50 Baby Names Inspired by Writers

Recently, my husband and I have been talking more about when we might start trying for Baby #2, and while I’m not sure I’m quite ready yet, one thing I am looking forward to is the prospect of getting to name another little one. My husband actually threw out a name suggestion the other day for if we have a little boy next time around, and it has literary roots which I really liked. I’m not telling you what the name is just in case we decide to use it one day (*note: it’s not on this list!), but I did want to share some other names with literary ties that I love.

Here are 50 great baby names, all inspired by famous writers.

  • 50 Baby Names Inspired By Writers

    50 Baby Names Inspired By Writers

    See if your favorite author is on this list, and if not, let me know in the comments!
  • Alcott


    Author Louisa May Alcott was the writer of one of my all-time favorite childhood books “Little Women” along with many others. I love the name Louisa as well.

  • Jules


    Jules Verne was best known for his adventure and science fiction novels – “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” was just one. I think Jules could make a great alternative to those who like Julie or Julia, but are looking for something a little more unique.

  • Brontë


    Writing sisters Charlotte, Anne and Emily Brontë would make a lovely muse as a baby name source.

  • Huxley


    Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World” has a last name that I think would make a rather great first name.

  • Austen


    Jane Austen, a most beloved author and writer of one of my all-time favorite books, “Pride and Prejudice.” I think this would be a great spelling twist on the more typical “Austin.”

  • Fitzgerald


    F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of “The Great Gatsby” and other well-known American classics. A lovely name for a little boy.

  • Reuel


    True J.R.R. Tolkien fans will know that Reuel is what one of the Rs in Tolkien’s name stands for and it could be a great way to pay tribute for those who truly love his work.

  • Beckett


    Samuel Beckett was known for many of his writings, but when I think of him I am always reminded of “Waiting For Godot” – a personal favorite of my high school English teacher.

  • Twain


    Mark Twain is the much beloved author of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” among others and his last name would definitely make an off-the-beaten-path baby name choice.

  • Poe


    Edgar Allan Poe was a writer of dark and haunting poems, so if that’s your thing, then Poe might make for a great baby name.

  • Wilder


    Laura Ingalls Wilder totally shapped my childhood with her “Little House on the Prairie” books. I can’t wait to read them with my own daughter.

  • Ambrose


    American writer Ambrose Bierce was a journalist, satirist, and short story writer. I adore the name Ambrose. Definitely in my top favorites for a little boy.

  • Barrett


    Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a well-known Victorian-era poet. I think the name Barrett would be so cute for a little boy.

  • Elwyn


    Elwyn is the first name of author E.B. White – writer of “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little,” and other children’s classics. I think it is a lovely and uncommon name.

  • Zora


    Zora Neale Hurston’s is well-known as the author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God” among others, and I’ve always thought she had a fantastic name as well.

  • Harper


    This was my runner-up as a name choice for my daughter, inspired by author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee.

  • Griffin


    John Howard Griffin was a writer who focused on racial equality and was best known for his book “Black Like Me.” The name Griffin would be a great pick for a little man and “Griff” makes a cute nickname.

  • Eloise


    Eloise is what the “E” in author S.E. Hinton’s name stands for. Hinton was best known for her novel “The Outsiders” and I’m rather smitten with the name Eloise.

  • Charlotte


    One of the most well-known Bronte sisters, I’ve always loved the name Charlotte.

  • Ray


    Ray Bradbury, author of “Fahrenheit 51″ has a name that works equally well for a boy or a girl.

  • Blake


    English poet William Blake is known most for his poem “The Tiger and the Lamb.” I love the name Blake for a boy or a girl.

  • Ezra


    American poet Ezra Pound might make for a good baby name muse.

  • Buck


    Writer Pearl S. Buck was a winner of both a Nobel Prize in Literature and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. And I think the name Buck is a nice strong name for a little boy.

  • Langston


    Langston could be a good alternative to names like Logan or Nolan. It is the name of jazz poet and leader of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes.

  • Camus


    Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. Camus could be a cute unisex baby name.

  • Salinger


    Salinger is a name that was on my own short list of favorites when I was pregnant, because “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger was one of my favorite high school required reads.

  • Edith


    Edith Wharton is a writer best known for her book “The Age of Innocence” and while Edith is a bit old-fashioned, I think it could be cute on the right little one.

  • Tennyson


    Tennyson is a totally unique name that your little one could share with English Poet Laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson.

  • Frances


    “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a classic piece of fiction much beloved by children the world over. Frances was one of my middle name choices for my own daughter.

  • Washington


    I really love baby names that are places (as you might’ve gathered from my picks of Virginia and Tennessee as well). Washington is another – a place and name of “Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving.

  • Maya


    Maya Angelou is my all time favorite writer. Her poems are amazing, but I love her autobiographies even more. If you are a lover of Angelou’s poetry, perhaps this would make the perfect name for your little girl.

  • Kurt


    Kurt is a short and sweet, but strong name. Great for those who are drawn to names like Jack or Luke. It is also the moniker of “Slaughterhouse-Five” author Kurt Vonnegut.

  • Leo


    There’s no doubt you know who Tolstoy, author of “War and Peace” is. But did you know that his first name is Leo? I think it’s a super cute name for a little boy.

  • Lewis


    Lewis Caroll was the author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” so perhaps choosing the name Lewis could be a nice way for an Alice fan to pay homage.

  • Truman


    Fans of the works of Truman Capote just might stop to consider this as a potential baby name pick.

  • Kipling


    Rudyard Kipling was the writer of “The Jungle Book” and the name Kipling would be a unique name option for a boy.

  • Lois


    “The Giver” is a childhood favorite of many and Lois Lowry is the author responsible. I think Lois is an adorable little, old lady name that is a little less popular than some of the other old-fashioned girl names out there right now.

  • Virginia


    I think Virginia is just about the sweetest name and the fact that it is tied to author Virginia Woolf makes it that much better.

  • Kate


    Kate Chopin was one of the earliest feminist writers and “The Awakening” is one of her most well-known novels. I love the name Kate – simple, classic and cute.

  • Malcolm


    While Malcolm X was known for his activism, he was also a writer who wrote his own life story, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” This could be a good name for your future son.

  • Morrison


    Toni Morrison is not only an author, but also a brilliant woman – definitely someone worthy of naming a little one after.

  • Wendell


    Not only is Wendell Berry a completely brilliant thinker and writer, but he also has a pretty cool name that I am totally adding to my favorites list.

  • Rand


    If you are a fan of “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, then perhaps Rand could be the perfect name for your little one.

  • Willa


    Author Willa Cather has an old name that has definitely come back around. A very sweet option for a little girl.

  • Oscar


    Oscar is adorable and also the name of author Oscar Wilde – best known for “A Picture of Dorian Gray.”

  • Pablo


    I’ve never been a huge poetry fan, but the romantic poems of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda have always appealed to me. Also, Pablo is a pretty great name for a little boy.

  • Woolf


    There are definitely a few children named “Wolf” out there, but how many of them are spelled like Virginia Woolf? Could be a nice way for those who love Virginia’s writings to give a nod.

  • Tennessee


    Both a place, and the name of “Glass Menagerie” author Tennessee Williams. I think it’s a cool name that isn’t used nearly often enough.

  • Walt


    Poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman will always have a special place in my heart and the name Walt might be a nice nod to him.

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