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Best Dr. Seuss Character name

June 27th, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 35 Comments

What is the best Dr. Seuss character name?  I’m far from an authority on the subject, but my vote would have to be for:


sylvester mcmonkey mcbean

Yes, this huckster, who took The Sneetches for all they were worth has it all going for him.  A sweet ride to rival Marvin K Mooney’s Crunk Car, tons of dough, a hat a hipster would kill for, and his name is SYLVESTER McMONKEY McBEAN.  Let’s hope he has a stick of proper length to beat the ladies off with, (would his job as a fix-it-up-chappie deter the ladies?  Were you to ask they’d probably just roll over on their pile of cash and have the butler escort you out.)

Anyways, I’m sure I’ve overlooked someone in Seuss’ bibliography, so any other great characters names would be appreciated.

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35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Casey on Jun 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I recall an “OlivervoliverButt” that always cracked me up when I was into that sort of thing.

  • 2 mathey on Jun 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Little Sally Spingel Spungel Sporn is featured in a songbook. It also sounds vaguely dirty.

  • 3 RemmieBarrow on Jun 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Huh, any chance he is related to Mr. Bean, perhaps.

  • 4 jan with a z on Jun 27, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I was a huge Dr. Seuss fan when I was a kid and loved making my grandpa pronounce all the words. But I swear my favorite name was from this:

    Look what we found
    in the park
    in the dark;

    We will take him home;
    We will call him Clark.

    Now THAT’s funny.

  • 5 Hannah on Jun 27, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I was always a fan of Nixie Knox (from the ABC book).

  • 6 NotMerrittStone on Jun 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I’ve always dug The Lorax, and even moreso since the time our family went to Vegas, and that was what my 10 year-old nephew kept calling the Egypt-themed Casino.

  • 7 Charity on Jun 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Gertrude McFuzz is the superior Dr. Seuss name

    also, when twitter is being lame you can use to see your replies

  • 8 Amanda on Jun 28, 2008 at 4:22 am

    Luke Luck from Fox in Socks.

    “Luke Luck likes lakes.
    Luke Luck licks lakes.”

    Makes my son howl everytime we read it.

  • 9 Beautiful Houndstooth on Jun 28, 2008 at 5:51 am

    “Pale Green Pants With Nobody Inside Them” Now that’s a name!

  • 10 Bill Corbett on Jun 28, 2008 at 6:49 am

    “Theodor Geisel.”

    Where did he come up with THAT?

  • 11 Tony on Jun 28, 2008 at 8:43 am


    Is it “Luke Luck” your lad likes, or is it Luke Luck’s lake-licking?

  • 12 Teaser on Jun 28, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Sigmondo McFreudo

  • 13 Teaser on Jun 28, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Tom Brokaw Linguistic exercise?

  • 14 Ben on Jun 28, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Bippo-No-Bungus (”If I Ran the Zoo”)

  • 15 Ben on Jun 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Acid is a bitch, man.

  • 16 MVP on Jun 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Going along with the same book (The Sneetches and Other Stories – one of my favorite 3 books as a kid) How about the plethora of names from “Too Many Daves”?

    My personal favorite is Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate. I figure if I ever get famous enough, I could get away with naming my kid that. Couldn’t be any worse than Audio Science, could it?

  • 17 Leslie on Jun 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Some of my favorites:

    -Conrad Cornelius O’Donald O’Dell
    -Benjamin B Bicklebaum
    -Bartholomew Cubbins
    -Fredric Futzenfall
    -Mr. Sneelock

    (I work at a library, and I find myself spending most of my time flipping through the children’s books – many Seuss books – that I’m supposed to be shelving)

  • 18 euphoriafish on Jun 28, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I second the mention of Bartholemew Cubbins, the guy with the 500 hats.

  • 19 euphoriafish on Jun 28, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Oh, and also Marco from To Think That I saw It On Mulberry Street. I love people who value their imaginations.

  • 20 Scooter on Jun 28, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    other Zappas?

    or perhaps maybe Moxie Crimefighter

  • 21 MSTKelly on Jun 29, 2008 at 2:24 am

    what a great Seuss quote! I had never heard it before. it sums up all the wonderful strangeness of Seuss- it’s the tiniest bit unsavory, which makes it even more fun. thanks.

  • 22 RemmieBarrow on Jun 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Being serious, I have to say my favorite Dr. Suess characters would have to be the Grinch and his faithful dog, Max.

  • 23 Russ Rogers on Jun 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    “Theo LeSieg” and “Dr. Seuss.” Those are both great made up names! Both are favorites of mine. Both are great characters.

  • 24 Amanda on Jun 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    He likes the fact that Luke and his duck lick lakes. Quite frankly, I like that fact, too. It’s just so absurd.

  • 25 Conor Lastowka on Jun 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    O’Donald O’Dell, like, McMonkey McBean, has the double modifier that you only find in Dr. Seuss books. I like it.

  • 26 Conor Lastowka on Jun 30, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate was killed when Fat Albert got confused and landed on top of him.

  • 27 MVP on Jul 1, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Kinda weird responding to my own message, but, isn’t that the rule nowadays (nowadays – what am I, 80?)? The more famous you become, at least in your own mind, the more bizarre your child’s name has to be to compensate?

    Then again, maybe it’s something else. Nicholas Cage named his son Kal El. Was that really just his inner geek coming out, or was it maybe an attempt to draw attention away from his career?

  • 28 Ra-chan on Jul 2, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I was always a fan of Pontival Pott (spelling?) from one of the animated stories. I’m not sure if it was ever a book but Suess did all the writing for the animations so…I think it counts.

    Pontival Pott and his magic piano!

  • 29 BMoreSweet on Jul 21, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Harris Tweed – v funny, combining not only rhyme but also fashion.

    Weepy Weed – from the same rhyming couplet

    and as a class, the Star-Bellied Sneetches

    Miss O’Shmunsler (secretary in The Lorax)

  • 30 Dr. seuss birthday on Mar 2, 2009 at 5:30 am

    hai..nice blog yeahgood luck brother…

  • 31 KIRSTEN on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:01 pm


  • 32 billy on Nov 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

    my fav name is prob blindfolded bowman from brigger-ba-root

  • 33 billy on Nov 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

    also the fizza ma wizza ma zoo

  • 34 shrimp scales on Nov 10, 2010 at 9:51 am


  • 35 bitch on Nov 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

    dr suess is fuck! all his storys are bullshit. fuck him