Literary Baby Names

Literary names, drawn from the characters in books for both adults and children as well as from the names of well-loved authors, are gaining in popularity. Literary names we are hearing more of these days include the following. For a more complete collection, check out our lists of Literary Names for Girls and Literary Names for Boys.
  • Alice

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alice is a classic name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. In the past decade Alice has jumped nearly 300 places in the... Read More 

  • Anais

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Anais is an unusual, exotic name forever attached to the daring French-born American novelist and diarist Anais Nin (born Angela, with middle name Anais), who was the inspiration for the naming of... Read More 

  • Archer

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald... Read More 

  • Atticus

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Atticus, with its trendy Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a real winner. In fact so many people have been inspired by the... Read More 

  • Beckett

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Beckett is one of the big baby name hits of the decade.

    A handsome name with an attractively brisk sound, and rich in literary associations via major Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, it... Read More 

  • Bronte

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This lovely surname of the three novel-writing sisters, now used as a baby name, makes a fitting tribute for lovers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. While the original name... Read More 

  • Charlotte

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The name of the young Princess of Cambridge, Charlotte is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella in a rise toward the top of the list, making Number 9 in the US this... Read More 

  • Cullen

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Cullen is an appealing Irish surname name that upped its cool factor considerably when it became the Twilight family name of Edward et al. It's considerably less popular than it was at its peak in... Read More 

  • Daisy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Daisy, fresh, wholesome, and energetic, is one of the flower names that burst back into bloom after a century's hibernation. Originally a nickname for Margaret (the French Marguerite is the word... Read More 

  • Darcy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Delicate ballerina name with grace, charm, and heft courtesy of Jane Austen's Mr. Read More 

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