First published in French in 1869-1870, the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, follows the adventures of Dr. Pierre Aronnax and his loyal manservant Conseil as he searches for a mysterious sea monster and is taken for an incredible journey under the ocean as directed by the enigmatic Captain Nemo, and accompanied by the hot-headed master harpooner, Ned Land. Considered by many to be one of the world’s first science fiction novels, many of the fictional innovations described in the book later became reality in one way or another and its themes of freedom, vengeance, and even ecology are still relevant today.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Dog Names in Pop Culture
Captain Nemo is a popular character who has created an impression on all who meet him either through the book itself or through one the movies based on the book, or even through the adoption of his characters by other artists, such as his appearance in “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” by Alan Moore and more recently in 2016 when he was introduced as a character in the ABC television series “Once Upon a Time.” This name, which means no one in Latin, has also be used as a name for more than one canine that made a name for themselves.
French President Emmanuel Macron is a fan of the book and chose the name for his new presidential pet, the first rescue pet to share the Elysee Palace with the President. The Labrador-Griffon mix dog is frequently seen with the president and while he is usually well-behaved, he did make headlines in October of 2017 for urinating on the gilded fireplace in President Macro’s office during a meeting with junior ministers.
A German Shepherd in the Vietnam War was also given the name Nemo, after the misanthropic character. He was one of the first dogs sent to Vietnam and after nearly two years of service, Nemo was paired up with a 22-year-old handler Airman 2nd Class Robert Thorneburg. The two quickly bonded and became an effective sentry team, helping to alert the base when two Vietcong units tried to infiltrate. The United States troops, both human and canine, successfully fought back the intruders, but they lost several men and dogs in the process. Patrolling the next night, Nemo alerted his handler to enemy soldiers in the graveyard, but they were fired on prior to being able to radio for help. Thorneburg was hit in the shoulder and a bullet traveled through Nemo’s right eye and out through his mouth, but that didn’t stop the determined 85 pound canine, who continued his assault on the enemy, giving Airman Thorneburg a chance to radio for help. When help arrived Nemo, despite his injuries, dragged himself over to his handler and crawled on top of him to keep him from being further injured. Both Nemo and his handler received care and were eventually returned to the United States and discharged with honors. After returning home, Nemo made many cross-country tours and television appearances to recruit for more dogs, and he was given a permanent kennel at the Department of Defense Dog Center in Texas where he resided until his death in 1972.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Dog Name Considerations
Choosing the right name for your specific pet is an important responsibility and in many cases, a very positive experience. A good name for your dog is one that is easy for you and your household to pronounce clearly and consistently and one that the dog is able to clearly hear and differentiate between that and their most common commands. When choosing a name from this iconic story, there are many ways to narrow down your options and choose exactly the right name for your specific canine. You could always choose the name of a favorite character such as Nemo, Ned, or even Conseil, possibly fitting the dog's personality to the character, or you could choose a particularly picturesque or meaningful location within the book, picking a name like Crespo, Sargasso, or Atlantis. Your dog’s appearance may influence your decision as well choosing a name like Coal for a black dog or Pearl for a white one. Many of the animals and other sights that are mentioned in the novel make excellent names as well, such as Maelstrom, Spider, or Shark, and since the original language of the book was French, there is some French on the list as well, with names such as Vengeur and Calamar.