Literature-Inspired Dog Names

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You may discover unlimited dog-naming ideas on your bookshelves, whether you love literary classics or hyper current sci-fi titles. A literary name will not only make your dog seem like a total academic, but it will also appear in some of the world's most renowned novels. Just don't be shocked if you see him researching quantum physics.

The Most Popular Literary Dog Names

What's the nicest thing about giving your dog a literary name? With so many alternatives, no matter her breed, size, or personality, you're bound to discover the right name. According to a poll conducted by BARK, BarkBox, and Super Chewer, the following are some of the most popular dog names in the United States, which also feature in literature.

  • Bella, from the amazingly popular young-adult book series Twilight
  • Charlie, from the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Luna, from Harry Potter, one of history's most popular book series
  • Finn, from the Mark Twain classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Marley, from the tear-jerker novel turned tear-jerker movie Marley and Me
  • Oliver, from the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist
  • Romeo, from one of the most-studied and most-performed plays in history, Romeo and Juliet
  • Scout, from the Harper Lee classic To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Winnie, from the beloved children's book series Winnie the Pooh

Tips for Naming Your New Dog

It's no secret that bringing a new pet home is a huge undertaking. After weeks of searching for high-quality food, locating the ideal, comfy dog bed, and equipping your new puppy's toy box with a variety of stimulating toys, you must now complete the most difficult pup parent chore of all: naming your new family member.

Our recommendation? Choose a name that will be significant to you and your family for many years to come. Isn't it easier said than done? Here's some additional name-related advice for your family:

  • Consider names that are one to two syllables and contain hard consonants. These types of names will be easier for your pooch to hear and understand.
  • Avoid names that could sound like a . Think: "sit" and "Kit."
  • Choose a name that's easy for humans to pronounce and spell. Remember: Your family members, friends and veterinarian will have to say (and sometimes spell) your dog's name for years and years.
  • Don't choose a name that could be embarrassing or offensive. If you'd be embarrassed to hear your dog's name called out at the vet's office or dog park, don't do it.

Literary Names for Female Dogs

Girls and women have been some of literature's most powerful, daring, and extroverted literary personalities, from Elizabeth Bennett to Hermione Granger to Lisbeth Salander. So, why not give your rough-and-tumble gal one of these bad babe names?

  • Arya (Game of Thrones)
  • Charlotte/Charlie (Charlotte's Web)
  • Jane (Jane Eyre)
  • Jo (Little Women)
  • Katniss (The Hunger Games)
  • Lizzie (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Lucy (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Matilda (Matilda)
  • Nancy (Nancy Drew)
  • Ramona (Ramona Quimby)

Literary Names for Male Dogs

If your boy would rather dig his nose into a book, rather than a bone, you might want to consider one of these literature-inspired names. And get that dog a library card, stat!

  • Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Binx (The Moviegoer)
  • Frankie (The Man With the Golden Arm)
  • Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
  • Holden (Catcher in the Rye)
  • Huckleberry (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Milo (Catch-22)
  • Moby (Moby-Dick)
  • Robinson (Robinson Crusoe)
  • Watson (Sherlock Holmes)

Dog Names Inspired by Classic Authors

Maybe you didn't love reading these classic authors' in middle school and high school, but we bet you're glad you did now—if only for the great dog name selections.

  • Austen (Author Jane Austen, Persuasion)
  • Bram (Author Bram Stoker, Dracula)
  • Dodie (Author Dodie Smith, I Capture the. Castle)
  • Fitzgerald/Fitz (Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)
  • Harper (Author Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Hemingway (Author Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea)
  • Huxley (Author Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)
  • Jack (Author Jack London, Call of the Wild)
  • Shelley (Author Mary Shelley, Frankenstein)
  • Virginia (Author Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own)

Dog Names from Children's Books

Whether you want to honor your favorite book from childhood or your kids' favorite books, popular children's books are jam-packed with plenty of cute, whimsical names for your family's new dog.

  • Amelia (Amelia Bedelia)
  • Bear (Little Bear)
  • Carl (Good Dog, Carl)
  • Eloise (Eloise)
  • Harold (Harold and the Purple Crayon)
  • Madeline (Madeline)
  • Max (Where the Wild Things Are)
  • Olivia (Olivia)
  • Peter/Petey (The Snowy Day)
  • Sally (The Cat in the Hat)

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