The Literary Baby Name Dictionary

The world of celebrity baby-naming is an odd and occasionally alarming one. But we have to say, the latest trend is one we can get down with: Both Neil Patrick Harris and the Beckhams named their baby daughters Harper, after the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. And it got us thinking about other literature-inspired names that might be sweeping the ranks soon. Maybe Eudora will make a comeback in homage to Miss Welty? Perhaps Huck will sweep the naming registers? After all, the current number one names — Isabella and Jacob — have the Twilight series to thank. Below, our abridged list of literary baby names and what they mean.


Virtuous, but very jealous. Has difficulty changing her career

Literary sources: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill


Studious, ambitious, and dedicated. Kind of creepy

Literary sources: Anton Chekhov, Anton LaVey, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy


A folk hero, willing to stand up for someone else

Literary sources: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Keeper by Greg Rucka


Intelligent, detached, a world traveler

Literary source: W.H. Auden


Bright, analytic, often frustrated, delights in the absurd

Literary source: Samuel Beckett


Has difficulty dealing with people, emotionally perceptive, loves the outdoors

Literary source: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner


Reclusive, lonely, good-hearted

Literary source: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Southern, shy, guards his personal life

Literary source: Cormac McCarthy