Top Gun Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When talking about absolutely essential movies of the 1980s, especially those that feel like nearly everyone has seen them, Top Gun ranks near the top of the list. Between it’ bevy of A-list actors, quintessential 80s music, one-liners and its array of interesting personalities, it provided decades of entertainment after its release and was even selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2015 for its cultural and historical significance. Outside of being an 80s classic, Top Gun and its fantastic list of characters make for perfect fodder for potential dog-namers — especially those with lots of energy, attitude and beyond all else, speed.

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Top Gun Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When attempting to come up with the most appropriate Top Gun inspired dog name, the first step should be compiling a healthy list of your dog’s most prominent traits from their personality and quirks to their looks, as this will be the easiest basis to work from. Then take your list and compare it to our list of names and descriptions with supplemental character charts for additional insight, should you need them. 

For example, if your dog is particularly fast and reckless, Maverick or Mitchell would be good names. If your dog is competitive and cocky, then the names Iceman and Slider would be solid choices. For a dog who prefers to stay out of danger’s way and likes to remain low-key, then Cougar might be a better pick. For dogs who prefer to assert themselves over others, the names Commander, Viper, Metcalf, Jester, Charlie or Blackwood would be perfectly suitable.

Of course, there are plenty of ways you can go. If they fly around like a jet all the time, any of the named squadrons such as Eagle, Lion or Aardvark would work, as would Art or Scholl for a particularly acrobatic dog. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination soar or re-watch the movie for further inspiration.

Male Top Gun Inspired Dog Names

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Bradshaw
After Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, played by Anthony Edwards
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Iceman
After Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, a rival top student pilot to Maverick
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Mitchell
After Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, the "dangerous" but highly skilled pilot
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Metcalf
After Mike "Viper" Metcalf, Maverick's highly-skilled instructor pilot
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Wolfman
After Leonard "Wolfman" Wolfe, the pilot who indirectly brings Maverick back
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Merlin
After Sam "Merlin" Wells, a fellow fighter
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Air Boss
After "Air Boss" Johnson, the air traffic controller
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Neven
After Rick "Hollywood" Neven, who is eventually shot down
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Davis
After Lieutenant Davis, a minor character
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Sprawl
A background Top Gun student, the role a cameo for Brian Sheehan
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Commander
A high ranking military position
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Bandit
After the F5E VF-126 Bandits Adversary Pilot
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Cash
After Jim Cash, one of the film's writers
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Aviator
Another name for a pilot
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Tomcat
After the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, a fighter jet
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Northrup
After the Northrup F-5, what the MiG was pictured as
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Blackwood
After Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, an astrophysicist and instructor
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Jet
A high-powered plane with jet engines
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Fighter
A common term for a jet or "fighter" pilot
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Duke
Maverick's father
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Fox
After Christine "Legs" Fox, a real life Naval-employed civilian mathematician
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Pettigrew
After Pete "Viper" Pettigrew, a real life Navy aviator who was an advisor for the film
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Fallon
After Navy Air Station Fallon in Nevada, which is where many of the air maneuver shots took place
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Grumman
The manufacturers of many military aircraft
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Art
After Art Scholl, a renowned aerobatic pilot
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Wingman
A common position in the film
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Pilot
The vocation of the film's characters
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Cruise
After Tom Cruise, who famously played Maverick
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Kilmer
After Val Kilmer, who played Iceman
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Topgun
The film's title

Female Top Gun Inspired Dog Names

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Goose
After Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, a Radar Intercept Officer who flies with Maverick
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Maverick
After Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, the film's protagonist
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Viper
After Mike "Viper" Metcalf, the chief instructor
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Jester
After Rick "Jester" Heatherly, another of Maverick's instructors
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Slider
After Ron "Slider" Kerner, Iceman's cocky I.S.O.
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Wells
After Sam "Merlin" Wells, the one who flies with Maverick in the engagement
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Chipper
After Charles "Chipper" Piper, a sometimes-referenced U.S. Navy pilot
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Cougar
After Bill "Cougar" Cortell, Maverick's original wingman who quits for his family
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Sundown
After Marcus "Sundown" Williams, Maverick's R.I.O. after Goose's death
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Stinger
After Tom "Stinger" Jardian, Maverick's commanding officer
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Hollywood
After Rick "Hollywood" Neven, Maverick's wingman for a time
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Charlie
After Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, a civilian Top Gun instructor
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Perry
After Perry Siedenthal, a minor character played by Pete Pettigrew
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Epps
After Jack Epps Jr., one of two of the film's writers
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Enterprise
After the USS Enterprise, which many training and real sessions launch from
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Radar
An important facet of being a fighter pilot
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Mig
After the MiG-28, a fictional aircraft
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Tiger
After the F-5E/F Tiger II, often used in flight training for fighter pilots
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Oriskany
The ship Maverick's father served on
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Piper
After Charles "Chipper" Piper, one of the pilots
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Yonay
After Ehud Yonay, who wrote an article on jet pilots for California magazine and inspired the film
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Heater
After Charles "Heater" Heatley, the pilot/aerial photographer for Yonay's article
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Legs
After Christine "Legs" Fox, who inspired the "Charlie" character
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Eagle
After the F-14 fighter squadron VF-51 "Screaming Eagles", which were made available by the Navy for the film
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Aardvark
After the VF-114 "Aardvarks" used to shoot the carrier scenes
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Lion
After the VF-213 "Black Lions" used to shoot some of the carrier scenes
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Scholl
After Art Scholl, the pilot who lost his life during filming
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Danger
After "Danger Zone", the hit song that became famous with the movie
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Speed
After the famous quote: "I feel the need... the need for speed."
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Skaaren
After Warren Skaaren, the film's screenwriter

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