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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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  • Brick

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    This is an Anglicized form of various names; the Irish Gaelic O Bruic; German, Bruck or Breck, meaning "swamp" or "wood"; Yiddish, Brik, "bridge"; and Slovenian, Bric, "dweller from a hilly place."... Read More 

  • Brom

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    Attached to one of the heroes of Christopher Paolini's megapopular fantasy novel Eragon , this name sounds strong yet sensitive.  Read More 

  • Caliban

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    In Shakespeare's The Tempest , Caliban is the name of the deformed son of a witch: not the greatest literary reference for a child. But Caliban does have an appealing exotic-yet-accessible feel an... Read More 

  • Caspar

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    After half a century, this otherwise feasible name has at last started to lose its link to the friendly ghost; it certainly didn't scare model Claudia Schiffer, who chose it for her son, as did Ato... Read More 

  • Cato

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    Cato conjures up images of ancient Roman statesmen and southern antebellum retainers; it could have revival potential, with its 'O' ending and the current interest in the names of Greek and Roman a... Read More 

  • Chance

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    Once a cavalier Mississippi gambler type name, Chance has entered the mainstream and is rising rapidly; endorsed by such celebrity dads as Larry King and Paul Hogan.  Read More 

  • Cleon

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    Rare and distinctive name with intimations of antiquity, also a Shakespearean character.  Read More 

  • Cody

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    Cody is riding off into the sunset.  Read More 

  • Corin

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    Corin was used by Shakespeare in As You Like It , an unusual name that could make a more distinctive alternative to Corey or Colin. It is a name used in the illustrious Redgrave family of actors.  Read More 

  • Crow

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    From Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore , the story of a boy named Kafka -- crow in Czech. Read More 

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