Top Ten Characters I’d Name a Pet After

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After.  I decided to to go with pets even though the topic is bittersweet for me since my 13-year old beloved Golden Retriever passed away last year.  I’m still heartbroken about the loss, but I’m a huge dog person — truly can’t imagine not having one in my home — so I hope to get another dog someday, hopefully sooner than later.

I’m a cat person too though so meet Ninja.  (I guess you can tell from how he got his name based on how hard it was for me to get a photo of his whole face, haha!)

Anyway, on to my list! I then to think of these names only in terms of cats and dogs since those are the only types of pets I ever own, but feel free to think of them in terms of your pet of choice 🙂

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Top Ten Characters I’d Name a Pet After


1. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird

I think it would be quite fitting to name a pet after my favorite character from my all-time favorite book.  I think it would make for a great dog name.  If I ever get another Golden Retriever pup, I would seriously consider naming it Scout.  Come to think of it, Atticus would be a pretty cool name for a cat or dog too.  Or maybe I should change Ninja’s name to Boo Radley? I’m kind of kidding on that one, but this book has some great possibilities. 🙂

2. Simon from Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I think Simon would be a cool name for either a cat or a dog.  If I had read this book before Ninja came into my life, I probably would have named him Simon.

3. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

Heathcliff is another of my favorite literary characters, plus I also love the Heathcliff the Cat cartoons.  I actually even remember having a Heathcliff lunchbox when I was in elementary school, so needless to say, I’d be cool with naming a cat or dog after Heathcliff.

4. Minerva (after Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series)

I think naming a cat Minerva would be a fabulous way to pay homage to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series.

5. Sansa (after Sansa Stark from “A Song of Fire and Ice” – the Game of Thrones series)

If I get a new dog and it’s a girl, I think Sansa would be a lovely name.

6. Rhett after Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind

I have no idea why, but I always picture this as a perfect dog name for an Irish Setter.  The mind works in mysterious ways…

7. Oliver from Oliver Twist

Another of my favorite characters and I could see this being a great name for a dog or cat, although I imagine we would all end up calling him Ollie for short.

8. Levi from Fangirl

I think this would be a great name for dog and, if memory serves, I think Cath even occasionally described Levi as being like a Golden Retriever.

9. Emma from Jane Austen’s Emma

I can’t decide if this would be a better name for a cat or a dog, but I love the character and the name.

10. Dickens after Charles Dickens

Yes, I’m cheating on the last one and going with a favorite author because I seem to have forgotten nearly all of the names of the characters in every book I’ve ever read. I think Dickens would be a fantastic name for a new kitten.


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Question:  So what fictional characters would you consider naming a pet after?  Would any of my choices make your list?  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

30 replies
    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Aww, thanks! He was almost Vader after Darth Vader but when he started with all of the sneaky moves like in those pics, the name Ninja seemed more fitting 🙂

  1. Greg
    Greg says:

    Sorry to hear about your dog! That’s hard… and Ninja looks cute. We have a cat that looks just like him. Scout is a good name, and Minerva would be perfect for a cat, especially if she was rather dignified. 🙂 I like Rhett too for a dog like that *nods*, and Emma is nice.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking about Minerva. I’m picturing a very dignified breed, maybe one of those long-haired cats that you see on the Fancy Feast cat food commercials, haha. And thanks for your comment about my dog. It has definitely been tough – he was an amazing dog, best pet I’ve ever had.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    Rhett Butler is one of my favorite literary characters of all time! I can see that being a great name for a dog. And Scout is the perfect name for a dog – my brother and his wife actually named their dog Scout, although it probably wasn’t because of To Kill A Mockingbird!

    And Ninja is adorable!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I love Dickens too. If I had sat and thought about it, I probably could have come up with a Top Ten List filled with nothing but Dickens characters 🙂

  3. Shouni
    Shouni says:

    I think Scout would be the perfect pet name! I’m seriously thinking about naming my future cat that now. Emma is another one I would consider.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oh, that’s so cool. I kind of thought maybe I was a little out there with the choice so it’s good to know there are other like-minded folks out there 🙂

  4. Adalyn
    Adalyn says:

    Awww, you’re cat is absolutely adorable! I have a little black and white kitten as well (though she is more black than white) but I named her Mittens because the white on her paws look like mittens. Minerva is such a perfect cat name after McGonagall. If I ever get a tabby cat I’m defintly naming her Minerva! I also love Bellatrix for a little black cat, especially if she was a hunter too. My TTT:

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! I’m so glad you agree about Minerva. I just thought it was such a cool choice, especially since Professor McGonagall has occasionally transformed herself into a cat in the series 🙂

  5. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    All of these names would make perfect pet names! A friend of mine actually has a Goldendoodle named Scout, and it makes a great name. 🙂 Heathcliff and Dickens are particular favorites of mine from your list.
    And by the way, Ninja is incredibly adorable.

  6. Wendy @ Birdie Bookworm
    Wendy @ Birdie Bookworm says:

    Levi is another good one, and I didn’t even think of it. I went with Baz.

    On another note, before I had my daughter we had an orange kitten. I tossed around Oliver as a name (Oliver & Company), my husband liked Garfield (no way, too common). We finally agreed on Heathcliff, from the cartoon. I wasn’t a Garfield fan, but I did love Heathcliff. My mom has the cat now, he’s about 19 and still kicking. 🙂

  7. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    To Kill A Mockingbird for all the awards. Atticus was the name of one of the dogs in one of my favourite Nora Roberts trilogy.

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