The Big Lebowski Dog Names

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Introduction

For all of the great characters, moments, lines of dialogue, and overall comedic genius, there’s little wonder why anyone with a sense of humor wouldn’t want to give their dog a Big Lebowski inspired dog name. The cult classic has risen up the comedy ranks and has been praised by cinephiles and critics alike, leaving instant association with not only names like Dude, Donny, and Walter, but words like element and abide, forever tying them into their respective lines. Because of it, there is a full roster of great dog names to derive from it, ones that should immediately let anyone in the vicinity know that you likely have a sense of humor and aren’t afraid to show it — and neither is your dog.

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The Big Lebowski Dog Name Considerations

It’s already been established above that if you’re going this route, you probably have a good sense of humor, which is great, because then you have more to work with, as you’ll be less interested in giving your dog a common or socially ‘appropriate’ name instead of one that actually fits the pair of you. But if you want to be clever and find something that works on multiple levels, you might need to set the toe-n (tone) by starting with your dog’s personality and features. 

First, it needs to be stated that for the ultimate fans, Donny and Walter are top picks regardless, simply for the fact that using their names when reciting famous lines will be endlessly entertaining for you and others, most of which aren’t entirely appropriate to spell out here but can be used at your discretion elsewhere. 

After that, you’ve still got a ton to work with. You can always play on looks and for this film, you’ve got more than enough to choose from. For instance, if you have a Bearded Collie, Dude, Lebowski, and Bridges would be great choices while those with Afghan Hounds might tend to lean towards Jesus or Quintana. 

In terms of personality, you can always match your dog up with an appropriate character. If they always seem to be yelling at someone, Walter or Sobchak would be perfect, especially if they’re on the bigger side, while Bunny might be more appropriate for a ditsy dog. 

Of course, there are tons of ways to find deeper meaning in many of the names, so don’t be afraid to get creative to find something that matches or watch the film with your dog for inspiration. Regardless of what you choose, just know that if you finally settle on a Big Lebowski inspired name, the Dude abides.

Male The Big Lebowski Dog Names

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Dude
After "the Dude", the film's main character, Jeffrey "the Dude" Lebowski
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Walter
After Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman
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Lebowski
The last name that causes all the confusion and leads to the film's narrative
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Kerabatsos
After Donny Kerabatsos, the kind, quiet, low-key member of the bowling trio
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Brandt
The "Big" Lebowski's assistant
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Karl
After Karl Hungus, whose 'real name' in the movie is Uli Kunkel
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Hungus
The adult film pseudonym of nihilist Uli Kunke, Karl Hungus, who stars in Logjammin' with Bunny Lebowski
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Kieffer
The nihilist played by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Marty
After Marty, the Dude's landlord
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Jesus
After Jesus Quintana, the pederast bowler with hilariously inappropriate things to say
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Liam
After Liam, Quintana's bowling partner
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Knox
After Knox Harrington, the video artist
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Harrington
After Knox Harrington, the giggling friend of Maude Lebowski
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Gary
After Gary the bartender
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Treehorn
After the character Jackie Treehorn, the adult film producer and loan shark
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Bowler
A generic name for someone who bowls
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Joel
After Joel Coen, one of the film's writers and directors
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Ethan
After Ethan Coen, the other half of the film's writing and directing core
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Coen
The last name of the famous Coen brothers, who had written and directed a series of well-received movies
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Rugs
Outside of the name Lebowski, the rug is the catalyst to the film's narrative
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Duderino
The name the Dude offers as an alternate if the other Lebowski isn't one for brevity
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Element
A frequently used word in the film, normally spoken by Walter, saying "Donny, you are out of your element!"
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Nihilist
The trio that try to steal the Dude's/Walter's money/laundry
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Logjam
The shortened title of 'Logjammin', the adult film Bunny stars in with Karl Hungus
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Larry
After Larry Sellers, whom the Dude and Walter believe to have stolen the Dude's car
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Bagman
The term Walter and the Dude use to describe the guys who are going to make the money handoff with the nihilists
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Seamus
After the dated term 'brother Seamus', one used to describe a private eye
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Dowd
After Jeff 'the Dude' Dowd, whom the Dude was based on
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Thurston
The name of Cynthia's Pomeranian, the one Walter 'brings bowling'

Female The Big Lebowski Dog Names

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Sobchak
After the Dude's loud, eccentric, right-hand man and bowling partner
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Maude
After Maude Lebowski, the artist, who fills the Dude in on the rest of her family
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Donny
After Donny Kerabatsos, Walter's punching bag
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Bunny
The "Big" Lebowski's adult film actress wife
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Woo
After the character Woo, one of Jackie Treehorn's thugs
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Franz
After the character Franz, aka Nihilist #3
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Smokey
After the character Smokey, the long, gray-haired bowler
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Quintana
After Jesus Quintana, played by John Turturro, a cult favorite character for his over the top antics and dialogue
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Malibu
Where the Dude ends up meeting Jackie Treehorn before the famously vulgar line about staying out of Malibu
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Stranger
After the Stranger, the part-narrator played by Sam Elliott
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Digby
The middle name of Arthur Digby Sellers, the father of Larry Sellers, who they believe to have stolen the Dude's car
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Sellers
The last name of the Sellers family, including Arthur and Larry, the pair of which combine for a hilarious "interrogation"
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Pilar
The Sellers' housekeeper
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Jackie
After Jackie Treehorn, adult film magnate
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Dafino
The name of the private detective
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Cynthia
Walter's ex-wife
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Royal
When the Dude tries to speak for himself as more than himself, he uses "the royal 'we'"
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Money
From the famous line, "Where's the money Lebowski?!"
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Prince
The final word of Walter's eulogy of Donny, "good night, sweet prince."; a comic use of a Shakespearean line
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Lady
In the film, Maude is frequently referred to as the Dude's 'lady friend'
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Snoop
The private eye, aka Snoop
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Para
As in the quote "human... paraquat!", one of the only improvised lines in the entire film
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Eagle
After The Eagles, the band the Dude claims to *blanking* hate
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Bridges
The last name of actor Jeff Bridges, who so perfectly created the Dude's character
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Alps
A famous part of a quote in the edited version of the movie; 'You see Larry? This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!'
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Milius
After director John Milius, a friend of the Coen brothers whom the character of Walter was based on
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Medina
After Medina Sod, one of the bowling shirts the dude wears in the film, based on a real alley in Ohio
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Torino
The type of car driven by the Dude
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Carolee
After artist Carolee Schneemann, whom the Coen brothers based the character of Maude after
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Abide
A famous reoccurring line, 'the Dude abides.'
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Lane
As in bowling lane, where much of the film takes place

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