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Introduction

It doesn’t take a genius to give a dog a name, but it most certainly takes a fair amount of brainpower and patience to come up with something appropriate, especially if you’re also trying to be clever. Of course, there are plenty of reasons why you may choose to give your dog a brainiac’s name: maybe they are super intelligent themselves, maybe you appreciate great minds, or maybe you just want to make light of the fact that they aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Whatever the case may be, giving them a brainiac’s name will undoubtedly help them stand out, if they’re not already doing so, with or without their brain.

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Brainiac Dog Name Considerations

There is certainly a lot to consider when trying to pair your dog up with an appropriate brainiac-themed name, but the best place to start is usually taking a look at your dog’s standout features, such as their looks, quirks, or personality. Once you’ve identified those, you can at least pick a few to form the basis of your ideas from. 

Although many historic brainiacs did not have easily identifiable physical characteristics, some did, at least enough to work with. For example, if your dog has white and particularly wispy hair, like that of a Bichon Frise or Bearded Collie, Einstein would be a great fit. If they have short black hair and a black mustache like that of a Scottish Terrier, maybe Nikola or Tesla would be more suitable. If you have a Beagle that is primarily white, then Mr. Peabody would be perfect. 

Personality and quirks tend to work just as well. For example, if you have a dog that looks like it’s getting electrocuted every time it gets surprised or tends to shake a lot for one reason or another, then Faraday would be a great fit. If they tend to stay perfectly calm and sit and analyze options before making a decision, Spock would be ideal, especially if they also have pointy ears and only a moderate emotional response. If they tend to rule the house and walk around with a lot of authority, then Cleopatra would work well. 

Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to rack your brain to come up with several different options to experiment with before sticking with one. That is, unless your inspiration strikes as quickly as a falling apple. 

Male Brainiac Dog Names

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Leo
After Leonardo da Vinci, Italian engineer, architect, painter and sculptor; one of history's greatest minds
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Newton
After Sir Isaac Newton, physicist and mathematician who discovered gravity
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Plato
After Greek philosopher Plato, highly influential to western math and science
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Aristotle
After Greek philosopher Aristotle, who also had great influence on physics, biology and even theater
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Shakespeare
One of history's greatest wordsmiths and English writers
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Einstein
After Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity
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Confucius
Chinese philosopher and teacher who was highly influential
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Galileo
After Galileo Galilei, who highly influenced the fields of physics, math, philosophy, and even astronomy
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Voltaire
Philosopher and historian famed for his influence on French Enlightenment
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Tao
After Terence Tao, a Professor of Mathematics at UCLA with one of the highest IQs ever recorded
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Erasmus
After Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch theologian, social critic, and humanist
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Faraday
After Michael Faraday, English scientist who advanced both electromagnetism and electrochemistry
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Dickens
After Charles Dickens, widely regarded as one of the greatest English literary minds of all time
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Peabody
After Mr. Peabody, the brainiac dog from Rocky and Bullwinkle
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Stewie
After Stewie Griffon, the baby genius from Family Guy
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Quest
After Benton Quest, the father of Johnny Quest and scientific genius on the show
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Benton
After Benton Quest, Johnny Quest's genius father who spurned many of their adventures
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Dexter
The genius murderer from Dexter series, or boy genius from Dexter's Laboratory
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Brain
The brainiac mouse from Pinky and the Brain
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Neutron
After Jimmy Neutron, boy genius from the television series
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Farnsworth
After Professor Farnsworth from Futurama
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Sherlock
After Sherlock Holmes, the genius detective
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Doggie Bowser
A play on Doogie Howser, the wunderkind doctor from the television series
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Spock
The hyper-intelligent Vulcan from Star Trek
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Nash
After John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematics virtuoso best known by the biography written about him, A Beautiful Mind
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Urkel
After Steve Urkel, the super smart and nerdy next door neighbor on Family Matters
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Emmett
After Emmett "Doc" Brown, the designer of the Delorean Time Machine in the Back to the Future movie trilogy
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Sheldon
After Sheldon Cooper, the theoretical physicist from The Big Bang Theory
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Maxwell
After James Maxwell, who laid the foundation for quantum theory and was revered by the likes of Einstein
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Copernicus
After Nicolaus Copernicus, the Polish mathematician and astronomer who revolutionized the way we look at and study the cosmos

Female Brainiac Dog Names

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Marie
After Marie Curie, the Polish scientist and chemist who developed the theory of radioactivity
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Curie
After Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize
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Bose
After Satyendra Nath Bose, the Indian physicist who massively influenced quantum mechanics
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Nikola
After Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-born inventor
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Tesla
After Nikola Tesla, invented the Tesla coil among others
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Leibniz
After Gottfried Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher credited for inventing calculus
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Avicenna
Also known as Ibn Sina, one of the most important minds of the Islamic Golden Age, influenced numerous fields in his time
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Goethe
After Johann Goethe, the German polymath and esteemed writer
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Hypatia
Credited as the first female mathematician, Greek philosopher and astronomer
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Cleopatra
After the last pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt who supposedly had an IQ around 180 and could speak five languages
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Judit
After Judit Polgar, who became the grand chessmaster at only 15
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Siddis
After William Siddis, American child prodigy, who entered Harvard at 11 with one of, if not the, highest IQ ever recorded
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Millie
After John Stuart Mill, English philosopher and economist
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Descartes
After Rene Descartes, French mathematician, writer, and philosopher
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Spinoza
After Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher with a high influence on the Age of Enlightenment
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Chatelet
After Emilie Chatelet, French philosopher, physicist, mathematician, and author, one of the greatest minds of all time
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Sofia
After Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician who was a pioneer for women in the field and contributed significant developments in the field
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Sophie
After Sophie Germain, French physicist, philosopher, and mathematician
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Lise
After Lise Meitner, Austrian-Swedish physicist who advanced radioactivity and nuclear physics
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Thatcher
After Margaret Thatcher, chemist-turned-British-stateswoman
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Ayn
After Ayn Rand, prolific writer and philosopher
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Montessori
After Maria Montessori, who reformed early childhood education
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Gauss
After Carl Gauss, German mathematician who influenced a significant number of related fields
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Ettore
After Ettore Majorana, Italian theoretical physicist
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Velma
After Velma Dinkley, the brainiac from the Scooby Doo crew
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Egghead
After Egghead Jr., the chick genius who often played opposite Foghorn Leghorn in Looney Tunes
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Frink
After Professor Frink from the Simpsons
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Scully
After Dana Scully, the FBI mastermind from the X-Files
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Data
After Data, the encyclopedic android from Star Trek
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Clausius
After Rudolf Clausius, the German physicist who formulated the second law of thermodynamics

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