Recently, my husband and I have been talking more about when we might start trying for Baby #2. While I’m not sure I’m quite ready yet, one thing I am looking forward to is the prospect of getting to name another little one.
My husband actually threw out a name suggestion the other day for if we have a little boy next time around, and it has literary roots, which I really liked. I’m not telling you what the name is just in case we decide to use it one day (*Note: it’s not on this list!), but I did want to share some other names with literary ties that I love.
Here are 50 great baby names, all inspired by famous writers:
Author Louisa May Alcott was the writer of one of my all-time favorite childhood books, Little Women, along with many others. I love the name Louisa as well.
Jules Verne was best known for his adventure and science fiction novels — Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was just one. I think Jules could make a great alternative to those who like Julie or Julia, but are looking for something a little more unique.
Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World has a last name that I think would make a rather great first name.
Jane Austen, a most beloved author and writer of one of my all-time favorite books, Pride and Prejudice. I think this would be a great spelling twist on the more typical “Austin.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of The Great Gatsby and other well-known American classics. A lovely name for a little boy.
True J.R.R. Tolkien fans will know that Reuel is what one of the “R”s in Tolkien’s name stands for and it could be a great way to pay tribute for those who truly love his work.
Samuel Beckett was known for many of his writings, but when I think of him I am always reminded of Waiting For Godot – a personal favorite of my high school English teacher.
Mark Twain is the much beloved author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn among others and his last name would definitely make an off-the-beaten-path baby name choice.
Edgar Allan Poe was a writer of dark and haunting poems, so if that’s your thing, then Poe might make for a great baby name.
Laura Ingalls Wilder totally shaped my childhood with her Little House on the Prairie books. I can’t wait to read them with my own daughter.
American writer Ambrose Bierce was a journalist, satirist, and short story writer. I adore the name Ambrose. Definitely in my top favorites for a little boy.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a well-known Victorian-era poet. I think the name Barrett would be so cute for a little boy.
Elwyn is the first name of author E.B. White – writer of Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and other children’s classics. I think it is a lovely and uncommon name.
Zora Neale Hurston’s is well-known as the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God among others, and I’ve always thought she had a fantastic name as well.
This was my runner-up as a name choice for my daughter, inspired by author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee.
John Howard Griffin was a writer who focused on racial equality and was best known for his book Black Like Me. The name Griffin would be a great pick for a little man and “Griff” makes a cute nickname.
Eloise is what the “E” in author S.E. Hinton’s name stands for. Hinton was best known for her novel The Outsiders, and I’m rather smitten with the name Eloise.
One of the most well-known Bronte sisters, I’ve always loved the name Charlotte.
Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 51 has a name that works equally well for a boy or a girl.
English poet William Blake is known most for his poem The Tiger and the Lamb. I love the name Blake for a boy or a girl.
American poet Ezra Pound might make for a good baby name muse.
Writer Pearl S. Buck was a winner of both a Nobel Prize in Literature and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. And I think the name Buck is a nice strong name for a little boy.
Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. Camus could be a cute unisex baby name.
Salinger is a name that was on my own short list of favorites when I was pregnant, because Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was one of my favorite high school required reads.
Edith Wharton is a writer best known for her book The Age of Innocence and while Edith is a bit old-fashioned, I think it could be cute on the right little one.
Tennyson is a totally unique name that your little one could share with English Poet Laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a classic piece of fiction much beloved by children the world over. Frances was one of my middle name choices for my own daughter.
I really love baby names that are places (as you might’ve gathered from my picks of Virginia and Tennessee as well). Washington is another — a place and name of Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving.
Maya Angelou is my all-time favorite writer. Her poems are amazing, but I love her autobiographies even more. If you are a lover of Angelou’s poetry, perhaps this would make the perfect name for your little girl.
Kurt is a short and sweet, but strong name. Great for those who are drawn to names like Jack or Luke. It is also the moniker of Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut.
There’s no doubt you know who Tolstoy, author of War and Peace is. But did you know that his first name is Leo? I think it’s a super cute name for a little boy.
Lewis Caroll was the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so perhaps choosing the name Lewis could be a nice way for an Alice fan to pay homage.
Fans of the works of Truman Capote just might stop to consider this as a potential baby name pick.
Rudyard Kipling was the writer of The Jungle Book and the name Kipling would be a unique name option for a boy.
The Giver is a childhood favorite of many and Lois Lowry is the author responsible. I think Lois is an adorable little, old lady name that is a little less popular than some of the other old-fashioned girl names out there right now.
I think Virginia is just about the sweetest name and the fact that it is tied to author Virginia Woolf makes it that much better.
Kate Chopin was one of the earliest feminist writers and The Awakening is one of her most well-known novels. I love the name Kate — simple, classic, and cute.
While Malcolm X was known for his activism, he was also a writer who wrote his own life story, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. This could be a good name for your future son.
Toni Morrison is not only an author, but also a brilliant woman — definitely someone worthy of naming a little one after.
Not only is Wendell Berry a completely brilliant thinker and writer, but he also has a pretty cool name that I am totally adding to my favorites list.
If you are a fan of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, then perhaps Rand could be the perfect name for your little one.
Author Willa Cather has an old name that has definitely come back around. A very sweet option for a little girl.
Oscar is adorable and also the name of author Oscar Wilde — best known for A Picture of Dorian Gray.
I’ve never been a huge poetry fan, but the romantic poems of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda have always appealed to me. Also, Pablo is a pretty great name for a little boy.
There are definitely a few children named “Wolf” out there, but how many of them are spelled like Virginia Woolf? Could be a nice way for those who love Virginia’s writings to give a nod.
Both a place, and the name of Glass Menagerie author Tennessee Williams. I think it’s a cool name that isn’t used nearly often enough.
Poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman will always have a special place in my heart, and the name Walt might be a nice nod to him.