An interesting point to be noted here is that there is a distinction between female and male dragon names. Additionally, dragon names vary according to their type. Yes! You read it right. There are different types of dragons, and their names are given accordingly.
List of Dragon Names
For easy reference and quick lookup, we have enlisted some of the most popular dragon names irrespective of their types below. These names are mostly derived from religious texts, mythologies, legends, and folk stories of the world.
Dragon Names by Country/Region
|Ejderha or Evren||Turkey|
|Lindworm||Germany, Iceland, Scandinavia|
|Piasa Bird||Native America|
|St. Leonard's Forest Dragon||England|
|Worm Hill Dragon||England|
|Y Ddraig Goch||Wales|
Dragon Names by Movies
|Adelaid Smite||George and the Dragon|
|Alina||Beyond Sherwood Forest|
|Arman||On - drakon|
|Aroara|| Dragons: Fire and Ice|
The Metal Ages
|Bahamut SIN||Final Fantasy VII Advent Children|
|Boris||Elmer's Adventure: My Father's Dragon|
|Bryagh||The Flight of Dragons|
|Condor||Ewoks: The Battle for Endor|
|Cornwall||Quest for Camelot|
|Dagahra||Rebirth of Mothra II|
|Darksmoke||Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer|
|Devon||Quest for Camelot|
|Dexter||The Dragon That Wasn't (Or Was He?)|
|Dororo||Keroro Gunso the Super Movie 4: Gekishin Dragon Warriors|
|Dragonstorm||Transformers: The Last Knight|
|Emperor Han||The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor|
|Eustace Scrubb||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader|
|Gorbash||The Flight of Dragons|
|Gwythaints||The Black Cauldron|
|Hector||Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book|
|Herman||The Tale of Tillie's Dragon|
|Hugo||Barbie as Rapunzel|
|Hungarian Horntail||Harry Potter|
|Jabberwocky||Alice in Wonderland|
|John John||Dragones: destino de fuego|
|Keroro||Keroro Gunso the Super Movie 4: Gekishin Dragon Warriors|
|King Ghidorah||Godzilla Series|
|Liu Kang||Mortal Kombat: Annihilation|
|Lord Maliss||Happily Ever After|
|Ludmilla||Bartok the Magnificent|
|Madam Mim||The Sword in the Stone|
|Marina||Dragones: destino de fuego|
|Matches||Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School|
|Mōryō||Naruto Shippuden the Movie|
|Norbert Norwegian Ridgeback||Harry Potter|
|Orochi||Legend of the Millennium Dragon|
|Orochimaru||The Magic Serpent|
|Pendragon||Jack the Giant Killer (1962 film)|
|Penelope||Barbie as Rapunzel|
|Po's chi||Kung Fu Panda 3|
|Puff||Puff the Magic Dragon|
|Puffy||Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon|
|Reluctant||The Reluctant Dragon|
|Shernomore||The Stolen Princess|
|Slyder||Barbie & the Diamond Castle|
|Smrgol||The Flight of Dragons|
|Spike||My Little Pony: The Movie|
|Targon|| Dragons: Fire and Ice|
The Metal Ages
|Taro||The 7th Voyage of Sinbad|
|Tatsu||Taro the Dragon Boy|
|Therru||Tales from Earthsea|
|Thoron|| Dragons: Fire and Ice|
The Metal Ages
|Thurdigree Burns||Casper's Scare School|
|Toothless||How to Train Your Dragon|
|Ukrainian Ironbelly||Harry Potter|
|Vildrok||Dragones: destino de fuego|
|Whimsey||My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure|
|World Gobbler||Dragon Hunters|
|Zmey Gorynych||Dobrynya Nikitich and Zmey Gorynych|
The list compiled above consists of both male and female dragon names. Female dragons have a legacy and fan base of their own throughout media and cultural folklore. Irrespective of their gender, dragons are regarded as power beasts, which either help people win wars or cause chaos in their lives and need to be slain by the ‘chosen one.’
Regardless of their genders and cultural interpretations, the dragon remains mysterious, daunting, and majestic to many people worldwide. Dragon lovers go to lengths in designing the cover, graphics, and art about them.
