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Introduction

When it comes to cult classic television series, few have come close to receiving the kind of attention that Firefly did during its time (and after for that matter). Despite only having eleven of the original fourteen episodes aired before being cancelled, the show quickly developed a significant following and for good reason. Outside of its original aesthetic/theme and classically witty Whedon-influenced writing, the show also possessed a fantastic cast of unique personalities, complete with equally idiosyncratic and easily recognizable names that make it the perfect fodder for fans looking to give their dogs names that will honor both their canines and the show simultaneously.

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Firefly Dog Name Considerations

Given that most characters’ looks are hard to match, finding an appropriate dog name is best started by isolating your furry friend’s most obvious and unique personality traits, as they will likely be the easiest to match up with something or someone from the show. 

For instance, if your dog is particularly Zen, even when things around them tend to be crazy, Derrial, Shepherd and Book would all be great choices. If they are particularly smart, then Kaywinnet, Frye, River or Tam would be suitable the same way Mal, Malcolm, Reynolds, Jayne, and Cobb would be for a dog that is bold and brave. 

Their behaviors can be a great basis as well. If they are somewhat conniving or manipulative, say, to get some extra treats, then Saffron, Badger, Dobson or Early would be good picks. If they are on the sweeter side, then Frye, Inara, or Serra would work just as well. 

There are certainly lots of directions you can go, as there are plenty of names from the comics, film, and series that aren’t even mentioned here that might be just as suitable, if not more so. Make sure to do some homework by re-reading the comic series and re-watching the film and show if you’re able to, to see if anything stands out about a certain character, episode or name that may give you a leg up on the naming process.

Male Firefly Dog Names

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Malcolm
After Malcolm Reynolds, owner and captain of the Serenity
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Reynolds
After Serenity's captain Malcolm Reynolds, the show's main protagonist
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Washburne
After Zoe and Hoban Washburne, the couple aboard the Serenity
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Hoban
After Hoban Washburne, the ship's pilot
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Cobb
After Jayne Cobb, the dark-humored enforcer-type
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Frye
After Kaylee Frye, the wholesome, sweet, and chipper crew member
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Simon
After Simon Tam, the ship's doctor and River's brother
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Derrial
After Derrial Book, the preacher with the mysterious past
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Shepherd
The name frequently used for Derrial Book
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Badger
After the self-proclaimed "honest businessman" who operates out of Persephone
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Bester
The ship's original mechanic before Kaylee shows her supreme mechanical prowess
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Bourne
After Sheriff Bourne, the sheriff of Paradiso
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Dobson
After Lawrence Dobson, the under cover Alliance agent looking for River
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Early
After bounty hunter Jubal Early, who was partly inspired by Boba Fett
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Mingo
After Mingojerry, a play on T.S. Eliot's Mungojerrie
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Blue
After the Blue Gloves, who work for the Alliance
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Gloves
After the Blue Gloves, the mysterious pair of men hunting for River and Simon Tam
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Warwick
After Sir Warwick Harrow, the Persephone nobleman
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Hessian
After Stitch Hessian, Jayne's former comrade who tries to come after him
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Higgins
After the Higgins family, Fess and Boss
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Mathias
After Dr. Mathias, who is largely responsible for River's condition
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Monty
A colleague of Mal Reynolds
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Ott
The thief from the episode "Those Left Behind"
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Gabriel
After Gabriel Tam, Simon and River's conservative father
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Atherton
After Atherton Wing, a young nobleman from Persephone
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Reaver
The most destructive force in Firefly, outside of the Alliance
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Whedon
After Joss Whedon, the cult hero writer/creator of many series
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Shindig
After the episode titled "Shindig"
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Shadow
Mal's birth-planet
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Rhodes
After Sonny Rhodes, who performs the western-influenced intro song

Female Firefly Dog Names

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Zoe
After Zoe Washburne, First Mate, who fought under Reynolds against the Alliance
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Wash
After Hoban "Wash" Washburne, who is married to Zoe
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Inara
After Inara Serra, a Companion of the social elite
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Serra
After Inara Serra, the Buddhist Companion and Mal's love interest
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Jayne
After Jayne Cobb, the towering brash mercenary
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Kaywinnet
After Kaywinnet Lee "Kaylee" Frye, the ship's mechanic
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Tam
After the Tam siblings, Simon and River
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River
After River Tam, the mysterious child prodigy
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Book
After Derrial Book, the ship's spiritual guide
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Rance
After Rance Burgess, the rich rancher from "Heart of Gold"
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Burgess
After Rance Burgess, who wages war on Inara's friend Nandi
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Caron
After Dr. Caron, who is part of the Miranda rescue team in the film
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Jubal
After Jubal Early, a bounty hunter searching for River Tam
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Fanty
The "prettier" of the two twins who act as a fence for Mal's goods
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Harrow
After Sir Warwick Harrow, the cattle owner Mal has to prove his worth to
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Stitch
After Stitch Hessian, a former friend of Jayne Cobb
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Fess
After Fess Higgins, son of Boss Higgins
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Lenore
Mr. Universe's LoveBot
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Adelei
After Adelei Niska, one of Firefly's greatest crime bosses
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Niska
After Adelei Niska, who has a ruthless reputation
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Patience
The elderly leader of Whitefall
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Saffron
The beautiful yet conniving con artist
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Regan
After Regan Tam, the Tam matriarch
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Wing
After Atherton Wing, who apparently can't stop proposing to Inara
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Serenity
The Firefly-class ship of Mal's
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Ariel
After episode nine, titled "Ariel" after the core planet named Ariel
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Minear
After Tim Minear, one of the show's main writers
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Sonny
After Sonny Rhodes, who performs the show's title song
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Firefly
After the show's title
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Persephone
One of the main planets in the show

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