When you’re picking out potential names for your baby, why not trade the baby naming book for one of the many reads on your bookshelf? If reading is one of your favorite hobbies, this is probably a no-brainer. After all, there are many literary baby names that still sound fresh today. And you’ll always have a great story on hand when people ask how you arrived at a particular name.
Now, I’m not suggesting you name your child Frankenstein or Gatsby (although that would be fabulous), but literature is a good source of names because writers spend a lot of time thinking about pleasing sounds and their meanings in the context of a language. So it stands to reason that writers have come up with some of the most beautiful and just plain cool-sounding names around.
So here are 15 literary baby names to help you get those creative juices flowing. With examples from Shakespeare to Philip Pullman and most eras in-between, you’re almost certain to find a name that will perfectly suit your own growing family. And won’t your child enjoy growing up knowing that his name was inspired by a famous character? Yeah, that kid will definitely grow up to be a bookworm.