In a previous installment, we more or less advocated for naming all of your pets “Toots.” Maybe you took that to heart, or maybe you rather enjoyed the dog names that famous authors have endorsed. Well, we’re back, and this time we’ve expanded the list of recommended pet names from famous authors to include cats, birds, and horses. If you’re lucky enough to put all these suggested names to use, then, well, we’re honestly a little jealous. If you’re looking for a name for your new animal companion, try some of these on for size.
Inspired by: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat”
If you’ve got a black cat and are a fan of mythology, think about the name Pluto. It’s dark, edgy, and has just the perfect hint of “the Underworld.” Just stop there, though, and please don’t follow in the narrator’s other deranged footsteps.
Inspired by: Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog,” and many others
Famed for his love of cats, Mark Twain owned many throughout his life. One of the most famous was a cat named Tammany, who liked to sit in pool table pockets and bat the pool ball around. If you’ve got a more mischievous cat, Twain also had a cat named Bambino who escaped from his home—but was reunited with his worried owner soon enough.
Inspired by: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Is your kitty bolting around the house for no clear reason? Do you sometimes catch freaky glimpses of glowing eyes in the dark, only to realize they belong to a purring feline? If that’s the case, Cheshire might be the right name for your playful companion.
Inspired by: Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe
During Crusoe’s decades-long stay on an island, one of his only companions is Poll, a parrot who’s the best conversation partner Crusoe’s got until Friday shows up. Note here that you ought to pronounce it as “Paul”—just think “Polly.” As one of the first English-language novels, Poll is definitely one of the oldest popular pet names in existence.
5. Huginn & Muninn
Inspired by: Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology
If you’ve got a pair of birds chirping at you, consider Huginn and Muninn, the companions to chief Norse god Odin. According to legend, they fly all around the world to report information to Odin, so they’d be a good choice for smart birds who’re always finding their way out of their enclosures or reporting your movements to your enemies.
Inspired by: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
If you’re the new owner to a horse in his twilight years, think about Don Quixote’s Rocinante. Though he’s past his prime, just like his owner, Rocinante is loyal and steadfast to the errant Don Quixote, providing a much-needed source of stability in an otherwise ludicrous endeavor.
7. Gunpowder & Daredevil
Inspired by: Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Where would the Headless Horseman be without his horse? Though we never learn that horse’s name, we do learn the names of Ichabod Crane’s and Brom Bones’s: Gunpowder and Daredevil, showing Irving’s flair for dramatic names.
8. Silver Blaze
Inspired by: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventures of Silver Blaze” in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
A great race horse is missing and his jockey murdered, and Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have arrived to unravel the case. If you’ve got a fast and spirited horse, Silver Blaze might be the name you’ve been waiting for all along.
We hope you enjoyed our second installment of literary pet inspiration. As our library grows, we’ll likely find even more amazing names for our furry friends. Keep an eye out for more in the future! Have you named your pets after a famous character or author? Send us a picture and their name in the comments below!