Baby Names Inspired by Book Characters

As an avid reader and a former librarian, there’s nothing I like more than characters in books.

It will come as no surprise that I would have happily named all my children after my literary favorites.

In the end, neither of my girls got their names from a book, but it hasn’t stopped me from making lists of my favorite names for girls and boys from the books I’ve loved both as a child and as an adult.

  • Anne

    Anne

    Anne with an “e,” of course. If I’d known our second daughter was going to be a redhead, I might have considered it!

  • Atticus

    Atticus

    Is there anyone who wouldn’t want to name their son after Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird?

  • Betsy

    Betsy

    For Christmas, my older daughter got a copy of “B” is for Betsy and we loved reading it together. And Betsy is such a sweet old-fashioned name.

  • Blythe

    Blythe

    I desperately wanted to name a girl this, but my husband thinks it’s too weird to name a girl after Gilbert Blythe.

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    This was very nearly our second daughter’s name, and after just recently re-reading Charlotte’s Web I fell in love with this name all over again.

  • Christopher

    Christopher

    I love the name Christopher, especially since it makes me think of sweet Christopher Robin.

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    Literature is filled with fantastic Elizabeths, but Lizzie Bennet is always the first that comes to mind for me.

  • Ella

    Ella

    Ella Enchanted is my favorite spin on the Cinderella story, so much so that I call my oldest daughter Ella in my online life.

  • Finn

    Finn

    That Huck Finn has a pretty great name if both his first and last names are ones I’d consider for my own child.

  • Harry

    Harry

    I’ve loved Harry Potter since the late nineties, when my mom read the first book aloud to me and my sisters.

  • Huck

    Huck

    While the full “Huckleberry” might be a bit much, “Huck” has a lot of pizazz to it!

  • Hugo

    Hugo

    I feel like I’m seeing the name Hugo pop up everywhere in the last year or two, and it reminds me of one of my recent favorite children’s books, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

  • Jane

    Jane

    Whether you’re thinking Jane Eyre or Jane Bennet, Jane is always a good pick.

  • Jo

    Jo

    I’m nothing like Jo March (except that I like to read), but I love her and her fiery spirit.

  • Laura

    Laura

    I’m a Little House fan through and through. They are the first books I remember my mom reading aloud to me, and I still own the full set my mom bought when our local library replaced theirs.

  • Max

    Max

    My husband loves Where the Wild Things Are, so I think he’d be an easy sell on this name if we have a boy in the future.

  • Milo

    Milo

    One of the books my dad read me as a child was The Phantom Tollbooth and I’ve loved resourceful Milo and his faithful dog Tock ever since (I think I’d skip Tock for a baby name, though).

  • Rhett

    Rhett

    I’ve loved Rhett Butler since I was about twelve years old.

  • Robin

    Robin

    Christopher might be a traditional boy’s name, but Christopher Robin’s last name is perfectly suited for a girl.

  • William

    William

    Mr. Darcy might not make a great first name, but William does (although, I do love the name Darcy for a girl).

 

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