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Baby Names Inspired by Authors

Literary baby names can be inspired the characters in books or, in the case of the baby names on this list, by the first and last names of authors ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to Zadie Smith. In this category, as always, feel free to look to your personal favorite writers for your baby names inspiration.
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  • Tennyson

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    Few people would have considered the surname of this famous Victorian poet as a first name until Russell Crowe chose it for his son in 2006. But, as a rhythmic three-syllable patronymic, Tennyson ... Read More 

  • Thackeray

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    The name of the famous British man of letters might just appeal to some English majors as a more interesting alternative to Zachary. An appropriate playmate for Russell Crowe's boy Tennyson.  Read More 

  • Thisbe

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    Thisbe, the name of a beautiful but tragic lover in mythology, is lively and cute -- in a slightly thistly, prickly way. Ovid retold the story of Thisbe and Pyramus, young lovers in ancient Babylon... Read More 

  • Thoreau

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    This completely unique possibility evokes the calm and tranquility of Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond . Read More 

  • Thurber

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    Pleasant surname connected to humorist James Thurber, with a sound as happy as a baby's gurgle.  Read More 

  • Truman

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    Truman, an upstanding presidential name that radiates an aura of integrity and moral truth, values any parent would want for her child, seems definitely headed for a revival. Also associated with... Read More 

  • Twain

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    Twain can be thought of as a modernization (and possible namesake) of the dated Wayne, seasoned with the humor of Mark Twain, who adopted it from a river term.  Read More 

  • Vidal

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    Would be more usable if it wasn't so strongly associated with hairdresser Sassoon and his many hair products.  Read More 

  • Walker

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    Walker is both a Waspy surname name--as in the W in George W. Bush-- but it also has a gentle ambling quality and a creative connection to such greats as writer Walker Percy and photographer Walker... Read More 

  • Willa

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    Willa has become increasingly fashionable, with its combination of Willa (born Wilella) Cather-like pioneer strength and the graceful beauty of the willow tree. Actress Keri Russell named her newb... Read More 

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