Not a silly question at all! Absolutely fun, actually! We would love to hear what you end up naming him/her…even if it’s not one of our suggestions ;-)
Here are some ideas from the team to get you started:
- Stoker (as in Bram Stoker, author of ‘Dracula’)
- Scout and/or Atticus (from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’)
- Cerberus (three-headed hound which guards the gates of The Underworld)
- Mr. Darcy (from Pride and Prejudice)
- Friday (from Robinson Crusoe)
- Gatsby!!!!!!!! That is the perfect dog name! (from The Great Gatsby, and a very enthusiastic suggestion!)
One of the most famous dogs in literature is Buck, the sled dog in Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Buck begins London’s tale (which is presented through Buck’s eyes) as a domesticated and somewhat pampered dog living in San Diego. Then he’s sold out surreptitiously under his owner’s nose and dognapped to the Yukon where he’s pressed into service as a sled dog during the Yukon Gold Rush. Buck’s saga is that of the noble savage distilled into dog form. He’s the canine equivalent of Tarzan of the Apes!
Of course, not many people name their dogs “Buck” these days. A more friendly contemporary name is “Charley,” which evokes Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck’s amusing and often moving account of his travels around the country with the standard poodle he named Charley. Charley’s company helps to introduce him to many interesting people over the course of their journey. (Steinbeck’s travelogue was published in 1962, the same year he won the Nobel Prize in literature. Charley can sure take some of the credit for that!)
If you’re looking for female names, there’s always Nana, the guardian Newfoundland who watches over the Darling children in Peter Pan. One of Nana’s more endearing traits is that she believes she knows better than silly human parents how to raise children.
Thanks for asking for our advice, we hope this was helpful!