Tuesday, October 18, 2016

16 Pet Names Inspired By Novels


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is about names -- baby, pet, car, etc. -- derived from books, and I decided to go the animal route. I've already named one pet after a book character: our kitty, Lily, is named after the main character of "The Secret Life of Bees," which I was reading when we adopted her. And I named the pair of mongooses who frequent our backyard Neville and Luna. Below are a bunch more names that I'd love to use for a furry family member:

Two awesome characters named Sirius + a star that's part of a dog-shaped constellation = great dog name!

(Fitz for short.) Fitz is a pretty cute name for a dog, and it's nice and short. It'd be "Fitzwilliam Darcy, you naughty boy!" when he was getting in trouble.

"The Mixed-Up Files," in which two kids run away and live in the Met, is one of my favorite childhood books. I think Basil would be a fabulous dog, cat or rabbit name.

Beatrix is a gorgeous name for a human or any kind of pet, but -- perhaps not particularly creatively -- I see it especially for a bunny.

What an awesome character -- a spunky parallel-world-traveling pirate -- and a pretty name!

Felix would be short for felix felicis, the liquid luck potion. It's kind of like a much cleverer way of naming a pet Lucky! (And it has the added bonus of being the name of one of my fave TV characters, Felix from "Orphan Black.")

(Finn for short.) Oh, Finnick. Swoon! And Finn is a nice, short dog or cat name.

I love both the name of the illustrator and the main character. I see Alana as more of a cat name, but Fiona would be an all-around lovely name.

This is kind of a mouthful for a pet, so if it was for a cat or a dog I'd probably go with Izzy or Iz for short. When I was reading the trilogy, I kept thinking what a gorgeous name this is. (Ysabeau is a vampire, by the way.)

These names are a little out there for a dog, but I could see a cat named Darrow. The pair of names would be good for two rodents or reptiles.

Glory has a lot of meanings, but the first thing it makes me think of is morning glories, and then Old Glory. It'd be a beautiful name for any kind of animal from horse to hamster.

Tanzie is an adorable kid in this fun, light-hearted read. I see it as a name for a cheerful, energetic dog.

This one's a slight cheat because I've only seen the TV show ("Grantchester") and not read the book series that inspired it, but I do so love Sidney Chambers, amateur detective and unconventional vicar.

I don't remember much of anything about the book character, but I loooove this name.

Like Tanzie in "One Plus One," Bee is a precocious young girl with spunk, brains and heart, though Bee is a little more of an all-purpose name.

Yes, yes, I know it's not cool to like "Twilight." But I do, and one of my favorite characters is Jasper. (How cute would it be to name two cats Jasper and Ysabeau?! Double vampires!)


  1. These would all make lovely people names, too.


  2. I love all the names on your list! Beatrix would be so cute for a cat...or rabbit. I'm partial to Finn since it's my son's name. It's a great pet name too. :)
    My Top Ten

  3. Great names and you are right, Fitz is so cute. I also adore Sirius even though I've yet to get to the book. I also like Basil and think it would be a great dog name. I did dog names for my list too and since putting on my thinking cap, my husband is fretting I will want to name our next pooch Gilmore! (I'm obsessed I tell ya!)

  4. As a former rabbit owner - Beatrix and Basil are PERFECT.

  5. Finn and Fitz are perfect names for dogs!

  6. Basil would be cute for like a rabbit or something small! Great Top Ten :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

  7. I love all of your picks! Funnily, every time I think of the name Basil, I hear it in a British accent.

    Here's my TTT: https://4thhouseontheleft.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/top-ten-tuesday-10-fictional-names-that-will-have-teachers-scratching-their-heads-on-how-to-spell-or-pronounce/

  8. I need to finish a Darker Shade of Magic!
    My TTT.

  9. sirius is so perfect, especially for a big black dog like in the books! Finnick is also super cute. That would be a funny name for a fish or something. My TTT: http://glitteringreads.com/2016/10/18/ten-wonderful-names-i-might-just-use-for-my-future-cats/

  10. I have a black cat named Sirius :)
    My ttt

  11. I almost put Bee on my list too! Fitzwilliam Darcy is also a great name and any pet/child/plant would be lucky to have it :)

  12. What wonderful pet names! And many named for characters or authors of whom I'm quite fond: Sirius, Alana (only mine's the one in the Tamora Pierce books), Ysabeau, Beatrix... and I can just see scolding a dog with the full majesty of Fitzwilliam Darcy.

  13. Lila is a lovely name! Plus I love Lila Bard, such an awesome character :)


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