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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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  • Ayn

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    Ayn is a nonconformist name associated with controversial Russian-born writer and philosopher Ayn Rand, (born Alisa) author of The Fountainhead .  Read More 

  • Baldwin

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    One "bald" name we can get behind, thanks to pioneering African-American author James Baldwin--though the name is now also associated with the Baldwin brothers, particularly Alec.  Read More 

  • Beckett

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    Beckett is one of the big baby name hits of the decade. A handsome name with an attractively brisk sound, and rich in literary associations via major Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, it is especia... Read More 

  • Behan

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    An Anglicized derivative of the Gaelic name Beatha, meaning "life," best known as the surname of Irish playwright Brendan Behan.  Read More 

  • Bellow

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    Might be an honorific for novelist Saul Bellow, although bellowing is not the gentlest of sounds. Consider Saul instead.  Read More 

  • Blake

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    Blake -- an early unisex option -- is still in the Top 100 for boys, remaining a sophisticated choice. And yes, both conflicting meanings of Blake are accurate. Associated with singer Amy Winehouse... Read More 

  • Bly

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    The surname of enterprising journalist Nellie Bly and poet Robert Bly makes a simple, modern, and upbeat sounding choice for either a boy or a girl. Read More 

  • Brontë

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    Bronte is the lovely surname of the three novel-writing sisters, now used as a baby name; a fitting tribute for lovers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. An extra element of Bronte's appeal: the s... Read More 

  • Byatt

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    For fans of the (female) author A. S. ; makes an interesting alternative to Wyatt or the hotelish Hyatt.  Read More 

  • Byron

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    For centuries, this name had a romantic, windswept image due to its strong connection to the poet Lord Byron, who inspired its use as a first name. It is one of those surprise names that's appeared... Read More 

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