Category: baby names from novels
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Novels and plays are filled with wonderful character names that provide great naming inspiration–recently we’ve seen that reflected in the newfound popularity of Holden from Catcher in the Rye, Atticus and Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, Scarlett from Gone with the Wind.
Today we’re looking at some of the more unique girls’ names that haven’t gained that kind of popularity–some of them perhaps not likely to. It was hard to make a choice, but here are a dozen that made the cut. We’ll be doing the same thing for boys soon.
There are countless names that have been plucked from books and transferred to birth certificates, including current favorites like Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Holden (Catcher in the Rye) and Emma (Emma), not to mention Romeo and Juliet.
But there are lots more literary names that are not as obvious, some from more obscure books, others of less prominent characters. Here are 50 such examples of creative literary names that have not made it into the mainstream, but could make interesting choices—25 of them for each gender.
But bear in mind that though these names all have literary cred, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they’re attached to the most heroic characters.
- Abra – East of Eden, John Steinbeck
- Adelaida – The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Alia – Dune, Frank Herbert; Midnight’s Child, Salman Rushdie
- Clea — The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell
- Clemency– The Battle of Life, Charles Dickens
- Cosette – Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
- Dabney –Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty
- Fantine – Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
- Honoria — Bleak House, Charles Dickens; Babylon Revisited, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Lindo – The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
- Lizaveta – The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Malta — Bleak House, Charles Dickens
- Marilla — Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery