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Baby Names from Children's Books

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Baby names from books are stylish right now, and none more so than baby names from children's books, typified by such high-rising choices as Eloise, Sawyer, and Madeline.

Beloved books from childhood can be a wonderful source of names with deep personal meaning and worthy literary namesakes. From Charlotte of the Web to Harry Potter, from Heidi to Huck, Katniss to Stellaluna, the menu of names drawn from children's literature keeps expanding.

Using baby names from children’s books is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Here are 150+ of the most iconic baby names inspired by children's books.

  • Abdul

    Widespread choice in the Muslim world, this was the name of both the father of the Prophet Mohammed and one of his sons. Read More 

  • Alexander

    Alexander is derived from the Greek name Aléxandros, composed of the elements aléxein, meaning “to defend,” and aner, meaning “man.” According to Greek legend, the first... Read More 

  • Alice

    Alice was derived from the Old French name Aalis, a diminutive of Adelais that itself came from the Germanic name Adalhaidis. Adalhaidis, from which the name Adelaide is also derived, is composed... Read More 

  • Alma

    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more.

    In addition to... Read More 

  • Amelia

    Amelia is derived from the German name Amalia, which in turn is a variation of Amalberga. The root, amal, is a Germanic word meaning “work,” and in the context of female given names suggests... Read More 

  • Amos

    Amos is a robust biblical name that's being discovered by a new generation of parents in a major way.

    Amos was an eighth century BC prophet whose sayings are collected in the biblical... Read More 

  • Angelina

    The gorgeous Angelina Jolie has promoted the star power of her name and changed Angelina's image from delicate to intense, from older Italian mama to stylish multi-cultural child. Kids might... Read More 

  • Annabelle

    This is a charming name on the rise along with other-belle names, especially in this form, but also appealing in the more streamlined Annabel spelling, made famous by the Edgar Allen Poe poem... Read More 

  • Anne

    The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls’ names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the... Read More 

  • Annika

    Annika is a surprise hit of recent years, inspired by golfer Sorenstam; for Trekkies, it was also the name of a 'Star Trek:Voyager' character. Some people's first memory of it might be as Pippi... Read More 

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