Hamlet Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

“To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Dare we dream of one of the greatest plays ever to bless this world? Dare we delve into the deep meanings of Shakespeare’s enchanting words? Dare we name our dogs after the characters from the iconic play we all know as Hamlet? We dare, we dare! William Shakespeare’s play has inspired many writers and moviemakers all over the world and continues to do so as the centuries pass. The timeless work of literary art will never go out of style, and the Bard will always be studied in universities and talked about during dinner parties, so go ahead, pick a Hamlet-inspired name for your doggo and be a part of the discussion!

Hamlet Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture

Hamlet Inspired Dog Name Considerations

If you have indeed decided to be instead of not to be, it is a perfect time to start thinking about the Hamlet-inspired name for your new lovely doggo. Whichever character you choose as your inspiration, you can be confident that the name will carry a lot of class, history, and exciting backstory with it. It is always nice to have a conversation starter when it comes to your doggo’s name so you can choose to start with the man of the hour, Hamlet himself. If you choose this name, you can tell the story of the tragic Danish prince who struggled with his inner demons as well as real-life enemies in search of his true self. 

Or, if you choose the name Ophelia, you can talk about the maiden with the tragic life story that will melt even the iciest of hearts. Perhaps the name Claudius is more in your lane? If you are a proud owner of a Yorkshire Terrier, you can give them this name and really accentuate their royal poise with an equally classy moniker. Also, don’t forget the talented actors and actresses who dared to play the roles of one of the characters in this famous play – they deserve credit as well!

Male Hamlet Inspired Dog Names

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Hamlet
To be, or not to be, that is the question...
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Claudius
King Claudius, Hamlet's brother
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Polonius
Laertes and Ophelia's father and the counselor of the king
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Horatio
Hamlet's friend and confidant
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Laertes
Ophelia's brother and Polonius' son
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Guildenstern
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern always go together!
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Rosencrantz
Guildenstern's best mate
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Fortinbras
Prince of Norway who wants to avenge his father's death
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Osric
The courtier who invites Hamlet to fight Laertes
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Voltimand
Danish courtier sent to Norway
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Cornelius
Danish courtier sent to Norway
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Marcellus
Danish guard at castle Elsinore
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Barnardo
Danish guard at castle Elsinore
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Reynaldo
Polonius sent him to Paris to spy on Laertes
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Francisco
Danish guard at castle Elsinore
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William
After the bard himself
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Shakespeare
Bard's last name
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Andrew
Andrew Scott played the role of Hamlet in the 2018 TV movie
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Jude
Jude Law played Hamlet on Broadway
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Ben
Ben Whishaw played the role of Hamlet at the Old Vic in London
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David
David Tennant played Hamlet in the 2009 TV film
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Ian
Ian Charleston played Hamlet many times during his fruitful career
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Kenneth
Kenneth Branagh played Hamlet in the 1996 movie
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Simon
Simon Russel Beale played Hamlet in the National Theatre
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Christopher
The legendary Christopher Walken played Hamlet in theatre
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Ian
Sir Ian McKellen played Hamlet in the 1970 movie
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Ralph
Ralph Fiennes won a Tony award for playing the role of Hamlet on Broadway
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Daniel
Daniel Day Lewis played Hamlet in 1989 in Royal National Theatre, London
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Kevin
Kevin Kline played Hamlet in 1990

Female Hamlet Inspired Dog Names

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Ghost
A sweet name for a white dog and the spooky ghost that appears to Hamlet
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Gertrude
Hamlet's mother and Queen of Denmark
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Ophelia
Hamlet's wife to be
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Drama
A sassy name and the name of the whole genre
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Kate
Kate Winslet played Ophelia in the 1996 film adaptation
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Helena
Helena Bonham Carter played Ophelia in the 1990 film
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Daisy
Daisy Ridley played Ophelia in the 2018 movie Ophelia
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Julia
Julia Stiles played Ophelia in Hamlet 2000
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Jean
Jean Simmons played Ophelia in the 1948 film
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Kamilla
Kamilla Baar is a Polish actress who played Ophelia
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Lalla
Lalla Ward played Ophelia in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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Anna
Anna Maria Ferrero played Ofelia in the Italian movie Amleto
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Milena
Milena Dravic is a Serbian actress who played Ophelia
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Susie
Susie Parr played Ophelia in Hamlet in the American Shakespeare Center
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Tallulah
Tallulah Sheffield is an English actress who played Ophelia
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Beata
Beata Pozniak, a Polish actress who played Ophelia in Hamlet in the Middle of Nowhere
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Lara
Lara Gilchrist, a Canadian actress who played Ophelia
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Delia
Delia Williams played Ophelia in 1959
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Adrienne
Adrienne Gould played Ophelia in 2016
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Jo
Jo Maxwell Muller played Ophelia in Hamlet at Elsinore
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Ofelia
Italian spelling of Ophelia's name
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Lilly
Lilly Jacobson, a Swedish actress who played Ophelia in 1921
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Glenn
Glenn Close played Gertrude in the 1990 Hamlet
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Julie
Julie Christie played Gertrude in the 1996 movie Hamlet
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Anastasia
Anastasia Hille, an English actress played Gertrude in 2015
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Naomi
Naomi Watts played Gertrude in the 2018 movie Ophelia
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June
Julie Tobin played Gertrude in Hamlet at Elsinore
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Françoise
Françoise Prévost played Gertry in Johnny Hamlet
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Georgie
Georgie Sterling played Gertrude in the 1959 Hamlet
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Penny
Penny Downie played Gertrude in the 2009 TV movie
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Marianne
Marianne Oldham played Gertrude in National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

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