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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  • Cain

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    Cain, the name of the first murderer, was until recently seldom heard outside of the Old Testament and soap operas. Vary the spelling to Kane or Keane to sidestep the negative biblical connection.  Read More 

  • Carson

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    Carson is an androgynous executive-type name, with a dash of the Wild West via the legendary Missouri frontiersman Kit Carson. Dating back to when it was the name of Nancy Drew's Dad, Carson is sti... Read More 

  • Carver

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    Carver is an occupational name with an artistic bent, as is the newly arrived Painter, which has a fresher feel than the 1990's Carter. It also has eminent last-name links to botanist and educator ... Read More 

  • Chandler

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    With TV's Friends having vanished into rerun land, this prime-time hot name of one of its characters has begun to cool.  Read More 

  • Cheever

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    Cheever has a nice, cheery sound, literary ties to novelist and short writer John Cheever and also, sideways, to the Edward Arlington Robinson narrative poem "Miniver Cheevy," as well as a sublimin... Read More 

  • Conrad

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    Conrad has a somewhat intellectual masculine image, a solid name that has been consistently on the popularity lists, especially well used in the 1920s and 30s, and given a pop of rock energy by the... Read More 

  • Cooper

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    The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on -- and Cooper remains a pleasing option. Cooper began his rapid climb in 1982 and has been in the ... Read More 

  • Crane

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    This elegant surname has great potential to turn into an unusual first name, especially with its literary associations to both Stephen and Hart Crane. Crane is a surname that originated for a tall... Read More 

  • Dante

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    The great medieval poet's name, widely used in the Italian-American community -- and beyond.  Read More 

  • Dashiell

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    Dashiell, though missing from many other name sources, is among the hottest new names, chosen by such celebs as Cate Blanchett and author Helen ( Bridget Jones ) Fielding. With its great dash and p... Read More 

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