King Kong Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

If you’re a fan of classic monster movies, old-school Hollywood flicks or simply the seemingly timeless narrative arc that’s been reinterpreted over the last 85 years, there are few better places to derive a dog name from than the world of King Kong. Throughout its history, from its inception in the 1930s to the modern spin-offs and remakes, the franchise has seen numerous interpretations, from simple re-tellings to complete re-imaginings, all of which seem to embody at least some elements of the original, if only in character, but all combine to form a fantastic world where the King still rules, complete with a roster of characters perfect for potential dog-namers.

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King Kong Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When attempting to come up with an appropriate King Kong inspired dog name, it’s usually best to follow a simple order of operations. First, determine which version of the story you like best, as it will act as the best starting point. If you don’t have a preference, you’ll have all the more options. Second, put together a list of your dog’s most prominent traits, from their looks to personality, and see what lines up with characters from your favorite version (though there will inevitably be a bit of overlap). 

For instance, if your dog is adventurous and driven, then the name Denham would be a great fit. If your dog happens to be large and muscular, then the names King and Kong would certainly work well. If your dog happens to scream every time someone tries to pick them up, then the names Darrow and Dwan would be perfect. If you’re simply fascinated by adventure and exploration, then Merian, Cooper, and DuChaillu would all be suitable selections. 

There are plenty of directions you can go, so don’t be afraid to get creative. If you need any further inspiration, don’t hesitate to hunker down and have a movie (or series) marathon and see what jumps off the screen at you. 

Male King Kong Inspired Dog Names

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King
As in King Kong, the eighth wonder of the world
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Kong
After King Kong, the giant gorilla from Skull Island
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Baxter
After Bruce Baxter, the actor who wants to star in Denham's film (2005)
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Englehorn
After Captain Englehorn, who saves the main characters several times
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Briggs
A sailor on the SS Venture in the video game version of the story
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Chigger
A character from the 1986 remake King Kong Lives
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Garcia
A crew member of the Petrox Explorer who was in the search party
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Mitchell
After Hank Mitchell, a somewhat minor character in King Kong Lives
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Prescott
The paleo-anthropology professor from the 1976 version
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Conrad
After James Conrad, Randa's hunter and tracker in Skull Island
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Jenkins
After Jason Jenkins, Kong's "older brother" in the animated series
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Lumpy
The chef on the SS Venture in the 2005 version
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Peete
After Major Peete, a character from King Kong Lives
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Nils
After Nils Helstrom, the Norwegian skipper who gives Denham the map to Skull Island
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Preston
After Denham's assistant in the 2005 iteration
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Packard
After Preston Packard, the military escort leader in Skull Island
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Bagley
After Roy Bagley, the geologist hired by Petrox
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Scruffy
A character from King Kong Lives
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Woodward
After Steve Woodward, the Landsat employee who didn't survive Skull Island
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Timmons
One of the Petrox Explorer's crew and search party members
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Cooper
After Merian C. Cooper, who came up with and executed the first King Kong concept
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Beast
The original name Cooper used before King Kong
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Mason
After Mason Weaver, the anti-war photographer hired to go to Skull Island
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Weaver
After Mason Weaver, the photographer aiming to reveal the expedition as a covert ops mission
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Cole
After Captain Earl Cole from Skull Island
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Weston
After Charles Weston, who asks Denham about the Venture
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Wilson
After Paul Wilson, one of the vaudeville actors
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Petrox
After the Petrox Explorer, the ship in 1976's King Kong
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Venture
After the SS Venture, the ship used to get to Skull Island in several films
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Toho
The Japanese director who licensed King Kong for several films

Female King Kong Inspired Dog Names

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Darrow
After Ann Darrow, the original King Kong damsel
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Hayes
After Ben Hayes, the man who lead the search party for Ann Darrow
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Boan
One of the Petrox Explorer's crew and one of two surviving members of Dwan's search party
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Denham
After Carl Denham, the film director who wants to capture Kong
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Carnahan
The first mate of the Petrox Explorer
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Chiros
After Chiros the Destroyer from The Animated Series
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Dwan
Ann Darrow's replacement in the 1976 version
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Chapman
After Jack Chapman, Preston Packard's right-hand man
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Driscoll
After Jack Driscoll, the SS Venture's first mate and friend to Denham
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Perko
After Joe Perko, the muscular crew member from the Petrox Explorer also in the search party
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Kiko
The albino baby Kong from 1933
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Nevitt
After Lt. Col. Archie Nevitt, one of the soldiers who tries to kill Kong
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Lua
One of Skull Island's remaining natives in The Animated Series
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Porta
After Professor Ramon De La Porta, one of the main antagonists of The Animated Series
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Red
A character from Son of Kong
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Slivko
After Reg Slivko, the young Huey pilot in Skull Island
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Reles
One of few soldiers to survive Skull Island
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Nieves
After Victor Nieves, the Landsat employee who suggested leaving Skull Island ASAP
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Merian
After Merian C. Cooper, the creator of King Kong
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DuChaillu
After Paul Du Chaillu, the anthropologist/explorer whose work inspired Cooper
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Delos
After Delos W. Lovelace, who novelized King Kong
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Lovelace
After Delos W. Lovelace, the author and friend of Cooper's who released the book two months before the first film
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Godzilla
A common adversary used nearly 30 years later
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Marlow
After Hank Marlow, the pilot who crash-landed on Skull Island in 1944
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Randa
After Bill Randa, the government agent who puts the expedition together
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Houston
After Houston Brooks, the Skull Island team's seismologist
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San
After San Lin, the biologist sent to Skull Island
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Mills
After Warrant Officer Glenn Mills
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Sunfish
A character in the 1976 King Kong
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Gorilla
The species King Kong is, except giant

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