Nowadays, it’s more likely to get a positive answer from a young boy or girl for a task like hiking Mount Everest than reading a whole book for pleasure.
But the stories of authors such as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway or Herman Melville give us, now and for all times, a deeper understanding of why we are who we are. These masters of writing help us gain a broad view of the human society and have a better knowledge and tolerance for all that is happening around us.
We admire our beloved book characters because they are honest, playful, charming, genius, courageous, funny, humble and brave. Even if they have not all these characteristics, they remain sources of inspiration for our lives.
It’s easy to give your child an inspired name, but it would be even better to grant to your child an amazing story as well. No matter the origin of the name you will choose, you can find the perfect name in a classic book.
Baby boy names inspired by literature
Alexis – Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis
Aramis – The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
Dean – On the Road, Jack Kerouac
Dorian – The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Holden – The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Jordan – For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
Moby – Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Oliver – Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Rhett – Gone with the wind, Margaret Mitchell
Robinson – Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Sherlock – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Baby girl names inspired by literature
Alice – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Anna – Anna Karenina, Leon Tolstoy
Antigone – Antigone, Sophocles
Bridget – Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
Franny – Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger
Jo – Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Karen – Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
Lara – Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
Lisbeth – Millennium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson
Minerva – Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
Mulan – The Ballad of Mulan, Song Nan Zhang
Sabina – The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera