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Naming your kid may very well be the most important decision you'll have to make for them in their entire lifetime. Sure, it may not seem like a critical situation at first, but let me tell you, what you name your kid may very well define their life. A name is a presentation card, and a cool, catchy one will give your kid an edge in life from the get-go. And where can you find the most amazing names? In the books written by some of the most marvelous minds this world has seen. We have rounded up a list of some of the top names in literature and think you will love them.

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The great thing about finding inspiration to name your kid from literature is that your options are almost endless. Whether you are into the modern bestsellers or into the classics, you are bound to find one of those amazing characters that has been matched by the author with the most wonderful name, and then you'll know your son or daughter are bound to share it.

Because of the sheer volume of options, we have narrowed it down to our favorite 30, with a healthy mix of girls and boys names. Feel free to take a look at the options we present, read about where they originated and learn a little bit about the characters that held them in some of the best literary works in history. Hope you find the inspiration necessary to find the best name for your baby.

 

Alice 1

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Living in Wonderland is everyone's dream, and while live with a newborn baby is seldom described as such, naming your little girl Alice could be a step in the right direction.

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The main character in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, on which Game of Thones is based, is a true warrior, and her name will inspire your daughter not learn that not even the sky the is limit.

 

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Augustus 3

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Go with Gus or Augie for short, but keep Augustus for that hint of sophistication and class the main character in Running with Scissors exudes.

 

Aureliano 4

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Up to five generations of the Buendia family in One Hundred Years of Solitude share this name, making it one of the coolest in the entire literary world.

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Bella 5

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The Twilight franchise made Bella one of the top ten names in 2011. And we get it, because it is just beautiful.

 

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The main character of The Catcher in the Rye is one of literature's most haunting enigmas. Holden is a great name, but his last name --honestly-- makes an even better choice for your kid.

 

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Charlie 7

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If you love chocolate and would love nothing else than to dream about it every day, name your kid Charlie and it will never leave your mind.

 

Charlotte 8

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Charlotte is the sweetest name, and if you loved Charlotte's Web, then there's really no reason not to name your daughter after the title character.

 

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Daisy 9

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The Great Gatsby has served as inspiration for baby names for almost a century given the depth of marvelous characters in the book, but few are as memorable as Daisy Buchanan.

 

David 10

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A biblical name that suits both kids and adults, which gave name to one of Charles Dickens' most impactful characters: David Copperfield.

 

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Dean 11

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If you want a baby boy with gusto for life, let yourself be inspired by Dean Moriarty of Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

Emma 12

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Jane Austen fans will probably love nothing more than to name their baby girl after Emma Woodhouse of the novel Emma.

 

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Ernest 13

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Oscar Wilde's genious brought us an outrageous play of deceit and confusion, The Importance of Being Earnest, which found Ernest, its main character, in the middle of an impossible--yet hilarious--plot. It is a refined name that any boy would love to make his own.

Finnick 14

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Finnick, of the amazingly succesful novel-turned-movie Catching Fire, is a great name with and equally awesome shorter version: Finn.

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Harry 15

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A beautiful, wide-eyed boy named Harry, inspired by Harry Potter, is sure to make an impact in any family.

Huckleberry 16

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Mark Twain was a literary genius who's responsible for some of American literature's best works. Huckleberry Finn is by far his most memorable character and so the name has become very popular throughout the years. Plus, using Huck for short is also a great option.

 

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Janie 17

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Janie Crawford is one of the most amazing characters in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. It would probably also be great for your baby girl.

 

Juliet 18

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Sure, her love story with Romeo was a truly sad one, but Juliet is a wonderful name that would suit any beautiful baby girl.

 

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Kamala 19

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Ms. Marvel is an epic comic with a true badass superhero as a main charactar, Kamala. Your girl deserves to be named after a superhero.

 

Landon 20

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Not everything should be based on classics. Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember made a dent in the literary world, and the male main character in the novel may very well inspire you to name your baby boy.

 

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Lisbeth 21

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Lisbeth is the main character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She's cool, hip, hot, rebellious and always in control. Seems like great inspiration to me.

Luna 22

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Who couldn't love Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series? Yes, Hermoine took the spotlight, but Luna always made an impact--and her name is simply gorgeous.

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Lyra 23

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Lyra is the main character in Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials, and she's a force to be reckoned with. Your daughter would be honored to be named after her.

 

Matilda 24

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Matilda is both playful and sophisticated. The novel by the same name has a main character that is exactly like that--and she loves literature. Isn't that inspiring enough to call your daughter Matilda?

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Miles 25

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Miles Morales is a most memorable character in the Ultimate Marvel universe and Miles just has legs as a baby boy name.

 

Oliver 26

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Even if naming your child after an orphanage hero sounds like a bit much, if you have read Oliver Twist you will understand how great this name actually is.

 

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Ramona 27

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Ramona from Ramona The Pest is inquisitive, curious, imaginative, and a bit naughty. Truly a lovable character, and your daughter will hopefully live up to her name.

 

Rue 28

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Katniss may be too out there, but if you love The Hunger Games, Rue could be a much better option for your girl.

 

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Sula 29

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The main character, which gives name to the novel Sula, is not the nicest person, but she goes against the grain and was way ahead of her time, making her a tremendous inspiration for a baby name.

 

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On of the coolest characters in They Joy Luck Club, she's a chess wiz, an independent thinker, and overall amazing little girl. Great inspiration!