As you may already be aware, we have a lot of books here at the library. The number of books the library has on different niche subjects always amazes me. We have books on topics that I didn’t even know existed! For example, I recently discovered that we have a few books dedicated to naming one’s pets. Inspired by these books, as well as a recent post on the literary blog BookRiot, I decided to come up with some literary names for pets (with the help of some coworkers and friends). Here is the resulting list of book-inspired animal names. Feel free to steal them.
Literary names for dogs (Bonus game: if you don’t already know, guess which books these names came from. Click on the links to see the answers.)
- Rooster – Mattie, the protagonist of this book would also work, or even Portis, the author’s last name.
- Primrose – if I ever get a tiny terrier, I volunteer as tribute to use this name!
- Snowy – another good name for a (white) terrier.
- Oliver – a pet name with a literary Twist!
- Daisy – a classic pet name that could also be a reference to a classic book.
- Atticus, or, of course, Scout.
- Charley – for the French poodle.
- Hank – perfect for a cowdog!
Literary names for cats
- Crookshanks – Hermoine Granger’s cat, which is part Kneazle. (Kneazle wouldn’t be a bad name either.)
- Pete – an obvious one, but still pretty cute.
- Seuss or Hat, though that might get confusing.
- Jane – for classic book lovers.
- Dracula! I am definitely using this one if I ever get another cat.
- Langston – a great writer with a great name.
- Franny or Zooey.
- Ramona or Beezus.
Literary names for fish
- Coraline, but really, what Neil Gaiman character doesn’t make a good pet name? Shadow, Mazikeen, Thorn – if you’re a Gaiman fan, then you’ve got lots of options.
- Babel – just don’t try to stick it in your ear!
- Walden – you know, like the pond.
- Kilgore Trout – the disgruntled prolific science-fiction author.
- Dorian – for your Wilde little pet!
- Captain Ahab – or you could call it Ishmael.
Do you have a perfect literary pet name? Let us know in the comments!