What Are Some Korean Dog Names?

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The Korea Blog suggests a variety of Korean dog names, some of which include “Dooman,” which means “dumpling,” “Podo,” “Sunja,” “Mocha,” “Mongshi,” “Dubu” and “Daegu.” Jindos.com also lists common Korean dog names, all of which refer to nature except for two. Names on the list include “Danbee,” “Jinju,” “Pado,” “Jangmee,” “Naree,” “Janggoon,” “Kongju” and “Nabee.”

According to the Korea Blog, “Podo,” refers to a grape, which may also reference a dog’s round grape-like eyes. “Suja,” means “meek and mild” and “Mocha” is a color. “Monshi” is translated to “fluffy,” while “Dubu” is the Korean translation for “tofu.” “Daegu” references a town in Korea.

Jindos.com translates “Danbee” to “refreshing rain,” while “Jinju,” a female dog name, is another name for “pearl.” “Pado” refers to an ocean wave, while “Janmee” is another name for “rose.” “Naree” is translated to “lily,” while “Janggoon” is Korean for “military general.” “Kongju” means “princess” and “Nabee” translates into English as “butterfly.” According to the site, some older Koreans who own dogs believe some names for dogs are inappropriate. Older owners steer away from giving human or plant names to dogs.

Contemporary naming conventions for dogs are not as strict, and some dogs are named for people or plants. Jindos.com explains that many Korean dog names are based on one or two one-syllable words that are combined. The site adds that sometimes endings such as “j,” “ee” and “yi” are included at the end of the dog’s name to signify affection.