The Handmaid’s Tale is one of those novels that become more relevant as the time passes. Set in the dystopian future in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian state in present-day New England, the story follows the adventures of the handmaid Offred, who got her name because her master is Commander Fred. That naming convention for handmaids is supposed to showcase their servant status as merely slaves to wealthy men who cannot have children with their wives. The novel and the Hulu series explores essential themes of modern slavery, the patriarchal society, and the will to be independent and have your voice heard even in the toughest of times.
The Handmaid's Tale Dog Names in Pop Culture
Since The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of a heroic handmaid named Offred who tries to fight the oppression and subjugation in the hostile environment she is in, it is only natural that we talk about an equally brave dog as well! Max is one of such doggo’s who wowed the world in the 2015 adventure film Max. The movie, directed by Boaz Yakin, follows the story of a Malinois named Max who helped the US Marines in the war-stricken Afghanistan. Max’s handler is Kyle Wincott, played by Robbie Amell, who unfortunately died in the shooting, and at the same time, Max gets injured by the ricochet caused by a suicide bomber.
Since Max was traumatized by this experience, he has a lot of trouble staying calm and has issues with anxiety. However, during Kyle’s funeral, other Marines noticed that Max calmed down when he was around Kyle’s brother Justin, most probably recognizing Kyle’s scent and the fact that they are brothers. Kyle’s family adopts Max and saves him from certain death, as he was supposed to be put down because of his inability to calm down. Justin spends his time with Max, teaching him tricks and slowly introducing him to other people, noticing that his behavior is getting better and that he is not as anxious as he used to be.
Kyle’s treacherous friend from the war, Tyler, tells Justin that Max betrayed his brother, wanting to get back at Max for attacking him earlier. However, Justin decides to investigate and finds that Max and Kyle loved each other and were best friends and that Max would have followed Kyle to the end if he weren’t prevented by his injury. Circumstances brought Max and Justin to figure out that Tyler was conspiring with the members of a crime cartel, trying to sell them weapons that he stole. However, as they were spying on the trade, the cartel dogs picked up their scent and Max had to fight them to keep Justin safe. Justin and Max got split up, and Tyler and the cartel member show up at his house demanding Max to be euthanized because he hurt one of their dogs.
Max is taken by animal control but manages to escape, only to save Justin threatened by Tyler on the bridge. Max fights Tyler and manages to survive, finally being accepted by the family and visiting Kyle’s grave with Justin.
Max, the brave dog, shares his name with Max Minghella, the actor who played courageous Nick in The Handmaid’s Tale series.
The Handmaid's Tale Dog Name Considerations
If you are a proud owner of a lovely Malinois, you might consider naming them Max, after the brave dog from the movie of the same name, and the actor Max Minghella who plays Nick in the series. Nick is also a fantastic choice for a brave and kind-hearted doggo who would do anything to protect their family and friends.
However, if you would like to honor one of the handmaids from the book or the show, you can take their naming convention and name your dog Of[your name]. If that does not sound appealing to you, you can use their real names as inspiration for your brave little doggo. Try June, after the main character, or perhaps Janine, one of June’s friends and the sweetest handmaid in Gilead. Another fantastic character is Emily, a woman who used to be a molecular biology professor but is now forced to be a handmaid who despises her masters and attempts to exact her revenge on what they did to women in the USA.
Even though the commanders in The Handmaid’s Tale are bad guys, there is one who helps handmaids escape Gilead and emigrate to Canada, and that is Commander Lawrence, whose name can be your doggo’s new moniker!