Gunsmoke Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

We probably all remember the television series Gunsmoke but did you know it started as a radio show? Gunsmoke was the longest running scripted TV series ever, on air from 1955-1975 but was also on the radio from 1952-1961. America loved this western series and watched it faithfully. In fact, even the new generation enjoys Gunsmoke  as it plays in syndication today. If you have a new dog and are trying to decide on a unique name, maybe you can be Gunsmoke-inspired. The cast of characters and amazing guest stars is long and many would make a special dog name. and give a salute to one of your favorite television shows.

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Gunsmoke Inspired Dog Name Considerations

So you've got a new puppy. Now the conundrum is what to name it. Should it have a human name, a fancy name, or a funny name? What's best for the dog and best for you to ease communication? Is a name really that important?

The answer to the latter question is yes. This is a name you'll repeat many times over in the upcoming years. It should be easy to say and clear to understand. But it should also be something you like. If you're a big Gunsmoke fan you may want to pick a name influenced by the show and there are many catchy ones. 

For instance if you are a big fan of Matt Dillon then Dillon could be an appropriate name. It's short, has a hard sound at the beginning which should catch the dog's attention, and it's different enough that the dog park won't be filled with dogs named Dillon. You can call him and not get a dozen canines responding.

You should also consider things like breed, color, and personality traits. If your dog has a more serious persona, Doc might be a contender, or a pretty red female could certainly be aptly named Miss Kitty. Whichever name you choose, make sure it's something that appeal to you. In any event, have a rooting-tooting time selecting it.

Male Gunsmoke Inspired Dog Names

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Dillon
After Marshall Matt Dillon, of course
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Festus
Festus Hagan was Matt Dillon's sidekick
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Doc
Doc Adams, the physician on Gunsmoke
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Harry
Harry Ackerman was a creator of the radio show Gunsmoke
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Burt
Burt Reynolds played a blacksmith from 1962-1965
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Chester
Matt's early sidekick
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Sam
The name of the bartender at the Long Branch
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Conrad
Marshall Dillon on the radio show was portrayed by William Conrad
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Parley
On the radio Parley Baer played Chester
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Milburn
Milburn Stone was the actor who portrayed Doc on television for 20 years
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Beauregard
According to an episode called "Cavalcade". Roger Beauregard was the man who Doc fought a duel with and he was forced to leave Virginia
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Meston
Meston was the surname of the scriptwriter for both radio and TV versions of the series
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George
George Walsh was the announcer on Gunsmoke
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Galen
Doc's first name
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Newly
The name of another regular who played a sidekick
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Arness
The surname of Marshall Dillon in real life
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Remington
One of the early sponsors of Gunsmoke
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Duke
Nickname of John Wayne, who introduced the first Gunsmoke on TV
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Dodger
A salute to Dodge City
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Cowboy
What Dodge City was full of
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Kansas
State where you'll find Dodge City
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Quint
The character played by Burt Reynolds
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Buck
The real first name of the character Newly
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Rustler
What Marshall Dillon often chased
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Thad
A part-time deputy in Dodge
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Clem
Another bartender who worked at the Long Branch
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Louie
The town drunk
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Barney
Dodge City's telegraph agent
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Percy
Percy Crump was the name of the undertaker in Dodge City
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Claude
For Claude Akins, a guest star on Gunsmoke
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Winston
One of the writers for Gunsmoke was Winston Miller

Female Gunsmoke Inspired Dog Names

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Amanda
Amanda Blake played Miss Kitty
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Bethel
Bethel Leslie was a writer for Gunsmoke
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Fran
Fran Ryan replaced Miss Kitty for the final season
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Bette
Bette Davis was a guest star
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Jodie
Jodie Foster guest starred on Gunsmoke
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June
June Lockhart was also a guest star
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Ruth
The name of Festus' mule
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Shani
Shani Wells played Stella on an episode called 'Women for Sale'
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Marcy
Played by Dawn Lyn as a guest star on Season 19, episode 2
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Hannah
The character name of Kitty's replacement in season 20
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Mariette
Mariette Hartley also guest starred on Gunsmoke
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Georgia
Georgia Ellis played Miss Kitty on radio
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Sarah
Sarah Selby played Ma Smalley who owned a boardinghouse in Dodge
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Beth
The name of Marshall Dillon's daughter in a made for TV movie
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Mabel
A guest star on Gunsmoke
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Joyce
Joyce Bulifant was a guest star
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Kim
Kim Darby played a role in an episode
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Gloria
Gloria DeHaven also guest starred
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Melissa
Melissa Gilbert guest starred on Gunsmoke
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Berbara
Barbara Eden was a guest on the show
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Angie
For guest star Angie Dickinson
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Louise
Louise Latham guest starred on the show
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Dianne
For guest star Diane Ladd
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Rose
Another guest star was Rose Marie
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Suzanne
Suzanne Pleshette also played a guest starring role
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Vera
A popular guest star, Vera Miles
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Jacqueline
Jacqueline Scott appeared on Gunsmoke 9 times
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Betty
For guest star Betty Hutton
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Vivi
Vivi Janiss was also a guest star
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Cicely
The beautiful Cicely Tyson also guest starred on Gunsmoke

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