Rango Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For anyone who loves animals, animated features or plain old creative stories, Rango is one of the most entertaining in recent memory. Headlined by the likes of Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher, the film follows the story of a pet chameleon who gets accidentally abandoned in the desert. Although the story is both fun and fantastic, the true highlight has to be the ultra-imaginative cast of characters, who, outside of being regular animals of the Mojave, have personalities that go far beyond your average desert dwellers. Best of all, for our purposes, they all come with names to match, making Rango the perfect place to derive a great dog name from. 

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Rango Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Finding a suitable Rango inspired dog name isn’t hard, but without some direction you may be left high and dry just like the chameleon himself. We suggest starting by putting together a list of your dog’s most defining traits, whether that’s their looks, quirks or overall personality, as it will be the easiest point of comparison to draw from.

For instance, if your dog happens to be the strong but silent type, then the names Spirit and West, after the Eastwood-inspired “the spirit of the west/man with no name” character, would be perfectly suitable. If your dog is always swooping in on toys, playmates or other animals, Hawk may be a better option. If their bodily functions are almost always apparent, then the name Spoons would be a solid option. If they have one bad ear, then maybe Doc would be appropriate. If they always act like they’re going crazy, then Lars (or Hunter) would be an ideal choice. If your dog is prone to random outbursts, then Waffles would be a fantastic fit. 

There are plenty of directions you can go and given the number of characters that exist within the context of the film, you should have no shortage of naming options. 

Male Rango Inspired Dog Names

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Rango
The protagonist; a pet chameleon lost in the desert
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Roadkill
The armadillo searching for "the spirit of the west"
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Rattlesnake
After Rattlesnake Jake, the evil gunslinger
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Jake
After Rattlesnake Jake, the dangerous local troublemaker
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Balthazar
The bank robber mole
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Bad Bill
The outlaw Gila monster
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West
As in the old west, where the story takes place
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Doc
After the doctor who is a rabbit
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Lucky
Voiced by the timeless Maile Flanagan
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Cletus
After Boo Cletus, voiced by Alanna Ubach
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Marrimack
The town's banker
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Gordy
The spring chicken who lives in Dirt
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Joad
After Papa Joad, voiced by James Ward Byrkit
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Murt
After Cousin Murt, who is voiced by one of the film's writers
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Buford
The Sonoran desert toad
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Elgin
The lynx/bobcat of Dirt
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Jedidiah
Balthazar's son
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Ezekiel
The lasso rodent
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Rockeye
The rock-looking toad
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Stump
One of Bad Bill's gang members
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Lenny
Voiced by Chris Parson
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Boseefus
A minor character with a fantastic name
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Hitch
Voiced by Lew Temple
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Crevice
Voiced by Gore Verbinski, the mastermind behind the movie
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Slim
The turkey vulture
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Mojave
The desert the movie takes place in
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Dirt
The name of the town most of the film happens in
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Drifter
What Rango is labeled as
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Hawk
One of the film's first antagonists
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Gore
After Gore Verbinski, who voiced several characters

Female Rango Inspired Dog Names

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Beans
A female desert iguana and Rango's love interest
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Priscilla
The "funny-looking" cactus mouse
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Tortoise
After Tortoise John, the conniving Mayor of Dirt
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Spirit
After the spirit of the west, aka "the man with no name"
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Boo
After Boo Cletus, the little raccoon boy
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Fresca
A minor character in Rango
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Daisy
After Miss Daisy, one of Alanna Ubach's many voices
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Ambrose
The burrowing owl
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Bird
After Wounded Bird, the Chihuahuan raven
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Waffles
The horned toad
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Angelique
The red fox and secretary of Dirt
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Maybelle
The gun-toting hillbilly rodent
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Flan
After Señor Flan, the accordion player
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Owl
One of the movie's many species, especially that of the Mariachis
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Elbows
The cat-like creature Rango brags to
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Bonnie
A minor character voiced by the famous Beth Grant
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Lasso
An important tool in the old west
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Hazel
After Hazel Moats, the prairie dog
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Moats
After Hazel Moats, who got her name from the western novel Wise Blood
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Kinski
The hunchback antelope jackrabbit
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Chorizo
Another member of Bad Bill's gang; a somewhat minor character with a great name
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Furgus
The aged old bird with the broom-style mustache
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Turley
After Sergeant Turley, the turkey
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Lupe
The violin player
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Melonee
A minor character voiced by Kym Whitley
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Spoons
The mouse prospector
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Gila
After the Gila monster character, a common desert lizard species
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Yucca
After the mystical moving yuccas, an important plot object
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Verbinski
After Gore Verbinski, the director, producer, and writer
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Byrkit
After James Ward Byrkit, who wrote and voiced many characters

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