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Mockingbird Names: Atticus, Scout and more

By Herb Scribner, Deseret News National

It was announced recently that there will be a To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, penned by Harper Lee, the writer of the original literary classic that’s sold more than 18 million copies and has been printed in 40 different languages.

The book includes a unique set of character names that aren’t easily forgettable. These names may serve as inspiration for your baby’s name, too. According to Nameberry in The Huffington Post, parents in 2015 will be giving their children powerful, unique and oddball names to set them apart from the rest of the pack.

Here are 13 character names you can use for your child. The characters aren’t always the greatest role models, but their names are unique enough to make your baby sound cool and sophisticated.

Scout

Scout is the main character of To Kill a Mockingbird. As a narrator reflecting on her past, Scout retells the events of Tom Robinson’s trial and her early childhood.

Jem

JeremyJemFinch is Scout’s older brother who finds intrigue in the ongoing events of the book because of his mature understanding.

Atticus

Atticus is Scout and Jem’s father; he is an attorney who defended Robinson, a black man on trial for charges of rape, and is seen as the hero of the book.

Link

This isn’t the video game character you know and love. This Link owns cotton fields in To Kill a Mockingbird. He defends Robinson in the trial and is an ally to Atticus and the Finches.

Dill

Dill is the troubled best friend of Jem and Scout. He’s the biggest activist for getting the mysterious Boo Radley to come out of his house.

Boo

ArthurBooRadley is a mysterious and reclusive character who hides in his home until the end, when he saves Scout and Jem from being murdered by Bob Ewell, the book’s villain.

Mayella

Mayella is Bob Ewell’s daughter, whose actions set off the chain of events that create the major trial featured in the book.

Heck

No, this isn’t a substitute swear word. It’s the name of Mr. Heck Tate, a friend of Atticus and the sheriff of Maycomb County.

Braxton

Want your child to be a journalist? Braxton might be the name to go with since he’s the novel’s reporter. However, Braxton is racist and often disagrees with whatever Atticus says.

Calpurnia

Calpurnia is the Finch’s housekeeper. She’s also the keeper of a beautiful name. In the novel, she offers love and discipline to the Finch children.

Zeebo

Zeebo is Calpurnia’s oldest son. He leads hymns at the local black community church and is somewhat of a leader.

Lula is a black woman who doesn’t like white people. She’s seen as a troublemaker and often disagrees with church teachings.

Eula

Eula’s got the most unique job in the novel; she’s a telephone operator. She announces the on-going events of the county.

An expanded version of this story appeared in Deseret News National. Herb Scribner is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who is a national news writer for Deseret News National.

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Theodora_Phoenix Says:

February 11th, 2015 at 10:33 am

I’ve never actually read To Kill A Mockingbird. But from this list, I like Lula, Mayella and Braxton.

SimoneKadele Says:

February 11th, 2015 at 10:36 am

I love Calpurnia! To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books. Some of these characters are kind of bad role models, though. As in I wouldn’t be using Mayella, an otherwise lovely name, anytime soon…

emilybk Says:

February 16th, 2015 at 12:59 pm

This is my favorite book of all time. I couldn’t persuade my husband to use TKAM names for our kids, so we’ve had a couple of cats named after characters in the book. Atticus was first, and when he died, we adopted Scout. He jokes that the next one will have to be Boo Radley, but I could see using Dill or Calpurnia too.

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February 28th, 2016 at 11:46 pm

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