According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Chihuahua originated in Mexico, making Mexican culture a good place to look for name inspiration that is unique and honors your Chihuahua’s heritage.
We have lots of other name ideas for you so be sure to check check out all the chihuahua names posts for more ideas.
I have broken down names inspired by the Chihuahua’s Mexican roots into categories for your consideration below:
Names Inspired by Mexican Cuisine
If you have a favorite Mexican dish, you could find inspiration for your furry friend’s name on the menu of your favorite restaurant. Here are some commonly prepared Mexican dishes and commonly used ingredients in Mexican cuisine that have the potential to be cute names for Chihuahuas:
- Bean or Beans, a common ingredient in many Mexican dishes.
- Burrito, a popular Mexican dish, also a very appropriate name for a Chihuahua since the breed loves to snuggle and be wrapped in a blanket like a burrito.
- Carnita, a popular Mexican dish made with pork.
- Chili, a stew made with chili peppers, a popular Mexican dish.
- Chip, as salsa and chips are a common appetizer or snack in Mexico.
- Chorizo, a Mexican sausage.
- Churro, Cinnamon or Sugar, after the delicious cinnamon sugar Mexican desert.
- Cookie, as there are many delicious Mexican cookie recipes.
- Gordita (or Gordi for short), which is a stuffed pastry. Know that the word also means “chubby” in Spanish, so if your Chihuahua is very food motivated this name could be even more appropriate.
- Garbanzo (for the beans)
- Horchata, a sweet cinnamon milk drink popular in Mexico.
- Jalapeno for the pepper.
- Leche or Cake, short for delicious Tres leches cake.
- Lime, often used in Mexican dishes and in delicious margaritas.
- Machaca, a Mexican recipe involving dried meats.
- Mango, a commonly used ingredient in Mexican cuisine.
- Margarita, probably one of the most popular beverages world wide, this salty lime drink originated in the Chihuahua’s home land.
- Nacho, for the tasty snack.
- Pico (short for Pico de Gallo), a common Mexican salsa.
- Pozole, after the traditional Mexican soup recipe.
- Queso, after the popular Mexican cheese dip recipe.
- Salsa, after one of the most popular Mexican appetizers.
- Sopaipillas (Sophie or Sophia for short), after the Mexican fried pastry bread.
- Taco, the most popular Mexican meal.
- Tamale, after the classic Mexican dish wrapped in a banana leaf or a corn husk.
- Taquito, after the popular Mexican dish of small tortillas lightly filled with meat and cheese then rolled up to eat.
- Tequila, after the alcoholic beverage used to make delicious margaritas.
- Toast (short for Tostadas), which refers to a variety of Mexican recipes that use tortillas.
Names Inspired by the Chihuahua’s Mexican Heritage and Culture
Look to your Chihuahua’s heritage and the culture of their ancestors for a unique name:
- Abrazo, the Spanish word for “hug” or “cuddle”, very appropriate since Chis are so snuggly!
- Amor, the Spanish word for “love”.
- Amigo (male) or Amiga (female), the Spanish word for “friend”.
- Aztec, since Chihuahuas used to live with the Aztecs.
- Beso, the Spanish word for “kiss”.
- Cortez, after the Spanish Conquistador that was part of the Chihuahua’s history from interacting with the Aztecs.
- Fiesta, Spanish for “party”.
- Goldie, since Aztecs are famous for Aztec gold. This name is a good idea for Chihuahuas with the classic fawn coat.
- Noches, the Spanish word for “evening”, most appropriate for a Chihuahua with a dark coat.
- Sol, the Spanish word for “sun”, appropriate for Chihuahuas with the classic fawn coat, or because your Chihuahua is your sunshine!
- Te Quiero, which means “I love you” in Spanish.
Female Mexican Names
If you prefer human names for your Chihuahua, here are some of the most common female baby names in Mexico according to Baby Center:
- Cha Chi
- Gabriel or Gabriella
- Muñiquita (means baby doll)
Male Mexican Names
If you prefer human names for your Chihuahua, here are some of the most common male baby names in Mexico according to Baby Center:
Indigenous Mexican Names
If you prefer human names for your Chihuahua, a unique alternative to main stream human names are Indigenous Mexican Names. Mexico has approximately 62 indigenous communities that are rich with culture, making these names very uncommon.
Here is a list of names from these indigenous communities in Mexico according to Baby Center:
- Citlali, a feminine name which means “star”.
- Iktan, a name which can be either male or female, which means “clever”.
- Kiliwa, one of the indigenous communities in Mexico.
- Maya, one of the indigenous communities in Mexico.
- Quiché, one of the indigenous communities in Mexico.
- Suré, a name which can be either male or female, which means “has heart”.
- Tara, short for Tarahumara, one of the indigenous communities in Mexico.
- Taiyari, a name which can be either male or female, which means “our heart”.
Chihuahuas can live for 20 years, so choose wisely, because you very well could be saying this name for the next 20 years of your life!
If you find a few names that you like, try writing out the name, calling it out around the house, and seeing if your dog responds to it.
Is your Chihuahua named after their Mexican heritage? Share their name in the comments below to help inspire others who are looking to name their Chihuahuas.