If you’re looking for a great dog name, just know that the truth is out there, likely somewhere on our list of The X-Files inspired dog names featured below. If it wasn’t enough that the show, which successfully survived two movies and eleven seasons including a well-received reboot as recently as 2016, has wholly-identifiable and distinct names, it’s also been heralded as a top-ten cult classic television show since it’s debut in 1993 and for good reason. It’s cerebral, quirky, off-beat and exceptionally well-written, leaving potential dog-namers a spaceship-load of unique names to give their equally unique dogs.
The X-Files Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
When it comes to dogs that only briefly appear in only a few episodes of television shows, few are held in such high regard as Queequeg, a Pomeranian that ends up in Scully’s possession. Many fans even treat mentions of his name or references to him akin to Easter eggs, fun tidbits for only the most diehard fans.
In fact, Queequeg’s first appearance comes during Episode 4 of Season 3, titled Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, which is, out of the show’s 217 episodes, rated as the number three fan-favorite episode of all-time.
Queequeg’s original name is never actually known, as his original owner, Mrs. Lowe, passes away before ever revealing it. Queequeg was originally discovered by Lowe’s neighbor, Clyde Bruckman, a psychic who sees the dog in one of his visions. After Mrs. Lowe’s passing, Scully and Mulder find Queequeg and a letter from Bruckman asking if Scully happens to want a dog, describing him as paper-trained and well-behaved, despite the circumstances he was discovered in. In turn, Scully decides to adopt him.
But Queequeg goes far beyond his side character status early on, as he warns Scully of potential threats in more than one episode. Because of Scully’s big heart, she takes care of him well, preferring to leave the dog with her mother or a local dog-sitter whenever she has a case to solve with Mulder, further cementing her overall likability (especially with dog-lovers!).
Sadly enough, he doesn’t last long in living form beyond Season 3, as on one of the occasions that he warns Scully of potential danger (in the episode titled “Quagmire”), he disappears into the night forever, his end left open to interpretation but easily guessed within the context of the episode. Ironically enough (or perfectly written), it is assumed that Queequeg is taken by a giant alligator, not unlike the origin story of his name — Scully, obsessed with Moby Dick since her childhood, names it Queequeg after the harpooner of the story, who is taken by a giant aquatic creature as well — to match her dad’s nickname “Ahab” and her nickname, “Starbuck”.
Although he only physically appeared in Season 3, his memory lives on, being mentioned several times by Scully throughout the series. When she clears out her desk before taking her maternity leave, she finds his name tag. In 2016, when the series finally saw its long-awaited reboot, Scully sees a dog in an animal shelter that reminds her of the dog and mentions Queequeg’s name to Mulder, a faithful and heartfelt touch that reached back to the show’s origins, proving the true impact of even the most short-lived canine characters in our lives.
The X-Files Inspired Dog Name Considerations
When trying to find the perfect X-Files inspired name to give your dog, try to keep their most notable characteristics in mind, such as their breed type, personality, looks and quirks, as they will provide the easiest and most appropriate starting points.
For instance, in terms of breed type, if you happen to have a Fox Terrier of any kind, naming it Mulder would certainly be clever (plus, it would be fun just to say “Hey, this is my Fox Terrier, Mulder.”). For the same reason, naming your Airedale, Arthur or Dales, would be similarly suitable, especially if they love to sail through the air (Air Dales the Airedale).
Looks can work just as well if you find the right character; naming your Afghan either Ringo or Langley would be perfect — especially if they’re barky or snarky — as they both share a similar hairstyle.
But of course, there are multiple levels you can play their name on, especially when it comes to personality. If they’re particularly skeptical, then Scully would be an appropriate fit. If they tend to randomly disappear, then Sam would be a good choice. If they’re a Pomeranian, Queequeg is perfect for obvious reasons. If your dog happened to bring you and your partner together, then Blevins, after Division Chief Blevins, who brought Scully and Mulder together, would be perfect.
Whatever you choose, there are certainly plenty of options. You can go as simple as naming them after your favorite writer or as complex as basing their name off of a single character, quote, or episode. Like we stated in the intro, the truth is out there, you just have to want to believe.