The Last Samurai Inspired Dog Names

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The Last Samurai is a 2003 period film that dramatizes the story of the Satsuma Rebellion - a major Japanese conflict in which armies of samurai warriors fought against the Japanese government to keep their traditions and values alive. The film primarily follows a fictional Civil War veteran by the name of Nathan Algren, who is played by Tom Cruise. Algren is captured by Lord Katsumoto, who is played by Ken Lord Katsumoto, early in the film. It's during his time as a prisoner that Algren comes to understand samurai culture - beginning to see samurai warriors as valiant heroes by the film's end.

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The Last Samurai is a film that pays homage to Japan's history and serves as a loving tribute to samurai culture as a whole. The Last Samurai loosely follows the Satsuma Rebellion and ends with a recreation of the Battle of Shiroyama. We'll be the first to tell you that the way the film depicts these events isn't entirely accurate - there weren't any disgraced Civil War vets fighting alongside samurai during the Battle of Shiroyama and the policy that inspired the rebellion - the Meiji Restoration - wasn't viewed as a bad thing by most samurai. But period films don't have to be accurate to convey a particular theme or message. The message of the Last Samurai ultimately implores viewers to learn from their pasts and find a way to mix the values of old with the philosophies of the present. If you're a big fan of samurai culture, then check out this film and judge it for yourself. If you become a fan of The Last Samurai, consider naming your dog after one of the characters in the movie or one of the real world figures who inspired them. You should also consider giving your dog a The Last Samurai name if your pet is a Japanese breed.

Male The Last Samurai Inspired Dog Names

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Nathan
The Last Samurai's lead character
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Nate
A shorter version of Nathan
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Tom
Tom Cruise played Nathan Algren
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Mapother
Tom Cruise's actual last name
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Samuel
Shares three characters with Samurai
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Katsumoto
After Lord Katsumoto
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Ken
Lord Katsumoto was played by Ken Watanabe
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Nobutada
Katsumoto's son
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Shin
Shin Koyamada played Nobutada
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Sammy
A nickname for Samuel
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Meiji
After Emperor Meiji
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Mutsuhito
Emperor Meiji's personal name
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Shichinosuke
After Shichinosuke Nakamura II
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Nakamura
Nakamura played Emperor Meiji in the film
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Susanoo
The Japanese god of the sea and storms
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Matthew
Commodore Matthew Perry was the first American to visit Japan
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Commodore
Perry's rank
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Matt
A shorter version of Matthew
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Calbraith
Commodore Perry's middle name
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Takehaya
After Takehaya Susanoo no Mikoto
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Oda
After Oda Nobunaga
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Nobunaga
Oda Nobunaga is one of Japan's Three Unifiers
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Toyotomi
After Toyotomi Hideyoshi
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Hideyoshi
Hideyoshi was known for using brute force
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Satsuma
After the Satsuma Rebellion
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Tokugawa
Based on Tokugawa Ieyasu
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Ieyasu
Tokugawa Ieyasu was the most diplomatic of the Three Unifiers
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Miyamoto
After the notorious Miyamoto Musashi
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Saigō
Saigō Takamori led the Satsuma Rebellion
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Shiroyama
After the Battle of Shiroyama

Female The Last Samurai Inspired Dog Names

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Koyuki
Played Taka in the film
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Kato
Koyuki's last name
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Onigen
One of Koyuki's other famous characters
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Yuki
A short name based on Koyuki
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Samantha
Shares the first three characters with samurai
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Tomoe
Based on Tomoe Gozen
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Onna-bugeisha
A female samurai
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Kachi
Japanese for valor
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Hagane
Japanese for steel
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Kenzie
After Kenzan-go, Helen Keller's second dog
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Nakano
After Nakano Takeko
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Takeko
Nakano Takeko fought in the Boshin War
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Yuko
Takeko's sister
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Koko
Nakano Takeko's mother
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Suga
After Suga Ijuin
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Hōjō
After Hōjō Masako
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Masako
Hōjō Masako was very politically active in life
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Masuko
Another Japanese name similar to Masako
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Maki
Hōjō no Maki was Masako's mother
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Taka
One of Saigō Takamori's sisters
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Hangaku
After Hangaku Gozen
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Gaku
A shorter version of Hangaku
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Hanna
A Western name similar to Hangaku
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Heian
After the Heian Period
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Kushinadahime
Susanoo's wife
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Helen
Referencing Helen Keller
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Hellene
Another way to spell Helen
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Akita
Kamikaze-go's breed
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Shikoku
One of Japan's native dog breeds
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Amaterasu
The Japanese goddess of the sun

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