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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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  • Langston

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    The great African-American Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes put this one on the map; actor Laurence Fishburne adopted it for his now grown son, born in 1987. Hughes was born James Mercer ... Read More 

  • Lardner

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    The surname of humorist Ring is a new entry in the trendy occupational class -- but watch the lard.  Read More 

  • Lionel

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    Lionel is yet another traditional boy's name entering the girls' column--at least once-- via prizewinning novelist Lionel (born Margaret Ann) Shriver. Read More 

  • London

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    Popular for both sexes, replacing Paris, though as London rises into the Top 100 for girls, it's dipping a bit for boys. Read More 

  • Lowell

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    Lowell is an upstanding and somewhat conservative name that calls to mind the genteel patrician families of nineteenth century New England, such as the one poet Robert Lowell was born into. Two oth... Read More 

  • Maya

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    Maya, which has an exotic, almost mystical image, has been steadily climbing in popularity, and is now firmly in the Top 70. In addition to being the name of a Central American culture, Maya was ... Read More 

  • Mcewan

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    Shows some promise via its connection to the growing interest in Ewan.  Read More 

  • Milan

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    As Mila rises for girls, so Milan is becoming a more popular option for boys, especially now that singer Shakira has chosen it for her son. Milan is in the Top 10 for boys in The Netherlands and H... Read More 

  • Millay

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    Pretty and distinctive choice for poetry lovers.  Read More 

  • Morrison

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    Morrison is one of the more uncommon patronymics; it could be used to honor an ancestral Morris, or one of the well-known surnamed Morrisons: Toni, Jim or Van.  Read More 

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