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Literary Names for Boys

These literary baby names for boys are derived from characters in books from all genres and periods. Here, a selection of the most distinctive baby names from books. In the literary names category, as always, feel free to think about your own personal favorites.
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  • Amory

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    Amory is the kind of executive-sounding surname name that became popular in the 1990s. Amory Blaine is the protagonist of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, This Side of Paradise . Read More 

  • Aramis

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    One of Dumas' swashbuckling Three Musketeers, now better known as a men's cologne.  Read More 

  • Archer

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    Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald to get to t... Read More 

  • Atticus

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    Atticus, with its trendy Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird , is a real winner. In fact so many people have been inspired by the charact... Read More 

  • Auric

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    Auric is an Ian Fleming anti-hero, better known as Goldfinger. Better to go with James. Or even Bond. Read More 

  • Axel

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    Axel is the perfect heavy metal rock name, thanks to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose (born William). Axel is a popular Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom, who was a son of King David, and is the nam... Read More 

  • Barley

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    A bit too bad-boy (think bars, beer, Harley) for us, as well as being the name of a grain.  Read More 

  • Barnaby

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    Barnaby, a genial and energetic name with an Irish-sounding three-syllable lilt, is an ancient appellation that manages to be both unusual and highly attractive and deserves to be used more than it... Read More 

  • Beale

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    Surname of a character in Henry James' What Maisie Knew . Read More 

  • Benvolio

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    In Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet , the friend who persuades Romeo to go to the party where he meets Juliet. Alas. Read More 

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