Literary names for dogs?
I'm an English major, and I'd really like a literary name for the hypothetical dog I may or may not own one day. For a girl dog, I was thinking Mina after Mina Harker in Dracula. I can't think of many boy names from literature that I like, though, which is a shame because I'd rather have a boy dog. I did consider Gatsby after, of course, The Great Gatsby. I prefer people sounding names for dogs, rather than, say, Scooby or something.
'Literary names' is a pretty broad category, so I just listed all of the literary dogs I could think of. All are male except for Little Ann, I believe. Some sound more people-like than others.
Pilot - Jane Eyre
Buck - Call of the Wild
Tock - The Phantom Tollbooth
Gladstone - Sherlock Holmes
Argos - The Odyssey
Banga - The Master and Margarita
Snowy - The Adventures of Tintin
Gaspode - Discworld
Toto - The Wizard of Oz
Old Dan, Little Ann - Where the Red Fern Grows
I've always thought Diogenes would be a great name for a dog. Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who was associated with dogs. He was often (not so flatteringly) described as being dog-like by his contemporaries, and he frequently extolled the virtues of dogs. He's been referenced and parodied in many stories. There was a dog called Diogenes in Dickens' Dombey and Son, the protagonist in Charlotte Bronte's Villette is given the nickname Diogenes, Mycroft Holmes is a member of the Diogenes Club, etc.
Lol. I've just written rather a lot about this in a post about dog names and breeds. You can go and read it, but basically most of my rather long list of male dog names is literary as is my rather shorter list for female dogs. Dogs seem to be the opposite of children in that all the boys get the interesting names and all the girls are called Molly and Bella.
Re. Gatsby - There's an ad on TV in the UK atm for Vax hoovers (can you say that?) with an Italian Spinone in it called Gatsby. I remember thinking it was an awesome name for a dog the first time I heard it.
@hanniekitt, I saw your other thread. I love Sherlock for a boy dog as well! I also saw somewhere that you're Northern Irish. That's awesome! I used to live in Northern Ireland so I always get excited when I hear of people from there.
My cousins used Bingley from Pride and Prejudice for their dog
Pip- Great Expectations
Gatsby- the Great Gatsby
Oliver- Oliver Twist
Dodger- Oliver Twist
Romeo- Romeo and Juliet
Huck- Tom Sawyer, adventures... Etc.
Edmond- Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe
My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, so we named our beagle Darcy. I love it!
It is not a usable name, but let me recommend a book -- Flush a Biography by Virginia Woolf about Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel is charming. If you like dogs AND literature this is a must-read. I recommend even to people who are not into literature because it is light and beguiling. (Especially for Woolf!)
How about Dashiell -- Dash? Dash was Queen Victoria's beloved Cavalier.
Jasper was the dog in Rebecca who led the narrator to the haunted boathouse.
Sam -- from Sam Spade (for those of us who consider Hammett a solid writer)
Bronte (I think of this as a girl's name.)
Charles (innumerable possible sources) Chas or Charlie
William (Shakespeare et al)
Bram (This is a favorite of mine!)
Sonnet (definitely a girl's name, I think)
Ernest (The Importance of Being as well as Hemmingway)
If you consider forms, authors, and characters, the possibilities are endless. But after all that, I have to say, I like Gatsby!
P.S. I had an Ophelia, and I adored the name. I like it, and as it is for a dog, you can forget the teasing potential. I also had a Celinda, the name of a character in Nightmare Abbey (highly recommended) who was drawn from Mary Shelley.
I really like the name Scout for a dog. After To Kill A Mockingbird, of course. I think it's adorable. :)