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20 Baby Names Inspired By Children’s Books

We read a lot of books at my house. Having a toddler who loves to read and goes through massive library stacks like they’re going out of style, it’s no surprise I’ve started looking to children’s books as a source of name inspiration for Baby #2. There are some really cute baby names to be found in children’s literature and my own daughter shares a name with a children’s book character (her name is Fern, like Fern Arable in “Charlotte’s Web”). Apparently kid’s books are kind of my jam, so I thought it would be fun to compile a list of some favorites–baby names inspired by children’s books!

  • Charlotte 1 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Charlotte, the name of the beloved little spider in the book, "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White is an adorably sweet pick for a little girl.

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  • Eloise 2 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Eloise is the title character in the Eloise series by Kay Thompson and is full of spunk--making this a fun an unique name for a little girl.

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  • Peter 3 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    It's hard not to root for Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit despite the fact that he's always getting into mischief!

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  • Jem 4 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    I always loved Jemima Puddle Duck from Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" series and I think using it as a springboard for name inspiration could be great. I prefer Jem to Jemima because it sounds a little more modern.

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  • Ramona 5 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Ramona Quimby pretty much shaped my childhood. Beverly Cleary just knows what kids want to read and I've always thought it would be fun to pay a little homage to my favorite book character Ramona with a baby name one day.

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  • Madeline 6 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." I always loved the Madeline series by Ludwig BelemansAnne and it's a sweet little girl's name, too.

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  • George 7 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Everyone knows and loves that curious little monkey George from the Curious George book series by H.A. Ray. Such a classic name for a little boy--or you could use a derivative of it for a little girl by calling her Georgie.

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  • Maisy 8 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    My daughter loves the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins. There are a ton in the series and they're all bright and whimsical as is the lead character's name.

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  • Charlie 9 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl is a children's lit classic and I think the name Charlie is a great option for boy or girl, though I'm a little bit partial to borrowing it as a girl's name.

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  • Frances 10 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    My daughter loves reading these "Frances the Badger" books from the collection by Russel Hoban and the sweet little songs that Frances makes up throughout her day. I love this name.

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  • Max 11 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    A childhood is not complete until one reads "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. The main character in the book is Max and it's a cool name for a little guy.

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  • Winnie 12 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    The "Winnie the Pooh" series by A.A. Milne are classic children's books that are much beloved. If you're a fan, then why not borrow Winnie's name for your little one? I think it would be pretty adorable for a little girl. Or maybe just as a middle name?

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  • Alice 13 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Caroll is a story that most every child knows and Alice makes a lovely throwback name for a baby girl.

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  • Thomas 14 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Thomas is a classic little boy's name and also the name of that beloved little blue tank engine from the "Thomas the Tank Engine" books by Wilbert Awdry.

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  • Angelina 15 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    I loved the "Angelina Ballerina" books by Katherine Holabird when I was a little girl. Now it's a TV show and my daughter loves watching all the "ballinas" dancing about. I think Angelina could be a great girl's name option and there are a ton of nickname possibilities too. I think Lina is so cute!

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  • Olivia 16 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Olivia is the name of the precocious little pig in the "Olivia" book series by Ian Falconer and I am a big fan of both the books and the name.

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  • Amelia 17 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Oh that silly Amelia! I remember laughing hysterically over her shenanigans in the "Amelia Bedelia" series by Peggy Parish. Amelia is a great name for a little one. Classic, but with just a hint of quirkiness.

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  • Emily 18 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Emily was the best friend of Little Bear in the "Little Bear" books by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and it's a name I've liked since childhood. It's not terribly unique, but sometimes simple is best.

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  • Stuart 19 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    Stuart, the lovable mouse in "Stuart Little" by E.B. White makes for great baby boy name inspiration!

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  • Ruby 20 of 20
    20 Baby Names Inspired By Children's Books

    The "Max & Ruby" series of books by Rosemary Wells are newer to me, but I've enjoyed them nonetheless and wouldn't mind borrowing some name inspiration from lead character Ruby.

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Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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