Reading a book is a gateway to a new world where your only limits are the limits of your own imagination. There are dozens, even hundreds of different genres for books and everyone has their own unique preferences for what they like to read. If you are an avid reader and you’re thinking about getting a new dog, why not use your love for literature as inspiration for your dog’s name? Here are the twelve best dog names inspired by books and book characters:
- Gatsby – The title character from The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby would be a great name for a male dog who is always living life to the fullest.
- Mr. Darcy – One of the main characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy would be a good name for a male dog who keeps to himself.
- Pippi – First appearing in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is the title character from a series of children’s books. Pippi was an unconventional and unpredictable girl, so this name would be perfect for a female dog who matches those qualities.
- Garp – Inspired by the book The World According to Garp, a novel about a struggling writer, Garp is a great name for a male dog. This book was written by John Irving and later turned into a movie.
- Rhett – One of the primary characters from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, Rhett would be a great name for a male dog who doesn’t play by the rules and who somehow always seems to get what he wants.
- Jo – Inspired by the youngest sister from Little Women, Jo would be a perfect name for a small female dog who has a lot of spunk.
- Atticus – For a male dog who seems wise beyond his years and who is never bothered by anything, the name Atticus is a great fit. It comes from one of the main characters in To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Oliver – This name is inspired by the character Oliver from Oliver Twist – if you choose this name, everyone will get the reference.
- Dorian – Inspired by the main character from The Picture of Dorian Grey, this name would be ideal for a dog who always looks his best.
- Huckleberry – This name is inspired by Huckleberry Finn, one of the characters from the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn created by Mark Twain. This name would be great for a mischievous dog.
- Gandalf – The wise old wizard from the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gandalf would be a great name for a wise dog with a lot of gray in his coat.
- Martin – A great name for a male dog who has an affinity for killing his favorite toys, this name is inspired by the Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.
If none of the book-inspired dog names above strikes your fancy, don’t be afraid to strike out on your own. Think about some of your favorite books and then brainstorm ideas to incorporate the title, the author, or even one of the characters into your dog’s name. If you put a little thought into it, you can come up with something unique and creative!
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