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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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  • Phineas

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    Julia Roberts drew the biblical Phineas into the limelight when she chose it, with the even-more-antique spelling Phinnaeus, for her twin son, now called Finn. Phineas had last been heard from via ... Read More 

  • Praxis

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    In mythology, another name for Aphrodite -- but the rare feminine name that sounds better for a boy. Read More 

  • Quebec

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    An interesting Canadian province and city name that has some literary history as the name of a character in Dickens's Bleak House ; could make a distinctive choice for parents with northern roots.  Read More 

  • Quillen

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    The names may sound the same, but they have different origins and meanings. Take your pick. Read More 

  • Quintus

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    A literary name figuring in the story of Ben Hur and the novels of Anthony Trollope that has the feel of Roman antiquity that is beginning to appeal to many parents. Quintus was one of only about t... Read More 

  • Rhett

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    Rhett has been more tied to Gone with the Wind than even Scarlett, but now we're hearing rumblings of its finding new and independent favor among parents, perhaps emboldened by the growing populari... Read More 

  • Riley

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    Riley -- a friendly, popular surname choice -- is rising faster now for girls than boys; Riley's in the female Top 50. In England and Wales, however, Riley entered the top ten for the first time i... Read More 

  • Rodion

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    Well used in Russia, this is a distinctive and undiscovered choice here. Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov is the fictional protagonist of Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoyevsky. Read More 

  • Romeo

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    It wasn't so long ago that Romeo was considered as outre for an American baby as Casanova or Cupid. But that really changed when David and Victoria Beckham chose it for their second son in 2002, a ... Read More 

  • Rufus

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    Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of cool... Read More 

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