Best Female Dog Names

Best Female Dog Names

This list of famous names from literature. For a more general list, featuring 300 of the best female dog names on the site, check out Best Girl Dog Names.

Welcome to our best-selling list of female puppy names!

Here we list names taken from some of the best-selling books in history, from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie, Stephen King right through to Harry Potter.

The world of literature has thrown up some memorable characters with some great names, and we've listed many of them right here on this page.

So pick your favorite book, pick your favorite fictional heroine (or villain), some of the best female dog names are on the lists below.

We've selected a few to get you started:

BOO: Arthur "Boo" Radley from To Kill A Mockingbird

BLUEBELL: One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down

JILLY: Author Jilly Cooper

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AGATHA Best selling mystery author Agatha Christie
ALICE Alice Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
ALMONDINE Family pet from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
AREIL Character from Shakespeare's The Tempest
AUGIE Title character from The Adventures of Augie March
AUGUSTUS Augustus McCrae from Lonesome Dove
BABBITT Title character from the novel by Sinclair Lewis
BEATRIX Beatrix Potter, reknowned children's author
BECKETT Irish writer and poet Samuel Beckett
BIG EARS Noddy's best friend from the children's books by Enid Blyton
BINX Binx Bolling from The Moviegover by Walker Percy
BLUEBELL One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
BLYTON Enid Blyton, bestselling children's author
BOO Arthur "Boo" Radley from To Kill A Mockingbird
BOOTS Character from Thy Servant a Dog by Rudyard Kipling
BROCK One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
BRODIE Title character from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
BRONTE Sisters Charlotte, Emily & Anne Bronte
BULLSEYE Bull Terrier from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
CAMUS Author Albert Camus

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CAPOTE Truman Capote, author of In Cold Blood
CELIE From The Color Purple by Alice Walker
CHASE Crime writer James Hadley Chase
CHAUCER Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Cantebury Tales
CHEE CHEE Character from Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
CHEKHOV Author Anton Chekhov
CHRISTIE Agatha Christie, bestselling crime fiction author
CLANCY Author Tom Clancy
CLARISSA Clarissa Dalloway from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Wolf
CLAUDINE From the novel Claudine at School
CLOVER One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
COBWEB A fairy from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
CRAB Only dog to appear in a Shakespeare play (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
CUJO Rabid St. Bernard from Stephen King's novel of the same name
DANTE Dante Alighieri Italian poet of the middle ages
DEFOE Daniel Defoe, author of Last of the Mohican's
DICKENS Author Charles Dickens
DINGO Dog from Jules Verne's Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen
EMILY Poet Emily Dickinson
EPI Sawtelle dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle





ESSAY Sawtelle dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
FINCH Sawtelle dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
FIVER One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
FLEMING Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond
FLORA Flora Poste from Cold Comfort Farm
FLUKE Man reincarnated as a dog in the novel by James Herbert
FLY Collie from the novel The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
FLYTE Sebastian Flyte from Bridshead Revisited
FORSYTHE Author Frederick Forsythe
FORTE Stray dog from the Story of Edgar Sawtelle
FRIDAY Robinson Crusoe's manservant from the novel by Daniel Defoe
GARP T.S. Garp from The World According to Garp
GASPODE Unusually clever dog in The Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett
GATSBY Subject of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
GEORGIA Canine character from the Bunnicula books by James Howe
GRETEL Grimm Brothers fairy tale Hansel and Gretel
GRISHAM John Grisham, legal drama author
HAILEY Author Arthur Hailey
HAMLIN The Pied Piper of Hamlin, from the children's fairy tale
HANA From The English Patient by Michael Ondaatjie

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HARDY The Hardy Boys adventure books by Franklin W. Dixon
HARPER Author Harper Lee
HASTINGS Hercule Poirot's sidekick Captain Arthur Hastings
HAZEL One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
HEMINGWAY Author Ernest Hemingway
HIGGINS Author Jack Higgins
HOLDEN Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
HOLLY Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's
HOTSPUR Harry Hotspur from Shakespeare's Henry IV
HUXLEY Author, humanist and pacifist Aldous Huxley
IBSEN Norwegian playwright Henrik Ipsen
JEMINA The Tale of Jemina Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
JERRY Hero of Jack London's novel Jerry, Dog of the Islands
JILLY Author Jilly Cooper
JIP Canine character from Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
JK JK Rowling, author of the Harry Porter books
JUNO Character from Shakespeare's The Tempest
KAFKA Author Franz Kafka
KAZAK The Hound of Space The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
KEP Collie from The Tale of Jemina Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter



