We all want our dogs to have a unique and interesting name, but coming up with one can be really tough! Should you go with a name from a TV series, a movie, maybe even an anime or manga? Should you focus on your favorite music genre or name your new pup after your favorite actor? Or perhaps, you need to honor your travels or hobbies and come up with the craziest moniker ever. Thinking about all that can get a bit overwhelming, but if you need a place to start, how about you start with the ending of the name? How about choosing "an" as the ending?
Dog Names Ending in 'an' in Pop Culture
Brian Griffin does not only have a name that ends in “an,” but he is also one of the most famous dogs in pop culture ever! Yes, you did recognize the name, he is the most beloved member of the Griffin family from the iconic animated series Family Guy. Brian is, as we already established, a dog, but he is an anthropomorphic dog that is an equal member of the famous family because he is probably the most intelligent one! Seth MacFarlane himself voices Brian, and he first appeared on the tv screen in 1998, in a 15-minute short created by MacFarlane.
But who is Brian? Well, he is, above all, a struggling writer who seeks to find himself, attempting to make his star shine on the sky of essays, screenplays, novels, as well as articles for the newspapers. Brian walks on his hind legs, uses his front legs as arms, has a deep voice, and drives a Toyota Prius. He is quite mature considering the family he is in, and he usually serves as the voice of reason for sometimes heated minds of the rest of the Griffins. He is closest to Stewie as the two of them can often be seen adventuring in various subplots of the show. They have a typical love/hate relationship, they bicker all the time and insult one another, but also love each other immensely, which we can see when we watch the show.
As a proper classy dog, Brian enjoys dry martinis, which sometimes present a problem, as he seems to cannot quit drinking. The show hints that Brian is an alcoholic, possibly because of his failed writing career. He sometimes smokes as well, but he briefly quit one time when Peter was promoting a corrupt cigarette manufacturer. Brian spent some time in rehab as well because of his drug problem, but that’s the story for another day. His parents are Coco and Biscuit, normal dogs with no ability to speak, write, or walk on their hind legs all the time. He went to Brown University, bit did not graduate, and is also a war veteran.
Brian has a human son whose name is Dylan. Dylan was a marijuana smoker and a boy who never had any ambition until Brian turned his life around and made him into a well-mannered young man. Our hero is also a writer, although not a very successful or talented one. During the series, Brian has plagiarized multiple pieces of literature he wrote, and also ripped off several other books to create his own.
Dog Name Ending in 'an' Considerations
Sure, when you just look at the suffix, you may think that there are no names out there that end in “an,” but that is simply not true. There are plenty of names out there with this beautiful ending which can suit your doggo like the crown they deserve! Just look at all the options you have – Dylan, just like Dylan Dog, Alan, much like the beloved actor Alan Rickman, Gillian, after our X Files goddess Gillian Anderson, or even Joan, after the Godmother of Punk, Joan Jett! If you are not satisfied with these options, you can always name your doggo after the dashing Cillian Murphy, an English actor who played the iconic Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders, or, if you are feeling the thriller night, Billie Jean, after a girl who is not Michael Jackson’s lover.
Other famous “an” people are Ewan McGregor, a charming actor who played the enamored Christian in Moulin Rouge, or Sean Bean, the actor with iconic roles such as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings, and Ned Stark in A Game of Thrones. And let’s not forget the girls either! You can name your princess Siobhan, after Siobhan Fahey, an Irish singer, member of Bananarama, or Meghan, after the Duchess of Sussex, formerly known as Meghan Markle.