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Baby names from classic books

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Baby names from literature

If you are looking for a unique baby name that has a tie to some of our favorite classic books, such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Austen novels or Shakespeare, you will love our list of unique baby names from classic books. From Holden (The Catcher in the Rye) to Jane Austen’s Lydia, you are sure to find the perfect name for your baby girl or baby boy.

Unique boy names from Classic books

Although the characters in these books are not written in modern times, their names are the perfect mix of unique and cool.

  • Atticus: To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Holden: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Gatsby: The Great Gatsby
  • Phineas: A Separate Peace
  • Aslan: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Winfield: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Yossarian: Catch-22
  • Cash: As I Lay Dying
  • Rhett: Gone with the Wind
  • Dallas: The Outsiders
  • Newland: The Age of Innocence

Unique girl names from classic literature

These classic names are feminine and as classic as the literature they come from. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Jane: Jane Austen
  • Lily: The House of Mirth
  • Hester: The Scarlett Letter
  • Josephine: Little Women
  • Aurora: Terms of Endearment
  • Esmeralda: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Lara: Doctor Zhivago
  • Scarlett: Gone with the Wind
  • Veruca: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Shakespeare names

Shakespeare is a classic literary author of the 16th Century that offers some beautiful names to consider for your baby girl or baby boy.

Shakespeare Girl Names

Shakespeare Boy Names

Jane Austen Character Names

From Pride and Prejudice to Emma, Jane Austen's books are as charming today as they were in the 19th century. Her character's names are traditional and take you back to a simpler time.

Boy names from Jane Austen characters include classic names like Frederick, George, Edward, Edmund, John, Thomas, William, Charles, Henry and James.

Girl names from Jane Austen characters include Anne, Caroline, Catherine, Charlotte, Augusta, Harriet, Henrietta and Lydia.

Charles Dickens character names

Dickens is famous for his unique characters — and unique names. Here are some of our top picks:

Charles Dickens Boy Names

Charles Dickens Girl Names

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