How Scooby-Doo and 9 Other Cartoon Characters Got Their Names

The surprising inspirations behind Scooby, Winnie-the-Pooh, and more

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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 we've discovered below.

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