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Would You Name YOUR Dog Voldemort?

August 6, 2015

You don’t want to give your dog an ordinary name like Fido or Spot. And you love books. So, naturally, you turn to your favorite literary classics when it’s time to name the new puppy. The result? This list of actual canine names inspired by literature (from The Giant Book of Dog Names).

Auntie Em



Boo Radley



Dr. Watson



Gunga Din






Mrs. Danvers



Sam Spade



A chiwawa named Kafka? A pug named Nietzsche? Well, why not? Still, it takes a very special — or just very bookish — person to name her dog Voldemort.

Not that I have anything against literary dog names. In fact, we named our own Yorkie-poo Captain Colossal, after a character in a young adult novel by Daniel Pinkwater, thus going with both literature AND irony. Does Captain mind being saddled with a (gently) mocking moniker? Not at all.

He’s probably just glad we didn’t name him Mrs. Danvers.

(Roz Warren is the author of OUR BODIES, OUR SHELVES: LIBRARY HUMOR.))

Roz Warren

Roz Warren, who writes for everyone from The New York Times to The Funny Times, is the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor and Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library: An Insider's Tales of Library Life, both of which you should buy immediately.

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3 Responses to Would You Name YOUR Dog Voldemort?

  1. August 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Everyone calls my dog Spike. I call him Obnoxious

  2. August 7, 2015 at 5:54 am

    My father named our black lab/crocodile mix, “Lochinvar.” Dad said: “As a child, I was forced to memorize that poem by Sir Walter Scott. This is my vengeance.” The dog’s name ended up abbreviated to “Lochy” and everyone thought we meant, “Lucky.”

  3. August 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    My dog’s name is Beowulf ….

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