Clown Dog Names

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Introduction

Clowns, in one form or another, have been keeping us entertained since before historical records were kept. Most ancient civilizations have clowns or satirists of one form or another, such as the Heyoka of the Lakota tribes, the rustic fool of Greek and Roman theater, and the Ch’angbu, a Korean clown and spiritual ancestor. Many of the features that are considered classically clown-like were developed by Joseph Grimaldi in the 1800s, leading clowns to be referred to as Joeys for many decades. There are many different varieties of clown, from the traditional Auguste and Harlequin type clowns to modern circus clowns, and they can also provide a great deal of inspiration for naming your new canine companion.

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Clown Dog Name Considerations

There are many things to take into account when choosing a new name for your canine companion. A good name is one that can be clearly and consistently pronounced by all of your pooch's new family members, to make it easier for your dog to relate the name to themselves, as well as one that is easy to distinguish from your dog's general obedience commands, to avoid confusion while training. Some individuals prefer to use a name that reminds them of happy times, brings them back to their childhood, or that they can relate to a specific field of interest for them. For many people, clowns evoke all of these feelings and there are many different famous clowns as well as types of clown that can provide inspiration for names. If you have a dog with a perpetually sad look on their face a name like Tramp or Pierrot could work, describing a type of clown, or Willie, after Weary Willie, a clown famous for his tramp routine. If you are grooming your dog to be a therapy dog, choosing the name of a clown that is associated with the medical field, like Patch Adams, Dikki Ellis, or Nancy Buell may be more appropriate.

Male Clown Dog Names

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Anton
One half of the acrobatic clowning duo of Anton and Anotshka
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Atoff
Italian clown Atoff (Charles Deconsoli) partnered up with his wife Miss LouLou (Heloise Palmyre Berlin Permane)
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Auguste
The Auguste clown is played as a simpleton or overgrown child, and tends to be colorful and mischievous
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Bill
Bill Irwin is a versatile clown and actor, and has had many roles in movies and on television, including an ongoing role as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street
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Bobo
Chester Eugene Barnett was better known by his stage name of Bobo the Clown and was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2010
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Bozo
Bozo is a fictional clown who was played by many different individuals
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Circo
Circo Atayde was known as the most famous acrobatic and singing clown in Mexico
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Clarabell
Clarabell the Clown, a mute partner to Howdy Doody, was played by three different actors
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Dikki
Dikki Ellis was a talented clown who played as Dr. Trikki at Mount Sinai Hospital who helped to co-create a program called the clown care unit
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Felix
Felix Adler and his wife Amelia Adler were billed as the King and Queen of Clowning in the early to mid-1900s
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Grimaldi
Joseph Grimaldi portrayed the first mainstream clown role and created the traditional whitefaced makeup look
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Grock
Swiss clown Charles Adrien Wettach was known as the greatest of Europe’s clowns, and was once the highest paid entertainer in the world
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Harlequin
A type of clown that acts as a light-hearted servant, and is characterized by a checkered costume
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Hobo
The hobo type clown is a down on their luck vagabond who maintains a positive attitude
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Jester
Also known as a fool, the court jester could be found in the staff of most royal personages and many noblemen
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Krusty
A well-known cartoon clown from the Simpsons show
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Lou
Johann Ludwig Jacob, better known by his stage name Lou Jacobs, is credited with popularizing the clown car routine
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Mr. Tickle
Jojo’s father on the show Jojo’s Circus who frequently blasts off to work from a cannon
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Oleg
Famous Russian and Soviet clown Oleg Popov was also known as the Sunshine clown, a skilled mime, juggler, and tightrope walker, received the Gold Clown Award in 1981
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Flint
Flint Rasmussen was a rodeo clown that won the Man in the Can award seven times
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Otto
German born clown Otto Griebling was one of just four clowns who received the title of Master Clown by Irvin Feld
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Patch
Social activist, clown, and author Hunter “Patch” Adams founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971
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Pennywise
A fictional clown with evil intent and supernatural powers that was dreamed up by Stephen King for the novel It
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Pierrot
A stock character of pantomime, a sad clown that is typically pining for Columbine
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Pueblo
Jesters and tricksters of the Kachina religion are known as Pueblo or sacred clowns
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Rodeo
The Rodeo clown tempts bulls to chase them in order to protect the bull riders
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Skeebo
Jojo’s best friend on the show Jojo’s Circus; is known for his floppy cowboy hat and star badge
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Tramp
The tramp type clown is a sad vagabond who is down on his luck
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Vance
Vance Colvig was the first person to portray Bozo the Clown on a franchised Bozo program
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Willie
Emmett Kelley best known for his clown character of Weary Willie, helped to save many people when a circus tent caught fire in July of 1944

