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The Most Unique Literary Baby Names

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Finding meaning in a name is important, but you also want your child to have something more attached to their moniker than just a definition of “brave one” or “spirited.” For an unforgettable proper noun, consider turning to the great works of talented authors. Your child will love telling people that his name was inspired by a hero of literature or, if you dare, an especially unforgettable villain.

Back to School

Reading all those famed works of literature in English class will finally come in handy. Here is a serving of some of the most memorable characters for the perfect unusual baby name:

Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Aslan (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)

Holden (The Catcher in the Rye)

Phineas (A Separate Peace)

Winfield (The Grapes of Wrath)

Yossarian (Catch-22)


Brit Lit

Call on the tomes of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens for some of the most romantic and inspired baby boy names and baby girl names: Anastasia, Arabella, Augustus, Cecelia, Cherry, Darcy, Fitzwilliam, Flora, Georgiana, Lavinia, Mercy, Pleasant, Quebec, Selina, and Septimus.

And then there is the literary master of them all, William Shakespeare – borrow freely: Cressida, Desdemona, Imogen, Ophelia, Portia, Regan, Tybalt.

Heroes and Heroines

The heroes and heroines of literature are different for every reader. Some consider the down on their luck characters to be the true heroes while others believe the virtuous and good are the only ones who can prevail. Children come out on top in some stories while in others it’s adults who reignite your faith in humankind. However your tastes lean, these are some memorable names to consider:

Lily Bart (The House of Mirth)

Cash Bundren (As I Lay Dying)

Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind)

Moll Flanders (Moll Flanders)

Josephine March (Little Women)

Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter)

Ramona Quimby (Ramona the Pest)


The Book Was Better

The big screen has adapted many books and given characters life beyond the page. In fact, it seems that these days, most screenplays began in a publishing house. While Hollywood doesn’t always surpass the emotion and intensity of the written word, these names are attached to some of the most unforgettable and even infamous characters on the silver screen.

Aurora (Terms of Endearment)

Astrid (White Oleander)

Constance (Peyton Place)

Dallas (The Outsiders)

Esmeralda (Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Hickory (The Wizard of Oz)

Lara (Doctor Zhivago)

Newland (The Age of Innocence)

Santino (The Godfather)

Scarlett (Gone with the Wind)

Stingo (Sophie’s Choice)

Templeton (Charlotte’s Web)

Veruca (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)


Old and New

The first book of them all, The Bible, is a treasure trove of names. You don’t need flip too far into its page to find a notable handle for your child that will connect them to historical times. In fact, Anita Diamant – author of the novel The Red Tent – has almost singlehandedly given flight to girl Biblical names and made them trendy in a new way: Adah, Eden, Keturah, Noa, and Sapphira. For baby boy names consider: Asa, Eli, Eran, Gideon, Josiah, and Silas.

They Wrote It

Or turn to the writers themselves for inspiration. Some simple, some delightfully different, the first or last name of your favorite novelist or poet might just fit your little one: Jane Austen, Geoffrey Chaucer, Anton Chekhov, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Jamaica Kincaid, John Milton, Ezra Pound, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gertrude Stein, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain.

You can grant your child an inspired name, but wouldn’t it be even better to give them the gift of a story too? Whether you are looking for American baby names or Irish baby names (and everything in between!) you can find the perfect name in a beloved book. If you can’t find something you like here, turn to the written works you have always loved – whether it was a story you cherished as a child or a poem that gave you goosebumps, look to your bookshelves for inspiration or spend an afternoon in the library. The answer is always there… lurking between the pages.

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please sugest me
written by marcelo choche, October 25, 2009
what can u suggest about the combination of our names MARCELO aNd CHARLYN?? please help me to combine our names that is unique and have a nice meaning for both boy and girl.. thanks
help please?
written by M. K-Ann, October 28, 2009
i'm wanting to use a unique german name for a character in a story i'm writing. does anyone have ideas?
German name...
written by Amanda, January 02, 2010

That a way cool German name :) :)
Marcelo and charlyn
written by Aubrey, January 03, 2010
How about
chacelo or charcelo
Something Different
written by kym, January 04, 2010
I Am Lookin For A Different Name Thaty Goes With Last Name Morgan..
I Already Have A Cort, Demi-Lee && Faith..
I Dont Know What Im Having So Need Boy && Girl Suggestions.. HELP !!
re:Something Different
written by Brenda, March 20, 2010
How about

Gideon Liam
Colin Quinn
Quinnlyn jace
Marcus Quinn
Finn Michael


Brenda Renee
Fiona Lynn
Esme Grace
Zadie Mae
Bella Rose
written by chelsea vann, April 21, 2010
I am trying to choose a name.. if i am prego with a girl then i will name her macualay, but know idea what middle could go with that... if it is a boy.. oh i am so unsure the only thing we really like is carstyn. but if any body has some suggestions for something unique and uncommon please, feel free
marcelo and charlyn
written by aiza, June 01, 2010
arcel chalyn....or acel harly(or harly acel)
march celyn...maryn chacel...
something different
written by aiza, June 01, 2010
avia ashana morgan...kazi adryana morgan,,,,yvanna razer morgan...jayver brixx morgan...stryder kleavon morgan..westmorlan keith morgan....dakota michiko morgan...
indonesian and moslem
written by sinta khairunnisa, June 02, 2010
hi, i'm sinta, and i'm trying to find a cute, nice, kind baby girl names...i'm indonesian and moslem too..there's a few names that i considered to like Ailsa, Kalyca, Kamilla.. And my husband pick's is Kamila Maisyara Salsabila..Is that great? can anyone tell me another names?? thanks u..
written by jodie , July 08, 2010
i need a perfect girl name 2 go with my two daughters skye and summer please help
baby boy name
written by miel, July 14, 2010
i need help in naming my baby boy that goes with the name Jaeco
written by jennifer, July 23, 2010
Since the name Jaeco is so uncommon, you can either go two ways. You can either play on the originality of the first name and try something just as unique, or you could choose something more subtle and level out the oddity. Something equally unique, (assuming its a boys name) you can choose to expand to more biblical names such as Ezekiel, or Emmanuel and even Elijah. Some names that could potentially even out the name, you could use Anthony, Brandon, Shawn, and even Alexander sound fitting. Good Luck.
written by jennifer, July 23, 2010
Since you have a seeming 'nature' theme going on, try something similar such as Autumn, May, April, Rain, June, or also something unique & cute like Daisy, Lily, or Rose. Happy name hunting!
written by nyree kittinger, January 04, 2011
I've never met a Jaeco, I don't think it's common at all...
written by CoreeSilvera, January 26, 2011
Constance is a beautiful name.
written by melissa, March 10, 2011
I really want a unique name for a boy or girl since I dont know what Im having but I want something that they can grow up with too. Any suggestions????
Jennifer and Leung
written by Jennifer, June 19, 2011
i want a name the has both of our names in it but i cant think of anything... can u help me?? boy or girl because i dont know yet
written by Malayeshia, June 23, 2011
hi i'm writing a story, or atleast it is for now until i can possibly make it into a novel or screenplay, what would be some good names? the story is going to be verging on fantasy and reality. much obliged

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