Classic Blues Dog Names

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Introduction

Classic blues is a genre of music that developed in the African American community in the deep South of the United States during the 19th Century.  The rhythmic music is deeply rooted in the culture and folklore of its creators and became a spring of inspiration for musicians experimenting with new sounds, including jazz and rock-n-roll.  Today, people are still deeply connected with the classic blues genre, which includes hundreds of artists.  Fans and musicians alike have favorites and blues idols whom they often choose to honor by naming their newly adopted puppy or dog after.

Classic Blues Dog Names in Pop Culture

Classic Blues Dog Name Considerations

Many of the names in the classic blues theme are nicknames of the great blues players of the past and present.  Nicknames are prevalent in this genre of music, and most players have one that describes who they are, where they came from, or the type of music they prefer to produce.  Dog owners can apply the same descriptive means to name their dog.  For example, perhaps one of your favorite blues players is Robert Lee Wilson, who got a late start in his career.  Wilson was perhaps known better by his nickname, Smokey Wilson.  The name Smokey is perfect for a dark gray or black-colored dog.  Similarly,  perhaps Muddy Waters is your favorite blues player.  Muddy Waters is known as the "father of modern-Chicago blues."  Again, Muddy Waters is a nickname for the artist who was named McKinley Morganfield at birth; however, he is far more well-known by his nickname.  If you have a Water Spaniel, a dog rising in popularity, or any other breed that favors the waters, especially the shallows, Muddy Waters, Muddy, or just Waters might be a perfect fit for your pooch.  However, the biggest consideration a new dog owner has to take when naming their dog after this theme is not in appearance or personality.  It is a simple matter of taste and fandom.  Owners should ask themselves, "who is my favorite classic blues player?" and go from there.

Male Classic Blues Dog Names

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Muddy
A reference to Muddy Waters
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Waters
The nickname of McKinley Morganfield, father of Chicago Blues
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Rhythm
A important aspect of classic blues
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Blues
The overall genre of music created in the 19th Century in the deep South
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Sonny
A reference to Sonny Boy
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B.B.
A reference to B.B. King
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Hustle
Many blues players had to hustle to make a living
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Chet
Chet Baker is the second most famous trumpet player in the genre
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Miles
The first most famous trumpet player in the genre
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Patton
A reference to Charley Patton
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Mojo
Every good blues player finds his mojo hand for good luck
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Sammy
The crown prince of Delta blues
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Louis
A reference to the St. Louis style of blues, an evolution from classic
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Biscuit
Biscuit King Time was a popular blue radio show in the 1930s
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Dupree
The male figure in the 1920s Willie Walker song, "Betty and Dupree"
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Albert
A reference to Albert King
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Elmore James
Known as the "King of Slide Guitar"
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Jimmy
A reference to James Brown
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Luther
A reference to Luther Vandross
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Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was a famous New Orleans style player
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Boogie
The early term for the rhythm of the music
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Hellhound
A reference the song "Hellhound on my Trail"
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Honeyboy
Reference to Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards
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Howlin' Wolf
A famous blues player who was part of the Chicago blues evolution of classic blues
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Tupelo
A city made known by the song "Tupelo Blues"
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Otis
Otis Big Smokey Smothers was a classic blues player
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Bo
Reference to Bo Diddley
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Smokey
May refer to Smokey Wilson, Smokey Hogg, or Smokey Babe
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Furry Lewis
One of the first blues players to help establish the genre
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Memphis
A hot bed for classic blues at the turn of the 19th Century

Female Classic Blues Dog Names

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Mama
A reference to harmonic player, Big Mama Thorton
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Delta
The Delta blues refers to Mississippi born classic blues
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Skiffle
Another name for folk style blues
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Billie
A reference to Billie Holiday
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Lucille
The name of B.B. King's guitar
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Bessie
A reference to Bessie Smith
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Mamie
Another Smith-named woman of blues
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Jazzy
Jazz has deep roots in classic blues
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Bee
A reference to the song "Bumble Bee"
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Layla
The love interest in Derek and the Domino's "Layla"
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Ma Rainey
A first generation female blues recording artist
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Dixie
A reference to Dixieland Jazz Band
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Lemon
Blind Lemon Jefferson is considered the "Father of Texas Blues"
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Fannie
Buster Brown's Fannie Mae
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Louise
A famous song by Howlin' Wolf
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Caldonia
Sung by B.B. King
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Sadie
A song by Hound Dog Taylor
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Lucy
B.B. King's song about his guitar, Lucille
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Frankie
Frankie and Johnny is an old folk-blues song
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Roberta
A song by Cephas & Wiggins
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Corrina
Corrine, Corrina is old folks-blue song
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Annie
The lady in several Hank Ballard & the Midnighters songs
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Bertha
Bertha Lee by Charley Patton
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Delia
Delia's Gone is an old folk-blues song
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Betty
The lady of Betty and Dupree
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Mattie
Black Mattie Sleepy John Estes
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Beatrice
Beatrice, Beatrice by Phillip Walker
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Jolene
A blues song from Bob Dylan
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Katrina
Katrina Blues by Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
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Evalina
Evalina by Kenny Neal

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