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Baby names inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

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It should come as no surprise that the man who penned lyrical masterpieces "The Raven" and "The Bells" had a way with names. We looked beyond Lenore and found dozens of tragically beautiful baby names in the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Baby boy names inspired by Edgar Allan Poe


Poe's penchant for writing stories with unnamed male narrators leaves very few choices for baby boy names, but we found these stashed in a cask underground.

  • Arthur: from the sea adventure novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
  • Auguste: for C. Auguste Dupin, an amateur detective who appears in several Poe stories
  • Barnabas: for the man who goes missing in "Thou Art the Man"
  • Charles: a friend to Barnabas in "Thou Art the Man"
  • Ernest: a man who is mesmerized in "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar"
  • Isaac: from the unfinished poem "To Isaac Lea"
  • Joe: from the poem "Lines on Joe Locke"
  • Julius: from the incomplete novel The Journal of Julius Rodman
  • Maillard: occupant of a mental asylum in "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"
  • Peter: for Peter Proffit, the narrator of "The Business Man"
  • Roderick: painter and main character in "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  • Sullivan: for Sullivan's Island, the setting of "The Gold-Bug"
  • William: the detective in "The Gold-Bug"
  • Zante: from the poem "Al Aaraaf"

Baby girl names inspired by Edgar Allan Poe


Poe had a bit of an obsession with writing about beautiful women who died young, likely as a result of losing his wife in her mid-twenties. Though they belong to tragic characters, these baby girl names are gorgeous.

  • Ada: a peasant, thought to be a nod to Ada Lovelace, in the poem "Tamerlane"
  • Annabel: from Poe's last known poem "Annabel Lee"
  • Eliza: middle name of Poe's wife and first name of his mother
  • Eulalie: the woman who brings happiness in the poem "Eulalie — A Song"
  • Evangeline: a poem at the end of "The Rationale of Verse"
  • Helen: from the poem "To Helen"
  • Lenore: a lost love from the poems "Lenore" and "The Raven"
  • Ligeia: first wife of the unnamed narrator in "Ligeia"
  • Madeline: the twin sister of Roderick, from "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  • Mary-Louise: a nurse who inspired a few of Poe's poems
  • Morella: erudite wife of the unnamed narrator in "Morella"
  • Octavia: from the unpublished manuscript "To Octavia"
  • Rebecca: the name of Poe's cousin, spelled out in the first words of "An Acrostic"
  • Rowena: second wife of the unnamed narrator in "Ligeia"
  • Rue: from "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
  • Sarah: for Sarah Elmira Royster, a childhood sweetheart of Poe
  • Ulalume: a lost love from the poem "Ulalume"
  • Virginia: Poe's wife, whom he married when she was 13 years old

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