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May 27: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie! Pick your own topic! I decided to modify an old one–characters I’d name my pets after. (Because naming your children odd things is cruel, but your dog doesn’t care.)


1. Alexander “Tinker” Graham Bell. Elfhome; Wen Spencer. Perfect for the smart, inventive pets that get into closed cupboards and locked doors–and it’s an interesting thing to name a girl.



2. Beka Cooper. Terrier; Tamora Pierce. This would be a great dog name–for a terrier, bloodhound, or mastiff as the titles say, especially.

elizabeth bennet

3. Elizabeth Bennet. Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen. For a sassy lady who likes long walks.

hazel gus

4. Hazel Grace Lancaster/Augustus Waters. The Fault in Our Stars; John Green. You’d have to have a pair of these, whatever pet you named after these characters–lovebirds would be appropriate.

hermione granger

5. Hermione Granger. Harry Potter; J.K. Rowling. A perfect name for a long haired cat, who can give you superior looks when you mispronounce words.


6. Inigo Montoya. The Princess Bride; William Goldman. Just don’t kill his father.

by the sword


7. Kerowyn. By the Sword; Mercedes Lackey. Another tough, capable, lady–probably well armed, too.


miles vorkosigan

8. Miles Naismith Vorkosigan. Vorkosigan Saga; Lois McMaster Bujold. Everybody has had a pet that’s small, high energy, and a little crazy, just like Miles.


9. Sophie. Howl’s Moving Castle; Diana Wynne Jones. A capable, take no nonsense kind of pet–with a touch of magic.

susan sto helit

10. Susan Sto Helit. Discworld; Terry Pratchett. A black and white animal would be fitting for this name, or perhaps something exotic or otherwise unusual.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

9 responses »

  1. deliabattie says:

    I think one day I’ll have a pair of cats called Will and Lyra after the characters in His Dark Materials. Inigo Montoya’s a great choice!

  2. Anne says:

    Haha, Inigo Montoya is my favorite from this list! Both of my dogs had their names when we got them, so I haven’t really had a chance to do a pet name. I always liked Nibbler from Futurama though. Maybe one day if I adopt a puppy.

  3. This is such a great idea for a TTT list!
    I would love a dog named Hermione.
    My TTT-

    • caitlinstern says:

      Thanks! I found an old TTT that was for children’s names, but I really believe you can name a pet something you probably shouldn’t name a child, so I made a small change.

  4. I love number 6. “You killed my father, prepare to die!” And I definitely think Hermonie (did I spell that right) is a great name for a cat!

  5. What a fun topic! I’ll admit it took my family a while to come up with a name for our pup and we definitely settled on a name based off of a band haha, so I totally understand the logic behind some of these choices!

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • caitlinstern says:

      Pet names are surprisingly hard, assuming you don’t choose something simple, like Fluffy for a long-haired animal, Spot for a spotted one, etc.

      I’ve only had one pet so far that wasn’t already named, but I think the idea of naming one after someone you admire–author, character, actor, musician, or whatever, is a good one.

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