Hansel and Gretel Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Hansel and Gretel is an ancient fairy tale created by the Brothers Grimm. We're honestly sure that everyone is familiar with this tale, as it's one of the most famous fables in existence. Because of its popularity, untold storytellers have riffed on the story and created their versions over the centuries. This article will only focus on the original version of the story, first told by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Hansel and Gretel aren't witch hunters in this version, nor are they secretly monsters in disguise - they're simply two little kids who are abandoned in the woods and find themselves at the mercy of a cannibalistic witch.

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Hansel & Gretel Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Hansel and Gretel are just two characters created by the legendary Brothers Grimm. The Grimm Bros. first published Hansel and Gretel's story back in 1812, right around the time when Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm started making a name for themselves. Most modern versions of the story depict Hansel and Gretel as two disobedient children who wandered off into the woods and nearly paid for their delinquency with their lives. This version of the story places the blame on Hansel and Gretel's shoulders and gives the tale an "always listen to your parents" moral. While that's no doubt a valuable lesson for young children to learn, it's not the tale that the Brothers Grimm originally wanted to convey. 

In the Brothers Grimm's version of Hansel and Gretel, the children are willfully abandoned by their parents due to a scarcity of food. The children's stepmother convinces their father to ditch the kids in the woods for the sake of survival. Dad doesn't want to do it but eventually caves. If not for Hansel and Gretel's intelligent decision to leave a trail for themselves to follow, the kids would've been up the creek without a paddle. The moral of the Brother Grimms' original version of the fable is for kids to be as smart and self-sufficient as possible. 

If you have an independent pup or a dog that likes to do things their own way, consider a Hansel and Gretel name for them. Alternatively, choose a fun name from another Grimm tale.

Male Hansel and Gretel Inspired Dog Names

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Hansel
Gretel's brother
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Hans
A shorter version of Hansel
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Engelbert
Engelbert Humperdinck wrote a Hansel and Gretel Opera
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Humperdinck
Engelbert's glorious surname
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Jacob
The elder Grimm
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Richard
After Richard Strauss
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Georg
Richard Strauss's middle name
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Karlheinz
Karlheinz Böhm played Jacob in 1962
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Laurence
Laurence Harvey played Wilhelm in 1962
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Ludwig
Jacob's middle name
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Frog
After the Frog King
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Froggie
A nickname based on the Frog King
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Jeremy
Jeremy Renner played Hansel in 2013
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Lee
Jeremy Renner's middle name
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Wilhelm
The younger Grimm brother
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Joringel
The lover of Jorinde
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Jory
A shorter version of Joringel
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Goldie
Inspired by the Gold Mountain
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Berg
German for mountain
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Carl
Wilhelm's middle name
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Tailor
After the Brave Little Tailor
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Taylor
A homonym for Tailor
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Mutig
German for brave
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Aesop
The Greek storyteller
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Grimm
Inspired by the Brothers Grimm
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Little
After the Three Little Men
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Wenig
German for Little
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Rumpelstiltskin
The hair trigger straw spinner
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Rumpelstilzchen
German for Rumpelstiltskin
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Göttingen
After the Göttingen Seven

Female Hansel and Gretel Inspired Dog Names

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Gretel
Hansel's sister
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Greta
Another name similar to Gretel
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Margarete
The longer version of Gretel's name
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Marge
A nickname for Margarete
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Rapunzel
The Princess with impossibly long hair
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Rudaba
The Persian story Rapunzel is based on
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Roodabeh
Another way to spell Rudaba
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Petrosinella
Rapunzel's Italian equivalent
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Basile
After Giambattista Basile
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Cinderella
The owner of the Glass Slipper
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Barbara
Saint Barbara inspired Rapunzel
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Barb
A shorter version of Barbara
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Saulė
A Baltic goddess in a similar situation as Rapunzel
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Žemyna
One of Saulė's children
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Mutter
German for mother
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Cindy
A shorter version of Cinderella
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Rhodopis
Cinderella's Greek counterpart
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Ye Xian
A Chinese tale that inspired Cinderella
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Tấm
A reference to The Story of Tấm and Cám
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Schwester
German for sister
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Nourie
After Nourie Hadig
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Hadig
Nourie Hadig is Snow White's Armenian counterpart
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Belle
Based on Toute-Belle
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Gold-Tree
Snow White's Scottish interpretation
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Schneewittchen
German for Snow White
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Bella
After Bella Venezia
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Venezia
Bella Venezia is the Italian version of Snow White
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Myrsina
Snow White's Greek equivalent
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Myrtle
Another name for Myrsina
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Dornröschen
German for Sleeping Beauty

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