If you’re a die-hard Gilmore Girls fan then you might consider naming your new canine best friend after one of the show’s many quirky characters. Just as Lorelai and Rory share an unbreakable mother-daughter bond, so too, will you and your pup! There’s no better way to honor your love for the people of Stars Hollow than by naming your pet for them. As an added bonus, you’ll no longer have to feel guilty for spending Friday night binge-watching the show; it’s practically obligatory!
Gilmore Girls Dog Names In Popular Culture
While there may not be many prominent dogs within pop culture that have been named in honor of Gilmore Girls, there were a few memorable canine characters that appeared over the course of the show’s seven seasons.
Although he didn’t join the show until the sixth season, one of the most memorable members of the Gilmore Girls cast is Lorelai’s pet dog, Paul Anka. Paul Anka is named in honor of the Canadian singer by the same name, and is portrayed by the dog actor, Sparky, a Polish Lowland Sheepdog. Paul Anka the dog is notoriously high maintenance, no doubt because Lorelai spoils him profusely. He has a fondness for arranging Lorelai’s shoes, and he is afraid of just about everything. Lorelai’s decision to name her dog after Paul Anka isn’t well explained on the show, but perhaps it could have something to do with the fact that he is known for a song called “Puppy Love.” This is the type of pun that Lorelai would find amusing.
But Lorelai isn’t the only character on the show to have a beloved canine pet. Michel Gerard, the concierge from the Dragonfly Inn, has two Chow Chows that he is constantly doting on: Chin-Chin and Paw-Paw. Michel adopts the two Chows when they are puppies and they are seen only once during the series, despite being referenced frequently. In season 7 Chin-Chin passes away and the characters hold a funeral in his honor. Understandably, Paw-Paw is devastated by his brother’s death, as is Michel. Chow Chows have long been a popular breed within the US, beginning around the 1920’s when celebrities and movie stars commonly had them as pets. This is no doubt part of the reason the character, Michel, was drawn to these dogs — that and their teddy bear appearance, of course!
Another noteworthy dog character that appeared on Gilmore Girls was Princess, a lost dog that the character Emily found on the patio of her and Richard’s house. Richard was estranged from Emily at this point in the series, and living in their pool house. Through caring for this dog together he and Emily could rekindle their relationship. When Princess found her way home, so too did Richard.
Gilmore Girls Dog Names Considerations
There is no shortage of featured and supporting characters on the Gilmore Girls that you may wish to name your pet after. If there’s one thing to be said about the inhabitants of Stars Hollow it’s that they have plenty of character. You might even have trouble narrowing down which one of them to name your pup after! If your dog is goofy and long limbed you might consider the name Kirk, or, if it is handsome and athletic you could choose the name Dean! If your pup has a particularly feisty personality, the name Paris would be the perfect option!
If naming your pup after one of the show’s characters doesn’t appeal to you, could opt to name it after one of Lorelai and Rory’s favorite foods! There are quite a few to choose from. A classic family dog breed like a Labrador or a Golden Retriever could be well suited to the name Pancake, a classic American breakfast food (and favorite of the girls’), while any pup with a sweet temper could be called Muffin, a frequent snack choice from Luke’s Diner.
And don’t forget to take into account one of Stars Hollows’ many landmarks or festivals, like the Firelight Festival, or the town gazebo. These events and locations are packed with history for the show’s characters. You could commemorate your favorite scene from the show by naming your pup after the place where it transpired! There are countless Gilmore Girls related names to choose from, but here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Community Dogs With Gilmore Girls Names
We got her when finding dory came out and we had a pillow with dory on it and she loved it so we named her after it.