According to interviews by Taliaferro, Huey, Dewey, and Louie were originally named after two political figures and an animator of the time:
Huey was named after Huey Long (1893–1935) of Louisiana.
Dewey was named after Admiral George Dewey (1837–1917) of the Spanish–American War.
Louie was named after animator Louie Schmitt (1908–1993).
By adrbr @ 2011-05-14 08:39:36