There are several ways that new pet parents can come up with suitable names for their canine companions. Some people prefer to name their dogs after previous pets or family members that they wish to honor, while others like to choose names from favorite movies, books, or television shows, or even names with religious or spiritual connotation. Other people prefer to utilize names that have a particular meaning, either one that fits the dog or one that means something sentimental to the owner themselves. There are many options to choose from, such as the ones on this list, if you are inspired by the fairy folk.
Fairy Dog Names in Pop Culture
Dog names that refer to fairies can be found throughout popular culture, in both fiction and real life. There’s Oberon, the telepathic wolfhound that is the loyal companion to Atticus O’Sullivan in the Iron Druid Chronicles, and Pooka, the puppy who accompanies the orphan Anya in the 1997 animated film Anastasia. William Wegman, the photographer famous for his images of Weimaraners named one of his Fay, a name derived from the Old English name for fairies. She went on to be featured in several of his photo shoots and both she and her offspring, Batty, Crooky, Chundo, and Chip, appeared on Sesame Street starting in 1989.
One of the most famous dogs named after a fairy was named after Tinker Bell, a well-known fairy who accompanied Peter Pan on his adventures, both in the children's novel by J.M. Barre and in the Disney movie that was based on the book. Tinkerbell (slightly different style of spelling it) was an adorable Chihuahua born on Halloween in 2001 and rose to fame as the pampered pooch of heiress Paris Hilton. Inspired to acquire a Chihuahua based on the little dog named Bruiser Woods, a dog owned by the character Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Paris doted on her little companion, carrying her everywhere in a Chanel bag. When Paris and best friend and fellow socialite Nichole Richie signed on for the reality show The Simple Life, where they spent their time being filmed working at everyday jobs, a well-dressed Tinkerbell came along, watching the girls in wide-eyed wonder. She became quite the little canine celebrity as well, watching from the front row on fashion week, appearing on Jay Leno, and even hosting Saturday Night Live.
Then in 2004, there was a break-in at the Hilton house, and Tinkerbell was reported as dog-napped. A $5000 reward was offered for her return and fans sat breathless for a week until the little dog was found unharmed, with no forthcoming explanation. Tinkerbell went to live with Paris’s mother Kathy shortly after that, with Paris stating that the little canine had become disenchanted with the idea of sharing Paris with her other canines and assorted animals. She was removed from the public spotlight, with just a few public appearances, once captioned with “Here she is, the original Queen herself,” on Instagram, but was still beloved by her owner, spending Christmas of 2014 together. Unfortunately, 2014 was Tinkerbell’s last Christmas, and she passed away on April 21, 2015, at fourteen years of age. Paris mourned her beloved companion with a funeral at her parents lavish home and a touching tribute to the trailblazer of purse pups, Tinkerbell, which continued on Instagram throughout the day.
Dog Name Meaning Fairy Considerations
There are several ways to narrow down a list of names like this one that is based on a specific definition. One way to pinpoint the perfect name for your pup is to look to their personality and preferences, for instance, a dog who loves the water, such as most retrievers and water spaniels, may prefer names that refer to fairies that reside in and around the water, like Alven, Will, or Kelpie, while a dog who loves to dig will be better suited to a name related to an earth-based fairy, like the Ballybog. Another way to choose a name could center more on what the namer is interested in is a method that may lead a Shakespeare enthusiast to choose a name like Puck, Titania, Oberon, or Ariel, while someone who prefers lighter fare like Peter Pan or the Wizard of Oz books might prefer fairy related names from those books, such as Tinker Bell or Ozma. You can also choose names based on the canine's breed or place of origin, picking a name like Chepi or Jogha for a dog like the Carolina dog, while a dog from Mexico or South American may be dubbed something more along the lines of Chaneka or Alux.