If you’re a fan of vampire fiction, folklore or just the entertaining aftermath that spawned from the cult following that spread worldwide in recent years, it’s hard to do much better than True Blood. Although it didn’t always stay true to the popular book series it’s based on, The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, it’s hard to argue that the series wasn’t full of compelling storylines and interesting characters. Largely because of Harris’ genius, fans all over the earth are now familiar with names that are synonymous with vampirism, and better yet for our purposes, provide a killer roster of iconic titles that are perfect for dog naming.
True Blood Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
This might be one of the least conventional approaches to a famous dog in pop culture we’ve attempted in recent memory, but it’s certainly difficult to dismiss. We could go on about the relationship between dogs and wolves and the impact those werewolves had on the overarching plot lines within the show, but it seems much more pertinent to approach one of the series’ most endearing characters, who (spoiler alert), happens to be able to shapeshift into the form of a dog: Sam Merlotte.
For much of the early parts of the series, Sam largely keeps his identity hidden, not only from the viewers at first, but from members of his family as well. Only Sam’s mother, father (deceased) and younger brother retain their shapeshifting ability, thus leaving them to keep their animalistic second lives a secret from Sam’s stepfather, other brother and sister. When he does finally begin to reveal his true identity, it is shown that his favorite and most frequent form to take is that of a Collie, largely due to his desire to remain both inconspicuous and friendly.
It should come as no surprise then, that in his human form, Sam is almost always friendly towards other dogs, let alone other animals, hinting at his relationship with beasts that he certainly feels deserve more than the appreciation and consideration they are regularly given, whether they are shapeshifters or simply one species. But unlike numerous other characters who are able to change their form with efficiency and regularity, Sam is one of few characters who uses his abilities for good (or mostly good, when they’re not secretly manipulative), which is a stark contrast to his troublemaking younger brother, who uses his ability to his advantage more often than anything else.
Because Sookie is also a well-intentioned and good-hearted lover of animals as well, Sam uses his Collie form to get close to Sookie, keep an eye on her, and at times, act as her protector without her knowledge, which in part helps him maintain both his secrecy and his relationship with her, especially since she quite often rebuffs his overt human offers of father-like advice. Because his identity is further defined by his actions as a dog, he is blessed with inherent trust and sympathy from the viewers, which helps to balance his sometimes wavering likability that often pivots on his occasional selfishness and less-than-open-minded stance on vampires.
True Blood Dog Name Considerations
When attempting to come up with the right True Blood inspired name for your dog, we suggest first assembling a list of your dog’s most prominent traits, whether it’s their looks, quirks or elements of their personality, as this will be the easiest point of reference to work from when comparing them to our list of characters and their respective descriptions.
For instance, if you have a dog that is kind-hearted and open to strangers or tough and self-assured, then the name Sookie would be a great fit. If they are a bit flamboyant in either their looks or overall personality, then the names Lafayette and Reynolds would both be good choices. If they are generally well-mannered or restrained but powerful, then the names Northman and Godric would certainly be suitable. For a dog that is sweet up front but tends to make lots of messes when no one is looking, then the names Eggs, Benedict and Talley would all be perfect fits.
There are plenty of ways you can go from simply naming them after a favorite character to tying them to minute details tucked away in the backstory, so keep your mind open and when you see an opportunity, bite down on it.