Song of Solomon Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

While Toni Morrison is somewhat more well-known for her novel Beloved, Song of Solomon was an extremely important work of American literature and even aided in Morrison eventually being awarded a Nobel Prize for its cultural importance, composition and overall impact, thanks in no small part to the personality-rich characters who fill her work. Thanks to a thorough roster of locations, motifs and characters, the book offers potential dog-namers a fantastic list of options. Regardless of which direction you go, each one of them will help your dog stand out and find an identity, just like the characters and book did in their time.

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Song of Solomon Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to find an appropriate Song of Solomon inspired name, consider starting by making a list of your dog’s most strongest and most prominent traits, then comparing them to the characters on our list. For the sake of ease, it might also help to pull up a second or more in-depth list of characters and their personalities (as we only have so much room to include details). 

Since much of the characters' looks are based on scattered descriptions and imagination, it’s easiest to stick to their personalities when looking for a good name. For instance, if your dog absolutely loves milk (or at least did when they were young like Macon), then Macon or Milkman would be a good name. Dogs that are not fond of sweets or good protectors would be well-suited with the names Guitar and Bains. If your dog was a rescue and neglected by a previous family, then maybe Hagar would be a good fit. 

Of course, you don’t need to stick to just character names either. There are plenty of locations, themes, motifs and objects that have similar significance that you can draw parallels between as well, leaving you plenty of room to brainstorm. If nothing else, consider re-reading the book to re-familiarize yourself with all of the above. 

Male Song of Solomon Inspired Dog Names

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Macon
After Macon Dead Sr., Jr., and III, a family first name
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Milkman
Macon III's nickname he received after being breastfed too long
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Dead
The last name of the main family
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Junior
After Macon Dead Jr., Milkman's father
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Guitar
After Guitar Bains, Milkman's best friend
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Bains
After Guitar Bains, who justifiably has a long history of hate and rage
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Hagar
Milkman's oft-ignored lover
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Jake
After Macon Dead I, Milkman's grandfather, also known as Jake
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Foster
After Dr. Foster, a well-educated doctor
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Graham
After Michael-Mary Graham, Michigan's poet laureate
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Smith
After Robert Smith, the man who tries to fashion silk wings to fly
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Freddie
The town gossip who coins Milkman's nickname
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Solomon
Milkman's great-grandfather, who is a sign of liberation
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Henry
After Henry Porter, the drunken Seven Days member
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Porter
After Henry Porter, who lectures people from his window
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Omar
An elder of Shalimar who invites Milkman to go hunting
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Blueridge
After Susan Byrd, who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Long
After Grace Long, who loves gossip
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Reverend
After Reverend Cooper, a reverend and freight yard worker in Danville
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Cooper
After Reverend Cooper, a helpful and hospitable man to Milkman
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Danville
After Danville, Pennsylvania, an important location in the book
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Butler
After the Butler family, the thieving family whose greed has massive implications in the story
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Sugarman
The song that Pilate sings which has importance later in the story
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Bootlegger
One of Pilate's vocations
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Voodoo
What Pilate uses to threaten Milkman
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Gold
A common themed object in the story
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Michigan
The setting for part of the story
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Southside
The fictional city some of the story takes place in
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Railroad
After Railroad Tommy, the Seven Days member with the strange handshake
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Nero
One of the Seven Days members who climbs in the car Milkman recognizes

Female Song of Solomon Inspired Dog Names

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Toni
After Toni Morrison, the author of the book
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Morrison
After Toni Morrison, the multi-award-winning author, one of American history's greatest writers
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Pilate
Macon Jr.'s sister who was born without a navel
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Ruth
After Ruth Foster Dead, Milkman's mother
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Reba
Pilate's daughter and Hagar's mother
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First
After First Corinthians Dead, Milkman's worldly and passionate sister
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Corinthian
After Milkman's sister, who often tries to unify people
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Magdalene
After Magdalene Dead, another of Milkman's sisters
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Lena
Magdalene's nickname
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Circe
A maid to the Butler family and a guiding light to Milkman and the Dead family
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Odyssey
The origin of the name Circe, who plays a similar role in Song of Solomon
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Sing
After Singing Bird, Milkman's grandmother
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Ryna
After Milkman's great-grandmother, who goes insane after her husband leaves to go back to Africa
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Africa
Milkman's family homeland
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Sweet
The aptly-named lady of the night Milkman has an affair with
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Shalimar
After Shalimar, Virginia, where much of the story takes place
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Heddy
The Indian woman who raised Macon Dead I
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Byrd
After Susan Byrd, a relative of Milkman's who helps him on his path
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Grace
After Grace Long, Susan Byrd's flirtatious friend
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Seven
After The Seven Days, an eye-for-an-eye society
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Silk
The material Robert Smith uses to craft his failed wings
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Wings
An exceptionally symbolic motif throughout the story
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Mercy
The hospital in which Milkman is born and Robert Smith jumps from
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Navel
What Pilate is born without
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Peacock
A symbolic and individually interpreted bird in the story
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Amanuensis
The position First Corinthians is given under the poet laureate
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Medina
One of a few multicultural/Islamic references Morrison makes
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Bird
A symbolic animal throughout the story arc
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Suzie
After Susan Bird, but a cuter dog name than "Susan"
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Empire
After Empire State, a Seven Days member

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