Cool baby names today may reference celebrities, sure, but more and more parents are looking to fictional characters for inspiration when naming their children.
Based on nearly two million visits to Nameberry’s individual name pages over the past three months, we see these character names — from classic literature and futuristic fantasy, Old Hollywood films and modern animation — attracting big jumps in interest.
This is one cool baby names trend that makes sense. Fictional characters embody positive, uplifting qualities that their mortal counterparts often fall short on. And in the ever-broadening search for names with personal meaning, parents may find referencing a favorite book or film to be a perfect way to make an important style statement and give their child a namesake to look up to.
Here, the hottest character names on Nameberry right now:
The names of author Harper Lee and all her characters in To Kill A Mockingbird – Atticus, Scout, even Radley – have been taken up by the baby-naming public. It doesn’t hurt that Atticus – it’s an ancient Roman name meaning “from Athens” – Finch was judged the Number 1 movie hero of all time by the American Film Institute.