Poetic Baby Names: 60+ Charming Choices
by Linda Rosenkrantz
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 April Bernard—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.
AUDEN, W. H., b. 1907
BRAUTIGAN, Richard, b. 1935
CULLEN, Countee, b. 1903
MARVELL, Andrew, b. 1621
MERWIN, W.S., b. 1927
OLIVER, Mary, b. 1935
WALCOTT, Derek, 1930
What’s your favorite poet name?
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on April 10th, 2019 at 7:22 am
Our group of friends are really into their poets: we know two little Kiplings and an Auden 🙂
on April 10th, 2019 at 3:46 pm
When I was much much younger and in college, studying poetry I dreamed of having sons named Byron, Dryden, Eliot, and Spenser all for poets or writers I had studied.
on April 10th, 2019 at 10:08 pm
I wish Nameberry would quit condoning Kipling, as in Rudyard, as a valid choice. He was white supremacist and imperialist, even for his own time.
on April 11th, 2019 at 12:28 pm
I’m surprised you left off my favorite: HENLEY, William Ernest, b. 1849.
on April 11th, 2019 at 3:25 pm
I think this list is missing Mary OLIVER and Margaret ATWOOD
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