Moby-Dick Inspired Dog Names

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For fans of classic American literature, it doesn’t get much better than Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Outside of being a story for the ages, the clever and unique personalities of its characters on the ship, let alone the ones they encounter, provide a significant roster of potential dog names to choose from, many of which will be instantly recognizable to others, as pop culture has entrenched them into our collective psyche. Epic names like Moby-Dick, Ahab, Ishmael and Queequeg are only the beginning of the list of possibilities, leaving plenty more from which to derive a perfect Moby-Dick themed name for your canine companion. 

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Moby-Dick Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When considering which Moby-Dick themed name to give your dog, make a list of your dog’s strongest or most prominent traits, whether it’s their looks, quirks or personality, as these will be the easiest and most appropriate to work from. 

For instance, if they are a large white dog, Moby Dick or Whale would both be great choices. For those who have ties to the East Coast, either by owner or origin, the names Bedford, Nantucket and Tolland, amongst others, would all be good choices. For dogs that are particularly stinky, the name Ambergris would be an excellent pick. For a dog that is quite picky about their food, Fleece would be a great name after the Pequod’s chef, especially if they happen to be extra fluffy. 

Of course, you can always base their names on characters’ looks as well. If they happen to look tattooed, Queequeg would be a good fit. For those shaped like an 8x8, Kingpost would be good. For dogs with only three legs, Ahab would be a unique but suitable choice.

There are plenty of ways to go and if you need a refresher, get a story or character recap that will detail their traits more prominently. If you’re feeling especially bold, re-read the book and see what jumps off the page at you. 

Male Moby-Dick Inspired Dog Names

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Herman
After Herman Melville, the book's author
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Melville
After Herman Melville, the famed American novelist
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Captain
A prominent nautical position
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Ahab
After Captain Ahab, the subject and main protagonist of the book
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Ishmael
The book's narrator and a crew member of the Pequod
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Dick
The white whale's name in two iterations: Mocha Dick, the original, and Moby-Dick, the second
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Whale
The antagonist of the story
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Bedford
After New Bedford, the launch point of many whaling ships
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Elijah
The prophet who predicts impending tragedy for Queequeg and Ishmael
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Bildad
The Quaker ship-owner
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Nantucket
A famed East Coast city
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Stubb
The second mate from Cape Cod
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Kingpost
Flask's nickname due to his resemblance to a squat, squarish board
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Harpoon
An important nautical weapon
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Wampanoag
The skillful Native American tribe from which Tashtego hails
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Tolland
After Tolland County, Connecticut
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Doughboy
The nervous steward of the ship
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Samuel
After the Samuel Enderby, a ship captained by Boomer
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deBeer
Captain of the ship Jungfrau
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Bachelor
The name of one of the ships the Pequod gams with
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Zephyr
A slight wind
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Farrago
A disorganized assortment of items
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Leviathan
A monstrous and often evil creature
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Jeremiah
After Jeremiah Reynolds, the explorer whose article inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick
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Reynolds
After Jeremiah Reynolds, whose encounters with a real white whale were some of the first written accounts of the Moby-Dick story
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Knickerbocker
The magazine to first publish Reynold's legendary work
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Essex
The name of one of the first ships to encounter Mocha Dick
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Manhattan
Where Ishmael originally departs on his journey from
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Daggoo
The tall African harpooner
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Squid
The other highly-feared beast of the sea

Female Moby-Dick Inspired Dog Names

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Pequod
The name of Ahab's whaling ship
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Moby
The second name given to the great white whale
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Mapple
After Father Mapple, a former whaler turned preacher
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Peleg
Bildad's partner and co-owner of the Pequod
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England
The location of Melville's publisher
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Starbuck
A chief mate of the Pequod and a Nantucket Quaker
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Quaker
A mostly-dated religious movement
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Musket
The weapon Starbuck is tempted to use to stop Ahab from his insane quest
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Flask
The third mate from Martha's Vineyard
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Queequeg
The tattooed Polynesian harpooner
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Rokovoko
The fictional Polynesian island Queequeg's father was the king of
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Tashtego
The full-blooded Native American harpooner
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Fedallah
A Parsee harpooner of Ahab's
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Pip
The slave cabin boy who eventually acts as the ship's conscience
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Alabama
Where Pip is from
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Fleece
The Pequod's cook
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Perth
The blacksmith who makes a specialized harpoon barb for Ahab
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Boomer
Captain of the Samuel Enderby, who lost his arm to Moby-Dick
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Enderby
After the whaling ship Samuel Enderby
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Bouton
After the ship Bouton de Rose
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Rosebud
The stinky ship named Bouton be Rose, also known as Rosebud
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Ambergris
A valuable waxy substance harvested from whales
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Gardiner
Captain of the Rachel
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Delight
The ship badly wounded by Moby-Dick
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Spleen
A term for resentful anger, often used by Ahab
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Yankee
A northerner
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Gam
A social/professional meeting of two ships
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Mocha
The original name of Moby-Dick: Mocha Dick, a real 19th century white whale
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Jungfrau
Another whaling vessel
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Bashee
After the Bashee Isles, where Ahab smells the whale's musk

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