C. S. Lewis began writing The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy novels in 1950. There are 7 books in total and three of these have been made into modern fantasy movies. The novel is set in our world, and you are then transported into the world of Narnia. There are lots of name inspirations we can consider if we're a fan of this fantasy phenomenon. Set in England, inspiration can stem from typical British names, to Narnian names, to creatures and places. If you love Narnia, and want to honor C. S. Lewis, read on and see if this guide can inspire the name for your new canine companion.
The Chronicles of Narnia Dog Names in Popular Culture
High King, Peter the Magnificent, appears in the first three C. S. Lewis books, starting with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (1950), Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952). Peter is the spotlight name in this name guide, and there are several reasons for this. Peter is a Biblical name, as it’s the name of one of the 12 apostles in the New Testament. This name is originally from a Greek word, meaning Rock. In the first two movies, Peter Pevensie, as the oldest sibling, is the leader and often a rock, supporting the rest of the group.
Peter is an inspirational name for any pooch, because Peter is the name of a famous Collie, who served as a search and rescue dog in World War II in London. He was commended for his bravery and awarded the Dickin Medal, which is considered to be the Victoria Cross equivalent for animals, in 1945. The King and Queen of England presented him with his medal in 1946 at the Civil Defence Stand-Down parade.
Peter the Collie was born in 1941. His owner, Mrs. Stables, ended up transferring him into war service after noting that he had a talent for destruction of her home and ignoring every command given. From then on, he was known as Rescue Dog No. 2664/9288.
The American Kennel Club label the Collie as being graceful, devoted and proud. It also ranks the Collie as being the 37th most popular dog breed in America. It was officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1885. They are excellent at herding animals, but they are very loyal, fast, responsive, and protective, too. The Collie makes an excellent family pet, but there are many other breeds that are just as heroic, like the Saint Bernard and the Bernese Mountain dog – all excellent rescue dogs that deserve a heroic name.
If your new companion is brave, affectionate and loyal, a name like Peter could be perfect. Of course, you may select a more exotic Narnian name like Prince Caspian or Aslan. A Great Pyrenees named Prince Caspian lives on a chicken farm in the USA and works as a livestock guardian dog. There is a white German Shepherd named Aslan in England who litter-picks, and there is also an explosion detection dog named Aslan too, from the Malmstrom Air Force base. Lucy is another cute name inspired by Narnia, and Lucy is the name of Christina Aguilera’s beloved Bichon Frise.
The Chronicles of Narnia Dog Name Considerations
Breed could be a key contributing factor when deciding on a name for your four-legged Narnian friend. You may choose a name like Aslan for your Collie, Chow Chow, or Pomeranian due to color and coat style. Temperament is often a deciding factor. We are inspired by fantasy movies or literature, and we can see traits of the characters in our pooch. Your new pet might be valiant like Lucy, trustworthy like Pattertwig, or brave and fearless like Trufflehunter. There is also Ginger the cat, or the Green Witch, in which you could determine a name based on color inspiration, while still considering Narnian characters. The main thing when choosing a name for your companion is to select a name that suits them best. Don’t forget, this is a great responsibility as you are choosing a forever-name, and this isn’t easy.
Make sure you research your names as much as possible. Take a look at the 30 boys names and 30 girls names from the Chronicles of Narnia below, and write down the names that you like. You can then go back later and review these. If you still aren’t sure, try talking about it to your family and friends, or call the names out to your new pooch and see if he or she suits or responds to a particular name. Think about what you can imagine calling out in the street!