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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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  • Gide

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    Pronounced GHEED, this surname of Nobel Prizewinning novelist Andre could make a smooth, sleek middle name choice. Read More 

  • Glasgow

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    An undiscovered place-name with an appealing o-sound ending.  Read More 

  • Gore

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    Surname associated with a recent vice president and author Vidal, but beware of the gory connections.  Read More 

  • Hadley

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    Hadley, most famous as the name of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, is more sophisticated, professional, and modern than cousins Harley, Haley, or Hayden. After debuting on the Top 1000 list in 1998,... Read More 

  • Hammett

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    A possibility for fans of the mystery writer, but most parents would prefer Dashiell.  Read More 

  • Harper

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    Harper is a red hot name for girls, having jumped an impressive 30 places between 2011 and 2012, a prime example of the trend for using surnames-turned-boys'-names for girls. Harper was rarely hear... Read More 

  • Hart

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    Hart could be the hero of a romantic novel, but on the other hand, it's short, straightforward, and strong sounding. The most famous bearer of the name was tragic poet Hart (born Harold) Crane, but... Read More 

  • Harte

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    Most often spelled without the final "e"--unless you're a particular fan of writer Bret. Read More 

  • Hemingway

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    No matter how much you love the novels of Papa H., don't saddle your son with this unwieldy appellation. Read More 

  • Homer

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    Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad -- and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as ... Read More 

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