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Choosing what khổng lồ name your baby may be one of the hardest decisions ever. I’m not a parent, but I’m pretty sure I would turn lớn books for inspiration. There are so many literary baby names lớn choose from, you could spend weeks browsing books lớn find the right one. Don’t worry! I’ve collected a huge danh mục of literary baby names, some unique, some classic, all perfect for bookish new parents.

Baby Names from Classic Children’s Books

Baby Names from Little Women

Depending on your favorite March sister, you can choose from Meg (or Margaret), Jo (or Josephine), Beth (or Elizabeth), or Amy. Theodore is a beautiful, old-fashioned name, & that character’s nickname, Laurie, also makes a fine baby name.

Baby Names from His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman has a gift for names—many of these sound recognizably of our own world & yet unusual, which is perfect for a fantasy series. Lyra is a beautiful baby name. Other interesting options from this series: Iorek, Serafina, Lee, Will (not as interesting, but a classic), Ruta (and her surname, Skadi, which is the name of a Nordic goddess!), Xaphania, Balthamos, Baruch.

Baby Names from the Narnia Books

I’m not suggesting you name a baby Mr. Tumnus (although you vì you) and Aslan also seems lượt thích a lot to lớn live up lớn. But there are lots of other interesting baby name ideas in the Narnia series, from the classic British names of Edmund, Lucy, Peter, and Susan khổng lồ the more unusual: Alambil, Aravis, Caspian, Cor, Gwendolen.

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Baby Names from Redwall

Yes, Brian Jacques’s Redwall series is about a bunch of anthropomorphic talking animals (mainly mice, but also voles, otters, badgers, rats, và rabbits). It’s also a treasure trove sầu of fun names. You’ve got old-fashioned Anglo-Saxon and Biblical names like Matthias, Martin, and Luke. There are some lovely nature-inspired names, too, like Cornflower, Rose, Thyme, Rosemary… And then there are a few more chất lượng names: Arven, Deymãng cầu, Mariel, Bryony.

Other Baby Names from Classic Children’s Books

Here are a couple of other favorites from classic children’s literature.

Nancy or Drew (or Bess, for that matter, or why not George for a girl, in honor of Nancy’s best pal George và also George Eliot?)

Jillian (of Jillian Jiggs)

Harriet (the Spy)




Ramomãng cầu, Henry, Beezus or Beatrice (I loved the name Beezus when I was a kid, it was so unusual!)

Matildomain authority, Violet, Veruca, and Charlie, all from Roald Dahl’s books (Veruca and Violet may be little hellions, but their names are pretty!)

Marilla (or Rilla as her namesake is known by inRilla of Ingleside)

Baby Names from Mythology & Fairy Tales

Baby Names from Arthurian Legend

There are so many literary baby names inspired by mythology và fairy tales! Let’s start with Arthurian legover (which you can read all about in Le Morte d’Arthur, if you want to lớn know the story behind the names). There’s Arthur, obviously, but also Guinevere, Lancelot (maybe just Lance?), Percival, Caelia, Elaine, Evaine, Iseult, Lionel, Lynette, Merlin, Morgan (or Morgana), Owain, Tristan, & of course the Lady of the Lake (just kidding on that one).

Baby Names from Greek, Roman, and Norse Mythology

Moving on lớn Greek and Roman mythology, we have sầu an endless list of names that tend to lớn sound quite fancy. Here are my favorites, in alphabetical order: Apollo, Artemis, Atlas, Athemãng cầu, Diana, Gaia, Hera, Hestia, Juno, Nyx, Orion, Phoebe, Rhea, Selene, Theia, Vesta.

Norse mythology is full of inspiration, as long as you don’t mind baby Thor having a lot to lớn live sầu up lớn (both Chris Hemsworth AND the actual figure of Thor). There’s Odin, associated with death và the pursuit of knowledge, & Frigg, or Frigga, also associated with knowledge. Other good choices include Balder, Freyja, Idun, Loki, và Tyr.

Baby Names from European Fairytales

And from European fairytales retold by the Grimilimet brothers & Charles Perrault, you have sầu some ethereal-feeling options, like Belle, Gretel, Hansel, Rapunzel, Briar (or the full thing, Briar Rose), and even Ella (as in Cinderella). I would avoid Rumpelstiltskin.

Literary Baby Names Inspired by Famous Authors

The name Jane tops my danh sách, for one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen. Simple & classic, it will probably st& the test of time. Austen works as a name, too! Or you could go with Cassandra, her sister’s name, as noted in the charming picture bookOrdinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen.

Brontë might be a bit much for a wee baby, but the names of the Brontë siblings might inspire you: Anne, Emily, Charlotte, and Branwell. The sisters’ pen names, Currer, Acton, và Ellis, are all strong-sounding names.

Both Toni và Morrison would make adorable baby names & allow you to pay homage to one of the greats. Ditto with Alice & Munro, Ralph & Ellison (okay, Ralph has a slightly dated feel, but Ellison sounds more modern), and Langston & Hughes (well, Hugh).

