The Peculiar Inspirations Behind 10 Cartoon Character Names

There are pretty much no rules when it comes to cartoon character names. So, if you had the exciting opportunity to name one, where would you look for inspiration? Your favorite weird friends? Your favorite politicians? Your favorite songs? Every now and then, we’ll come across a well-known cartoon’s truly peculiar background story. Really, who would’ve thought that Scooby-Doo would be the direct result of a Frank Sinatra song? Check out the fun inspirations behind ten cartoon character names after the jump, and hit the comments to let us know about the others that you’ve discovered over the years.


Have you ever listened to Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” and childishly giggled to yourself, “Ruh-roh, he just sang, ‘Scooby-Dooby-Doo'”? If so, you might find it reassuring to know that Ol’ Blue Eyes is indeed the inspiration behind our favorite crime-solving Great Dane’s name. Fred Silverman, a CBS executive in charge of children’s programing, was intrigued by Sinatra’s scatting and subsequently named the pup “Scooby-Doo” in 1969. Mystery solved.