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.
  • Cullen

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    Cullen is an appealing Irish surname name that upped its cool factor considerably when it became the Twilight family name of Edward et al. In the USA, Cullen slipped outside the Top 600 for the... Read More 

  • Darcy

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    Though Darcy is the ultimate Jane Austen hero name, it is rarely used for boys today. A shame as it's a handsome, roguish kind of appellation that combines elements of French flair, aristocratic... Read More 

  • Darl

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    This name of a character in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying sounds as though it was cut off at the middle. Read More 

  • Dorian

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    The Dorians were an ancient Greek tribe, one of the three major pre-Spartan tribes. It was introduced as a first name by Oscar Wilde in his 1890 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the... Read More 

  • Dunstan

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    A two-syllable surname feel puts this name of an important English saint in the running -- though it could sound like a confused cross between Duncan and Dustin. Read More 

  • Edmund

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    The sophisticated Edmund and its nearly-identical French twin Edmond are coming out of mothballs now that Edward, inspired by Twilight, is once again a hot name.

    Edmund has had... Read More 

  • Edward

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    Unlike perennials William, John and James, Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. This royal Anglo-Saxon standard has benefited in recent years from the popularity of the hot hero... Read More 

  • Falmouth

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    Falmouth may be a beautiful seaside spot in Massachusetts, but as a name it's perilously close to "foul mouth." Falmouth Kearney was the name of Barack Obama's great-great grandfather.Read More 

  • Fenno

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    Fenno, a name we'd never heard before or since, was the hero of the acclaimed Julia Glass novel, Three Junes--an interesting new discovery.Read More 

  • Fitzwilliam

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    The Christian name of the dashing Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice— it was his mother's maiden name— is just one of several Fitz names, including Fitzroy, Fitzgerald,... Read More 

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