Planet of the Apes Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When it comes to science fiction, few films have stood on the same ethical ground as Planet of the Apes. Since its inception as a French book that turned into a massive franchise, the series has not only provided significant entertainment with excellent technical execution in every iteration, the series has also garnered critical acclaim for its handling of everything from racial to animal rights issues and even takes a top down view of Cold War mentalities. Complete with a fantastic cast of characters with names as unique as those they title, the Planet of the Apes series makes for the perfect dog-naming fodder. 

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Planet of the Apes Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to come up with a well-suited Planet of the Apes inspired name for your dog, the easiest approach is to start by making a list of your dog’s most defining traits, from their looks and personality to their individual quirks. That way you’ll have a shortcut when comparing them to those on our list. 

For instance, if your dog is often looking to help, no matter who approaches them, then a name like Maurice would certainly be suitable. If they’re particularly smart, then the name Virgil would be an easy choice. If your dog happens to be the leader of a group or easily takes leadership in general, then the names Caesar or Milo would be solid picks. If they’re both benevolent and intelligent, then the names Zira and Cornelius would be reasonable options. 

Of course, there are plenty of ways you can go outside of personality as well. If you have a dog that happens to resemble one of the many characters, you can always take that route as well. If you’re having any trouble, don’t hesitate to re-watch any of the films as a refresher, or try isolating your favorite iteration before you start down the naming path to help limit your options. 

Male Planet of the Apes Inspired Dog Names

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Caesar
The leader and eventual ruler of the apes
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Milo
The name Caesar was born with
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Aldo
The general of the Gorilla Militia and main antagonist of Battle
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Armando
The circus-owning human friend of Cornelius and Zira
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Breck
After Governor Breck, the main antagonist of Conquest
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Cornelius
After Dr. Cornelius, the chimp anthropologist and fiancé to Zira
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Otto
After Dr. Otto Hasslein, the main antagonist of Escape
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Lawgiver
An orangutan with a nearly mythical identity, who acts as the colony's great mind
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MacDonald
After Mr. MacDonald, a government hand to several members
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Mandemus
The elderly pacifistic orangutan
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Maximus
After Dr. Maximus, the Commissioner for Animal Affairs
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Mendez
The human mutant from a long line of leaders
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Virgil
The orangutan genius who acts as a theoretical thinker and scientist in Battle
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Zaius
After Dr. Zauis, the Minister of Science and Defender of the Faith
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Davidson
After Captain Leo Davidson, the Air Force astronaut in the '01 remake
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Dodge
After Dodge Landon, the malicious secondary antagonist in Rise
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Malcolm
The leader of the group that backed Caesar
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Rodman
After Charles Rodman, the father of Will Rodman whose Alzheimer's spawned much of the franchise storyline
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Werner
An ally of Dreyfus in Dawn
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Maurice
Caesar's benevolent orangutan advisor
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Luca
The virtuous lowland gorilla who operates under Caesar
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McCullough
After Colonel McCullough, who aims to wipe Caesar out
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Boyle
The ape-racist human solider
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Simian
Relating to apes or monkeys
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Ape
The title species of the franchise
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Bonobo
A type of simian that embodies several characters in the franchise
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Pierre
After Pierre Boulle, the original writer/creator of the Planet of the Apes
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Schaffner
After Franklin Schaffner, the original film's director
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Charlton
After Charlton Heston, who has some of the most iconic lines in the original film
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Heston
After Charlton Heston, who plays Taylor

Female Planet of the Apes Inspired Dog Names

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Genesys
After the experimental Gene Sys pharmaceutical company
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Hasslein
After Dr. Otto Hasslein, the physicist associated with the space flight that sends astronauts to the ape planet
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Kolp
The government official and main antagonist of Battle
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Landon
After John Landon, one of the three astronauts to land on the ape planet
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Skipper
The American astronaut who leads the rescue mission in Beneath
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Nova
The primitive girl captured by the apes
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Taylor
After George Taylor, the central astronaut to the original film
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Ursus
After the Gorilla General Ursus, one of the main antagonists of Beneath
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Zira
The chimp psychologist and vet, fiancé to Dr. Cornelius
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Veska
A one-eyed, pragmatic chimp from the television series
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Thade
After General Thade, the often brutal leader and antagonist of the 2001 remake
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Ari
The idealistic ape daughter of Senator Sandar
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Attar
After Colonel Attar, the leader of the Ape Armies in the remake
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Dreyfus
The leader of the human resistance and an antagonist in Dawn
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Koba
The resentful scarred bonobo who was experimented on in Rise and Dawn
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Rocket
Caesar's brother who holds second in command
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Cornelia
Caesar's wife
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Blue Eyes
Caesar's oldest son
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Red
The gorilla traitor to Caesar
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Winter
The albino gorilla who mistakenly betrays Caesar
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Spear
A common chimp enslaved by the Colonel
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Lake
Blue Eyes' mate
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Preacher
A human solider
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Gorilla
The largest and strongest of the simians
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Chimp
One of the most commonly intelligent species of the franchise (and real life)
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Boulle
After French author Pierre Boulle, who came up with The Planet of the Apes
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Wilson
After Michael Wilson, who helped to adapt the screenplay
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Serling
After Rod Serling, who co-wrote the original film's screenplay
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Galen
The chimp surgeon from the original film
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Bright Eyes
What Zira originally names Taylor

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