Giving your new pooch a famous dog name is a fun way to celebrate your love of entertainment and pay homage to a favorite movie or show.
With thousands of famous dogs to choose from, though, how do you decide which one to go with?
We’ve narrowed down the list to 15 of our favorites from cartoon, movies, TV shows and even a little history.
Ready to get inspired by these famous dog names?
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Our Favorite Dog Names Named After Famous Dogs
Astro was the family dog in the television animated sitcom, The Jetsons.
The Jetsons was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired from September 23, 1962, to March 17, 1963.
Astro is the best friend of dad George Jetson and the youngest Jetson, Elroy. He was an intelligent dog, somewhat understanding the English language.
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Barney was the family dog for former United States President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.
Barney was Scottish Terrier was born September 30, 2000, and died on February 1, 2013, from lymphoma.
Barney is featured with a bronze sculpture at the George W. Bush Library in University Park, Texas. George W. Bush served as the United States president from January 17, 1995, to December 21, 2000.
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Beethoven is the lovable St. Bernard from the Beethoven film series, who made his premiere in the 1st movie Beethoven in 1992. He was just a puppy when he appeared in the first movie but soon grew up in a big dog who loved to slobber everywhere.
Odie is the cute, fun-loving dog from the Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis.
Odie is a male beagle born on August 8, 1978. In addition to the comic strips, Odie has also appeared in the animated television series Garfield and Friends, which aired from September 17, 1988 to December 10, 1994 and several movies, including Garfield: The Movie which was released in theaters on June 11, 2004 and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, released in theaters on June 16, 2006.
Odie is a bit unintelligent, but he is kind, sweet and lovable.
More awesome famous dog names
- Snoopy: for a Beagle, of course!
- Bingo: as in, there was a farmer had a dog, and Bingo was his name oh! Everybody sing! Bingo is also the name of the Cracker Jack dog.
- Blue: because they’re who’s clues? FYI, Blue is actually a girl dog.
- Benji, one of the most famous movie dogs of all time
- Cujo: for you “rabid” King fans. Get it? Hey, it’s not the dog’s fault he got bit by a rabid bat, or that his owner didn’t keep up with his vaccines.
- Comet: forget Stamos, this cute Golden was the real star of Full House!
- Dreyfus: the name of this Empty Nest dog once kept me up until 4 am because I couldn’t remember. Once it popped back into my head, it’s never left.
- Paul Anka: you didn’t except Lorelei Gilmore to pick a normal dog name, did you?
- Dutchess: a regal name from Snow Dogs. Perfect if you get a Duke too!
- Lassie: because we just can’t leave her off the list!
- Nanook, who just might save you from vampires (from The Lost Boys). This is a great name for a Siberian Husky.
Like I said, there are literally thousands of options. Some are kind of eh; some are a little out there. Chances are, any name you’re thinking of has already been used in entertainment, so really, we’re all using famous dog names in some way!