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Dog Names Inspired by Famous and Historical Dogs | National Pet Month 2024

Here at Hiro + Wolf, we are thrilled to hear the news about your new dog! One of the most difficult decisions when bringing home your new family member is choosing their name. No doubt that you already see your dog as the most precious pet in existence, so you’ll want a name to live up to that. Dogs are renowned for their friendly disposition, and have a reputation as Man's Best Friend. Because of this, there are many famous hounds to take inspiration from. To help you out, we’ve compiled a quick-to-read list of dog name ideas inspired by historical dogs, and famous dogs from pop-culture. 

Historical Dogs

Throughout history, dogs have truly made their mark. Here is our list of famous dogs in history.

  1. Balto a famous sled dog, he was the lead dog on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome to deliver life-saving medication to many.
  2. Sinbad the U.S. Coast Guard's most famous mascot. He was adopted by a crewman prior to World War II where the crew enlisted him in the Coast Guard. Sinbad had a book written about him.
  3. Nemo German Shepherd that served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Nemo was credited with saving the life of his handler.
  4. Nipper - the dog with the gramophone in the 1901 His Master's Voice logo.
  5. Bobby (or "Greyfriars Bobby") - loyal to his owner long after his owner's death in 1858. Until Bobby's death 14 years later, he reportedly spent every night at his owner's grave.
  6. Laikaaka Kudryavka, a Russian stray was the first animal to orbit the Earth, in 1957.
  7. Smoky - a Yorkshire Terrier, credited as the first therapy dog.
  8. Betsy - one of the most intelligent dogs, who knew over 340 words.
  9. Bluey - an Australian Cattle Dog who was verified as the world's oldest dog by Guinness World Records.
  10. Hachiko - a Japanese Akita who became famous for his loyalty and devotion to his owner. Hachiko would wait for his owner at a train station every day, and his story has become a symbol of loyalty and devotion in Japan.


Pop-Culture Dogs

From Disney to classic Hollywood cinema, our list of pop-culture dogs has something for everyone. How many dogs from this list do you recognise?

  1. Toto - The Wizard of Oz
  2. Lassie - Lassie
  3. Rin Tin Tin - The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin
  4. Scooby-Doo - What's New Scooby-Doo?
  5. Krypto - Krypto the Super Dog
  6. Zero - The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. Pluto - Disney
  8. Monchi - The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  9. Lou - Cats & Dogs
  10. Toby - The Great Mouse Detective
  11. Oddball - 102 Dalmatians
  12. Fluffy - Harry Potter
  13. Beethoven - Beethoven
  14. Clifford - Clifford the Big Red Dog
  15. Blue - Blue's Clues
  16. Isabelle - Animal Crossing
  17. Snoopy - Peanuts
  18. Santa's Little Helper - The Simpsons
  19. Doug - Up
  20. Bond - Spy X Family
  21. Benji - Benji
  22. Marley - Marley & Me
  23. Gromit - Wallace and Gromit
  24. Frank - Men in Black
  25. Bruiser - Legally Blonde
  26. Slinky - Toy Story
  27. Einstein - Back to The Future
  28. Max - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  29. Dante - Coco
  30. Shiloh - Saving Shiloh
  31. Fly - Babe
  32. Chance - Homeward Bound
  33. Buddy - Air Bud
  34. Milo - The Mask
  35. Lady - Lady and the Tramp
  36. Padfoot - Harry Potter
  37. Chase - Paw Patrol
  38. Odie - Garfield
  39. Pongo - 101 Dalmatians
  40. Astro - The Jetsons
  41. Spike - Looney Tunes
  42. Cooper - The Fox and the Hound
  43. Buckley - The Royal Tenenbaums
  44. Cosmo - Guardians Of The Galaxy
  45. Cujo - Cujo
  46. Daisy - John Wick
  47. Lolabelle - Heart Of A Dog
  48. Matisse - Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  49. Wolfie - Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  50. Nanook - The Lost Boys
  51. Pippin - Jaws
  52. Samantha - I Am Legend
  53. Sparky - Frankenweenie
  54. Whiskey - Blade Runner 2049
  55. Cinnamon - The Big Bang Theory


Bonus Bookish Dog Name Ideas

To complete the list, we’ve added a bonus selection of our favourite dog's name ideas from literature. These names are inspired by authors as well as famous dogs from books, and we think they would suit your new furry friend.

  1. Argos - The Odyssey by Homer
  2. Asta - The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  3. Blanche - King Lear by William Shakepeare
  4. Buck - Call of the Wild by Jack London
  5. Eos - Funeral Games by Mary Renault
  6. Kiche - White Fang by Jack London
  7. Nana - Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie 
  8. Pilot - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Spot - Spot by Eric Hill 
  10. Timmy - Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton
  11. Austen - Jane Austen, the beloved British author of classic novels.
  12. Conrad – Inspired by Joseph Conrad, the Polish-British author of “Heart of Darkness."
  13. Fitzgerald – Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of “The Great Gatsby” and other classic works.
  14. Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway, the renowned American author.
  15. Orwell – Paying tribute to George Orwell, the British author known for his dystopian novel “1984.”
  16. Poe – Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, the American writer known for his macabre tales,
  17. Shelley – Paying homage to Mary Shelley, the English author of the gothic novel “Frankenstein.”
  18. Tolstoy – Paying tribute to Leo Tolstoy, the Russian author of “War and Peace.”
  19. Wilde – Named after Oscar Wilde, the witty Irish playwright and author.
  20. Woolf – Inspired by Virginia Woolf, the influential British writer.


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