Sybil Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

The book Sybil by Flora Rheta Schrieber and subsequent movie starring Sally Field as Sybil and Joanne Woodward as her therapist Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur was a significant story for the psychiatric profession. The book was written as a true story, and while the actual person that it was based on, Shirley Ardell Mason, eventually admitted that many of her behaviors were designed as tools to keep her beloved therapist happy, the book had a profound effect on the psychiatric community of the time and it caused a drastic upsurge in the number of patients diagnosed with the rare disorder that was then known as Multiple Personality disorder.

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Sybil Inspired Dog Name Considerations

There are many great names available for your canine companion and it can be a challenge to choose exactly the right one for your particular pooch. A name that is easy for you and your household to pronounce clearly can help your dog to connect the name to themselves, and one that is distinct from other commands will help your dog to differentiate the two. Books and movies are a popular source of inspiration for dog names, and Sybil is both. The book was something different than anything else at the time, and it changed the way that people looked at the practice of psychoanalysis, and the movie not only reinforced the issue, but it also highlighted the intense emotional range that actress Sally Field was capable of. 

Some people may choose a name based on the characters of the movie, such as Lynn for the doctor who first recommended that Sybil talk to a therapist, or Frieda after Sybil's stepmother, or they may even choose one of Sybil's personalities, like Sid for a dependable dog or Vanessa for a dog that loves music. Others may choose to honor the people involved with the book or movie, such as producers Jacqueline Babbin, Philip Capice, or Peter Dunne, or after specific places or objects that are mentioned, such as Mankato University, Dodge for Dodge City, Minnesota, or Willow for Willow Corners.

Male Sybil Inspired Dog Names

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Alan
Leonard Rosenmann and Alan Bergmann earned a Primetime Emmy for their musical score
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Columbia
Shirley was a teacher and student at Columbia University when she met Dr. Wilbur
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Daniel
The movie with Sally Field was directed by Daniel Petrie
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Danny
Sybil’s best friend who moves away in childhood
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Dodge
Shirley Mason was born in Dodge City, MN
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Herbert
Herbert Spiegel was a psychiatrist who concluded that Dr. Wilbur encouraged her patient to falsely display multiple personalities
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Hudson
Sybil attempts to throw herself into the Hudson River, but Vicky prevents it
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Leonard
Leonard Rosenmann and Alan Bergmann earned a Primetime Emmy for their musical score
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Lexington
Shirley Mason lived in Lexington, KY in her later years
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Lynn
In the book, Dr. Lynn Hall was Hattie’s doctor who referred Sybil to Dr. Wilbur
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Mankato
Shirley Mason enrolled in Mankato University after graduating high school
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Matthew
Richard Loomis’s young son is named Matthew
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Mike
One of Sybil’s male personalities, aggressive and fanatical
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Ontoniel
Ontoniel Flores was the family doctor who performed a traumatic tonsillectomy on Shirley Mason
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Patrick
Patrick Suraci was the author of the book SYBIL: in her own words
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Peabody
The movie with Sally Field earned a Peabody award
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Peter
The 1976 movie was produced by Jacqueline Babbin, Philip Capice, and Peter Dunne
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Philip
The 1976 movie was produced by Jacqueline Babbin, Philip Capice, and Peter Dunne
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Picnic
Sybil hits a turning point at a picnic with Dr. Wilbur
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Purple
Sybil considers purple to be the color of her anger
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Aubrey
Willard’s father was identified as Aubrey Dorsett
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Ramon
A co-worker that Sybil dates
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Richard
Richard Loomis is Sybil’s neighbor and boyfriend
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Rio
Shirley also taught at the Rio Grande College in the 1970s
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Robert
Professor emeritus for John Jay College of Criminal Justice Robert Rieber concluded that Dr. Wilbur's claims were false
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Sid
One of Sybil’s male personalities, a dependable carpenter and builder
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Stewart
Stewart Stern earned a Primetime Emmy for his writing contribution to the film
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Walter
Shirley Mason’s father was Walter Mason
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Willard
Sybil’s father; a well-respected businessman
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Winston
Hattie’s father was identified as Winston Anderson

Female Sybil Inspired Dog Names

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Aileen
Hattie’s mother was identified as Aileen Anderson
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Ann
One of Sybil’s personalities, Sybil Ann is listless and depressed to the point of catatonia
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Blonde
One of Sybil’s personalities, a perpetually optimistic teenager
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Capri
The cat Sybil and Teddy share their apartment with
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Clara
One of Sybil’s personalities, a religious child who is highly critical of Sybil herself
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Cornelia
Sybil is being treated by Dr. Cornelia Wilber in the story
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Easter
Peggy becomes distressed when Vanessa starts singing Easter Parade
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Flora
The author of the book Sybil is Flora Rheta Schreiber
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Freida
Freida Dorsett is Sybil’s stepmother
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Hattie
Sybil’s mother is identified as Hattie Dorsett
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Helen
One of Sybil’s personalities, depressed and fearful but ambitious
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Jacqueline
The 1976 movie was produced by Jacqueline Babbin, Philip Capice, and Peter Dunne
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Jessie
A live-in maid that stayed with the Dorsetts for six years
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Joanne
Joanne Woodward played the role of Dr. Wilbur in the 1976 movie
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Marcia
One of Sybil’s personalities, highly creative with emotional extremes
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Marjorie
One of Sybil’s personalities, vivacious and intellectual
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Mary
One of Sybil’s personalities, an old woman modeled on Sybil’s paternal grandmother, Mary
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Mattie
Shirley Mason’s mother was Martha “Mattie” Mason
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Nancy
One of Sybil’s personalities, fearful and intensely religious
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Omaha
Shirley Mason met Dr. Wilbur in Omaha, Nebraska
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Peggy Ann
One of Sybil’s personalities, an angry bur fearful three-year-old
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Peggy Lou
One of Sybil’s personalities, an angry and aggressive three-year-old
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Ruthie
One of Sybil’s personalities, an infant
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Sally
Sally Field earned a Primetime Emmy for her portrayal of Sybil
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Shirley
Sybil was based on Dr. Cornelia Wilber’s patient, Shirley Ardell Mason
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Sybil
The titular character of the book and subsequent movie is named Sybil Isabel Dorsett
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Teddy
Sybil’s roommate in 1955
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Vanessa
One of Sybil’s personalities, artistic, dramatic, and finds joy in playing the piano
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Vicky
One of Sybil’s personalities, a sophisticated French girl who stores Sybil’s memories
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Willow
Sybil was said to be born in Willow Corners

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