Rushmore Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When it comes to cult classic directors, few hold more weight than the famed Wes Anderson. Now over 25 years into his career, he’s created a style all his own with masterful results complete with worldwide fanfare. While he may be quirky, there’s little denying his filmmaking prowess, much of which came to fruition with his second film, Rushmore. It not only marked a turning point in his career but was widely accepted as a work of art, soon escalating into film history after being selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. Thanks to its brilliant writing and better yet, fantastic cast of characters, Rushmore makes for the perfect dog-naming fodder for fans and appreciators alike.

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Rushmore Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When attempting to come up with the best Rushmore inspired name, it’s best to first put together a list of your dog’s most defining traits, from their looks to their quirks and personality, as this list will act as the easiest comparative tool when scrolling through our roster of names and descriptions. With any luck, something should pop out at you.

For instance, if you have a pair of dogs that tend to act like brats (but at least in a humorous way), the names Ronny and Donny would be great matches. If your dog is intelligent but a bit vindictive, the names Max and Fischer would be good. If your dog is a bit of a trouble maker, then the names Magnus and Buchan would be suitable. If they are constantly buzzing around you or have a hard timing stopping when running at full speed, the names Bee and Brakes would be funny picks. 

There are plenty of directions you can go from iconic one-liners to something about a character’s deep-seated background and beyond, so do yourself a favor and follow Wes Anderson’s model: don’t be afraid to be creative. Chances are if you find something suitable, its meaning will be clear to you (and with any luck other fans), which is what matters most.

Male Rushmore Inspired Dog Names

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Seymour
After Seymour Cassel, who played Max's father
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Mendel
After Barry Mendel, one of the film's producers
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Webster
After "The Webster Smalley School for Girls" where Rosemary goes to work
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Jacques
After Jacques Henri Lartigue, whose photography inspired Anderson
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Murray
After acting legend Bill Murray, who played Herman Blume
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Schwartz
After Jason Schwartzman, who debuted in the film
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Yeoman
After Robert Yeoman, the film's cinematographer
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Wilson
After Owen Wilson, a close friend and writing partner of Wes Anderson
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Owen
After Owen Wilson, who also helped to write the film
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Anderson
After Wes Anderson, who wrote and directed the film, as one of his first
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Wes
After Wes Anderson, the film's director
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Lamar
After L.B. Lamar High School, one of the filming locations
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Cleveland
After Grover Cleveland High School, a prominent movie location
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Grover
After Grover Cleveland High School, Max's second school
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40 Ounce
A senior at Grover Cleveland who acts in one of Max's plays at GC
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Woody
Part of Max's entourage at Grover Cleveland
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Willie
The larger kid who plays opposite Serpico's character in Max's play
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Burnum
The guy who plays Frank Serpico
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O'Reilly
One of Max's three characters in his play
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Ernie
The foreman Herman discusses the giant aquarium with
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Donny
After Donny Blume, Herman's obnoxious son
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Beck
After the character Coach Beck
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Flynn
After Dr. Peter Flynn, played by Luke Wilson
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Magnus
After Magnus Buchan, the school's bully
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Dirk
After Dirk Calloway, Max's friend
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Guggenheim
After Dr. Guggenheim, the private school's headmaster
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Nelson
After Nelson Guggenheim, better known as Dr. Guggenheim
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Bert
After Bert Fischer, Max's father
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Herman
After Herman Blume, the industrialist who befriends Fischer
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Max
After Max Fischer, the film's main protagonist

Female Rushmore Inspired Dog Names

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Gamble
After Mason Gamble, who plays Dirk Calloway
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Cassel
After Seymour Cassel, the tenured actor who plays Bert Fischer
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Schiff
After Paul Schiff, who helped produce the movie
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Cousteau
After Jacques Cousteau, whose influence on Anderson first shows in Rushmore
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Smalley
After Webster Smalley, a professor at the University of Texas where Wilson and Anderson attended
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Lartigue
After Jacques Herni Latrigue, a photo prodigy who influenced Rushmore imagery
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Davies
After Dave Davies of The Kinks, who Anderson wanted to comprise most of the soundtrack
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Dahl
After Roald Dahl, who inspired Anderson and Wilson when writing the film
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Bentley
An important car in the film
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Mothersbaugh
After Mark Mothersbaugh, who did music for the film
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Roth
After Joe Roth, who offered the first budget for the movie
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Barber
Max's dad's vocation; also where Max goes when depressed
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Brake
What Max cuts on Herman's car
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Bee
What Max puts in Herman's hotel room
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Houston
Where the film takes place
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Rushmore
After the film's title
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Littlejeans
The groundskeeper who says the classic line "Best play all year, man."
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Fritz
After the character Coach Fritz
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Whitney
After Mrs. Whitney, one of Max's teachers at Grover Cleveland
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Fields
O'Reilly's partner in Max's play
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Obiomiwe
After minor character Mr. Obiomiwe
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Ronny
After Ronny Blume, one of Herman's bratty sons
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Buchan
After Magnus Buchan, the private school's resident trouble maker
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Yang
After Margaret Yang, whom Max eventually grows to like
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Margaret
After Margaret Yang, who tries to befriend Max at his new school
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Calloway
After Dirk Calloway, who discovers the relationship between Herman and Rosemary
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Cross
After Rosemary Cross, who unknowingly turns Max and Herman against each other
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Rosemary
After Rosemary Cross, the teacher both main characters fall for
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Blume
After Herman Blume, played by the legendary Bill Murray
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Fischer
After Max Fischer, who happened to be Jason Schwartzman's debut role

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