27 popular baby names inspired by our favorite books

We recently found out that, according to Nameberry, Atticus is the #3 name for baby boys born thus far this year. When we discovered this, this is the first thing that came to mind: Atticus Finch from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. That’s when we started thinking: What are some other bookish baby names to come straight out of our fave novels? Let’s take a look…

1. Arya


From Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, of course!

2. Edmund

From both The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and from C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series.

3. Rosalind

A classic pulled from As You Like It by William Shakespeare.

4. Celie


Borrowed from The Color Purple by Alice Walker, a poignant work of art.

5. Atticus

With a name like this, your kid has to grow up to be as moral as this character from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, right?

6. Jo

After reading Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Jo will always have a place in our book-loving hearts.

7. Landon


We will never stop loving Landon from Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember – especially since he was played by the beautiful Shane West in the movie.

8. Holden

J.D. Salinger gave his titular character this name in The Catcher in the Rye. 

9. Scarlett

You probably guessed it already, but this beauty belongs to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.

10. Matilda


Roald Dahl created a work of magic when he wrote Matilda. 

11. Dallas

You can say it’s from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton or refer to the city in Texas. Whichever works best.

12. Aslan

Such an enchanting name, which can be found within The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

13. Piscine


A beautiful name, straight out of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. 

14. Hermione

Do we even need to mention that this comes from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling?

15. Hazel

Shailene Woodley played this character in the movie based on John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars.

16. Dorian


And this one’s actually in the title: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

17. Gale

He may not have turned out to be the best character in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but he still has a cool name.

18. Sawyer

Any kid with this name from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is sure to be an explorer of the world.

19. Maya


If you want your child to be named after one of the greats, then definitely consider this name from Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 

20. Estella

Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations has brought us this stunning name.

21. Gatsby

Another one straight from the title of an iconic novel: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

22. Darcy


Looking for a name fit for a romantic hero? You should prob use Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as inspiration.

23. Eloise

Kay Thompson picked the perfect name for one of our favorite little girls, who (of course) is a key part of the Eloise series.

24. Sula

Toni Morrison doesn’t mess around when it comes to creating the perfect name for both a character and a book.

25. Ramona


The best part about giving your child this name would be that you can soon show them Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series.

26. Alice

A wondrous name for a character who lives in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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