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, transfurmation, furgiveness, 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 to find the right book inspired name for your cuddle buddy. 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 the most pupular books in history, here are the top ten dog names from literature.

#1 Beowulf

In one of the oldest works of English literature set in Scandinavia, Beowulf famously slays a monster. For this reason, the name would be furtastic for dogs that are large and have rugged warrior-like qualities.

#2 Marley

Marley is quite a common name from the popular book and movie ‘Marley and Me,' and can also reference the legendary musician Bob Marley. Pawfect for your mischievous or laid back doggo.

#3 Lago

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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#4 Gatsby

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

#5 Watson

Watson was detective Sherlock Holmes' ever faithful sidekick and helped him solve many a mystery. This name is pawfect for your pup who is always by your side and ready for any adventure! 

#6 Argos

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

#7 Scout

Scout is the protagonist and narrator of the pupular ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird.’ She is an intelligent girl that grows up to develop an appreciation of the balance of human goodness and evil.

#8 Puck

Puck is the trickster fairy in Shakespeare's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream' who plays pranks on mortals. If you have a pupper that has such traits, then there is probably no better name for your pooch.

#9 Pongo

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.’

#10 Snowy

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, and serves as a woofderful name for a pooch that is a good friend.

#11 Laska

In the Russian drama, 'Anna Karenina,' we are graced with two chapters from the point of view of Laska, a faithful dog and hunting companion of one of the characters who broods often. Laska was, however, a cheerful and loyal dog.

#12 Max

Do you have a furry partner in crime, or just a super loyal companion who loves doing what you do? Max from 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is one of the most loyal doggos around.

#13 Dodger

In 'Oliver Twist,' Jack Dawkins is Oliver's friend and known as the Artful Dodger because he is such a good sneak and a pickpocket. If you have a dog who is good at not getting caught, you may have a Dodger!

#14 Marlowe

Philip Marlowe from numerous books by Raymond Chandler is one of the most famous private eyes that ever graced books and film. This moniker would be pawfect for your scent hound!

#15 Ghost

Does your furry bestie like to sneak around, or blends pawfectly in the shadows like a ghost? If this name is good enough for Jon Snow's direwolf in the 'Game of Thrones' series, your pup will definitely approve.