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101 Popular Literary Dog Names Inspired by Books and Mythology

Choosing one of these types of dog names for your puppy can show your interest in literature and mythology.

Dog Names from Books

  •     Jock (Jock of the Bushveld)
  •     Ribsy (Companion of Henry Huggins)
  •     Buddy / Toby / Bailey / Ellie / Bear (A Dog’s Purpose)
  •     Old Dan and Little Ann (Where the Red Fern Grows)
  •     Yeller (Old Yeller)
  •     Pickles (Ginger and Pickles)
  •     Banga (Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov)
  •     Nero (The St. Bernard in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The First Four Years)
  •     What-a-Mess (Afghan puppy in a series of children’s books by Frank Muir)
  •     Snitter (The Plague Dogs)
  •     Duke (Penrod: His Complete Story by Booth Tarkington)
  •     Max (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
  •     Ghost (Game of Thrones)
  •     Timmy (The Famous Five series of books by Enid Blyton)
  •     Shep (Almanzo’s shepherd dog in These Happy Golden Years)
  •     Yellow Dog Dingo (Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories)
  •     Lassie (A collie, from the novel Lassie Come Home)
  •     Fluffy (from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
  •     Cyril (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
  •     Fang (The lumbering boarhound in Harry Potter)
  •     Lad (Lad, A Dog)
  •     Boots (Thy Servant a Dog by Rudyard Kipling)
  •     Huan (The Silmarillion)
  •     Charkie (Curious George)
  •     Sirius (A 1944 science fiction novel by the British philosopher and author Olaf Stapledon)
  •     White Fang and Kiche (White Fang by Jack London)
  •     Prince (Margaret Sidney’s Five Little Peppers and How They Grew)

  •     Perdita & Pongo (The Hundred and One Dalmatians)
  •     Snowy (The Adventures of Tintin)
  •     Nana (The Newfoundland dog in Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie)
  •     Scupper (The Sailor Dog)
  •     Shiloh (Shiloh)
  •     Tock (Watchdog of the Phantom Tollbooth)
  •     Nop (The Border Collie, from the novel Nop’s Trials by Donald McCaig)
  •     Hank (Novels by John Erickson)
  •     Jip (David Copperfield)
  •     Orson (The black Labrador retriever in Dean Koontz’s novels Seize the Night and Fear Nothing)
  •     Clifford (The beloved big red dog)
  •     Cujo (The St. Bernard in the novel by Stephen King)
  •     Bullseye (Oliver Twist)
  •     Buck (Call of the Wild)
  •     Leo (Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones)
  •     Laska (Levin’s hunting dog in Anna Karenina)
  •     Jenny (Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life)
  •     Jack (Little House on the Prairie)
  •     Top (Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island)
  •     Duchess (The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan)
  •     Toby (Sherlock Holmes)
  •     Marley (Marley and Me)
  •     Sharik (The dog/man in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog)
  •     Pilot (Mr. Rochester’s dog in Jane Eyre)
  •     Toto (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
  •     Einstein (Watchers by Dean Koontz)
  •     Boyd (Kathy Reich’s novels)

Dog Names from Mythology

  •     Cabal (King Arthur’s dog)
  •     Vulcan (The god of fire in Roman mythology)
  •     Nyx (Greek goddess of the night)
  •     Garm (A four-eyed dog that guarded Helheim in Norse mythology)
  •     Hermes (The god of trade, heraldry, merchants, commerce, roads, thieves, trickery, sports, travelers, and athletes in Ancient Greek mythology)
  •     Eris (The Greek goddess of chaos, strife and discord)
  •     Pax (Roman goddess of peace)
  •     Hera (Wife of Zeus and queen of the ancient Greek gods, represented the ideal woman and was goddess of marriage and the family)
  •     Diana (In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of hunting)
  •     Vesta (The virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family in Roman religion)
  •     Fauna (Fauna was the Roman goddess of prophetic goddess of animals, wildlife, fertility and spring)
  •     Achilles (A Greek hero of the Trojan War)
  •     Poseidon (The god of the sea)
  •     Hecuba (In Greek mythology, the Queen of Troy, turned into a fierce dog)
  •     Nox (The Greek goddess of the night)
  •     Spartan (A native or inhabitant of ancient Sparta)
  •     Argos (Odysseus’s dog in Greek Mythology)
  •     Bran (Fionn mac Cumhail’s hound in Irish Mythology)
  •     Artemis (The goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility)
  •     Saur (A dog that was “king” of Norway for three years during the 11th century AD.)
  •     Juno (Juno was an ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state)
  •     Apollo (The god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more)
  •     Hercules (He was the Roman equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles)
  •     Pegasus (The winged horse in Greek Mythology)
  •     Aries (He is one of the Twelve Olympians, the son of Zeus and Hera.)

  •     Callisto (Was a nymph, or the daughter of King Lycaon)
  •     Nike (The goddess of victory in Greek mythology)
  •     Aurora (The Latin word for dawn, and the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology)
  •     Athena (Goddess of wisdom, war and the crafts, and favourite daughter of Zeus)
  •     Victoria (In ancient Roman religion, was the personified goddess of victory)
  •     Pandora (In Greek mythology Pandora was the first mortal woman who was formed out of clay by the gods)
  •     Terra (A goddess of the earth)
  •     Pluto (The ruler of the underworld in classical mythology)
  •     Atlas (In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan condemned to hold up the celestial heavens for eternity after the Titanomachy)
  •     Loki (Loki, in Norse mythology, a cunning trickster who had the ability to change his shape and sex)
  •     Luna (In ancient Roman religion and myth, Luna is the divine embodiment of the Moon)
  •     Pan (The god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and impromptus, and companion of the nymphs)
  •     Flora (In Roman mythology, Flora is a Sabine-derived goddess of flowers and of the season of spring)
  •     Aura (The Titan goddess of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning)
  •     Titan (In Greek mythology, any of the children of Ura (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth) and their descendants.)
  •     Attis (Phrygian god of vegetation)
  •     Siren (In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors)
  •     Zeus (In ancient Greek religion, chief deity of the pantheon, a sky and weather god)
  •     Neptune (The god of freshwater and the sea in Roman religion)
  •     Cerberus (The hound of Hades in Greek mythology)
  •     Lima (In Roman mythology, Lima was the goddess of thresholds)
  •     Sirius (In Greek mythology, and star in Canis Major)

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