History of Dragon Names
Dragons are mythical creatures that have been part of world literature and folklore for a long period. Characterized by their strength and power, dragons in history and culture represent beasts, which are masters of earthly, aerial, fire, water, and ice-related battle skills. Combine all of these with their magical powers, and it adds so much aura to their mysterious demeanor.
Dragons are perceived differently across various cultures and religious streams. Each culture and religion perceives dragons according to their beliefs. For example, dragons are depicted as evil beasts in Christian texts and symbolize chaos and turmoil. On the other hand, many spiritual schools of thought and Eastern cultures perceive them as wise and holy deities.
These differences lie not only in perception but also in the physical portrayal of these mighty beasts. This contrast can be categorized according to Eastern and Western cultures. Dragons in Eastern Cultures are wingless and highly intelligent creatures that may breathe fire or ice, whereas dragons in Western cultures have wings and breath fire only.
In real life, oftentimes people refer to a person as ‘Dragon’ because of their ability to overcome challenges in life and self conquering skills. Similarly, the phrase ‘to awaken the dragon within’ signifies waking up or sharpening of one’s intellectual abilities to overcome obstacles and hardships in life. Thus it is safe to conclude that dragons symbolize and signify moral character, physical strength, the actualization of intellectual abilities, wisdom and mysterious powers regardless of the culture they belong to.
The concept of dragons, either aiding the humans in a noble cause or acting as the aides of villains and then being slain by their chosen slayers, found its way to Hollywood and cinema across the globe too. Some of the most famous cinematic adaptions of dragons in both evil and noble avatars have been explored in the next section alongside their names.
Cinematic Adoption & Literary Portrayal of Dragon Names
Throughout literary and cinematic history, dragons have been given some of the most interesting names. How these names are conceived, or the criteria of applying them on a particular dragon remain unspecified. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at some of the most popular and interesting cinematic dragon names of all times.
Let’s begin exploring dragon names with the most popular dragons of television. The 3 dragons portrayed as Daenerys’s children in the famous television show, Game of Thrones, were named Dragon, Rhaegal, and Viserion. All three of them could initially breathe fire but later breathed ice and eventually died. Daenerys’s dragons symbolized her courage, strength, and power she gained over time.
Other cinematic dragon names include Night Fury from the 2010 animated kids’ movie How to Train Your Dragon. The movie shows how the lead character, Hiccup, adopts and bonds with his dragon pet defying his tribe’s cultural norms, which require him to kill a dragon to step into manhood. Hiccup, on the contrary, not only saves Night Fury from other Vikings instead of trains it to fight the ones who refuse to give up killing dragons for a sport.
In addition to the already mentioned, dragon characters such as Falcor (The Never Ending Story, 1984), Smaug (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, 2013), Mushu (Mulan, 1998) and Eragon are some of the most famous and memorable cinematic dragon names of all times.
The famous music band ‘Imagine Dragons’ have their name inspired by dragons, and various anime mangas and video games such as ‘Dragon Ball Z’ etc also have names inspired by these mighty and majestic beasts.
A very interesting interpretation of dragons as powerful entities in Western cultures includes them as being greedy. Despite the power they possess, dragons are shown as greedy hoarders of treasures of the world unless they are killed, and the human race is freed from their vices. Dragons have been given interesting names stemming from mythology or religious texts. Some of these names have mentioned in the section below.
How many types of Dragons names are there?
There are 20+ types of dragons mentioned in the literature, folklore, legends and cinematic adaptions worldwide. Some of the types include bearded dragons, thunder dragons, earth dragons, fire dragons, ice dragons, sea serpents, hybrid dragons, the already mentioned Eastern and Western cultural dragons, and Dragonite.
What type of dragon name is the most powerful?
Thunder dragons are considered to be the most powerful.
What are some of the dragon names mentioned in world mythology?
Bahamut (Arabian Legendary dragon), Azure (Chinese Dragon), Druk (Bhutanese Dragon), Jawzahr (Persian Dragon), Yamata no Orochi (Japnese Dragon) and Fafnir (Norse Dragon) are some of the countless mythological dragon names.