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Introduction

If you’re going to give your dog a Jack Kerouac influenced name, there’s little doubt why it would come from On the Road, as it is not only considered one of his greatest works, but a huge influence on American/English literature as well. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s wrought with a significant number of outstanding characters, both real and fictional, each of which has their own unique quirks and anecdotes to work with during the brainstorming portion of the process. So if you’re looking to forever stamp your dog with a title from one of history’s great literary minds, giving them an On the Road inspired name might be the perfect way to go. 

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On the Road Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Especially when approaching a work like On the Road, which boasts tons of rich characters, anecdotes, quotes, and events, there is certainly a lot to consider in terms of direction. A great place to start is by picking out elements that speak to you most in the book, such as any listed above, as well as standout features of your dog, such as their breed type, looks, and personality. Of course, if your favorite aspect is the man himself, you can always use the names Jack, Kerouac, Sal, and Paradise, but if you’re looking to go a bit deeper, here are a few ideas. 

Personality is one of the easiest ways to go, as most characters had distinct characteristics in the book (and of course, in real life as well). If you have a dog that tends to be a bit wild and rambunctious, Neal, Cassidy, and Moriarty are great ways to go, as Cassidy himself was known to be a bit of a wildcard. If they’re a little slow (or happen to actually be a Dunkel breed), then Ed or Dunkel would be great choices. If they are a bit more serious and intolerant of the craziness of others (or the “artsy” types), then Roland or Major would be more appropriate. 

Whatever you choose, don’t hesitate to re-read the book if you haven’t already recently, as you may find the perfect quote, character, or anecdote to cement your dog name ideas. 

Male On the Road Inspired Dog Names

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Jack
After Jack Kerouac, writer of On the Road
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Kerouac
After Jack Kerouac, the famous poet and beatnik writer
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Bull
After Old Bull Lee, Sal's longtime friend
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Lee
After Old Bull Lee, who Kerouac molded after fellow writer and friend William S. Burroughs
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Ray
After Ray Lee, modeled after William S. Burroughs, Jr.
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Damion
After the character named Damion, modeled after Kerouac's friend, writer, and editor Lucien Carr
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Dean
After Dean Moriarty, one of Sal's close friends in On the Road
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Moriarty
After character Dean Moriarty, who was modeled after Kerouac's close friend, Neal Cassidy
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Marx
After character Carlo Marx, who Kerouac modeled after famed poet Allen Ginsberg
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Elmer
After character Elmer Hassel or true-life character Herbert Huncke
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Slim
After the character "Big Slim"
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Hazard
After William Holmes "Big Slim" Hazard, known in real life as William Holmes "Big Slim" Hubbard
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Bettencourt
After characters Rita and Mary Bettencourt, known as Ruth and Helen Gullion in real life
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Rawlins
After the Rawlinses, Babe and Ray, who were actually Beverly and Bob in real life
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Rocco
After Rocca, Kerouac's real life brother-in-law Paul Blake
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Dunkel
After Ed Dunkel, who is a bit of a dullard but a loyal friend of Sal's
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Roland
After character Roland Major, the fictional version of critic and writer Allan Temko
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Major
After Roland Major, Sal's snobby and refined friend in Denver
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Hingham
After Hingham, Sal's shy, family-man, writer friend in Tucson
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Victor
After Victor, the polite Mexican man who acts as Sal and Dean's guide in Gregoria
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Burroughs
After William S. Burroughs, one of Kerouac's good friends who is named Old Bull Lee in On the Road
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Carr
After Lucien Carr, whom Kerouac tried to stowaway on a ship to France with
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Neal
After Neal Cassidy, one of Kerouac's closest friends in real life
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Franco
After Bea Franco, the pretty Mexican girl who Sal spends two weeks with and is partially in love with
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Gray
After character Tim Gray, Sal's friend in Denver
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Gregorio
After character Gregorio, whose name was Victor in real life
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King
After character Chad King, known in real life as Hal Chase
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Chase
After Hal Chase, a real friend of Kerouac's and an anthropology major from Denver
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Vollmer
After Joan Vollmer, the most prominent female member of the Beat Generation; named Jane Lee in the book
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Holmes
Ian MacArthur's real life counterpart, who was a very close friend of Kerouac's, known as "the quiet beat"

Female On the Road Inspired Dog Names

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Sal
After Sal Paradise, the main character in the book who Kerouac modeled after himself
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Paradise
After Sal Paradise, On the Road's protagonist and narrator
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Rollo
After Rollo Greb, who Kerouac modeled after Alan Ansen, Dean Moriarty's hero
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Dodie
After the character Dodie Lee, who was modeled after Julie Burroughs
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Sam
After character Sam Brady, who was actually Neal Cassidy's cousin but renamed like the rest of the character for the book
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Brady
After Sam Brady, who is the antithesis of Dean Moriarty; settles more as Dean gets wilder
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Camille
After Camille, Dean's second wife who lives in San Francisco with their kids
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Joanie
After the character Joanie Moriarty
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Carlo
After Carlo Marx, one of Sal and Dean's closest friends
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Hassel
After Elmer Hassel, who Kerouac modeled after Herbert Huncke, the writer credited with coining "the Beat Generation"
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Rita
After character Rita Bettencourt
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Babe
After Babe Rawlins, the sister of the brother/sister friend duo
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Remi
After Remi Boncœur, a French thief and gambler but generous friend of Sal's
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Galatea
After Galatea Dunkel, Ed's new, not-as-friendly wife
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Ponzo
After the character Ponzo, Terry and Rickey's manure-selling friend
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Ansen
After Alan Ansen, whose name is changed to Rollo Greb in On the Road
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Cassidy
After Neal Cassidy, who is named Dean Moriarty in the book, but was a wild and adventurous soul on paper and in real life
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Bea
After Bea Franco, the real life version of On the Road's Terry, one of Sal's companions
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Rhoda
After character Rhoda, who was fictionalized as the character Mona
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Marylou
After Dean' first wife Marylou, the blonde from Denver
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Kells
After Kells Elvins, the real life version of the character Dale from On the Road
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Ginger
After Ginger Chase, who was fictionalized into the character Peaches in On the Road
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Peaches
After Peaches, whose "little shoulders" drove Sal mad
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Kozera
After Beatrice Kozera, aka Bea Franco, the real name of Terry
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Lucien
After Lucien Carr, fictionalized as Damion, who was actually charged with murder after being attacked by a friend
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Haverty
After Joan Haverty, who eventually became Joan Kerouac, Jack's wife
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Terry
After the character Terry, aka subject of "The Mexican Girl", the story that helped get On the Road published
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Clellon
After John Clellon Holmes, known as Ian MacArthur in the book, who was an author, poet, professor
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Gullion
After Ruth and Helen Gullion, the real life version of the Bettencourts
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Inez
Dean's third wife, described as a sexy brunette from New York

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