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Literary Baby Names

While bumming around on the Internet talking to babes I found this amazing book called A Is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books that has a ton of ideas for literary baby names. I obviously couldn’t help myself and was immediately sucked into thinking about what book names I would chose for my future children.

I’ve always loved the idea of naming my kids after my favorite book characters. There are so many choices too. Check out my faves!

Literary Baby Names


You guys have to PROMISE not to steal this one, ok? I’m already stealing it from someone else, and I really, really love this name. Ready? Avonlea. ADORBS!!

Some great options are:

  • Estelle from Great Expectations
  • Scarlett from Gone with the Wind
  • Ginny from Harry Potter
  • Emma from Jane Austen’s Emma
  • Lily from Harry Potter
  • Seraphina from Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina
  • Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Holly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Lila from Holly Black’s White Cat


  • Atticus (obvs) from To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
  • Holden from Catcher in the Rye
  • Sawyer from Tom Sawyer
  • Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice
  • Dorian from Dorian Gray
  • Cassel from Holly Black’s White Cat

Have YOU named your kids after a book character? What literary baby names do you love?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jen

    I think about stuff like this all the time!! I’d love to name my kid Hermione but she would probably get tortured in school 🙁

  • Ems

    I’ve always loved Henry from Northanger Abbey. I’m planning on using it if the occasion arises. I also love Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia.