110+ Literary Dog Names Inspired By Books


Whether you prefer literary classics or ultra-modern sci-fi material, you can find endless dog name inspiration right on your bookshelf. Not only are some of the world’s most beloved books replete with adorable dog names, but a literary name will make your dog completely intellectual too. Just don’t be surprised if you catch that he or she is reading quantum physics. With so many options, you’re sure to find the perfect nickname, no matter your puppy’s breed, size, or personality.

Famous Literary Dog Names

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  • Charkie – Curious George
  • Bear – A Dog’s Purpose
  • Laska – Levin’s hunting dog in Anna Karenina
  • Snowy – Tintin’s dog in The Adventures of Tintin
  • Old Dan and Little Ann – Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Nana – The Darling family’s pet in Peter Pan
  • Clifford – The beloved big red dog
  • Yeller – Old Yeller
  • Cujo – From Stephen King’s book
  • Toby – Used by Sherlock Holmes when he needs help sniffing out a clue, also from A Dog’s Purpose
  • Winn-Dixie – Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Buck – Sled dog from Call of the Wild
  • Jip – David Copperfield
  • Fluffy – From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Perdita – The mother dog in 101 Dalmatians
  • Pongo – The father in 101 Dalmatians
  • Ghost – Jon Snow’s four-legged companion in Game of Thrones
  • Argos – The faithful dog in the Odyssey
  • White Fang and Kiche -– White Fang by Jack London
  • Einstein – Watchers by Dean Koontz
  • Bullseye – Bill Sikes’ dog in Oliver Twist
  • Fang – The lumbering boarhound in Harry Potter
  • Blue – The Sound and the Fury by William Falkner
  • Shiloh – Dog saved from the abusive owner in Shiloh
  • Marley – The mischievous dog who made us laugh and cry in Marley and Me
  • Lad – From the novel Lad, A Dog
  • Toto – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Pilot – Mr. Rochester’s dog in Jane Eyre
  • Ellie – A Dog’s Purpose
  • Buddy – A Dog’s Purpose
  • Max – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Ribsy – Companion of Henry Huggins
  • Bailey – A Dog’s Purpose
  • Tock – Watchdog of the Phantom Tollbooth
  • Lassie – Lassie Come Home

Dog Names From Literary Characters

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  • Sherlock – Sherlock Holmes
  • Huck – Huckleberry Finn
  • Othello – Othello
  • Falstaff – Henry IV
  • Gatsby – The Great Gatsby
  • Raven – The Raven
  • Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing
  • Moby – Moby Dick
  • Scarlett – Gone with the Wind
  • Romeo – Romeo & Juliet
  • Milo – Catch-22
  • Alice – Alice in Wonderland
  • Juliet – Romeo & Juliet
  • Bond – James Bond
  • Holden – Catcher in the Rye
  • Scout – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Atticus – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Pippi – Pippi Longstocking
  • Arwen – Lord of the Rings
  • Leopold – Ulysses
  • Hansel – Hansel & Gretel
  • Hamlet – Hamlet
  • Sansa – Game of Thrones
  • Pip – Great Expectations
  • Ginny – Harry Potter
  • Matilda – Matilda
  • Ophelia – Hamlet
  • Heidi – Heidi
  • Fern – Charlotte’s Web
  • Gulliver – Gulliver’s Travels
  • Dodger – Oliver Twist
  • Prim – Hunger Games
  • Daisy – The Great Gatsby
  • Gandalf – Lord of the Rings
  • Quixote – Don Quixote
  • Arya – Game of Thrones
  • Marlowe – from the Raymond Chandler series
  • Rhett – Gone with the Wind
  • Gretel – Hansel & Gretel
  • Ripley – The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Luna – Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter
  • Puck – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dog Names Inspired By Authors

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  • Capote – Truman Capote
  • Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway
  • Agatha – Agatha Christie
  • Orwell – George Orwell
  • King – Stephen King
  • Maya – Maya Angelou
  • Dickens – Charles Dickens
  • Shakespeare – William Shakespeare
  • Hunter – Hunter S. Thompson
  • Wallace – David Foster Wallace
  • Truman – Truman Capote
  • Edgar – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Joyce – James Joyce
  • Austen – Jane Austen
  • Oscar – Oscar Wilde
  • Leo – Leo Tolstoy
  • London – Jack London
  • Jack-Jack Kerouac
  • Twain – Mark Twain
  • Poe – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Vonnegut – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Tolkien – JRR Tolkien
  • Fitz – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Kerouac – Jack Kerouac
  • Faulkner – William Faulkner

Top 50 Literary Dog Names

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  • Harper (as in Harper Lee)
  • Story
  • Francie (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • Rip Van Winkle (Rip for short?)
  • Arya (Game of Thrones)
  • Whitman (Leaves of Grass and more)
  • Bingley (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Novella
  • Haruki (famed author Murakami)
  • Balzac
  • Keats
  • Beckett (Waiting for Godot)
  • Dante (The Divine Comedy)
  • Maya (as in Angelou)
  • Matilda (Matilda)
  • Zora (Their Eyes Were Watching God)
  • Gandalf (The Hobbit)
  • Tennyson (the poet)
  • Rhett (Gone With the Wind)
  • Baldwin (Another Country and many more)
  • Rumi (the poet)
  • Bronte (as in the sisters)
  • Sherlock (as in Holmes)
  • Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
  • Isabel (The House of Spirits and many more)
  • Wilder (The Little House on the Prairie)
  • Bram (Dracula)
  • Poe (as in Edgar Allen)
  • Cullen (Twilight)
  • Sherman (as in author Alexie)
  • Lorca (poet Federico García)
  • Antonia (My Antonia)
  • Eloise (Eloise at the Plaza)
  • Pablo (as in the poet Neruda)
  • Galadriel (Lord of the Rings)
  • Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale and many more)
  • Harry (Harry Potter—for more see 70 Most Unique Dog Names)
  • Katniss (The Hunger Games)
  • Kerouac (On the Road)
  • Holden (The Catcher in the Rye)
  • Pippi (Pippi Longstocking)
  • Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Ophelia (Hamlet)
  • Fable
  • Mowgli (The Jungle Book)
  • Hermione (Harry Potter)
  • Ellison (Invisible Man)
  • Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Huckleberry (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Marlowe (The Big Sleep)

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