Word Names for Writers
Word Names for Writers
I’ve noticed that several baby name enthusiasts have a passion for writing. Many writers enter the world of baby names while researching potential character names. I thought it would be fun to look at some wonderful word names related to the art of writing.
Story seems like it should be a hipster favorite. A unisex word name, meaning a narrative, Story has a whimsical vibe. Though Story may seem a bit too out there to many parents, it does share the same ending sound as familiar names like Lori and Rory. Actress Jenna Elfman named one of her sons Story Elias. If Story feels too bold, you may consider pairing it with a more traditional first name, like actress Minnie Driver who named her little one, Henry Story.
Can a name also be a verb? Why not? There’s Reid and Reed, so why not Read? A simple spelling twist ensures that this name has a recognizable sound, but different meaning. Read is a cool name for a lover of literature. Reid is the most popular spelling at #259, followed closely by Reed at #317, while Read is not ranked in the top 1,000.
Page is another recognizable name, a slight spelling variation of Paige. Page is an occupational name, meaning an attendant to a Lord, and a term for a sheet of paper. Page has a subtle book tie-in with either spelling. Page Hopkins, a television journalist, wears this name well.
Penn may remind you of illusionist Penn Jillette, or actor Penn Badgley. Penn is an English word meaning enclosure. It also mirrors the sound of pen, a writing instrument. Penn has a similar sound to Ben, and would make a cool alternative to the rising name, Finn. Is the Penn mightier than the sword? I’m not sure, but I do think it’s one of the more usable names on this list.
Hot off the Press! There are many definitions of this interesting word name, but a printing press is what comes to mind when I think of writers. Not sure about using Press on its own? Try Presley, Prescott, or Preston. All give you the cool, subtle nod to published word.
A word name and occupational name with a romantic feel. Actress Soleil Moon Frye used the name Poet Sienna Rose for one of her daughters. Poet seems like a name that should be a celebrity favorite. It could easily work on either gender.
If you thought Poet was cool, then you might like Sonnet. Sonnet is an inviting choice for avid readers and writers. The word Sonnet is derived from an Italian word meaning little song, giving it a beautiful sound and meaning; Forest Whitaker named his daughter Sonnet Noel.
Fable has a virtuous quality, in that a Fable is a short story, often with animals, that is used to convey a moral. Fable is a quirky, but usable name with a very nice meaning. Blogger Rebecca Wolf named her daughter Fable Luella.
I really like the sound of the word Writer. A Writer is someone who has written text. As a name, it has the same feel as Ryder and Wilder to me. It follows the occupational trend and ends in the popular “er” ending.
A quill is a writing instrument often made using a feather– a lovely tool to write with and an interesting name. Q also makes for an interesting initial. Quill could also work as a nickname for Quiller or Quillan. I’d love to meet a little Quill!
What are your favorite word names for Writers? Write on!
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on July 10th, 2015 at 11:46 am
I like these names a lot! I already had Poet, Story, and Fable on my list and I will be adding Quill! This is definitely the way to go if you don’t have a favorite author to use as a name (like Harper, Hawthorne, etc).
on July 10th, 2015 at 12:33 pm
I loooove Fable! And I also like Quill!
on July 10th, 2015 at 5:04 pm
I like Fable. What about Quilla?
on July 10th, 2015 at 9:23 pm
These are not the kind of writing names I like; I prefer the names of writers: Hardy, Cooper, Washington, Irving, Alcott, Barbara, Pym, Thoreau, Thackeray, Tennyson, Dickinson, Millay, Marcel, Proust, Dickens, Cheever, Rilke, Lorca, Neruda, Gerard, Keats, Yeats, Nathaniel, Hawthorne, Melville, and the like.
on July 12th, 2015 at 6:05 pm
Sonnet is my top pick from this list. I tend to use more vintage or unusual names when I write. Some are a bit common, but some are different.
Examples: Molly, Margot (the T is pronounced in her case), Keagan, Catherine, Esther, Melanie, etc.
on December 27th, 2015 at 3:52 pm
I know a schoolteacher who named her son Legend. Fits right in with Story and Fable, to my mind! Novel could probably also work, and the French word for novel–Roman–definitely could.
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on December 30th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
I’m a sucker for Novella. 🙂
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