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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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  • Jasper

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    Jasper has a lot going for it -- in the past years it shot up 112 places and is still rising, after long being considered a hip and charming name in England. Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents... Read More 

  • Jolyon

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    Galsworthy used this for "The Forsyte Saga," but in modern real life Julian would work better. Read More 

  • Jude

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    Jude is an example of a name whose image was turned on its head primarily by one appealing celebrity. So take a bow, Jude Law: You--in collaboration with the Lennon-McCartney song "Hey Jude"--have... Read More 

  • Jupiter

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    Jupiter's partner Juno has entered the mainstream, so it's possible that her divine mate could follow. The name of the supreme Roman deity and the largest planet has until recently had either too h... Read More 

  • Kaddish

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    The name of the hero of Nathan Englander's The Ministry of Special Cases is also the name of the prayer Jews say for the dead, so be aware that this could definitely be seen as an offensive choice ... Read More 

  • Kafka

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    Murakami's Kafka on the Shore features a character named after the famous Czech author of The Metamorphoses . Read More 

  • Laird

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    Laird is a Scottish title for the landed gentry -it ranks just below a Baron — with a pleasantly distinctive Scottish burr that must have appealed to Sharon Stone, who chose it for her son. Laird ... Read More 

  • Lemuel

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    Lemuel is a neglected Old Testament name, with the friendly nickname Lem, that we're surprised hasn't been picked up on by parents who have known too many Samuels. In the Bible, Lemuel is mentione... Read More 

  • Loch

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    Loch is a watery word that sounds more like a name because it's one step removed from its English form. Pronounced as "lock," it's also a short form of the variously-spelled Lachlan. Read More 

  • Macon

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    What with Mason scooting up the charts, this attractive place-name, with its thick Georgia accent, could make a more distinctive alternative. Macon has played major roles in two novels, Anne Tyler... Read More 

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