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Character names origins

Most of the Balto characters names have been taken from somewhere. Here are a few we found...


First, Balto. This probably comes from the Baltic Sea, or something to do with Baltic. There is also a theory which says that he was named after Samuel Johannesen Balto, a Norvegian man.
(source : http://www.balto-iditarod.com/)

Boris, is a common russian name for a russian goose...He could have been named after a famous russian writer.

Muk & Luk is the name of some sort of boots.

Kodi comes from the 'Kodiak Islands'.

Aleu is also named from an island, the 'Aleutian Islands'.

On the serum run, there was once a musher whose lead dog was named Star.

Aniu would be the Inuit word for Snow.

Sumac, is also a poison...

Finally, Kaltag is named from a town of Alaska.

Updated on 17 june 2005 : I found more information on a very old Balto site! ("Balto Fan art") As it is not online anymore, I think he will not mind if I take some of it. Here's what the owner said :

I've been reading a lot of Northern history lately, specifically concerning Alaska and the Yukon, and discovered a number of interesting facts for the trivia minded as respects the naming of the supporting cast from "Balto".

The nasty malamute, "Steele", is actually rather ironically named after North-West Mounted Police Superintendent Samuel B. Steele; one of the famous contingent of Mounted Police charged with keeping order during the chaos of the 1896-1899 Klondike Gold Rush.

"Steele"'s three-dog fan club, "Nikki", "Kaltag", and "Star", derive their names from different sources. "Kaltag" is a town in Alaska that sits on the route of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. "Star" could be a generic reference to the North Star, but could also be lifted from a tome on the Siberian Husky, in which is stated, "one should avoid giving names to dogs that are too phonetically similar to commands....(as)...the name 'Star' is too similar to "Stay", etc.", in keeping with that particular Husky's personality as depicted in the film.

"Nikki" is another venture into irony. In 1960, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company shot a film about sled-dogs on location in Banff, Alberta, entitled "Nikki, Wild Dog of the North". After filming of the movie wound up, the company found themselves with 200 or so sled dogs surplus to their requirements and all in need of a good home. The various dogs that played the title character "Nikki" (including "Nikki" himself), were given to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to form the foundation of their revitalized breeding program for use in northern patrols.

And from another contributor:

Hi! I like your site and stop by often. I was reading the book Dogsong, about a modern eskimo boy trying to keep the old eskimo tradition alive by driving a dogsled team into the wilderness. One of his articles of clothing were muck-luck. I think they were a kind mitten or something like that. He always wore them. I think Muc is the little polar bear and Luk is the big one, but I'm not sure. Hope this helps some. :-)

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This is from 2005? Holy crud.

October 11, 2014
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He was indeed named after Samuel Johannesen Balto, at least that's what every source about real Balto say.

Anyways, it's still a very interesting and informative article, unkile many few-words ones that somehow stayed in the site xD Good job ith the research, Steet.

October 11, 2014
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i read in a book that batlo was named after Samuel Johannesen Balto any way great job :)

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August 23, 2006
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August 21, 2006
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Nice one! Thanks for the research!:P

June 18, 2006
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bato and his friends and family are cool. I'm a big fan! :) ;)

June 12, 2006
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GOOD ARTICLE!!! I didnt know that Muk & Luk were boots also!lol Good info.:P :cool: :p

Aleu w
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April 29, 2006
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wow what great name facts!

January 05, 2006
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Just a note: Mukluks are boots.

December 27, 2005
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I like Aniu,Alue,and Kodi's names.Way cool,Steet!I always wondered about Balto's name....

December 25, 2005
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actually, balto was named after this one guy who had the last name of balto. it was either seppala or kassen that named him that. i think it was kassen

Nichole & Alesha
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November 06, 2005
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that is soooo neat ecspecially the 1 which means poison:o ::red: ::/:

July 29, 2005
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I love Aleu░x░

July 24, 2005
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COOL!!!!:cool: :P

July 06, 2005
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July 05, 2005
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Aleu is a pretty name for a wolf!:red: But I always thought Boris was named after that little munchkin guy that wanted to kill Rocky & Bullwinkle!!!:o

June 28, 2005
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Me again I want you too now that I have all the Balto movies and in neither of them talk about origins, odd... Right?

June 28, 2005
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I think it's an interesting subject of how many origins there are in the world and more interesting thing is Balto's friends and family have meaning too thier names!

June 27, 2005
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Just because Aleu is named for the Aleutian Islands, that doesn't mean her full name is actually "Aleutian." :P Anyway, Nava may be named for the Navajo tribe, but I'm not sure about Niju. Incidentally, "niju" means "twenty," or "double," in Japanese; there is a bridge outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo called the Nijubashi, which would mean "Double Bridge." (Correct me if I'm wrong.) I'm not sure if the character himself was named with either of those meanings in mind, but I doubt it. There may be some other meaning to the name that I don't know about.

Mystery Aleu R2 - D2 Fan!
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June 22, 2005
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Cool and this means that Kodi's real name is Kodiak, and Aleu's real name is Aleutian! I mean hey! once in Balto 3 Jenna calls Kodi Kodiak! "Kodiak come here!" "Yeah Mom."lol

June 22, 2005
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Oh and just to tell you Kodi is a very common sled dog name too

June 18, 2005
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nice job steet:cool: ;)

June 18, 2005
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Gregg DeMattos
June 09, 2005
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how about please explaining where nava and niju come from,please.:)

June 07, 2005
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The name Balto came from the actual dog, who's name was Balto... But if you're talking about where that came from, then Baltic Sea might be a good guess.

May 31, 2005
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I thought Alue was named after the Aluetian Islands.░x░

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May 29, 2005
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I think Balto is soo cool!:cool: :red:

May 25, 2005
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I'm glad somebody finaly posted info on char. names! My cousen didn't beleive me when I found the Kodiak islands had to do with Kodi back in dec. She said it was a coincident.░x░

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