Catcher in the Rye Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

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. 

Male Catcher in the Rye Inspired Dog Names

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Holden
After Holden Caulfield, the story's narrator and protagonist
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Caulfield
The family name of the story's main characters
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Gallagher
After Jane Gallagher, one of Holden's main love interests
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Spencer
After Mrs. Spencer, the kind history teacher's wife
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Stradlater
After Ward Stradlater, Holden's vain and womanizing roommate
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Maurice
Sunny's "overseer"
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Ossenburger
The rich funeral parlor investor bent on praying and "applying oneself"
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Edgar
After Edgar Marsalla, one of Holden's Pencey classmates
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Brossard
After Mal Brossard, a member of the wrestling team
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Schmidt
The janitor
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Ernest
After Ernest Morrow, whom Holden despises
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Morrow
After Mrs. Morrow, who goes on about her son to Holden on the train
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Rudolf
The name Holden uses to disguise his identity
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Cavendish
After Faith Cavendish, who is known to be a bit promiscuous
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Eddie
After Eddie Birdsell, the Princeton guy
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Marty
An unattractive friend of Bernice
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Horwitz
One of Holden's weird cab drivers
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Ernie
The talented piano player
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Raymond
After Raymond Goldfarb, a guy from the Whooten School
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Goldfarb
After Raymond Goldfarb, the guy Holden gets drunk with at the chapel
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Fallon
After Bobby Fallon, a childhood friend of Holden's
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Arthur
After Arthur Childs, a Quaker from the Whooten School
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Slagle
After Dick Slagle, a very short term roommate of Holden's
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Harris
After Harris Macklin, who Holden considers a bore
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Macklin
After Harris Macklin, who is a fantastic whistler
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Pike
After Al Pike, Jane's ex with an inferiority complex
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Robinson
After Bob Robinson, the arrogant
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Holmberg
After Alice Holmberg, the famous belcher
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Vinson
After Mr. Vinson, who Holden thinks is an intelligent man without brains
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Salinger
After J.D. Salinger, the book's author

Female Catcher in the Rye Inspired Dog Names

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Phoebe
After Phoebe Caulfield, Holden's 10-year-old sister
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Allie
Holden's younger brother who passed away but whom he sometimes talks to
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DB
After D.B. Caulfield, Holden's older brother who he believes is a sellout
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Hayes
After Sally Hayes, Holden's attractive but shallow and unfulfilling date
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Antolini
After Mr. Antolini, Holden's favorite teacher who displays strange behavior
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Ackley
After Robert Ackley, Holden's annoying neighbor
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Luce
After Carl Luce, Holden's friend who turned a bit pompous
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Sunny
The girl Holden hires but instead pays and turns down
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Thurmer
After Dr. Thurmer, the head of Pencey
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Selma
The headmaster's also-phony daughter
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Ely
AKA Herb Gale, Ackley's roommate
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Marsalla
After Edgar Marsalla, the spectacularly flatulent student
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Banky
After Ed Banky, the basketball coach who lends out his car for dates
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Mal
After Mal Brossard, a friend of Holden's, more or less
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Faith
After Faith Cavendish, a fun-loving girl Holden knows
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Birdsell
After Eddie Birdsell, a guy Holden meets at a party
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Bernice
The attractive blonde Holden dances with in the Lavender Room
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Laverne
One of Bernice's less attractive friends
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Cudahy
After Jane's stepfather, the generally deplorable man
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Childs
After Arthur Childs, who was a fan of the disciples
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Aigletinger
An old teacher of Holden's who never got mad
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Levine
After Gertrude Levine, who always wants to hold hands
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Valencia
One of the attractive performers from the Wicker Bar
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Castle
After James Castle, the boy who died wearing Holden's turtleneck
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Kinsella
After Richard Kinsella, a great story spinner
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Cap
After Holden's red hunting cap, a symbolic item that represents his love for unusual qualities
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Carousel
Another symbolic item in the book, more so the risky golden ring that wins prizes
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Pencey
The name of the prep school
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Catcher
Holden's mishearing of "comin' through the rye"; a scenario he sees as being a catcher keeping children from falling off a cliff
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Rye
Another aspect of the title's symbolism; a field of rye

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