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.
  • Samson

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    With the prevailing popularity of Samuel, some parents are considering this more (literally) powerful biblical name, which shares the desirable nickname of Sam.

    Samson was, of course,... Read More 

  • Santiago

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    Santiago is a spirited Spanish name with great crossover potential: a place-name (it's a city in Chile), a surname, and the patron saint of Spain. In the past decade it has climbed more than 200... Read More 

  • Sawyer

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    Sawyer is a surname with a more relaxed and friendly feel than many others, and is one of the hottest occupational names right now, with the Nameberry seal of approval. Sawyer is becoming... Read More 

  • Sebastian

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    Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and Little Mermaid hero -- think Sebastian the Crab -- that's entered the Top 40 (rising 11 places this year) as a... Read More 

  • Seneca

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    Seneca's distinguished heritage as the name of the ancient Roman philosopher-playwright who tutored Nero, and of an Iroquois tribe makes this an interesting choice for either sex. Read More 

  • Septimus

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    Septimus is one of the more dashing of the birth-order Latin number names that were revived by the Victorians. So even if you don't anticipate son number 7, you might be bold enough to consider... Read More 

  • Silas

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    Silas, once a folksy-sounding, rural New Testament name associated with George Eliot's Silas Marner, is definitely beginning to be reevaluated, a la similar flavored Caleb and Linus, and... Read More 

  • Taft

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    A solid, brief but not brusque single-syllable surname with a presidential pedigree. Read More 

  • Tristan

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    Tristan -- known through medieval legend and Wagnerian opera -- has a slightly wistful, touching air. This, combined with the name's popular "an" ending, makes Tristan very appealing to parents... Read More 

  • Tristram

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    This version of Tristan, known to English Lit students from the novel Tristram Shandy, is rarely used in this country, but, though its similarity to the popular Tristan could prove... Read More 

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