVIL EARTH SPIRIT (appearance of a dog)** Keelut

EXPENSIVE                                                      Akna,   Akkituyok

FEATHER                                                          Suluk

GIFT                                                                   Aitut,   Tunerk

GOD OF THE MOON                                        Anuun

GOOD SPIRIT (that lived under the ice)            Aguta

HOME OF THE SPIRITS                                   Tomkin

HUNTING & FISHING                                        Ahnah

JOY                                                                    Quvianuq

KING                                                                  Atka

LITTLE                                                               Kolu,   Miki

NEW LIFE                                                          Sura

NO                                                                      Naga

RAINDROP                                                        Sialuk

SKY                                                                    Kesuk,   Qilaq

STAY                                                                  Kaya

WANDERING WOLF                                         Kadzait

WOLF                                                           **  Tikaani,   Amarok, 

WOLF (father wolf)                                       **  Anana


A CREEK IN SUTTON, ALASKA                       Eska

Some combinations we tried were:       Ice Wolf

                                                              Sweet Wolf

                                                              Red Wolf

                                                              Blood Wolf

                                                              Fire Wolf

                                                              Arctic Rose

                                                              Sweet Fire

                                                              Frost Rose

                                                              Ivory Rose

                                                              Sweet Daughter

                                                              Spirit Wolf

                                                              Sweet Pride

                                                              Sweet Rose

                                                              Ice Moon

Again, it is limited only to your imagination.

References:     Eskimo (Inuktitut) Dictionary Revised Edition

                        Author: Arthur Thibert, O.M.I.

                        Hippocrene Books, 2004




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