It’s that time of the year when we celebrate April as National Poetry Month. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how many of the great poets’ surnames happen to make perfect, poetic baby names.This year, rather than pick out a limited number of the most appealing, I’m offering a broad array of 60 surname names that could definitely provide poetic inspiration.
Mostly writing in English, they span the centuries, from 16th century Chaucer to contemporary AprilBernard—I’ve included their birthdates for context. Some of them , say Keats and Kipling, broadcast the source of their inspiration, while others are more secret and subtle, like Blake and Brooks.
So here, in alphabetical order, are 60+ poets’ poetic baby names.