KEROUAC Author Jack Kerouac
KIMBALL Kimball O'Hara from Kim by Rudyard Kipling
KINGSLEY Author Kingsley Amis
KIPLING Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book
KOONTZ Author Dean Koontz
KURT Author Kurt Vonnegut
L'AMOUR Western author, Louis L'Amour
LASKA Canine character from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
LESTAT Vampire from the novels by Ann Rice
LOLITA Title character of the novel by Nabakov
LONDON Jack London, author of White Fang
LOONY Black Spaniel in Enid Blyton's Barney Mystery series
LOOP Novel about wolves by Nicholas Evans (The Loop)
MADGIE Canine character from Nikolai Gogol's Diary of a Madman
MAISIE From What Maisie Knew by Henry James
MARCEL From Rememberance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
MARLOWE Philip Marlowe from The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
MCDUFF Macbeth's nemesis from Shakespeare's play
MCGEE Travis McGee, detective created by John D. McDonald
MCNAB Andy McNab, writer of military fiction

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MIMSIE Character from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
MOLL Title character of Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders
MOLLY Molly Bloom from Ulysses by James Joyce
MORIATY Dean Moriaty from On The Road
MORSE Detective from the Colin Dexter novels
NABAKOV Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov
NANA Newfoundland from the story Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
NANCY Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew mysteries
NEDDY Neddy Merrilll from The Swimmer by John Cheever
NELL Little Nell Trent heroine of Charles Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop
NEMO Main character in Jules Verne's 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea
NIGHTSHADE One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
NODDY Character from the children's books by Enid Blyton
NORA Nora Charles from The Thin Man novels
OPAL Sawtelle dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
OPHELIA Sweetheart of Hamlet in Shakespeare's play
ORWELL George Orwell author of Animal Farm and 1984
OY Dog-like creature from Stephen King's The Dark Tower
PADDINGTON Paddington Bear, from the children's stories by Michael Bond
PAN Peter Pan from the J.M. Barrie stories



PETULA Pug from the Molly Moon series
PICKLES Terrier from Ginger and Pickles by Beatrix Potter
PILGRIM Billy Pilgrim from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
PIP From Charles Dickens Great Expectations
PIPKIN One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
PLATO Poet of Ancient Greece
POE Writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe
POLLYANNA Eternally optimistic character from the book by Eleanor H. Porter
POUT Sawtelle dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
PUZZLE Character from the novel The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
RABBIT Rabbit Angstrom from Rabbit Run by John Updike
RAMSEY Mrs Ramsey from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
RAVEN Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven
REBUS Scottish detective from the novels by Ian Rankin
RIPLEY Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr Ripley
ROWF Black mongrel from The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
RUMBO Man reincarnated as a red setter in Fluke by James Herbert
SABBATH Micky Sabbath of Sabbath's Theater
SALINGER Author J.D. Salinger
SAM Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon

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SAWYER Title character from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
SCAMPER Golden Spaniel in Enid Blyton's Secret Seven
SCOUT Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird
SEARCHLIGHT Dog from children's novel Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
SEYMOUR Seymour Glass from Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
SHARIK Canine character from Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
SHELDON Author Sidney Sheldon
SILVER One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
SLINKSTER Canine character from Francesca Lia Block's novel Weetzie Bat
SMILEY George Smiley from the John LeCarre spy novels
SNITTER Black & White Terrier from The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
SPARK Author Muriel Spark
SPILLANE Mickey Spillane, creator of Mike Hammer
STEINBECK Pultizer prize winning author, John Steinbeck
SUESS Children's author Dr. Suess
SULA Sula Peace from Sula by Toni Morrison
SWEETHEART One of King Lear's dogs from Shakespeare's King Lear
TENNESSEE Playwright Tennessee Williams
TENNYSON Alfred Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate
TESS From Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbenvilles

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THISTLE One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
THUNDER One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down
TIGER Dog from Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
TINDER Sawtelle dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
TOAD From Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows
TOGO Bull Terrier from the Nancy Drew books
TOLKIEN J.R.R. Tolkein, author of Lord of the Rings
TOLSTOY Russian author Leo Tolstoy
TOO-TOO Character from Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
TOP Canine character from The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
TREY Dog of King Lear from Shakespeare's play
TRICKI WOO Pekingese from All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
TRIFFID Alien species in Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
TWAIN Mark Twain, renowned author and animal lover
TWILIGHT Vampire novels by Stephenie Meyer
TWIST Title character from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist
UMBRA Sawtelle dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
WHAT-A-MESS Afghan Hound pup from the children's books by Frank Muir
WIGGINS Dog from The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
WILLOW One of Richard Adams' rabbits from Watership Down

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WINN-DIXIE Canine character Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
WOLF Farmer Maggot's guard dog The Lord of the Rings
WORDSWORTH Poet William Wordsworth
YEATS Poet & dramatist William Butler Yeats
YOSSARIAN Character from Joseph Heller's Catch-22
ZAZIE From Zazie in the Metro
ZENO From Italo Svevo's Confessions of Zeno
ZHIVAGO Title character from Boris Pasternak's novel
ZORA Author Zora Neale Hurston


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