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The Incomplete Book of Dog Names

When I saw this little treasure in a bookstore in Chatham, New York I had to buy it. It’s got four of my favorite things in one wee package:






Behold, the letterpress miniature book The Incomplete Book of Dog Names:

dog names


This 3.25″ x 4.5″ nugget is a “…collection from actual creatures now living either in the flesh or in memory.”

There are pages of dog names, most of which fell off the Top 10 Most Popular list long ago. Many of the names are historical and literary in nature, which I dig.

Personally, I’m putting Ms. Marple on my Names-for-Future-Dogs list (right next to Hoagie, which currently has the #1 spot). You guys have a list like that too, right?


dog book inside


A few quotes about dogs are sprinkled through the list of names. My two favorites:


quotes Incomplete Dog Names

You can purchase your own tiny copy here.


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  1. It is pretty comical when ‘Jake’ is the odd name on the list! Miss Marple is a name we shall most definitely share! That one sticks real good!

    November 7, 2014
  2. Do people *not* keep a word document three pages long of cute future dog names? Top three on my list are Wedge, Wash, and Matilda.

    November 7, 2014
    • 3 pages? I’m impressed. I love all three of those names too. Around here Wedge would turn into Wedgie pretty fast (which is a good thing)!

      November 7, 2014
  3. “Zoltan” I need a “Zoltan!”

    November 7, 2014
  4. lucysmom8 #

    I’m partial to Stardust! 🌠

    November 7, 2014
  5. Super cute book!

    November 8, 2014
  6. laura #

    The book of dog names? Have one that I began in the 70s…glad to see others have that grand obsession!

    November 10, 2014
  7. We find ourselves saying “that would be a great name for our next dog!” more often than we probably should! We’re partial to the very human names for dogs — Zach, Peter, Jennifer.

    November 10, 2014
  8. Anna #

    I absolutely have a list of names for future pets tucked away in my desk drawer!

    November 14, 2014
  9. I’m shocked at how many of these names have belonged to pets I’ve owned. Then again, I’ve never followed naming trends. Right now I have a Barney, Morgan Izaiah, Maple Sugar, and Patch Farnsworth.

    November 30, 2014

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