20 Baby Names Inspired By Classic Literature

With baby #3 on HIS way, we’re in full baby naming swing at our house. It’s such a hard balance to find something both my husband and I like, something the kids enjoy and something that is meaningful.

We’ve pulled the short lists from my previous pregnancies, but the perfect name hasn’t found us yet. So, I’ve started doing some theme brainstorming. I’m finding that this is a wonderful way to discover new, unique names! First up, I’ve found myself swooning over names inspired by classic literature – many of which can be used for boys or girls. Here is a round up of my top 20 … (plus a few bonuses)!

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  1. Alcott – From the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  2. Scout (or Atticus) – From one of the main characters in To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. Holden – From Catcher In the Rye
  4. Scarlett (Rhett) – From Gone With the Wind
  5. Ophelia – From Hamlet
  6. Matilda – From, of course, Matilda
  7. Imogen – From Shakespeare’s classic, The Tragedy of Cymbeline
  8. Huck (or Sawyer or Finn) – Mark Twain is just full of great ideas between The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer
  9. Ransom – From C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy
  10. Lucy (or Peter, Susan or Edmund) – From The Narnia Series
  11. Antonia – From My Antonia
  12. Robinson – From Robinson Crusoe
  13. Gilbert (or Anne, Diana or Marilla) – From Anne of Green Gables
  14. Viola – From another Shakespeare classic, Twelfth Night
  15. Estella – From Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
  16. Fitzgerald – From the author of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  17. Prynne – From The Scarlett Letter
  18. Ramona – From Beverly Lewis’ Ramona Quimby, Age 8
  19. Esmerelda – From The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  20. Austen – From none other than author, Jane Austen, and her medley of classics

What names inspired by classic literature do you love?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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