Recess: School's Out Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

During its heyday (1997-2001), Recess was one of the most popular cartoons on television and for good reason. It not only encapsulated the trials of the average kid in their elementary school years, but thanks to a varied cast of characters from all walks of life, was able to attain a level of reliability few young adult shows had before. Of course, it didn’t hurt that much of writing was also geared towards an older audience who understood its deeper references, strengthening its overall appeal. And since the franchise had as many unique names as they did characters, in both the series and film, Recess: School’s Out, it provides the perfect fodder for playful dog names.

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Recess: School's Out Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Coming up with the perfect Recess: School’s Out inspired dog name isn’t going to be easy, but it’s certainly easier than saving the world from the evil plots of adults or changing the moon's orbit. To simplify the process, we suggest creating a short list of your dog’s most prominent traits to use a reference point when comparing them to our names and descriptions below. 

For instance, if your dog is particularly bold or sassy, the names Ash, Funicello and Spinelli would all be great fits. If they are large but gentle and kind, the names Mikey and Blumberg would be solid choices. If they are particularly athletic, then Vince, Pierre and LaSalle would all be suitable. If they are more of the authoritarian type, keeping you or other dogs in order with sharp barks, the names Muriel and Finster would be appropriate selections.

Of course, there are plenty of ways you can go from naming them after a similar looking character, playing off of a character’s name or personality traits, digging into a character’s history or even just naming them after a favorite, so keep your mind as free as recess and have fun playing the naming game, since there’s no reason not to. 

Male Recess: School's Out Inspired Dog Names

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Theodore
After T.J. Detweiler, Theodore being his rarely used given name
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Jasper
T.J.'s middle name
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Detweiler
After the Detweiler family, who all play their roles in the film
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Mikey
After Mikey Blumberg, the large but kind voice of the group
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Grundler
After Gretchen Grundler, the group's kid-genius
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Gus
After Gus Griswald, AKA "the new kid" in the tv series
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Griswald
After Gus Griswald, the somewhat meek but intelligent member
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Benedict
After Dr. Phillium Benedict, voiced by James Woods
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Fenwick
After Professor Fenwick, who is in on the evil plot
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Grotke
After Miss Grotke, the kindhearted teacher
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Mort
After Mort Chalk, a minor character in the film
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Lawson
After Erwin Lawson, the 5th and 6th grade bully
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King
After King Bob, the ruler of the playground and recess
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Hustler
After the aptly named Hustler Kid
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Francis
After Francis the Hustler Kid, who deals various kids' goods discreetly at school
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Hector
The kindergartner also referred to as "pajama kid"
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Butch
The playground kid who routinely delivers scary stories and bad news
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Coach
After the kind and encouraging Coach Kluge
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Jerome
Part of King Bob's entourage
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Weems
After Randall Weems, the teacher's pet
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Orbit
As in the moon's orbit, which the adults plot to change for good
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Germain
One of the main writers and creators of Recess
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Pierre
Vince's middle name
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Patton
Gus' middle name
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Pitch
As in the pitch that destroys the tractor beam's core
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Gustav
Gus' real first name
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Ash
As in Ashley Spinelli
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Diablo
As in "El Diablo" the nickname Gus received in dodgeball before giving it up
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Whomps
One of T.J.'s catch phrases
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Galileo
Gretchen's talking handheld computer

Female Recess: School's Out Inspired Dog Names

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LaSalle
After Vince LaSalle, the athletic one of the group
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Menlo
The organization-obsessed nerdy know-it-all
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Spinelli
After Ashley Spinelli, the group's tomboy
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Muriel
After Muriel Finster, the authoritative assistant teacher
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Finster
After Muriel Finster, the former Navy commodore-turned-teacher
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Phillium
After Dr. Phillium Benedict, the leader of the adults
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Harriet
After Lunchlady Harriet
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Irma
After Lunchlady Irma
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Lemon
After Ms. Lemon, the cranky school receptionist
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Sticky
After Captain Sticky, the wild leader of the Kindergarteners
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Flo
Spinelli's mom
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Yamashiro
After Mr. Yamashiro, the teacher that lives in the teacher's lounge
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Chalk
After Mort Chalk, the character who looks nearly identical to his voice actor, Charles Kimbrough
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Gordy
The freckled and curly-haired playground kid
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Camp
Where most of the other students get shipped off to for summer in the film
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Summer
The most important time of the year for kids both on and off the show
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Beam
As in tractor beam, used in the adults' evil plot
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Recess
The best part of the school day and title
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Walkie
As in Walkie Talkies, an often-used form of communication between the kids
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Talkie
As in Walkie Talkies, a popular and useful toy in the series and film
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Perigee
As in the lunar perigee, part of the plot to erase summer
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Luna
As in lunar, referring to the moon, an important celestial body in the film
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Moon
The body the adults plan to manipulate
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Sheetz
After Chuck Sheetz, the film's director
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Funicello
Spinelli's middle name
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Priscilla
Gretchen's middle name
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Ninja
Part of the adults' support team
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Adlon
After Pamela Adlon, the timeless voice and screen actor
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Goulet
After Robert Goulet, who is Mikey's singing voice in the movie
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Tender
An iconic catch phrase from the series and movie

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