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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  • Hugo

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    Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original-- and of course we love names that end (or begin, for that matter) with an o. This one is especially appealing because it's ... Read More 

  • Ishmael

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    Ishmael is most familiar through "Call me Ishmael," the opening line spoken by the youthful narrator of Moby-Dick . Few American parents have followed that advice, though the Spanish and Arabic sp... Read More 

  • Jarrell

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    Briefly faddish a few decades ago when Darrell was cool. But does have a creative connection to poet Randall Jarrell. Read More 

  • Jerzy

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    Writer Jerzy Kosinski put this foreign variation on the U. S. name map.  Read More 

  • Jessamyn

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    Charming name occasionally heard in England, would be a real standout here. Jessamyn is the spelling used by writer West. Read More 

  • Keats

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    Poetic and easier to pronounce (it's keets) than Yeats (which is yates). This one of many poets' names to consider, such as Auden, Eliot, Frost, Byron, Lorca, Marlowe, Blake, Emerson and Tennyson, ... Read More 

  • Kerouac

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    Kerouac could make for a meaningful possible modern literary inspiration, via On the Road author Jack. The writer's baptism certificate read Jean Louis Kirouac, though he later claimed his full nam... Read More 

  • Kesey

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    Kesey is a possible literary hero name honoring Merry Prankster Ken Kesey, whose characters flew over the cuckoo's nest. Kesey rhymes with easy. Read More 

  • Lafcadio

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    Patrick Lafcadio Hearn was born on the Greek Island of Lefkada, the origin of the name he used as a first. But as a writer, he was known as Koizumi Yakumo, a collector of Japanese folk tales and g... Read More 

  • Lalita

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    Lolita without the naughty implications.  Read More 

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