Top 15 Dog Names from Literature

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For booklovers, there are few things more enjoyable than getting comfurtable in their furvorite spot and opening pages to a book that transports them into a world filled with adventure, transfur-ation, fur-iveness, and a wide range of action, emotion, and other adjectives. Of course, with a pooch by your side, this is just icing on the cake.

It only makes sense then that if you are thinking about getting a barker, that you would look for a bookish name. Right? Well, how do you get inspired to choose the right name for your pooch? There are several different ways. The most obvious way is to simply open any of your furvorite books and in there you are bound to find the pawfect moniker for your pupper. Some names will be those of a tail-wagger in the story while others will be names of people, places and other references that remind you of your pup’s character. Simply choose what appeals to you the most and what seems to be a fitting name for your canine friend.

That said, if you need some more inspiration to name your pooch after a character from one of your favorite past times, here are the top ten dog names that you should consider from popular literature.  


Beowulf is an eponymous character in one of the oldest and most important works of English literature set in Scandinavia. The story is based on a hero who slays a monster. For this reason, the name is mostly used on dogs that are large and have rugged warrior-like qualities.


Marley is quite a common name that is used in reference to the popular book and movie ‘Marley and Me.’ The name is also used to reference the legendary musician ‘Bob Marley.’  


Lago is a character in Shakespeare's Othello, who devises a plan to destroy Othello. The moniker is pawfect for a barker that shows signs of being a troublemaker.

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Gatsby is a furfect name for a happy and funloving. The name originates from a 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald 'The Great Gatsby' and is about Gatsby who is an optimistic and frolicsome character. 


Cujo is the eponymous character in Stephen King's 1981 novel. Cujo is a sweet dog that becomes a raging monster after contracting rabies. If you have a pooch that has a Jekyll and Hyde character, then Cujo is the perfect name for them.


Argos is the loyal barker in ‘The Odyssey,’ that recognizes Odysseus after he returns home after a 20-year absence. 


Scout is the protagonist and narrator of one of the most excellent books ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird.’ Scout is an intelligent girl that grows up and develop an appreciation of the balance of human goodness and evil.


Puck is a character, and some may say the protagonist in the Shakespearian play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Puck is a mischievous fairy and jester that plays pranks on mortals. If you have a pupper that has such traits, then there is probably a no better name for your pooch.


Pongo and Missis are two Dalmatians from the famous children’s novel ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians.’ The book was written in 1956 and also went by the name ‘The Great Dog Robbery.’


If you love comics, then you have probably heard of Snowy, a white Wire Fox Terrier, from the adventures of Tintin. Snowy is a good companion to Tintin, the protagonist, and therefore, serves as a woofderful name for a pooch that is a good friend.