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  • Labrador Retriever Names

    Labs may be the friendliest dogs, and so names that mean friend or friendly make ideal names for Labrador Retrievers. Names that mean love might also make good names for Labs, because they show so much affection. If you've got a brand new Lab or Labradoodle to name, consider these great Lab names.

  • Latinx Baby Names

    Latin culture is having an important influence on the United States, and that includes Latinx baby names. Baby names that a generation ago might have been used exclusively by Latinx parents are now filtering into the mainstream. Here, some Latin baby names increasing in popularity.

  • Leo Baby Names

    Names for Leo babies have lots of appealing inspirations: lions, gold, and the sun, to name the three main Leo symbols.

    Leo is the sign of the lion in the zodiac, and there are plenty of leonine baby names to consider, even Leo itself. Names for a Leo baby could also include those inspired by the color gold, which is both the element and the color associated with Leos.

    In astrology, the Sun rules over Leo, so any sun-related names would be appropriate for a baby Leo, along with names that mean fire. If you need a name for a little Leo, these names are great options.

  • Libra Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Libra is symbolized by scales in astrology, making balance and harmony an ideal theme for names for Libra babies.

    Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac, so any names related to that lucky number count as Libra baby names. Names for a Libra baby might be inspired by its associated flowers, roses and daisies, or names that mean air, a nod to its element, air. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, so any names connected to the goddess of love would be appropriate for a baby Libra.

    Consider some of these amazing names for Libra babies if you are expecting a little Libra of your own, born between September 23 and October 22. You may also want to explore our wider list of Names for Autumn Babies.

  • Literary Baby Names

    Literary baby names, drawn from the characters in books for both adults and children as well as from the names of well-loved authors, are gaining in popularity. Literary names can confer meaning on a child as well as provide a worthy hero or heroine to look up to.

    Names from the best-loved children's books may be gaining the most in popularity. While many of these -- Alice (in Wonderland) and Charlotte (of the Web), say -- carry references that go far beyond the literary, other names are closely identified with the characters who inspired their popularity. Along with Alice and Charlotte, literary baby names from children's and young adult books ranking in the US Top 500 include Sawyer, Matilda, Finn, Holden, Lyra, and Eloise. Unique literary names from children's books or of young characters gaining attention include Huck, Ramona, Scout, and Hermione.

    Historical novels also provide a rich source of popular literary names. Drawn from the works of authors from Shakespeare to Jane Austen to F. Scott Fitzgerald, top historical literary names include Juliet, Archer, Scarlett, and Darcy, for both genders. Emma, a Top 10 name in the US, France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland, among other countries, also has a strong literary influence as the title character from the Jane Austen novel.

    Names of historically-important authors are also notable. These might be first names, such as Willa (Cather), Edith (Wharton), Dashiell (Hammett), and Hart (Crane). The newest literary names are drawn from the surnames of famous authors. Along with Austen and Bronte, unique literary surname names we love include Auden, Poe, Angelou, and Baldwin.

    Literary works adapted in recent years for popular television shows and movies have had a strong influence, especially from the name-rich works of J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin. Literary names that have been created or popularized by the Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, and Twilight franchises include Arya, Khaleesi, Katniss, Albus, and Bella.

    The best place to start your search for the perfect literary baby name is with your favorite books and authors, of course. But you might love the name first and read the book or research the author afterwards. For even more choices, check out our lists of Literary Names for Girls and Literary Names for Boys.

  • Literary Baby Names Inspired by Authors

    Literary baby names can be inspired the characters in books or, in the case of the baby names on this list, by the first and last names of authors ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Zora Neale Hurston.

    Along with Emerson and Zora, other names inspired by authors in the US Top 1000 include August, Blake, Cooper, Ellison, Hadley, Langston, Walker, and Willa. Unique literary surnames inspired by female authors include Brontë, Morrison, Didion, and Munro.

    If you’re looking to make a statement, distinctive literary surnames such as Thackeray or Kerouac, Salinger or Hemingway are dramatic yet name-worthy. You may even consider using the name Author itself, which, believe it or not, ranked in the US popularity charts until WWII.

    An author-related baby name may inspire a lifelong love of reading in your child. In this category, as always, feel free to look to your personal favorite writers for your baby names inspiration. Here, our selection of literary baby names inspired by authors.

  • Literary Names for Boys

    These literary baby names for boys are derived from characters in books from all genres. Some of these literary heroes and anti-heroes, such as Romeo and Tristan, come from works of fiction written centuries ago, while others, like Kafka and Edmund, are contemporary.

    Along with Tristan and Romeo, other literary boy names in the US Top 1000 include Atticus, Axel, Holden, Magnus, Orlando, Rhett, Samson, and Santiago. Some names for boys remain inextricably tied to their literary namesakes, such as Heathcliff, Gogol, Ishmael, and Zooey.

    Here, a selection of the most distinctive baby names from books. It might also be worth checking out your own bookshelves for literature-inspired baby names that are relevant to you.

  • Literary Names for Girls

    These literary baby names for girls are derived from characters in books from all genres and periods. Girl names from children's books are particular popular today, including Alice (in Wonderland) and Eloise (at the Plaza). Literary girl names from classic books such as Scarlett and Scout are fashionable. Literary names for girls that have become television shows or movies such as Game of Thrones or Hunger Games have also found widespread use. In the literary baby names category, as always, feel free to think about your own personal favorites.

  • Lucky Names for Dogs

    Dog names that mean luck might bless your pooch with good fortune? Along with Lucky itself, dog names meaning lucky or fortunate include Asher, Benedict, Felicity, Felix, and Ventura. You could also give your dog a name that symbolizes luck, such as Clover or Penny. Here, Nameberry's ideas for lucky names for dogs.