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116 Baby Names Inspired by Fictional Characters From Books, Movies & More

A captivating book, an action-packed or truly moving movie, a dramatic TV show that keeps you watching for hours on end: All of these hold special places in our lives because the stories told stick with us for so long. Certain characters become instant favorites or personal heroes — sometimes we even apply the lessons we learn from them to our own lives. So, why not apply them to our kids’ lives from the very start, via a literary or screen-icon baby name?

From classics to new favorites, we’ve rounded up memorable fictional characters from novels, TV shows, comic books and movies for all the baby-naming inspiration you need.

Literary characters

Set your kid up for a lifelong love of reading with a literary character name.

  • Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, The Help
  • Alice, Alice in Wonderland
  • Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
  • Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Dorian Gray, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Elizabeth Bennett, Pride and Prejudice
  • Fern Arable, Charlotte’s Web
  • Harry Potter, Trixie Belden and Hermione Granger, from the Harry Potter series
  • Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Ichabod Crane, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Idgie Threadgoode, Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
  • Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre
  • Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby
  • Jo March, Little Women
  • Katniss Everdeen and Rue, The Hunger Games
  • Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Milo Minderbender, Catch-22
  • Owen Meany, A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • PhilipPip” Pirrup, Great Expectations
  • Pippi Longstocking, Pippi Longstocking
  • Rachel Chu, Crazy Rich Asians
  • Ramona Quimby, a character from a series of Beverly Cleary novels
  • Robinson Crusoe, The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • Romeo, Romeo and Juliet
  • Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes
  • Sula Peace, Sula
  • Vito Corleone, The Godfather
  • Wang Lung, The Good Earth
  • Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

More: 81 Celebrity Baby Boy Names We Love — From Hipster to All-American

Comic book characters

You might read “comic book character” and immediately think of DC and Marvel comics, but we’re going more old-school with the following names. (Though, yes, we did include some of your favorite comic characters turned film superheroes.) 

More: Superhero Baby Names for Any Comic Book Lover

Movie characters

The best movie characters stay with us far longer than 120 minutes. Here are some of our favorite names from film.

  • Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption
  • Apollo Creed, Rocky
  • Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Celie and Sofia, The Color Purple
  • Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane
  • Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz
  • Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump
  • George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Harry Callahan, Dirty Harry
  • Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, Hidden Figures
  • Lando Calrissian, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker, Star Wars
  • Linus Larrabbee, Sabrina
  • Marty McFly, Back to the Future
  • Meg Murry, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Nina Sayers, Black Swan
  • Norman Bates, Psycho
  • Oskar Schindler, Schindler’s List
  • Randle McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund, Casablanca
  • Rocky Balboa, Rocky
  • Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind
  • Tristan Ludlow, Legends of the Fall
  • Yuri Zhivago, Dr. Zhivago

TV characters

How does one even begin to choose the best TV show characters of all time? Here are just a few great names.

A version of this article was originally published in April 2014.

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