101 Literary Dog Names

There's nothing quite like curling up with your favorite furry friend and a good book. If you've just brought home a new dog, and you're deciding where to move your books to make room for your new pup, then you may want to take inspiration from the written word to name your canine companion.

Whether you prefer classic literature with top hats and horse-drawn carriages, or fantasy tales with swords and dragon-drawn carriages, finding name inspiration in your favorite books can create a special bond between you and your dog, setting the stage for all the snuggles to come. And in case you need a few ideas, we've put together a list of 101 dog names inspired by literature.

Punny pet names inspired by authors and characters

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  • Bark Twain
  • Jane Pawsten
  • Dogstoyevsky
  • J.K. Growling
  • Virginia Woof
  • Sir Arthur Canine Doyle
  • Karl Barx
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Beowoof
  • Hairy Pawter
  • Mary Puppins
  • Winnie the Pooch
  • Bilbo Waggins

Names of famous dogs from literature to give your pup a dignified air

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  • Lassie
  • Toto
  • Odie
  • Clifford
  • Buck
  • Yeller
  • Tock
  • Fang
  • Argos
  • Ribsy

Literary heroines perfect for the name of a female dog

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  • Lizzie
  • Jo
  • Hester
  • Viola
  • Pippi
  • Arwen
  • Golightly
  • Juliet
  • Ophelia
  • Celie
  • Scout
  • Alice
  • Scarlett
  • Beatrice
  • Cleopatra

Literary hero names perfect for a male dog

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  • Darcy
  • Gatsby
  • Othello
  • Jekyll
  • Puck
  • Quixote
  • Atticus
  • Romeo
  • Hamlet
  • Iago
  • Huck
  • Moriarty
  • Marlowe
  • Holden
  • Ernest

Supernatural beings from literature for dogs with a little bit of mystery

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  • Jabberwocky
  • Frankenstein
  • Hippogriff
  • Golem
  • Dragon
  • Morlock
  • Dracula
  • Pixie
  • Griffin
  • Pegasus

Fantastic characters from modern literature that make great dog names

  • Sirius
  • Arya
  • Sansa
  • Lupin
  • Dany
  • Hermione
  • Katniss
  • Drogo
  • Cullen
  • Romona
  • Bella
  • Tris

Fairytale and storybook character names for dogs that you want to live happily ever after with

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  • Thumbelina
  • Ali Baba
  • Pan
  • Aurora
  • Hansel
  • Grettel
  • Rapunzel
  • Cinderella
  • Brier Rose

Other fun literary words that double as great dog names

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  • Scribe
  • Quill
  • Flourish
  • Sonnet
  • Couplet
  • Syntax
  • Novella
  • Genre
  • Scribble
  • Paradox
  • Simile
  • Apostrophe
  • Fable
  • Motif
  • Drama
  • Parchment
  • Script

Do you need more inspiration for your new pet’s name?

Pets are like our children. We love them, care for them, and we get to dress them up in adorable outfits so it's extra important that we take time to find the perfect pet name that reflects their personality and potential. Because settling on a name for your new pet can be hard and emotionally wrenching (oh the indecision!), we've gathered nine pet-naming techniques to find the perfect fit, as well as assembled a handful of our most beloved lists of pet names below!