The Nightmare Before Christmas Dog Names

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For those who enjoy cult classics, holiday movies or even just the creative brilliance and excessive weirdness of Tim Burton, giving your dog a name straight from this neo-classic will surely help to cement your love for your pet and the film simultaneously. Of course, many names and characters from Nightmare are often considered dark and off-beat, but in turn will also tell those around you that you and your pet are likely anything but “normal.” Whether the name is blatantly obvious or a subtle tribute, bestowing it upon your furry friend for all time will undoubtedly be a reminder that your love for the movie and pet go far deeper than the name at the surface. 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Dog Names

The Nightmare Before Christmas Dog Name Considerations

You may consider giving your dog a The Nightmare Before Christmas name for a variety of reasons. At the surface, you may just love the movie so much you’d like to carry on your love for it by giving your pet a name based on a favorite character. Or maybe every time you think of your little Jack Russell Terrier, you instantly think of Jack Skellington because of their matched names.

But on a deeper level, there may be other factors that trigger your decision. Maybe your pet moves with the strange fluidity of full-speed stop motion or often awkwardly stops mid-movement and pauses to look around. Maybe they have a interesting mark on their face, a wide smile like Mr. Skellington himself, or turn from gleeful to worrisome in a heartbeat like the Mayor. They may even have a patch of fur that looks like Jack’s head and eyes or have several that seem out of place, reminiscent of the patchwork of Sally’s dress. 

Whatever you choose, there is little doubt that you will take great joy in calling them as such, as the movie will forevermore be a reminder of your faithful sidekick, and your sidekick a reminder of one of your favorite movies. 

Male The Nightmare Before Christmas Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Jack
Skellington, Nightmare's main character
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Zero
Jack's faithful ghost dog
1
Skellington
Jack's last name, odd but unique
1
Finkelstein
After Doctor Finkelstein, Sally's creator
1
Wolfie
Also known as Wolfman, the large, toothy plaid-wearing wolf
1
Sparky
The star of Burton's Frankenweenie
1
Vincent
A favorite name of Burton's, used in numerous films
1
Burton
The last name of Nightmare's creator, Tim Burton
1
Nightmare
A tribute to the movie's namesake, a playful name for a troublemaker
1
Claws
The second half of the mistaken name of Santa Claus, Sandy Claws
1
Doc
A tried and true dog name, referenced here to Doctor Finkelstein
1
Bones
What many characters in the movie are made of
1
Goblin
Characters in Nightmare, there are many, vast and varied
1
Haunter
A playful, spooky take on "Hunter"
1
Spider
A commonly creepy motif in the film
1
Fang
Almost every character has them in great capacity and use
1
Beast
If it's larger and hairier than a goblin, it's probably a beast
1
Carver
A historic and popular name, but referenced here as in a pumpkin carver
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Lock
The tallest and skinniest of the three troublemakers
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Barrel
The barrel-shaped member of the troublemaking trio
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Cyclops
The strange, tall-eared, one-eyed monster
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Igor
Doctor Finkelstein's hunch-backed helper
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Hyde
The top-hatted, chain-bearing creep
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Elfman
After Danny Elfman, Nightmare's score composer and Jack's singing voice
-1
Selick
After Henry Selick, the stop-motion genius, Nightmare's director
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King
After Jack Skellington's nickname, the Pumpkin King
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Frank
After Frankenweenie, one of Burton's first films
-1
Bogey
The identity of Oogie Boogie, the bogeyman
-1
Clay
After the overall look of the animated characters
-1
Reuben
A tribute to Paul Reubens, who voiced the character Lock

Female The Nightmare Before Christmas Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
1
Sally
Jack's patchwork love
0
Boogie
As in Oogie Boogie, Nightmare's villain
0
Mayor
The happy yet worrisome, no-named Mayor of Halloweentown
0
Shock
The female of the troublesome triad
0
Sandy
The mistaken title of Santa Claus
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Scraps
The skeleton dog sidekick of Vincent, from Burton's The Corpse Bride's
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Poppy
The chihuahua-turned-human from Burton's Mars Attacks!
0
Abercrombie
Vincent's experimental dog subject in Burton's short film Vincent
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Ohara
After Catherine O'Hara, the voice of Sally
0
Harlequin
The snake-haired demon
0
Pumpkin
The most notable motif in the film
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Patches
What Sally is made from, patches of cloth
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Hallow
The first half of halloween, as in holy
0
Ghost
Spooky residents of the graveyard
0
Ghoul
Someone interested in the morbidity of death and disaster
0
Skelly
Short for Skellington and a play on the traditional "Kelly"
0
Fink
Short for Finkelstein, the mad scientist
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Rags
What Sally is made of, patchwork rags
0
Ragdoll
Another tribute to Sally, the rag doll
0
Puppet
What was used to create the movie's characters
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Batty
Bats were the second-most used motif in the film, a play on Betty
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Moon
The featured image of the movie, paired with Jack's silhouette
0
October
The month of Halloween
0
Skully
Another playful take on skulls, a frequent theme in Nightmare
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Stitch
The method by which Sally is fixed and Oogie is undone
0
Boo
The timeless scary noise employed by ghosts
0
Shadow
The dark behind the light
0
Potion
What knocks out Dr. Finkelstein so Sally can meet Jack
0
Howler
The wolf man is a howler, as are many other unseen characters
0
Eerie
Creepy, crawly, spooky, eerie

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