Literary Baby Names for Book Lovers Who Are Expecting

You’ll end up with a unique name AND a cool story to tell your kid when they ask where their name came from one day.

Choosing baby names can be pretty problematic. If you tell people too soon, you may get some negative feedback on your choices, if you say nothing, a friend may end up naming their own baby the name you’ve chosen. In-laws may want you to choose a family name that you hate, or the name you have wanted to use all your life has ended up being the same name as a gross American politician (just saying).

Why not go a completely different route and delve into some of your favourite books? There’s loads of inspiration, and you’ll likely end up with a name that’s far more unique. Plus, you’ve got a cool story to tell your kid, when they ask where their name came from one day.

This is an incredibly short list of baby names inspired by literature, in reality. There are at least a dozen more each for boys and girls, as well more gender-neutral names. The point is, don’t let family names limit you. The world of literature is your oyster!


Glynis Ratcliffe used to be an opera singer, but after her daughter begged her to stop singing and be quiet for the millionth time, she decided to use her inside voice and write instead. Now, she’s a freelance writer with bylines at The Washington Post, Chatelaine, Lifehacker, and CBC, as well as being a copywriter and ghostwriter for clients in various industries.