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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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  • Raleigh

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    Attractive North Carolina place-name and surname of explorer Sir Walter Raleigh. Distinctive, classy-but-approachable choice for either sex. Read More 

  • Rhys

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    There's Rhys and there's Reese (now more popular for girls) and there's Reece, and we particularly like the traditional Welsh spelling, which has been climbing since it entered the list in 2004, po... Read More 

  • Ring

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    Cool and casual, a la humorist Ring (born Ringgold. ) Lardner.  Read More 

  • Roald

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    This intriguing Scandinavian name is associated with Roald Dahl, author of the juvenile classics James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . You can honor an ancestral Ronald ... Read More 

  • Rumer

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    Demi and Bruce made waves when they named their now-grown firstborn after novelist Rumer Godden; downside is its connection with the unpleasant word rumor. English author Godden was actually born M... Read More 

  • Salinger

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    Fervent fans of The Catcher in the Rye might want to consider this as a literary tribute. More mainstream alternative: Holden. Read More 

  • Saroyan

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    Plausible literary name to honor upbeat Armenian-American playwright and prose writer William Saroyan.  Read More 

  • Shakespeare

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    No: no Picasso, no Beethoven, and no Shakespeare. Read More 

  • Shaw

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    With the current taste for last names first, this sounds a lot cooler than Shawn; it also has creative connections to the great Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, novelist Irwin Shaw, and Big B... Read More 

  • Tennessee

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    When playwright Thomas Lanier Williams adopted the pen name of Tennessee, he created a new possibility among American place-names, although it's admittedly a bit bulky in size. Reese Witherspoon br... Read More 

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