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The Most Popular Baby Names Inspired by Book Characters

The overall top name inspired by a book character? Luna.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
April 27, 2021
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Baby name inspiration can come from pretty much anywhere—a loved one, a movie or celebrity, or the noun-turned-name trend. One common source of inspiration parents may turn to? Books! To help parents find the perfect name for baby, Flowercard, which delivers flowers and greetings for any occasion, looked at government data from America and the U.K. from 2000 to 2019 to find out which characters were most beloved. Here’s what they found:

The Top 10 Literary Baby Names

  1. Luna: inspired by Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series
  2. Matilda: inspired by Matilda Wormwood from Matilda
  3. Holden: inspired by Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
  4. Arya: inspired by Arya Stark from the A Song of Ice and Fire series
  5. Juliet: inspired by Juliet from Romeo and Juliet
  6. Rhett: inspired by Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind
  7. Romeo: inspired by Romeo from Romeo and Juliet
  8. Dorian: inspired by Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray
  9. Darcy: inspired by Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
  10. Atticus: inspired by Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

The Top 10 Literary Baby Girl Names

  1. Luna: inspired by the Harry Potter series
  2. Matilda: inspired by Matilda
  3. Juliet: inspired by Romeo and Juliet
  4. Arya: inspired by the A Song of Ice and Fire series
  5. Darcy: inspired by Pride and Prejudice
  6. Ophelia: inspired by Hamlet
  7. Lyra: inspired by the His Dark Materials series
  8. Estella: inspired by Great Expectations
  9. Coraline: inspired by Coraline
  10. Khaleesi: inspired by the A Song of Ice and Fire series

The Top 10 Literary Baby Boy Names

  1. Holden: inspired by Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
  2. Rhett: inspired by Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind
  3. Romeo: inspired by Romeo from Romeo and Juliet
  4. Dorian: inspired by Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray
  5. Atticus: inspired by Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
  6. Uriah: inspired by David Copperfield
  7. Forrest: inspired by Forrest Gump
  8. Lucius: inspired by the Harry Potter series
  9. Caspian: inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia
  10. Arya: inspired by the A Song of Ice and Fire series

The Top Literary Names Inspired by Shakespeare

  1. Olivia - inspired by Twelfth Night
  2. Jessica - inspired by The Merchant of Venice
  3. Miranda - inspired by The Tempest
  4. Imogen - inspired by Cymbeline
  5. Othello - inspired by Othello
  6. Perdita - inspired by Winter’s Tale

Looking for more baby name ideas? Check out all of the lists and fun naming tools available on The Bump.

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