Jaws Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Whether you’re a movie buff, a horror fanatic, a fan of Steven Spielberg, a shark-appreciator or just have a dog who rivals the shark himself, giving your dog a Jaws inspired name can be a great way to add some character to a canine that likely already has a boatload. And there are lots of options as well. You could name them after a character, after a specific scene, location or even just an important object. As one of the greatest summer blockbusters of all-time and one of very few horror movies to ever even be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, there are certainly few better ways to go in the genre than a Jaws inspired dog name. 

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Jaws Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Coming up with an appropriate Jaws inspired name can be a challenge, so we suggest you put together a list of your dog’s most prominent traits, whether it’s their personality or their looks, as it will be the easiest to work from. Once you’ve done that, consider what they share the most in common with or what reminds you of them most. Is it a certain character? Is it their Jaws-like ability to creep into a room unnoticed? Their size? Their undeniable chomp? 

For example, if you have a dog with a big mouth who loves to chew, the names Jaws, Shark, Bruce and Tiger would all be appropriate. If they have a particularly good appetite and know as soon as you touch their dog bowl, then the names Chum or Chumley might be suitable. If they’re well-known for their hunting abilities, then Quint would work well. If they tend to panic or scream easily, the names of any of the shark attack victims, like Pippet (the dog in the original Jaws) or Watkins, after Chrissie Watkins, the iconic victim from the movie poster would be perfect. 

There are several different ways you can go, so we suggest re-watching the movie and seeing if anything jumps out of the water at you. 

Male Jaws Inspired Dog Names

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Jaws
The famous shark itself
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Chief
After Chief Martin Brody, one of the film's main protagonists
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Hooper
After Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute
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Vaughn
After Mayor Larry Vaughn, the foolish mayor who refuses to close the beaches
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Gardner
After Ben Gardner, the local fisherman known for the "Amity Incident"
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Gottlieb
After Carl Gottlieb, the screenplay's co-writer
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Roy
After Roy Schneider who played Brody
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Shaw
After Robert Shaw who played Quint
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Spielberg
After Steven Spielberg, the film's director
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Williams
After famed composer John Williams, who came up with the famous theme
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Buster
As in blockbuster, as Jaws was the first summer blockbuster of its kind
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Bruce
Spielberg named the shark Bruce after his lawyer
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Shark
The toothy antagonist
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Elmer
The name of Spielberg's dog, who also appears in the movie
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Peterson
After Len Peterson, who opens a tourist trap in Jaws 2
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Andrews
After Tom Andrews, the diver who suffers an embolism after being scared by the shark
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Polo
After Polo Loman, who helps prevent Michael Brody from being eaten
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Hunter
After Quint, the shark hunter
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Chum
The bait used to lure the shark in
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Harpoon
One of several weapons used to try to take the shark down
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Barrel
The tank that eventually explodes when fired at by Brody
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Spear
One of several weapons used in the attempted shark takedown
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Flaws
The nickname given to Jaws during production by disgruntled crew members
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Warlock
After Dick Warlock, one of the film's stuntmen
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Ahab
After Captain Ahab, Moby Dick's protagonist and inspiration for Quint
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Fitzroyce
After Philip Fitzroyce, the shark's fourth victim (Jaws 3-D) whose hand holds the grenade that eventually kills the shark
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Tate
After Jack Tate from Jaws 3-D
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Bukowski
After Kelly Ann Bukowski, who is momentarily bit in Jaws 3-D
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Quaid
After Dennis Quaid, who plays Mike Brody in Jaws 3-D
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Bullet
After the Silver Bullet in Jaws 3-D

Female Jaws Inspired Dog Names

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Brody
After Chief Brody, who is tasked with solving the shark issue
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Quint
The infamous shark hunter
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Mayor
After Mayor Larry Vaughn, a semi-important character
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Meadows
The newspaper editor with political ties
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Hendricks
After Deputy Hendricks from Jaws and Jaws 2
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Watkins
After Chrissie Watkins, the first victim who is also pictured on the iconic cover
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Cassidy
After Tom Cassidy, Chrissie's boyfriend
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Kintner
After Alex Kintner, the shark's second victim
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Amity
The town where the film supposedly takes place
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Benchley
After Peter Benchley, who wrote the book the movie was based on
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Dreyfuss
After Richard Dreyfuss who played Hooper
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Indy
After the USS Indianapolis, an infamous speech scene
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Jersey
After the Jersey Beach incidents, of which the story is partially inspired by
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Elkins
After marine biologist Dr. Elkins in Jaws 2
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Tina
After Tina Wilcox, the traumatized Miss Amity in Jaws 2
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Jackie
After Jackie Peters, the hysterical teenager whose friends perish to the shark
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Tiger
The kind of shark local fisherman catch and blame for the attacks
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Hull
One of many destroyed by the shark's powerful jaws
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Orca
The name of the ship used to hunt the shark and also the name of its natural enemy
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Menemsha
The fishing village in Martha's Vineyard where the film was shot
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Butler
After Bill Butler, the film's cinematographer
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Mattey
After Bob Mattey, the mechanical effects supervisor who helped pioneer the shark scenes
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Sparks
After Frank James Sparks, a stuntman in the film
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Melville
After Herman Melville, who wrote Mody Dick, a large inspiration to the film
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Mundus
After Frank Mundus, the fisherman who caught the giant shark that inspired Benchley to write the book
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Morgan
After Dr. Kay Morgan from Jaws 3-D
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Bouchard
After Calvin Bouchard, the manager of SeaWorld in Jaws 3-D
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Ethel
Played by Lisa Maurer in Jaws 3-D
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Bess
After Bess Armstrong, who plays Dr. Morgan in Jaws 3-D
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Shelby
After Shelby Overman, played by Harry Grant in Jaws 3-D

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