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100+ Dog Names From Movies: Famous, Unique & Classic Ideas

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Dogs are our best friends. They’re our preferred movie buddies when tuning into our favorite flicks, or crucial parts of the cuddle puddle when we dive into a good book. Our mighty companions may even remind us of someone we watched or read about, so you may be interested in a name inspired by one of your favorite characters, human or animal!

Now, the possibilities motivated by literature and book references are truly endless. However, we have assembled a master list of names that are sure to provide you with plenty of great options. Fictional to factual, historical to current pop-culture personalities, here are our favorite characters to inspire your next dog name, grouped by male and female dog characters, doggo’s from movies and books, and characters from the wonderful world of Disney.

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Female Movie Inspired Dog Names

  • Katniss (Hunger Games)
  • Hermoine (Harry Potter)
  • Juliette (Romeo and Juliette)
  • Juno (Juno)
  • Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)
  • Mulan (Mulan)
  • Clarice (Silence of the Lambs)
  • Regina (Mean Girls)
  • Elle (Legally Blonde)
  • Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Leia (Star Wars)
  • Lois Lane (Superman)
  • Cher (Clueless)
  • Carrie (Carrie)
  • Furiosa (Mad Max)
  • Trinity (The Matrix)
  • Foxy (Foxy Brown)
  • Elsa (Frozen)
  • Cleopatra (Cleopatra)
  • Rose (Titanic)
  • Baby (Dirty Dancing)
  • Leeloo (The Fifth Element)
  • Thelma (Thelma and Louise)
  • Beatrix (Kill Bill)
  • Moana (Moana)
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Male Movie Inspired Dog Names

  • Jack (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Han Solo (Star Wars)
  • Jones (Indiana Jones)
  • Hannibal (Silence of the Lambs)
  • Marty (Back to the Future)
  • Darth or Vadar (Star Wars)
  • Frodo (Lord of the Rings)
  • Neo (The Matrix)
  • Groot (Avengers)
  • Yoda (Star Wars)
  • Bane (Batman)
  • Buzz (Toy Story)
  • Optimus (Transformers)
  • Maximus (Gladiator)
  • Inigo (The Princess Bride)
  • Ace (Ace Ventura)
  • Axel (Beverly Hills Cops)
  • Ferris (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
  • Rocky (Rocky)
  • Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Loki (Marvel Movies)
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Famous Dog Names from Movies and Books

Heros to villains, sidekicks to confidants – if you are looking to keep your puppies name in the K9 department, this is the list for you. We have some of the most notable characters found throughout movies and literature.

  • Toto (Wizard of Oz)
  • Old Yeller (Old Yeller)
  • Scooby Doo (Scooby Doo)
  • Pluto (Mickey Mouse)
  • Fly (Babe)
  • Lassie (Lassie)
  • Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Bruiser (Legally Blonde)
  • Snoopy (Peanuts)
  • Bolt (Bolt)
  • Cujo (Cujo)
  • Pongo (101 Dalmations)
  • Fang (Harry Potter)
  • Goofy (Mickey Mouse House)
  • Nana (Peter Pan)
  • Snowy (TinTin)
  • Beethoven (Beethoven)
  • Shadow (Homeward Bound)
  • Tramp (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Copper (Fox and the Hound)
  • Buddy (Air Bud)
  • Max (The Grinch)
  • Marley (Marley and Me)
  • Jip (Dr. Doolittle)
  • Milo (The Mask)
  • The Beast (The Sandlot)
  • Comet (Full house)
  • Slinky (Toy Story)
  • Samantha (I Am Legend)
  • Benji (Benji)
  • Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
  • Petey (Little Rascals)
  • Baxter (Anchorman)
  • Clifford (Big Red Dog)
  • Skip (My Dog Skip)
  • Dug (Up)
  • Wishbone (Wishbone)
  • Rin Tin Tin (Adventures of Rin Tin Tin)
  • Perdita (101 Dalmations)
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Disney Inspired Dog Names

Lastly, we have a list of dog names geared towards all those Disney lovers – we mean who DOESNT love Disney, really? It’s important to include characters from this franchise because they embody traits that all of our pets have. Some are brave and fierce, sweet and innocent, possibly even devilish and naughty. 

  • Diego (Ice Age)
  • Olaf (Frozen)
  • Hero (Big Hero 6)
  • Flit (Pocahontas)
  • Dopey (Snow White)
  • Simba (Lion King)
  • Nala (Lion King)
  • Meeko (Pocahontas)
  • Grumpy (Snow White)
  • Hades (Hercules)
  • Sleepy (Snow White)
  • Gus (Cinderella)
  • Clawhauser (Zootopia)
  • Woody (Toy Story)
  • Sneezy (Snow White)
  • Zazu (Lion King)
  • Ralph (Wreck-it Ralph)
  • Thumper (Bambi)
  • Dory (Finding Nemo)
  • Mushu (Mulan)
  • Stitch (Lilo & Stitch)
  • Frollo (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • Doc (Snow White)
  • Baloo (Jungle Book)

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Finding the Right Movie or Book Inspired Name for Your Dog

Choosing the right name for your live-in sidekick should be a fun experience, and we hope our list of pup names hasn’t lead you astray. Whether you’ve landed on an animated name such as Pluto or Pongo, or went in the direction of a real-life dog hero like Lassie or Air Bud, we know that there is something suitable for every pup.

Below are a few more great dog name links if the journey for your pup’s name continues!

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