Popeye the Sailor Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

In the grand scheme of legendary comic book and cartoon characters, few have held as much tenure, let alone fanfare, as Popeye, the spinach-guzzling strongman sailor. Outside of the comics he appeared in as far back as 1929, originally titled Thimble Theatre, he and the characters from his universe have appeared in nearly every form of media, including cartoons, films, arcade and video games, and even advertisements, cementing his place in history with numerous remakes. But beyond Popeye himself, the best part of his legacy is the massive roster of characters he’s surrounded by at every turn, all of which make for a fantastic selection of potential dog names.

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Popeye the Sailor Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When attempting to come up with an appropriate Popeye the Sailor inspired name, the best approach is to create a list of your dog’s most defining features from their appearance to their personality and even their quirks, as these will be the easiest points of reference to work from when running down our list. 

For instance, if your dog is particularly muscular, naming them after a burly Popeye character such as Bruto (or Blutessa for female dogs), Brutus, Ox and Champ would all be great picks. If they’re a big fan of spinach or other leafy greens (or just eat a lot of grass), then Popeye would certainly be suitable. For dogs that are particularly trim, just about any member of the Oyl family would be a good choice. If they’re a bit of a vulture and like to steal food, the name Bernard would be an ideal fit.

There are plenty of directions you can go with the naming process, from simply choosing a favorite character to matching their looks or habits with a character from one of many iterations. If you need any inspiration, find your favorite version, watch or read as much as you can and make a list of your own!

Male Popeye the Sailor Inspired Dog Names

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Popeye
The spinach-gobbling strongman sailor
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Axle
The fatherly robot from early Popeye comics
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Barney
After Barney Google, the well-to-do investor type from Popeye comics
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Bernard
The sea hag's pet vulture
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Blast
After Bertha Blast, the female army sergeant from Private Olive Oyl
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Chief
After Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh, chief of a Native American tribe in Popeye episodes
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Barnacle
After Bill Barnacle, Popeye's friend and fellow sailor
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Billy
After Billy Boop and Billy the Kid, the prior, Betty's younger brother, the latter a hungry goat
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Bluto
One of the main antagonists in the Popeye universe
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Bruiser
After the Bruiser Boys Club, a group of troublemakers
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Brutus
Bluto's antagonistic replacement
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Bullo
After Bullo Oxheart, also known as Ox or Oxblood Oxheart
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Oxheart
After Bullo "Ox" Oxheart, the massive boxer who fights Popeye
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Burlo
The corrupt sea captain and enemy of Popeye
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Strong
After Captain Strong, who was created as a parody of Popeye
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Davy
After Davy Jones, the cartoon depiction of the old pirate/ghost
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Dufus
After Dufus Jones, the son of Popeye's family friend Pooky Jones
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Bunzo
After General Bunzo, the treacherous military leader
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Ham
After Ham Gravy, Olive Oyl's first fiancé
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Wellington
After J. Wellington Wimpy, better known as Wimpy, who loves hamburgers
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Sappo
After one of several Sappos from the early comics
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Woody
Popeye Junior's best friend in the 1980s cartoon
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Lummox
The gentle Icelandic giant
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Mervin
After Mervin M. Mouser, the head of the Spinachovian Secret Service
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Grimsby
After Morbid Grimsby, the main antagonist from Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter
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Otis
After Otis O. Otis, the detective who warms Popeye about the Sea Hag
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Otto
After Otto Oyl, Olive's uncle
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Pearl
After Possum Pearl, the antagonist with a similar build to Plutof
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Sherm
The Dennis the Menace-like character that preceded Sappo
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Tank
Popeye Junior's main rival
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Champ
The giant boxer who faces Popeye

Female Popeye the Sailor Inspired Dog Names

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Olive
After Olive Oyl, Popeye's high-voiced love interest
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Alice
After Alice the Goon, one of few female Goons of the tribe
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Bellum
After Auntie Bellum, Olive Oyl's wealthy late aunt
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Cam
The free-spirited, fun-loving robot son from the early Popeye comics
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Bullony
After B. Looney Bullony, the humorless cartoonist Popeye and Olive hire for their newspaper
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Snuffy
After Snuffy Smith, the hootin' and hollerin' hillbilly from Popeye comics
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Beetle
After Beetle Bailey, who is one of few other cartoons to have overlap with Popeye
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Bailey
After Beetle Bailey, who was featured in several Popeye comics
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Bernice
After Bernice the Whiffle Bird, one of the earliest characters in the Popeye universe
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Cheese
After the Big Cheese, former king of the moon and a giant wheel of cheese
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Pygmy
After the big-eared pygmy people featured in a few Popeye episodes
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Squid
After Bill Squid, a sailor friend of both Bill Barnacle and Popeye
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Boop
One of several Boop characters like Betty, who crossover into Popeye's world
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Blutessa
Bluto's girlfriend
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Bolo
The strongman hired by the Sea Hag
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Boola
A muscular two-headed giant with a Yiddish accent
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Meno
After Captain Meno, the explorer and treasure hunter
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Swee'Pea
Popeye and Olive's baby
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Deezil
After Deezil Oyl, Olive's bratty niece
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Dunders
The dirty and caveman-like tribe
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Geezil
After George W. Geezil, the cobbler with the long trench coat and beard
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Gravy
After Harold Hamgravy, the get-rich-quick slacker
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Hortensia
The large cow Wimpy falls in love with
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Jeep
The magical dog, Eugene the Jeep
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Kid
After one of several "Kids" including Kabbage and Klutch
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Mouser
After Mervin M. Mouser, a prominent detective
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Chizzel
After Mr. Chizzleflint, the greedy man who aimed to control animal powers
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Percy
After Percy the Polite Dragon, the highly-intelligent talking dragon
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Shorty
The bespectacled Navy officer

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