There are a number of Southern writers who give sầu great name. Carson is a lovely name in honor of Carson McCullers, while Eudora (as in Welty) is a bit more dramatic & Flannery (as in O’Connor) more quality. Harper is quite popular now, but still a solid choice. Both Zora & Neale (as in Hurston) are striking, maybe for a pair of siblings?

What about turning to lớn mystery authors for literary baby names? Agatha is one of those old-fashioned names that seems to lớn be making a comebaông xã. Or there’s Dashiell for Dashiell Hammett. Chandler (as in Raymond Chandler) is a fun choice, too. Other appealing mystery author names: Dorothy, Janet, Louise, Tana, Stephen, Minette, Jacqueline.

But you can also look khổng lồ writers living & working today for name inspiration. Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers, has two names that work for all genders. Ditlớn Zadie Smith. Roxane is a beautiful name & your child would just so happen khổng lồ mô tả it with Roxane Gay. Mindy (as in Mindy Kaling) is adorable. I recently readAsk Baba Yaga và found that author’s name, Taisia, lovely. Romance author Christina Lauren is actually two authors writing under a pseudonym—but that pseudonym gives you two options for baby names! Speaking of romance authors, why not Jasmine, Beverly, Tessa, Rebekah, or Penny?

And I may yet name something Kate, even if it’s just a plant, after one of my all-time favorites, Kate Atkinson.

Names from Classic Novels

Literary Baby Names from Jane Austen

As Austen was writing in the late 18th & early 19th century, many of her characters names are fairly average (possibly even dull) by today’s standards. Catherine, Elinor, Isabella, Marianne, Lydia, Maria, and Emma are all quite pretty. As for the male characters, why not Brandon (as in Colonel Brandon), Fitz (as in Fitzwilliam Darcy), Frederiông xã (Captain Wentworth), or Edward (Ferrars)?

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Literary Baby Names from the Brontë Sisters

Bless Emily B for giving us the name Heathcliff, which fits the character so perfectly. I might shorten that to lớn Heath if it were my baby. Another unusual choice for a baby of any gender is Shirley. This was originally in comtháng use as a male name, until Charlotte Brontë’s novelShirley,in which the titular character is a land-owning woman, made it a popular girls’ name. A few more names fromShirley: Caroline, Louis, Robert, Hortense.

Jane and Edward ofJane Eyrehave been mentioned above, but there’s always St. John, as long as you’re okay with your child correcting this pronunciation for the rest of their life. (I was 21 years old before I realized it was pronounced “Sinjin”.) Other Brontë names: Agnes, Adele, Annabella, Blanđậy, Eliza, Eulalie, Fergus, Georgiana, Gilbert, Ginevra, Građắm đuối, Lucy, Kenneth, Millicent, Paulimãng cầu, Sylvie, Zillah.

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Baby Names from Toni Morrison

Names (& nicknames) are important in Toni Morrison’s books, & many are Bible-inspired or are uniquely striking. My favorite is Pecola fromThe Bluest Eye. Other ideas: Sula, Macon, Sethe, Beloved, Booker, Bride, Golden.

Tolkien-Inspired Baby Names

Tolkien was a genius of name inventing. Between TheLord of the RingsandThe Hobbit, not to mention all of his other writing, he created (or borrowed from other sources) names for probably hundreds of characters. Some of them are perhaps a little out-there for baby names, so I’ve collected some of my lowkey favorites here.

Aerin, Aldor, Amdir, Arien, Arwen, Balin, Belladonna, Beorn, Beren, Beruthiel, Celeborn, Elanor, Elendil, Elenna, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Estel, Faramir, Frea, Freca, Galador, Galadriel, Hama, Luthien, Meriadoc (Merry), Morwen, Nessa, Nienmãng cầu, Pearl, Peregin (Pippin or Pip), Rian, Samwise, Thorin, Valdomain authority.

Names from Shirley Jackson’s Work

Shirley Jackson’sWe Have Always Lived in the Castle has two eerie, compelling female characters with great names: Merrimèo (short for Mary Katherine) and Constance. There’s also their uncle’s name, Julian. Meanwhile, inThe Haunting of Hill House, we have sầu Theodora and Eleanor.

Baby Names from One Thous& and One Nights

The premise of this collection of stories is that Scheherazade tells a story lớn her husband, the king, every night to lớn keep herself alive sầu for another day. Naturally there are some great names (along with cliffhangers!) in the tales she tells. For starters, there’s her name, Scheherazade, which would be nicknamed in a few unusual ways: Zade, Hera, Schera, even Sara. As for the rest of the characters, here’s a list: Ahmed, Aladdin, Ali, Duban, Hussain, Morgiana, Sinbad, Zeyn.

Baby Name Ideas from Dickens

Charles Dickens is another author who clearly had fun making up names. I mean, Ebenezer Scrooge? Many of his names feel a bit too much lượt thích caricatures khổng lồ truly work in a modern context, but here’s a selection of more neutral-sounding names for inspiration.

