101 Literary-Inspired Dog Names

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

September 1, 2015

As a bibliophile, I constantly seek wisdom from literature. Naturally, brainstorming dog names led me to stand in front of my bookshelf, jotting down memorable characters as I recalled familiar narratives. From the tragically lost Sebastian Flyte, to the handsome Mr. Darcy, from the unbelievably brave Caddie Compson to the lovable Francie Nolan, the options for literary-inspired names are endless. Below is a (far from complete) list of noteworthy characters:

1. Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

2. Jane, Jane Eyre

3. Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

4. Lolita, Lolita

5. Spade, The Maltese Falcon

6. Antonia, My Antonia

7. Zuckerman, My Life as a Man

8. Dantes, The Count of Monte Christo

9. Pippi, Pippi Longstocking

10. Éowyn, The Lord of the Rings

11. Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

12. Aureliano, One Hundred Years of Solitude

13. Caddie, The Sound and the Fury

14. Samsa, The Metamorphosis

15. Garp, The World According to Garp

16. Celie, The Color Purple

17. Jekyll, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

18. Elinor, Sense and Sensibility

19. Holden, The Catcher in the Rye

20. Rhett, Gone With the Wind

21. Blanche, A Streetcar Named Desire

22. Moriarty, On the Road

23. Portia, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

24. Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea

25. Archer, The Age of Innocence

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26. Sherlock, A Study in Scarlet

27. Ursula, Women in Love

28. Sebastian, Brideshead Revisited

29. Edna, The Awakening

30. Quixote, Don Quixote

31. Mary Lou, On the Road

32. Adela, Passage to India

33. Atticus, To Kill a Mockingbird

34. Penelope, The Odyssey

35. McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

36. Pip, Great Expectations

37. Wentworth, Persuasion

38. Zhivago, Dr. Zhivago

39. Charlotte, Charlotte’s Web

40. Hester, The Scarlet Letter

41. Williston, The Last Gentleman

42. Lily, The House of Mirth

43. Babbitt, Babbitt

44. Juliet, Romeo and Juliet

45. Dorian, The Picture of Dorian Gray

46. Caspar, The Portrait of a Lady

47. Daisy, The Great Gatsby

48. Scarlett, Gone with the Wind

49. Jewel, As I Lay Dying

50. Alice, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

51. Bendrix, The End of the Affair


52. Dabney, Delta Wedding

53. Kurtz, Heart of Darkness

54. Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe

55. Chatterly, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

56. Ahab, Moby-Dick

57. Isabella, Northanger Abbey

58. Emerson, A Room With a View

59. Marlowe, The Big Sleep

60. Anne, Anne of Green Gables

61. Emma, Madame Bovary

62. Macbeth, Macbeth

63. Francie, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

64. Amory, This Side of Paradise

65. Raskolnikov, Crime and Punishment

66. Dedalus, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man

67. Stark, All the King’s Men

68. Huckleberry, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

69. Becky, Vanity Fair

70. Tess, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

71. Gwendolen, The Importance of Being Earnest

72. Florentino, Love in the Time of Cholera

73. Pevensie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

74. Marcel, Remembrance of Things Past

75. Van Helsing, Dracula

76. Phoebe, The Catcher in the Rye

77. Ichabod, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

78. Jo, Little Women

79. Copperfield, David Copperfield

80. Karenina, Anna Karenina

81. Valjean, Les Misérables

82. Oliver, Oliver Twist

83. Pilgrim, Slaughterhouse-Five

84. Joad, The Grapes of Wrath

85. Yossarian, Catch-22

86. Janie, Their Eyes Were Watching God

87. Jean, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

88. Gandalf, The Hobbit

89. Binx, The Moviegoer

90. Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird

91. Hazel, Wise Blood

92. Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights

93. Brett, The Sun Also Rises

94. Ramsay, To the Lighthouse

95. Frankie, The Member of the Wedding

96. Dalloway, Mrs. Dalloway

97. Casaubon, Middlemarch

98. Stryver, A Tale of Two Cities

99. Ryder, Brideshead Revisited

100. Maribelle, Sweet Bird of Youth

101. Rodion, Crime & Punishment

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