Literary Dog Names – Awesome Name Ideas from Books

For bookworms, there’s nothing better than curling up with a novel and going on an adventure from the comfort of your home. Even better is when you have a new dog to cuddle up next you. There are many great literary dog names to consider when naming your puppy.

These types of dog names reflect your interest in literature and a particular piece of work that you enjoy. And if someone gets the name reference right away, you’ll know you’re with a kindred literary spirit.

It can either be a dog name from a book, or a name of a human character or city, the name of an author you like or a general reference to writing.

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Famous Literary Dog Names

Picking dog names from books is a great way to name your pup. Here are a few famous dogs from literature:

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

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

Get a full list of male dog names from literature or female dog names from literature.

Dog Names from Famous Authors

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

Dog Names from Literary Words

If you’re a writer you might enjoy these literary dog names.

  • Dot
  • Fable
  • Inky
  • Jot
  • Lyric
  • Novella
  • Quill
  • Scribble
  • Scribe
  • Syntax

Don’t Forget about Mythical Dog Names

Mythology is also a great source for unique dog names. The names are creative and come with interesting back stories. Some examples:

  • Hercules
  • Hera
  • Sirius
  • Atlas
  • Nyx
  • Luna
  • Spartan
  • Titan
  • Callisto
  • Siren
  • Aries
  • Artemis
  • Loki

Get a full list of male mythical dog names or female mythical dog names.

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