Cool Runnings Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Cool Runnings may have not been the most conventional sports movie, but its story, based on the 1988 Jamaican bobsleigh team, didn’t need to be to both entertain and warm the hearts of those who watched it. Although the writers took their liberties with the story compared to the way it all played out in real life, there’s little doubt that it took some unique characters to make this narrative of hope come to fruition in both the factual and fictionalized versions. Because of it, along with some other important locations, quotes and concepts, there are plenty of options for potential dog-namers looking for a themed title. 

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Cool Runnings Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When attempting to come up with an appropriate Cool Runnings inspired dog name, it’s easiest to first compile a list of your dog’s most prominent traits including their looks, quirks and personality, as these will be the easiest points to play off of. 

For instance, if you have a dog with dreadlocks such as a Puli, Komondor or Bergamasco, then the names Sanka, Coffie and Dougie (as in Doug E.) would certainly fit well, especially if they’re also coffee-colored and a bit on the goofy side. By contrast, if they’re more of the strong and silent type, then the names Yul or Brenner would be more appropriate. If you were more inspired by the true, original story more than the film itself, consider giving them the names of the actual 1988 team such as Stokes, Harris or Dudley. If you have any fascination with Jamaica itself, as a destination or cultural hub for food and music, you’ll have plenty of options as well. 

There are a fair amount of directions you can take the naming process, so keep an open mind and see what stands out the most. If you need any additional inspiration, don’t hesitate to re-watch the film to help generate some ideas.

Male Cool Runnings Inspired Dog Names

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Derice
After one of the main characters, Derice Bannock
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Bannock
After Derice Bannock, who was a sprinter before a bobsledder
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Junior
After Junior Bevil, who sells his car to help the team
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Brenner
After Yul Brenner, who was taken down by Junior when he tripped
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Irving
After John Candy's character, Irving Blitzer
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Blitzer
After Irving Blitzer, the team's coach
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Hemphill
After character Kurt Hemphill, an Olympic judge
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Grull
The arrogant leader of the East German team
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Coolidge
After the character Barrington Coolidge
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Winston
After Winston Stona, who plays Coolidge; also character named Winston
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Kingston
Where some of the movie was said to take place
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Cliff
After Jimmy Cliff, whose cover of "I Can See Clearly Now" became a hit after appearing in the film
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Devon
After Devon Harris, one of the real-life original Jamaican bobsled founders
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Harris
After Devon Harris, whom some of the story was originally based on
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Dudley
After Dudley Stokes, a founding member of the '88 team
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Freddy
After Freddy Powell, a real-life founder of the 1988 team
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Powell
After Freddy Powell, the final member of the original 1988 Olympic team
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Sprinter
What the characters were before becoming bobsledders
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Leon
After Leon Robinson, who played Derice Bannock
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Dougie
A play on Doug E. Doug, who played Sanka
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Rawle
After Rawle Lewis, who debuted in Cool Runnings
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Malik
After Malik Yoba, who played Yul Brenner
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Rios
After Ocho Rios, one of filming locations in Jamaica
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Montego
After Montego Bay, another important Jamaican filming locations
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Barrington
After the character Barrington Coolidge
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Swerdlow
After Tommy Swerdlow, one of the film's writers
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Goldberg
After Michael Goldberg, one of the film's main writers
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Cool
As in Cool Runnings, the film's title
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Crash
One of the film's most important scenes
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Sled
As in bobsled, the vehicle

Female Cool Runnings Inspired Dog Names

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Sanka
After Sanka Coffie, the comic relief character
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Coffie
After Sanka Coffie, the goofiest of the four bobsledders
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Bevil
After Junior Bevil, who sets the story in motion by tripping in the Olympic trials
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Yul
After Yul Brenner, the strong and silent character
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Whitby
After Whitby Bevil, Junior's dad, who plays an important role
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Joy
After character Joy Bannock
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Maaga
After Blue Maaga, the film's original title
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Calgary
After the Canadian city of Calgary, where the 1988 Winter Olympics were held
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Jamaica
Where the bobsled team was from
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Discovery
After Discovery Bay, where some of the film was shot
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Bay
After Discovery Bay, one of several Jamaican filming locations
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Tiger
After the band Tiger, who wrote "Cool Me Down"
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Stokes
After Chris Stokes, who went from a last minute replacement to tenured team member
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Siler
After Howard Siler, the real 1988 team's coach
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Candy
After John Candy, whose final full role was in Cool Runnings
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Momma
What Sanka's mom is referred to as
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Rhythm
After the famous quote, "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time!"
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Rhyme
As in feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme
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Dawn
After Dawn Steel, the film's producer
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Steel
After Dawn Steel, the dedicated producer on set every day
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Unity
From the country's flag banner in the film, which read "Unity is strength"
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Derby
What inspired both the film's characters and real-life counterparts: push-cast derby
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Fitch
After George Fitch, who took the push-cart/bobsleigh idea to the Jamaican Olympic committee
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Maloney
After William Maloney, one of two credited with starting the Jamaican bobsled idea
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Winter
As in Winter Olympics, the setting of the story
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Siefert
After Lynn Siefert, who helped write the story and screenplay
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Turtel
After Jon Turteltaub, the film's director
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Sleigh
Another word for bobsled
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Alberta
The province the film partially takes place in
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Stona
After Winston Stona, who plays Coolidge

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