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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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  • Utah

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    This would make a startling but likable choice; poet Dylan Thomas used it for a character in his play "Under Milk Wood."  Read More 

  • Valentino

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    A dashing, dramatic and romantic Italian surname, associated with early movie heartthrob Rudolph, and later with Italian fashion designer Valentino (Garavani). Also the name of an early Roman sain... Read More 

  • Vivaldo

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    Unusual name that relates both to the vividly stylish Viv names such as Vivienne and Viveca, and to the Italian musician Vivaldi. Read More 

  • Wolf

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    Wolf is a name with a split personality. It can be seen as one of the fierce animal names, like Fox and Bear and Puma, with a touch of the werewolf, or it can be viewed as a quieter, Wolf Blitzer k... Read More 

  • Yancey

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    A fancy TV western name that didn't catch on like fellow cowboys Luke and Josh, but definitely has a certain amount of charm. It is also spelled Yancy, as in the 1950s series Yancy Derringer . Read More 

  • Zooey

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    The original Zooey, hero of J.D. Salinger's Franny & Zooey , was male, but nowadays the name is more closely associated with actress/singer Zooey Deschanel. With Zoe at number 31 for girls and Zoe... Read More 

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