Female Clown Dog Names

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Adler
Amelia Adler and her husband Felix Adler were billed as the King and Queen of Clowning in the early to mid-1900s
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Amelia
The first recorded female American Circus Clown, Amelia Butler toured with J.M. Nixon’s Great American Circus
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Annie
French clown and actress, Annie Fratellini, opened the École Nationale du Cirque with comedian Pierre Etaix
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Anotshka
One half of the acrobatic clowning duo of Anton and Anotshka
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Bonabini
Amy Eisenberg, mother to Jesse Eisenberg, worked as a clown called Bonabini
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Ch'angbu
A Korean clown character who carries with her the spirits of dead actors, singers, and acrobats
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Cha-U-Kao
A French clown and entertainer who performed with Moulin Rouge and the Nouveau Cirque in the 1890s
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Claudia
Well-known Italian clown Claudia Cantone started out as a police woman before finding her passion
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Clownesse
A female clown is sometimes referred to as a Clownesse
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Columbine
A stock character in pantomime, the mistress of Harlequin whom Pierrot pines after
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Croaky
A friend of Jojo Tickles on Jojo’s circus who is particularly good at leaping
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Evette
Josephine Matthews, better known by her stage name, Evette, the Lady Clown, preferred to do circus work over pantomime
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Heyoka
The heyoka is a type of sacred clown of the Lakota people who speaks, moves, and acts in opposite to the people around them
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Iman
Iman Lizarazu got a PhD in Astrophysics before following her heart and becoming a clown
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Izzy
Shannan Calcutt, know by her alter-ego Izzy, is a major player in the Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity show
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Jasp
One half of Canadian clown duo Morro and Jasp, who have earned several awards for their performances and cookbooks
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Jojo
Jojo Tickles is the main character in the show Jojo’s Circus, a kids show about a clown with a lion for a pet
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Loonette
A clown character developed for the television show Big Comfy Couch, where she solves everyday problems with the help of her dolly, Molly
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Lulu
Louise Craston, better known by her stage name of Lulu, began performing when she was twelve and played several instruments
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Miss Loulou
Originally a wirewalker she joined her Italian husband Charles Deconsoli, known by Atoff in the clowning world
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Molly
Molly Brennan practices the active State of Clown and was named “Chicago’s Queen of Mischief and Make-Believe
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Mooky
Mooky Cornish is an accomplished clown whose main character is a wide-eyed, glamorous star-type named Gloria
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Morro
One half of Canadian clown duo Morro and Jasp, who have earned several awards for their performances and cookbooks
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Muriel
Netherlands native Muriel Brugman performs alongside Scott Nelson as “Accidental Illusionists,” an act that combines magic and clowning
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Nancy
Nancy Buell was a talented clown who played as Dr. Ravioli at Mount Sinai Hospital and helped to co-create a program called the clown care unit
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Nina
An acrobatic artist in Moscow, Nina Krasavina opened a clown college in New York City after emigrating from Russia to the US
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Peaches
Jojo’s mother, Miyoshi “Peaches” Tickles is a tall thin clown on the show Jojo’s Circus
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Peggy
The first female clown to graduate from the Ringling Brothers Clown College
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Spirulina
Brazilian clown Silvia LeBlon, known for her portrayal of Spirulina, worked with the sacred clown of the Indians
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Yvette
Yvette Spessardi performed with her husband and brother-in-law as an Auguste clown

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