What’s in a name? Well, a lot more than we assume, or indeed credit it for! I mean, why would we give so much importance to a word that we use to refer to a person? But, we do. Studies have also shown that names can go a long way in winning you a promotion, or pave a relatively, only relatively, easier path to success.
While most people choose names based on many aspects, sometimes our love for art, music or indeed literature, takes over. And, here we are talking about some amazing baby names inspired by Literature. So, peruse our list of top picks, in no particular order, below!
The female form of Charles, has been a popular name for little girls. The name was rather popular in the 18th century and experienced a resurgence with E.B. White’s classic ‘Charlotte’s Web’, a children’s book. The story is a true classic, with children and adults both enjoying it. Nicknames for Charlotte include Carlotta, Charlie, and Lottie.
Derived from the Germanic word Ermen, Emma is a classic two-syllable name, which is perfect if you want a short name for your girl. Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma ensured that the name has remained ever so popular, even today. And, we love this cute little name. Emma Watson is the most popular namesake.
The meaning of Olivia is disputed. However, Countess Olivia and her struggles to get Duke Orsino to fall for her are rather well documented. By the end of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Olivia marries Sebastian. Olivia will make a lovely name for your angel. Olivia Wilde is one of the most popular namesakes.
Although it sounds rather old-fashioned, Gertrude is a delicate and beautiful name for any little girl. This Germanic name means strong spear. Gertrude was a popular name for quite a while, after making an appearance in Shakespeare’s critically acclaimed Hamlet.
If you love American Literature, then you should name your daughter Sylvia, in honor of American poet and cultural icon Sylvia Plath. This Latin name means the spirit of the wood, and will appeal to all you outdoorsy people.
Harper Lee’s legendary novel, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ reintroduced this Latin name to the world. We think Atticus makes for a classy name for your little boy. And, if you have family in and around Athens, then this name could also allude to your native place.
While there is nothing likable about Dr. Victor Frankenstein, his name certainly is. Mary Shelley’s classic novel made the name famous among parents. And even today, it remains an extremely popular choice among parents. Most folks want their kid to be a winner, and with a name like Victor or ‘conqueror’, who’d stop your child from winning.
Tom is a common name. When Mark Twain decided to pen down ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’ he probably didn’t foresee the incredible impact his protagonist would have on parents. Although Tom doesn’t seem like a brilliantly unique name, it is favorite among parents who want their kids to have short names. Tom comes from the Armaic word Ta’oma, which means ‘twin.’ So, if your boy looks like his dad, you can name him Tom.
A literature based names list won’t be complete without the illustrious and incredibly popular William Shakespeare. William is a delightful little name for your little one. It is a Germanic name, and means resolute protector. And, if you think William is too long a name, you can also call him Bill.
This Ancient Roman name may have remained an Ancient name if not for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster at Hogwarts, is wise, intelligent, witty, and sometimes eccentric; qualities that you will appreciate in your son. Another brilliant short name for a boy.
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