Napoleon and Samantha Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Napoleon and Samantha is a 1972 adventure fantasy film that stars Johnny Whitaker and Jodie Foster as the titular characters. It is directed by Bernard McEveety, with the screenplay written by animal supervisor-turned-writer Stewart Raffill. This film is Foster’s first feature film debut at the age of nine years old. The plot of the film focuses on a young boy named Napoleon, who lives in the mountains with his grandfather. In the film, the boy meets a circus clown who asks him to look after a lion since he has to return to Europe. Napoleon discovers that the lion is a gentle and friendly creature and the two start to form a bond. However, Napoleon’s entire life changes after his grandfather passes away. 

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Napoleon and Samantha Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Selecting the most appropriate name for your dog can be quite the task. However, when you find the perfect one, you get a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. There are many factors that come into play when you are picking a name. Therefore, it is best to not rush to a decision and to thoughtfully consider your options.

It is always a great idea to take potential name options from some of your favorite media and pop culture works. Films, for example, are an excellent source of names, be it from fictional characters, actors, actresses and even directors. You can even narrow down your options based on your ultimate favorite films.

One useful tip for choosing a dog name is to be a little adventurous. Remember that names that might be deemed unfit for a human may work well for pets. For instance, in the film Napoleon and Samantha, the lion owned by Napoleon is called Major. While the name “Major” may not translate well as a human’s name, it is a unique choice for a dog name. There is a little bit more leeway in naming dogs compared to naming a human.

At the same time, try not to be TOO adventurous. If you must choose a crazy, over-the-top name, be sure that you have a shorter version that you could casually use. For example, if you are partial to Michael Douglas’ character Daniel Arlington Williams III, you might think of naming your dog after him. This choice, however, is not practical. If you really want to anoint this name to your pooch, create a shortened version of it, such as “Danny” or “Daniel”. 

Male Napoleon and Samantha Inspired Dog Names

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Napoleon
After Napoleon Wilson, an 11-year-old who lives with his grandfather
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Wilson
From Napoleon Wilson, a young boy who becomes the caretaker of a lion
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Major
The name of the lion cared for by Napoleon
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Seth
After Seth Wilson, Napoleon’s grandfather
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Williams
After Daniel Arlington Williams III, a college student who befriends Napoleon
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Danny
Daniel’s nickname
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Dimitri
The clown who owns Major the Lion
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Gutteridge
After Mr. Amos Gutteridge, a storeowner
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Mark
After Mark Pierson, a man Danny meets who pretends to be a babysitter
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Pierson
From Mark Pierson, a psychopath who takes the children
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Johnny
After Johnny Whitaker, the actor who portrayed Napoleon
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Michael
After Michael Douglas, the actor who portrayed Danny Williams
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Douglas
From actor Michael Douglas, who played the role of Danny Williams
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Will
After Will Geer, the actor who portrayed Grandpa Seth
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Geer
From actor Will Geer, who played the role of Seth Wilson
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Vito
After Vito Scotti, the actor who portrayed Dimitri the Clown
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Scotti
From actor Vito Scotti, who played the role of Dimitri the Clown
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James
After James MacDonald, the actor who portrayed the bear
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Henry
After Henry Jones, the actor who portrayed Mr. Gutteridge
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Rex
After Rex Holman, the actor who portrayed Mark Pierson
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Johnson
After Claude Johnson, the actor who portrayed Gary
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Crawford
After John Crawford, the actor who portrayed the desk sergeant
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Bernard
After Bernard McEveety, the director of the film
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Stewart
After Stewart Raffill, the writer of the screenplay
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Buddy
After Buddy Baker, the composer who scored the film
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Winston
After Winston Hibler, one of the film’s producers
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Tom
After Tom Leetch, one of the film’s associate producers
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Robert
After Robert Stafford, the editor of the film
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Walter
After Walter Simonds, one of the film’s art directors
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Chuck
After Chuck Keehne, one of the film’s costume designers

Female Napoleon and Samantha Inspired Dog Names

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Samantha
A young girl who is friends with Napoleon
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Gertrude
Samantha’s housekeeper
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Amos
After Amos Gutteridge, the owner of the store Napoleon and Samantha steal from
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Jodie
After Jodie Foster, the actress who portrayed Samantha
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Foster
From actress Jodie Foster, who played the role of Samantha
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Ellen
After Ellen Corby, the actress who portrayed Gertrude
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Corby
From actress Ellen Corby, who played the character Gertrude
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Mary
After Mary Wickes, the actress who portrayed the clerk
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Wickes
From actress Mary Wickes, who played the role of the clerk
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Claudia
In reference to Claude Johnson, the actor who portrayed Pete
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Zamba
The name of the lion who played Major
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Margett
After Monty Margetts, one of the film’s minor actresses
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Oregon
The state where the film was set
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Arlington
From Daniel “Danny” Arlington Williams III, Michael Douglas’ character in the film
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Charlie
The name of a horse that Napoleon and Samantha play with
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Arch
After Arch Johnson, the actor who portrayed the Chief of Police
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Baker
From composer Buddy Baker, who scored the film’s soundtrack
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Monroe
After Monroe Askins, the film’s cinematographer
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Emily
After Emily Sundby, one of the film’s costume designers
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Kuri
After Emile Kuri, the film’s set designer
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Lynn
After Lynn Reynolds, one of the film’s makeup department heads
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Hibler
From Winston Hibler, one of the producers of the film
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McEveety
From Bernard McEveety, the film’s director
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Schilz
After Ted Schilz, the film’s assistant director
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Taylor
After Herb Taylor, the film’s sound supervisor
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Evelyn
After Evelyn Kennedy, the film's music director
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Gilmore
After Andrew Gilmore, the sound mixer for the film
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Rose
After Jim Rose, one of the gaffers in the film’s camera department
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Jane
After Jane Boyd, the film’s title designer
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Askins
After Monroe Askins, the film’s director of photography

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