The Most Unique Literary Baby Names

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.

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Reading all those famed works of literature in English class Room will finally come in handy. Here is a serving of some of the most unforgettable 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)

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And then there is the literary leader 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 personas to be the real heroes while others believe the virtuous and good are the only ones who can prevail. Kids come out on top in some stories while in others it’s adults who reignite your faith in humankind. But 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 personas life beyond the page. In fact, it seems that these days, most screenplays began in a publishing house. While Hollywood doesn’t regularly 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 baby that will connect them to historical times. Actually, 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.

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