The Canary Islands get their name from the word “Canariae,” meaning dog
When most people hear the phrase “Canary Islands,” they imagine the place was called like that in honor of a species of bird. However, these islands were actually named after their canine inhabitants.
A second theory claims that it resulted from a poor translation of seals as “sea dogs” or “sea wolves.” These animals are frequently seen around the island and would have been spotted by early explorers. The only certainty is that the name has nothing to do with the Domestic canary bird.