Ada, Allan, Barbara, Belindomain authority, Benjamin, Betsy, Camilla, Charity, Clara, Dora, Edith, Esther, Estella, Felix, Flora, Florence, Henrietta, Honoria, Jasper, Jem, Jemima, Jeremiah, Josiah, Leo, Louisa, Lucretia, May, Mercy, Minnie, Rosa, Pip, Sophy (or Sophie), Sydney, Vincent, Walter.

Even More Unique Names… from Current Fiction

Baby Names from Young Adult Fiction

I’m partial to Lara Jean and Margot from Jenny Han’sTo All the Boys I Loved Before& sequels, as well as Willowdean (or Willow & Dean, separately) and Bo from Dumplin’. Sarah Dessen’s characters also have sầu chất lượng names that might serve sầu as inspiration, including Annabel, Auden, Clarke, Dexter, Emaline, Gwendolyn, Halley, Haven, Macy, Noah, Opal, Owen, Remy, Ruby, Scarlett, Wes.

Ibi Zoboi riffs on character names fromPride and Prejudiceto fun effect in her novelPride, if you’re looking for something with a bit of a twist. Sisters Janae và Zuri come from a family with Afro-Latino roots. The Darcy & Bingley characters are named Darius and Ainsley, respectively.

Baby Names from A Song of Ice & Fire

You might want to stay away from Cersei & Daenerys, but how about naming your baby after one of the other badass female characters like Brienne, Sansa, Catelyn, Missandei, or Yara (Asha in the book series)? I know we’re going khổng lồ get a lot of baby Aryas after what happened in season 8 of the show. Talisa is also a pretty name, although not original lớn the book series.

Everyone else in this series is kind of murderous, which may be a bit much for a baby name. The least-murdery options include Bran, Samwell (or just Sam)…and that’s really it, I think. Jon is about as basic (classic?) as you can get, just lượt thích his character.

Baby Names from Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas’s books are long epic fantasies, and like many of the other long epic fantasies we’ve looked at so far, they’re full of uncommon names with a chất lượng twist. From theThrone of Glass series, your options are: Aedion, Aelin, Ansel, Archer, Celaena, Cresseidomain authority, Dorian, Eddomain authority, Finn, Imogene, Linnea, Lorcan, Luca, Lyria, Lysandra, Kaya, Nehemia, Petrah, Philippage authority, Rhiannon, Rosamund, Rowan, Sellene, Thea, Yrene.

And there are even more options from the Court of Thorns & Roses series: Cassian, Azriel, Elain, Feyre, Ianthe, Lucien, Morrigan, Nesta, Rhysand (or Rhys), Tamlin, Viviane.

Literary Names from Recent Novels

From Elemãng cầu Ferrante’s Neapolirã novels, we have the following: Elemãng cầu (or Lenu), Raffaella (or Lila or Lina), Carmela, Stefano, Donalớn, Nino, Marisa, and Nella.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’sDaisy Jones và the Six, which came out this year, also had some chất lượng baby name ideas, including Daisy, but also Camila, Simone, và Billy.

American Warby Omar El Akkad is phối in a near future after climate change has wreaked havoc on the southern United States, & it features several familiar-but-uncomtháng names. Sarat, the main character, is fascinating. Other names from the book include Marimãng cầu, Simon, Karimãng cầu, Yousef, & Dana.

điện thoại tư vấn Me By Your Nameis a wonderful book but also a source for more unique literary baby names: Elio, Oliver, Marzia, Annella, Chiara, Anchise, Niteo, Mafaldomain authority.

Finally, I think you could also find some baby name ideas in theCrazy Rich Asians series. Araminta is my favorite from the series, but there’s also Rachel, Kitty, Astrid, Bernard, Alistair, Colin, & Fiomãng cầu.

Baby Names from Shakespeare

And now we have sầu Shakespeare! An endless source of literary baby name inspiration. Many of Shakespeare’s plays are mix in Italy, a country that historians are pretty sure he never visited. This may explain how exaggerated they are—they’re a 15th century English man’s version of Italian names. But many are quite beautiful và worthy of baby name consideration! Shakespeare also wrote plays based on history and myth, so some of these names will seem familiar from other sources.

Abratê mê, Adam, Adrian, Adriamãng cầu, Alexander, Alonso, Andromabít, Angelica, Angelo, Antonio, Anthony, Ariel, Banquo, Benediông chồng (or Benedict), Bianca, Brutus, Caius, Calpurnia, Celia, Cinmãng cầu, Claudio, Cleopatra, Cordelia, Cressidomain authority, Demetrius, Dorcas, Duncan, Emilia, Florizel, Gertrude, Hamlet, Hecate, Helemãng cầu, Hermia, Hero, Horatio, Jessica, Julia, Juliet, Lavinia, Luciana, Lucius, Malcolm, Marcus, Mariamãng cầu, Nathaniel, Ned, Nell, Nerissa, Oberon, Octavia, Ophelia, Orlanvị, Paris, Perdita, Phebe, Portia, Prospero, Regan, Romeo, Rosalind, Rosaline, Sebastian, Silvia, Tamora, Titania, Titus, Ursula, Valentine, Valeria, Viola.

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