Catch-22 Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For fans of Joseph Heller or even just military or classic literature, giving your dog a Catch-22 inspired name is a great way to link them to a piece of history. It also doesn’t hurt that naming them this way works three-fold: it gives them a unique title, as most of the character names used aren’t common to begin with, makes you universally identifiable as a fan of the book and also gives you plenty of options since there was a sizable cast of characters. Whether you choose to link them to a person, place or anecdote, rest assured they’ll stand the test of time just like the book. 

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Catch-22 Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to come up with an appropriate Catch-22 inspired name, you’ll first want to consider some of your dog’s most prominent traits, such as elements of their personality or habits, as they will provide the best starting point. Of course, you can always take the easy road and just name them after your favorite character, but if you want to dig a bit deeper or create more meaning, consider using our list or pulling up a detailed roster of those included in the book. 

For instance, if you have a dog that consistently tries to get out of being given orders, then names like Yossarian or many of his other friends such as Snark and Dunbar, would all be good choices. For dogs that are more hard-nosed or are particularly good at taking orders, then any of the military positions such as Colonel, Lieutenant, Captain or Major would be good, as would Dreedle. 

There are plenty of interesting characters within the confines of the book, many of which are shown in detail that highlights their most prominent traits. You can always make your decision based on their sense of humor, obedience, quotes, or numerous others, so if you’re able to, re-read the book and see what names or characters jump off the page. 

Male Catch-22 Inspired Dog Names

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Yossarian
After Captain John Yossarian, the book's main protagonist
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Tappman
After Chaplain Tappman, the kind, gentle family man
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Milo
After First Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, the diehard Capitalist
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Nately
After Lieutenant Nately, the optimistic pilot
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Orr
A friend of Yossarian's who gets quite good at crash landing in the sea
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Clevinger
The optimistic and educated man who contrasts Yossarian
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Cramer
Nurse Duckett's best friend until Duckett starts a relationship with Yossarian
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Danby
After Major Danby, a college professor who sees himself as a poor fit for the military
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Dunbar
Yossarian's friend who shares a similar personality
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Giuseppe
The solider who claims to see everything twice
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Gus
One of Doctor Deneeka's orderlies
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Wes
Doc Daneeka's uncooperative orderly
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Havermeyer
Yossarian's tent neighbor who's direct strategy often puts Yossarian in danger
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Knight
After Sergeant Knight, Yossarian's gunner
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Korn
After Lieutenant Colonel Korn, Cathcart's right hand man and brain behind most of his decision making
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Kraft
The man killed during the bridge bombing that Yossarian blames himself for
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Major
After Major Major Major, the disliked major with the joke name
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McWatt
One of Yossarian's closest friends who starts the most sane but eventually loses it
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Moodus
After Colonel Moodus, Dreedle's highly-despised son-in-law
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Scheisskopf
The upwardly mobile soldier who starts as a lieutenant and ends up a general
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Peckem
After General Peckem, the unlikable, pretentious and jealous general
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Piltchard
One half of the two captains almost exclusively referenced as Piltchard and Wren
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Popinjay
After Corporal Popinjay, the clerk at Clevinger's trial
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Sampson
After Kid Sampson, a friend of Yossarian's
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Sanderson
After Major Sanderson, a psychiatrist who thinks Yossarian is unstable because of his rationality
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Snark
The former mess sergeant demoted for putting soap in the food
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Towser
After Sergeant Towser, the de facto leader of the 256th thanks to Major Major's unwillingness to see anyone
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Whitcomb
After Corporal Whitcomb, the atheist who antagonizes Tappman
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Texan
The patriotic police of the medical ward who tries to keep fakers out
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Bomber
After Yossarian's position as a bombardier

Female Catch-22 Inspired Dog Names

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Chaplain
After Chaplain Tappman, the naive minister
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Cathcart
After Colonel Chuck Cathcart, who is obsessed with becoming a general, much of which keeps Yossarian from going home
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Daneeka
After Doctor Daneeka, the squadron's flight surgeon and friend to Yossarian
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Minderbinder
After First Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, who is always trying to find ways to profit for the syndicate
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Snowden
The radio gunner and friend of Yossarian's
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Aarfy
After Captain Aardvark, AKA Aarfy
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Appleby
A talented young pilot who is great at ping-pong, among a vast number of other things
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Cargill
After Colonel Cargill, an unremarkable man who works under General Peckham
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Coverley
After the mysterious Major de Coverely, who few seem to know much about
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Dreedle
After General Dreedle, commander of the Pianosa base; a classic hard-nosed military man
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Dobbs
The pilot with shot nerves
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Duckett
After Nurse Duckett, who has an affair with Yossarian
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Flume
After Captain Flume, who starts a PR officer and ends up a hermit
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Huple
The kid who lied to get into the Army whom Yossarian feels pity for
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Hungry
After Hungry Joe, the soldier with questionable ethics but lots of experience
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Kolodny
After Colonel Kolodny, Captain Black's assistant who is not liked by his superior
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Luciana
The woman Yossarian dates in Rome but eventually disappears
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Michaela
The innocent maid who suffers a tragic end
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Mudd
After Lieutenant Mudd, more often known as "the dead man in Yossarian's tent"; a clear example of bureaucratic dissonance
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Wren
A captain, along with Piltchard, who takes pity on Yossarian
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Kid
After Kid Sampson, the underaged solider killed by a plane propeller
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Sammy
After Sammy Singer, Yossarian's tailgunner for a time
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Singer
After Sammy Singer, who becomes a main character in the book's sequel
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Stubbs
After Dr. Stubbs, the cooperative doctor of Dunbar's squad
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Halfoat
After Chief White Halfoat, Captain Black's assistant
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Wintergreen
Who is consistently demoted yet turns the power upside down from his mail job
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Yo-yo
One of Yossarian's nicknames
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Pianosa
The Mediterranean island where Yossarian is stationed throughout much of the book
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Rome
Another common location in the book
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Heller
After Jospeh Heller, the book's author

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