Catcher in the Rye Inspired Dog Names

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For fans of classic American literature and J.D. Salinger, there are few better ways to title your dog than giving them a Catcher in the Rye themed name. While the book wasn’t a smash hit when it initially hit shelves in 1951, time has helped it to prove that it not only has staying power, but provides significant meaning that still translates decades later. Through an undoubtedly interesting cast of characters and scenarios, Salinger made the name Holden Caulfield synonymous with anyone who explored the bounds of their world while still trying to preserve innocence, and with it, provided a fantastic roster of other names with as much quirk as the dogs we’re trying to give them to.

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Catcher in the Rye Inspired Dog Name Considerations

So, you’re trying to give your dog a Catcher in the Rye inspired name. What are your biggest considerations when trying to find them something appropriate? Well, we’d suggest starting by making an outline of your dog’s overall personality, one that highlights their most notable traits. Then, once you approach the list of characters, objects and locations, you’ll have a better idea of how to match them up. 

For instance, if your dog always happens to be interested in the opposite sex, the name Ward or Stradlater would be perfect. If you’re always talking to them almost as if you expect them to respond, or they’re your best listener, the name Allie would be a fantastic fit. If your dog is well-known for their flatulence, the names Edgar and Marsalla would certainly be suitable. If you have a dog that is endlessly patient and tolerant, the name Aigletinger would work well. 

There are plenty of characters and anecdotes you can base your ideas on, but if you need any further inspiration, don’t hesitate to re-read the book or look at a summary to remind yourself of the fantastic characters, scenes or even great one-liners the story is so well known for. 

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