Pretentious is in the ear of the beholder/eye of the reader!
As a mom who chose, for argument's sake, a "literary name" - I can offer some insight, as well as experiences.
My first point would be; a person has to be aware of a literary name in order to deem someone pretentious for naming their child (which creates a logical loophole, don't you think?); I have yet to see any football fan say "Wow, Seneca Wallace's mom was super pretentious naming her child that, what was she thinking?."
We chose Atticus for our son, for a myriad of reason;
- Ancient Roman feel
- Blend of soft vowel sound juxtaposed with hard c sound
- Atticus the Platonic philosopher (as a side note, I wouldn't think it was pretentious if someone named their child Plato; I would think they were bold enough to choose a name which honored someone who obviously influenced them).
- Has a vintage charm
- Associated with the steady character of Atticus Finch
The list can go on and on really. The funny thing is; I have only heard of two other boys named Atticus (Attici?) from friends of friends, but have not met one in person; and I have only heard the "Oh, from To Kill a Mockingbird" a handful of times.
Too often on the discussion boards, we are too dismissive of people's naming choices; even if we are all ardent name nerds, can we really label someone as pretentious just because we view it this way?
Personally I think people are too multidimensional to choose a name simply on the merit of "sounding more educated or wealthy".
It is all about perspective; how many of you meet a Tiffany and think "Wow, her parents must have been rich/trashy to name her after the jewelry store"? Although I do not prefer the name, I could see why a Tiffany's parents may have chosen the name, perhaps due to the friendly lilting sound, or association with Breakfast at Tiffany's, etc, etc.