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October 18: Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After — we did this topic back in 2011 and thought it might be fun to revisit it…feel free to spin it how you need!

pride and prejudice

1. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennett. Pride & Prejudice; Jane Austen. A perfect name for a lively brown tabby with lovely eyes.


2. Prudence “Rue” Alessandra Maccon Akeldama. Prudence; Gail Carriger. A rare creature with quick wit, good for one of those exotic-looking cat breeds.


3. Matilda Wormwood. Matilda; Roald Dahl. A patient, and loving family dog for sure, with just a hint of mischief.

adventures sherlock holmes

4. Irene Adler. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; Arthur Conan Doyle. Clever and quick on her feet, a good name for a cat.

daughter smoke bone

5. Karou. Daughter of Smoke & Bone; Taylor Laini. Partly because it’s a cool name, the rest because she’s a tough character. Would need to be something leggy.

rosemary and rue

6. October “Toby” Daye. Rosemary & Rue; Seanan McGuire. Definitely for a cat–one that’s not too fond of water.

Harry Potter

7. Hermione Granger. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone; J.K. Rowling. Either a long haired cat or a shaggy dog, but either way a smart animal.


8. Wolf Who Rules Wind “Windwolf.” Tinker; Wen Spencer. This would be a good name for a big, strong dog.

thief of time

9. Susan Sto Helit. Thief of Time; Terry Pratchett. A name for an elegant, maybe black and white dog. Possibly an unusual breed.


10. Dorian Gray. The Picture of Dorian Gray; Oscar Wilde. Definitely a cat name. Maybe a gray cat.


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.

29 responses »

  1. I love the October “Toby” name too.

  2. Toby is a great pet name! My MIL has a dog named Toby and it’s so cute!
    My TTT.

    • Short names–or nicknames, at least–work well for pets, I think. Except for a friend of mine who named his dog Sir Dapplepants von Bratwurst, which is awesome in its own way.

      • That is awesome! I kind of love it when pets have a first and last name. I heard it in a movie once. The dog was named Dolly Parton. It made me want to name my next dog after a country or rock star with a good name.

  3. Great choices! ❤ Elizabeth Bennet is on my list as well 🙂 I also like the name Matilda and Hermione is of course a fantastic namesake!
    Here are the names I chose:

  4. @lynnsbooks says:

    Toby is great for a cat – especially because of the dislike of water. And also Dorian Gray – maybe for a sophisticated cat like a Siamese.
    Lynn 😀

  5. tiareleine says:

    Karou is on my list this week, too! It’s such a cool name. I also like Elizabeth (since there are so many variations), and I think October works surprisingly well as a name.

    Great list! 🙂

  6. Mari says:

    I do like the ring of Pru/Rue and Karou (it’s that “ooh” sound, I swear!). Prudence does have a quirky set of names. Speaking of which…I really should get through Carriger’s series…

  7. Random Reads says:

    Great names! I love how everyone chose to do this topic 🙂

  8. paperjasmine says:

    Love Matilda for a dog!! 😊

  9. mki52 says:

    I haven’t read most of these books, but I love the name Karou. I also love the idea of a gray cat named Dorian Gray :D!

  10. Matilda would make a lovely name for a big yellow lab ❤️

  11. amermelstein says:

    Dorian Gray is such a great name for a cat!

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