Dog Names That Start With N in Pop Culture
If there's any memorable dog with a name that starts with "N," it's certainly a loving one from an iconic Disney movie. You may know her as Nana, the family dog that moonlights as a children's nanny in Peter Pan. And much like the human nannies of the world, Nana would clean up, worry about the children, and freak out when Peter Pan came around to take her loved ones to Neverland.
Nana was unlike any other dog. She looked like a "nana," with her little old lady hat and huge expressive eyes that conveyed how jaded and used to the children's antics she was. She clearly adored the children and worried about them. She tried her hardest to keep them out of trouble. So, when their parents failed to understand them, and reduced her down to just being another family dog, Nana took it personally, as she should have. We're talking about a dog with a sense of danger, a dog that makes beds and cleans up messes created by the human adults!
Then there's Napoleon from The 1970 Disney film The Aristocats. Napoleon is a stray Bloodhound that hangs out with a Basset Hound by the name of Lafayette. Aside from their old school names, they also happen to live in an abandoned windmill in the French countryside, so you know they're not your average strays. In fact, Napoleon and Lafayette are an iconic duo, with Napoleon being the brains, and Lafayette being the dope. Lafayette adds cuteness as he speaks with a heavy Southern accent.
Together, they guard their territory and protect their farm. They only trust each other, chase enemies, and bite intruders on their bottoms. However, everything changes when some cats end up getting dumped off by a jealous butler who doesn't want them inheriting a fortune. Somehow, in a movie that's all about cats, and is even named after them, the dogs are the ones who shine the most. Especially Napoleon.
If there's anything to learn about both Nana and Napoleon, it's that dogs are smarter than some people give them credit for. They're capable of great love and compassion, of wit and planning, and even of cleaning up messes. They may not all be able to make a bed, but they can all certainly recognize when something is wrong. And you might be surprised, but more often than not, they're all willing to help however they can. Even if it means just being present.
Dog Names that Start with N Considerations
When selecting a dog name, there are a few things to keep in mind. In doing so, you have a much easier time finding the right name. It's all about considering all your major sources of inspiration, and thinking outside of the box. But first, let's look in the box: appearance, personality, favorite toys and treats. Think about what you already know about your dog. Maybe he's a very small dog with a black furry coat and a love for chew toys. Maybe he can't get enough of beef jerky. Using this information can lead to some pretty good name ideas.
But think about what would happen if you started comparing your dog to actors or fictional characters. Maybe your dog really, really gives off Liam Neeson vibes, or could be Vincent (John Travolta) from Pulp Fiction. There are entire websites out there that are specifically dedicated to comparing dogs to well-known people. If there's a comparison to be found, it will be found! Selecting the letter N and going with that can be a fun path to follow. Whatever you consider when selecting a dog's name, whether you think outside the box or not, remember that there's no wrong or right way to go about it. And there's no need to rush either. What's important is that you don't settle.