Poet Names: Chaucer, Cullen & Kipling

It’s National Poetry Month, the perfect moment to celebrate the bards and bardesses of the past and present, a surprising number of whom just happened to born with birth-certificate-ready surnames. In addition to those below, there are other great choices like Auden, Eliot and Emerson, Lowell, Millay, Nash, Owen, Poe, Reese and Schuyler, but we’ve picked what we think are the best poet names for now.


Picture 1 of 14

Louise Bogan was the fourth Poet Laureate of the United States and the first woman to be appointed to that position, appreciated for her subtle intellectual style. Bogan could be a perfectly acceptable companion to boys named Brogan, Logan, and Hogan—though be aware that Bogan does have some negative connotations in Australian slang.

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


22 Responses to “Poet Names: Chaucer, Cullen & Kipling”

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Rin Says:

April 19th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Bogan is DEFINITELY completely unusable in New Zealand & Australia! Explained by wikipedia:

“The term bogan is Australian and New Zealand slang, usually pejorative or self-deprecating, for an individual who is recognised to be from a lower-middle class background or someone whose limited education, speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplifies such a background.”

Rin Says:

April 19th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Kipling has to be my favourite from this collection.

Poppy528 Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 1:52 am

Fantastic post, yet again! I have to say that having spent the last decade with my nose in science journals, I am not very well versed in the classics. I love posts like this that help me get a little bit more cultured (: I love the peaceful Paz and Dove, and I love the style of the name Tennyson (though I would not use it myself). Edgar Irving is the baby name de jour that hubby and I are fond of, seems to fit the theme with both names … No Poe on the list?

veggiemama Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 2:59 am

Heehee “Bogan”. Definitely not usable in NZ. Made me giggle. 🙂

Reeny Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 3:20 am

Please no one pick Bogan. Choose Byron instead. Even if it doesn’t have the same connotations in the US as it does in Australasia, Bogy is still not a pretty nickname!

Love Hugo. We can’t use it because husband’s cousin has a son called Hugo. Just found out we’re having a boy too. Bother!

kewitzler Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 5:17 am

No Auden in your slideshow. Or Bronte? Love these names, but I’ve heard them a lot lately, esp. Auden.

I’d go with Keats.

Viviana Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 5:28 am

As soon as I saw Bogan I laughed, it is definitely not usuable in Oz.

henrye Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 9:42 am

I would be wary of Kipling, simply because his poetry is frequently considered by modern scholars to have problematic racial and imperialist overtones. How about Wilfred Owen instead?

miloowen Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 9:51 am

Why you would choose to honour Victor Hugo over the true poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal is beyond me…. What about Rainer Rilke? Both would make interesting name choices.

I would have loved to honour my favourite poet/composer, Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (I was born on his birthday).

I also think using Hallam to honour Tennyson would be good.

Mischa Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 10:23 am

Don’t want to be a nitpicker…but I couldn’t help but notice that the blog stated that Tennyson was Russell Crowe’s first son. That’s incorrect. Charles Spencer is the firstborn and Tennyson is the second son.

TinaBina Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 10:59 am

I really like Chaucer and Marlowe – before this even was posted!

linda Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Mischa–yes of course, you’re right about Tennyson being the younger–I will correct.

nextotonormal14 Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I don’t like any of these to be honest…

bluebonnie Says:

April 21st, 2012 at 5:48 pm

A kid named Bogan in New Zealand would be terrible!!! I like the other names though, especially Byron and Kipling.

Samantha-Bianca Says:

April 21st, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I quite like Tennyson. but yes, Bogan is incredibly unusable here. May as well call your kid Dag and have done with it.
other literary names I like are Keats and Kesey (an author rather than a poet).

rollo Says:

April 22nd, 2012 at 5:03 am

Quite right Bogan is totally OUT for an Aussie. It is a derogatory term. If you must go down that road then perhaps Boden would fit but it could still be teasing material.

R_J Says:

April 22nd, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Love Lorca, Paz, and Marlowe. Probably wouldn’t use them, but like ’em anyway 🙂

A Year in Books/Day 112: Louise Bogan A Portrait | A Small Press Life Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

[…] recently listed their choices for the best poet-based names for 2012 babies. First on the list? Bogan. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrStumbleUponPinterestLike this:LikeOne blogger likes this post. […]

tabitha Says:

March 9th, 2013 at 7:24 am

My friend’s 3 year old son is named Kipling. Goes by nn Kip.
At first I didn’t know what to make of it, but it has definitely grown on me. He is a charming, funny and intelligent little boy who owns his name, not the other way around.
His new brother is Rigby.

jessieo Says:

June 1st, 2013 at 3:29 am

Oh dear, as soon as I saw Bogan I thought it must be a joke! If there are any Bogans out there (lol) for your dignities sake, stay out of Australia and NZ!

mckaylalove Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Do not use bogan as a name if you ever want to visit Australia and New Zealand. You’ll be laughed at. Use Broegan/Brogan or Boden instead.

NaomiNY Says:

May 20th, 2015 at 1:07 am

Frost not only sounds awesome, but I also recently found it in my family tree.

I also like Tennyson, Marlowe, Dove, and Chaucer 🙂

leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.