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Top 100 dogs from movies names from Hollywood, Literature and Comics

Last Updated on February 14, 2021 by Dogs Vets

Dogs From Movies Names 


Finding the right name for your dog is an amazing accomplishment, especially dogs from movies names are fast becoming pet’s owners favourites. No matter if you prefer classic movies from the Golden Age of Cinema, modern comedies, or scary thrillers, you’ll find endless inspiration for your new dog’s name right in your Netflix queue.

Not only are some of the world’s most popular movies packed with ideal dog names, but a movie-inspired name will make your dog seem totally cultured. Just don’t be surprised if he or she gets really, really into movie theory.

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The most popular dog names from movies

The most interesting part about naming your new dog after a character from a movie is the endless inspiration it provides. Regardless of your dog’s breed, size, appearance, or personality, you’re sure to find a name that fits him perfectly.

Here’s a list of the most popular dog names in the U.S. – according to a survey by BarkBox, BARK and Super Chewer – that are also featured in some of the world’s most popular movies.

Annie – from the comedy-meets-drama Annie. Bonus points if your dog has a reddish coat!

Apollo – from the Rocky movie series. Sure, it may be a little on the nose if your dog is a boxer, but we say go for it.

Bella – from one of the most famous young adult movie series in the world, Twilight. Let’s just hope your Bella isn’t that thoughtful.

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Charlie – from the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Just please don’t give your Charlie chocolate.

Loki – from the Avengers and Thor Marvel movie series. We are sure that your Loki will not have the same sibling rivalry as the big screen Loki.

Luna – from the world famous Harry Potter movie series. It’s magical how your dog manages to get food from the counter.

So why not name your dog after a young witch?

Max – from the action-packed Mad Max movie series. Who would you want on your side besides your dog in a post-apocalyptic world anyway?

Nala – from the Disney classic The Lion King. It’s the perfect choice for a feisty female dog.

Rhett – from the classic movie Gone With the Wind. Choose this name if you want your pooch to seem like a total intellectual.

Rocky – from the Rocky movie series, of course. Just don’t be surprised if your dog’s bark sounds a lot like “Adrian”!

Tips for naming your new dog

When you add a furry family member, your to-do list seems endless. After weeks of shopping for a super comfy bed, choosing the healthiest kibble, and stocking his toy collection, you may forget the most important part of bringing Doggo home: choosing the perfect name.

Our advice? Choose a name that is meaningful to your family. Remember, the whole gang will have to love that name for years to come.

We know it’s easier said than done.  Here are some tips for choosing the right dog name:

Consider names with one to two syllables and hard consonants.


These names are much easier for your dog to hear and understand.

Avoid names that might sound like a command, such as “sit” and “kit.”
Choose a name that is easy to say and spell. Your family, friends and veterinarian will use this name for years.

Don’t choose a name that could be considered embarrassing or offensive. If you would be embarrassed to yell your dog’s name at the park, don’t do it.

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Dog Names Inspired by Doggy Actors

Did you know that the first dog actor appeared on screen in 1905? Since then, countless dogs have starred in some of the world’s most famous movies. Get inspired by these great bow-wows.

Buddy (Air Bud)
Chance (Homecoming: The Incredible Journey)
Fly (Babe)
Marley (Marley and Me)
Petey (The Little Rascals)
Perdita (101 Dalmatians)
Samantha (I Am a Legend)
Scooby (Scooby-Doo)
Shadow (Homecoming: The Incredible Journey)
Toto (The Wizard of Oz)

Female dog names from movies

From Scarlett O’Hara to Furiosa, there’s plenty of dog naming inspiration from the ladies of the silver screen – whether your dog is a sophisticated, Southern beauty or a rugged gal.

Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Diana (Wonder Woman)
Dottie (a league of her own)
Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz)
Elle (Legally Blonde)
Elsa (frozen)
Jo (little women)
Leia (Star Wars)
Maya (Zero Dark Thirty)
Ripley (Alien)

Male dog names from movies

Looking for the perfect nickname for your new guy? Look no further than some of Hollywood’s most popular male movie characters.

Adonis (Creed)
Bond (ghost)
Chuck (cast away)
Indiana or Indy (Indiana Jones)
Jack (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Luke (Star Wars)
Marty (Back to the Future)
Red (The Shawshank Redemption)
Thor (Thor)
Tyler (Fight Club)

You may  also known these famous dogs from the movies they’ve starred in!

  • Baxter – Anchorman
  • Beethoven – Bethoven
  • Benji – Benji
  • Bolt – Bolt
  • Brinkley – You’ve Got Mail
  • Bruiser – Legally Blonde
  • Buddy – Air Bud
  • Buster – Toy Story
  • Chopper – Stand By Me
  • Puffy – There’s Something About Mary
  • Quark – Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  • Rin Tin Tin – Rin Tin Tin
  • Shiloh – Beagle from Shiloh
  • Sirius Black / Padfoot / Snuffles – Harry Potter
  • Skipper – My Dog Skip
  • Slink – Toy Story
  • Sparky – Frankenweenie & South Park
  • Speck – Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  • Snots – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Snowy – The Adventures of TinTin
  • Spots, Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King – Isle of Dogs
  • Stitch – Lilo & Stitch
  • Toto – The Wizard Of Oz
  • Jack (played by Uggie) – The Artist
  • Verdell – Brussels Griffon from As Good As It Gets
  • Yellow – Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
  • Zero – The Nightmare Before Christmas
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Famous Dog Names in Literature & Comics

These dogs have been written about in most famous books or comics.

  • Andy – Mark Trail comic strip
  • Argos – the Odyssey
  • Blue – The Sound and the Fury
  • Buck – Call of the Wild
  • Buddy / Toby / Bailey / Ellie / Bear – A Dog’s Purpose
  • Bullseye – Bill Sikes’ dog in Oliver Twist
  • Clifford – Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Cujo – Stephen King’s book Cujo
  • Dogbert – Dilbert
  • Electra – Cathy comic strip
  • Fang – Hagrid’s Mastiff in Harry Potter
  • Ghost – Game of Thrones
  • Hotdog – Jughead’s dog from Archie
  • Jip – David Copperfield
  • Krypto – Superman comics
  • Lad – Lad, A Dog
  • Marmaduke – Marmaduke
  • Odie – Garfield
  • Yeller – Old Yeller
  • Pilot – Mr. Rochester’s dog in Jane Eyre
  • Sandy – Little Orphan Annie
  • Snoopy – Peanuts
  • Winn Dixie – Berger Picard and main character of Because of Winn Dixie


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These dogs got their fame from starring in TV shows!

  • Arnold – Turtle’s dog in Entourage
  • Astro – The Jetsons
  • Backup – Veronica Mars
  • Blue – Blue’s Clues
  • Brian – Family Guy
  • Cinnamon – Raj’s dog in The Big Bang Theory
  • Comet – Golden Retriever from Full House
  • Eddie – Jack Russell Terrier from Frazer
  • Happy – Terrier mix from 7th Heaven
  • Ladybird – King of the Hill

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