Inspiration for baby names can come from anywhere. And while the unlimited possibilities may seem overwhelming to expecting parents caught in the tedious "name game," there is no shortage of places to look for ideas. From family names, to names popular in foreign countries, to names drawn from pop culture, exploring the vast amount of options out there can be as exhilarating as it is exhausting. But what about baby names inspired by books you read as a kid? Literary names are bound to be unique and come with an inherent story built in.
There's no denying the power your favorite books had on you as you grew up. Whether you aspired to be the next Harriet the Spy, longed to go on adventures through the wardrobe with the Pevensie siblings, or always secretly wished you could be the king of the wild things too, children have an undeniable connection to books. So choosing to name your child after one of your favorite literary characters has a poetry all it's own and is the perfect way to pass on your love of storytelling and reading to your future baby.
No matter the style of books you liked growing up, your child will love hearing about the story behind their name and the reasons why you chose it.
You may remember the titular character from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the funny story of a boy whose day just wasn't going as he'd hoped. His name is a classic, meaning "defending men," that makes the perfect boy name.
Lucy Pevensie was the youngest of the siblings from The Chronicles of Narnia. She was brave, kind, and sweet, and with a name meaning "light", would make a great namesake.
This sweet French name meaning "high tower or woman from Magdala" is as adorable as the little girl with the same name from the popular Madeline series.
Whether you read the books as a kid or grew to love them when you were older, there's no denying the impact that the Harry Potter books have had. A popular English name, Harry means "estate ruler" and is a worthy choice for any baby boy, wizard or not.
If Tom is too worn out for your taste, choosing Mark Twain's classic character's last name, which means "woodcutter," is a much more unique option.