Nineteen Eighty Four Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When it comes to dog names based on classic literature, few authors are better to choose from than that of the great George Orwell, also know by his real name of Eric Arthur Blair. Not only was Orwell a seminal part of dystopian literature, but a proactive and ethical journalist who pushed against totalitarian governments and for equal rights through democratic socialism. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Nineteen Eighty-Four had some overarching themes that could be considered dog-related as well, such as the presence of the all-seeing eye of Big Brother (whether that is you or them), obedience and even individualism. Plus, there are tons of perfect Orwellian terms and names to choose from that will help to cement your dog and their name amidst the lore of classic literature. 

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Nineteen Eighty-Four Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Considering that the appearances of the characters in the books are only somewhat vaguely described and still up for interpretation, giving your dog a name based on a character will likely come to down to similarities in their personalities or quirks. Should you choose to dig a bit deeper and give them the name of an Orwellian term instead, you may have to get extra creative.

For instance, if your dog has many different vocalizations or is particularly good with conveying their thoughts, the name Syme might be a good fit. If they slowly over time become more and more of a rebel, then the names Winston and Chestnut would be good fits. If they’re always trying to crack down on those who are trying to break the rules, then the names O’Brien and Martin would both be suitable. If they’re particularly heroic, then the name Ogilvy, after Comrade Ogilvy, would be a solid choice as well. 

There are lots of directions you can go, many of which will be instantly noticeable for other fans of the book. If you need inspiration or a refresher course, check out a book summary online or better yet, just read it again and see what jumps off the page at you. 

Male Nineteen Eighty-Four Inspired Dog Names

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Winston
After Winston Smith, the story's protagonist
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Smith
After Winston Smith, the Party member who dreams of rebelling against Big Brother
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O'Brien
The mysterious yet powerful Inner Party member
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Brother
After Big Brother, the perceived ruler of Oceania
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Charrington
After Mr. Charrington, the old man who seemingly supports Winston
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Parsons
The dull and obnoxious Ministry of Truth worker
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Emmanuel
After Emmanuel Goldstein, the enemy of the state
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Goldstein
After Emmanuel Goldstein who wrote "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism"
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Doublethink
A term used to describe believing two contradictory ideas simultaneously
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Newspeak
The official language of Oceania
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Tehran
After the Tehran Conference, which influenced Orwell's decision to have "zones of influence"
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Frederic
After Frederic Warburg, Orwell's publisher at the time of writing
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Warburg
After Frederic Warburg, who helped choose the book's title
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Colchester
The city destroyed by nuclear bombs
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Darwin
After Darwin, Australia, the farthest reach of unconquered lands
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Prole
A slang word for Proletariat, the lowest class in Oceania
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Unperson
Those denied existence by the state and generally also killed
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Times
The newspaper Winston revises
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Aaronson
One of the original leaders of the Revolution
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Jones
One of the men tried and wrongfully convicted of treason against the state
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Rutherford
One of the wrongfully accused, original Revolution leaders
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Ampleforth
A former coworker of Winston's who appreciates language, to the Party's chagrin
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Book
As in The Book, AKA The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism
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Censor
A main theme of the book: censorship
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Hateweek
A celebratory week designed to induce hatred towards Goldstein and the brotherhood
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Oldspeak
The uncensored version of standard English
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Golden
As in The Golden Country, the idyllic setting of Winston's dreams
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Ownlife
A term for individualism
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George
As in George Orwell, the author
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Orwell
As in George Orwell, who also wrote Animal Farm

Female Nineteen Eighty-Four Inspired Dog Names

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Julia
Winston Smith's love interest
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Syme
Winston's highly-intelligent language expert co-worker
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Airstrip
After Airstrip One, aka London, the primary location of the story
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Oceania
The superstate the story takes place in
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Party
As in "the Party", the governing body of Oceania
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Tele
As in telescreen, a two-way television that both records and broadcasts
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Jura
The Scottish island where Orwell wrote most of the book
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Miniluv
AKA The Ministry of Love, who oversees torture and brainwashing
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Miniplenty
AKA The Ministry of Plenty, who controls the distribution of rations
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Minipax
AKA The Ministry of Peace, who controls the war efforts
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Minitrue
AKA The Ministry of Truth, who oversees propaganda and historical revision
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Ingsoc
AKA the English Socialist Party
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London
The story's main location
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Eurasia
The superstate overtaken by the Soviet Union
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Tangier
After Tangier, Morocco, a corner of the unconquered lands
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Brazza
After Brazzaville, Congo, which represents one of the corners of lands still being fought over in the book
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Inner
As in the Inner Party, the highest class of Oceania's hierarchy
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Outer
As in the Outer Party, the middle class of Oceania's hierarchy
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Chestnut
After the Chestnut Tree Cafe, a hangout for rebels
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Ministry
One of several governing departments of the Party
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Bering
After the Bering Straight, an important boundary line in the zones of influence
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Malabar
After the Malabar Coast, another important boundary
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Victory
One of the brands used by those of the Outer Party
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Ogilvy
After Comrade Ogilvy, whom Winston writes about as a hero
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Rally
One method of the Party's propaganda
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Spies
Literal spies looking to foil rebels
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Propa
As in propaganda, a main theme of the book
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Vapor
As in vaporize, what happens to an "unperson"
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Orange
As in Oranges and Lemons, the English nursery rhyme referenced in the book
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Lemon
As in Oranges and Lemons, the classic English nursery rhyme

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