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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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  • 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 

  • Magnus

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    Magnus, a powerful name with a commanding presence, is one of the newly unearthed ancient artifacts; it dates back to Charlemagne being called Carolus Magnus, or Charles the Great. It was picked fo... Read More 

  • Marius

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    Marius, frequently heard in Germany and France, is a slightly fusty yet accessible name that has (Les Mis) to Anne Rice. With the rise in interest in such Latin names as Maximus and Atticus, Marius... Read More 

  • Melchior

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    This name of one of the Three Wise Men is rarely used, for good reason.  Read More 

  • Milo

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    Milo has long been a highly recommended author favorite, now getting some well deserved appreciation. Milo combines the strength of the ancient Greek Olympic wrestler of that name--a six-time winn... Read More 

  • Mingus

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    Supermodel Helena Christensen named her son in honor of jazz great Charles Mingus, opening up a whole category of jazzy possibilities: Kenton, Calloway, Ellington, Gillespie, Mulligan, Tatum, and T... Read More 

  • Misha

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    Brought into the American consciousness as the nickname of ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, it more recently took on a unisex air via TV and screen actress Mischa Barton. Could become the next Sas... Read More 

  • Orlando

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    Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost an... Read More 

  • Orno

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    Is it a real name....or no? Read More 

  • Oskar

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    Oskar is to Oscar as Jakob is to Jacob: more distinctive and continental. Read More 

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