The Bookworm’s Guide to Picking a Pet Name

Posted by Laura Crockett

Oh, hello—I didn't see you there.

As if your status of Book Nerd wasn’t high enough – what with your endless bookshelves, strange priorities to buy books over groceries, and constant chatter about what this character did in that book – bring your new pet into the fold with a deeply literary or historical name. Pick a perfectly bookish name in honor of your favorite character!

Beethoven—The deaf pet that manages to create loads of noise.

Keats—The tan/golden/orange pet, affectionate and clingy.

Cromwell—Specifically for a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

Byron—The limping, egotistical pet.

Brontë—The wild, short-sighted, practically blind pet.

This is my book. There are many like it, but this is mine.

Dickens—The pet who talks too much.

Austen or Thornton—The judgmental pet.

Mozart—Pets with loads of energy.

Roosevelt—Reserved for those pets with moustache stains.

Ingalls—The pet that prefers the outdoors.

Fairfax or Rochester—The sassy pet with a hot and cold attitude.

Sunset cat reads whenever there's daylight.

Sherlock—The pet that manage to find all the lost socks.

Tolstoy—The fuzzy, grouchy pet.

Henry [the VIII]—A beautiful male that’s used for breeding purposes.

Daisy—The prissy yet adorably wishy-washy, dainty pet.

This post was inspired by Darwin (Jaime’s amazingly fuzzy bunny that deserves internet fame), Winchester and Dillinger (Stina and Sarah’s  beautiful kitties), Bonnie and Clyde (my family’s thieves, may they rest in peace), Watson (Marie and Jeremy’s giant bear of a dog), and Rossetti (my own feather-duster black cat).

What’s your favorite literary or historical pet name? Fast forward to the future – have you met anyone with pets named after video game characters, sitcoms characters, or modern literary characters? Children count, too – the Ledger siblings and Burtka-Harris twins are no exception.

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