75 Literary Boy Names

Updated: June 3, 2021
If you're looking for a unique baby boy name, look no further than list of 75 literary boy names for your future bookworm.
75 Literary Boy Names

If you are an avid reader, chances are some authors and characters are dear to your heart. Whether you are a fan of Mark Twain or Charles Dickens, there are plenty of options to please your inner geek.

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Each of these baby boy names is considered more unique or old-fashioned since they aren't as popular as Noah or Liam. That doesn't mean that they aren't special. Here is the ultimate list of literary baby names that is sure to help you find the perfect name for your brand new baby boy.

  1. Abel- One of the sons of Adam and Eve in The Book of Genesis
  2. Amory- The protagonist in the book This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Artemis- The name of the title character in the classic novel Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  4. Asher- A character in the book The Giver by Lois Lowry
  5. Aslan- The lion character in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  6. Atticus- The name of the title character Atticus Finch in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Augustus- The main character Augustus Waters in the novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  8. Barnaby- Comes from the title Barnaby Rudge, a novel by Charles Dickens
  9. Buck- A great choice if you are a fan of the author Pearl S. Buck
  10. Byron- The name of the well-known poet Lord Byron
  11. Calin- The last name of the author William Calin
  12. Calvin- One of the title characters in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes
  13. Charles-The first name of the famous author Charles Dickens
  14. Charlie- The title character in the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  15. Clay- One of the stories in The Dubliners by James Joyce
  16. Conrad- Old German for "brave counsel" and is the name of the author Joseph Conrad
  17. Dante- Latin for "enduring one" and shares the name with Dante Alighieri, a famous poet who wrote The Divine Comedy
  18. Darcy- French for "of the fortress" and comes from the character Fitzwilliam Darcy, featured in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  19. Dorian- Greek for "sea" comes from the title character of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  20. Edgar- The first name of the famous poet Edgar Allen Poe
  21. Edward- One of the main characters of the Twilight series, Edward Cullen
  22. Elwyn- The first name of the author Elwyn Brooks White, also known as E.B. White
  23. Ernest- The first name of the famous author Ernest Hemingway
  24. Finn- The name of the title character from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  25. Finnick- This name was created by Suzanne Collins and can be seen in The Hunger Games series
  26. Fitzgerald- Last name of the famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald
  27. Gatsby- This name was created by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is the name of the title character in the novel The Great Gatsby
  28. Gulliver- The title character of the novel Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  29. Harper- A great choice if you are a fan of the famous author Harper Lee
  30. Harry- The title character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  31. Heathcliff- A character in the book Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  32. Henry- O. Henry is the pen name of the author William Sydney Porter
  33. Holden- A character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, named Holden Caulfield
  34. Homer- The author of two famous epic poems called the Iliad and the Odyssey
  35. Huckleberry- The title character in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  36. Hugo- German for "bright soul" and shares a name with writer Victor Hugo
  37. Ishmael- Hebrew for "God will hear" and is a character in Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  38. Jasper- Persian for "keeper of the treasure" and is a character in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
  39. Jean- Scottish for "God is gracious" and is the character Jean Valjean in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  40. Jon- Hebrew for "God's gift" and is a character in The Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin, named Jon Snow.
  41. Jude- Hebrew for "praised" and is the title character in Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  42. Khal- The name of a character in The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Khal Drogo
  43. Laurence- Latin for "glorified" and is the last name of character Theodore Laurence in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  44. Lennie- German for "lion-hearted" and is a character in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  45. Magnus- Latin for "the great one" and is a title of a novel by Matthew Dickens
  46. Mark- Latin for "defender" and comes from famous author Mark Twain
  47. Melville- The last name of famous author Herman Melville
  48. Milo- German for "soft-hearted" and is a character in The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  49. Nathaniel- The first name of author Nathaniel Hawthorne who wrote The Scarlett Letter
  50. Oliver- The title character in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  51. Orlando- One of the main characters in As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  52. Orwell- The last name of famous author George Orwell
  53. Oscar- The first name of author Oscar Wilde
  54. Philip- One of the characters in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations
  55. Phineas- A character in A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  56. Remus- The name of a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Remus Lupin
  57. Reuel- One of the middle names of author J.R.R. Tolkein
  58. Rhett- The first name of Rhett Butler in the novel Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  59. Roald- The first name of popular author Roald Dahl, who is known for his book Matilda
  60. Robinson- The title character of the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  61. Roland- From the epic poem "The Song of Roland"
  62. Romeo- The name of one of the title characters from the play by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  63. Salinger- The last name of famous author J.D. Salinger
  64. Samwise- A character from The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein
  65. Sawyer- The last name of the title character Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  66. Sebastian- The main character in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  67. Sherlock- The first name of the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
  68. Sirius- First name of the character Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series
  69. Tristan- From Tristan and Isolde, a popular opera by Richard Wagner
  70. Truman- The first name of the author Truman Capote
  71. Ulysses- Title Character in Ulysses by James Joyce
  72. Victor- First name of the character Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  73. Watson- Last name of John Watson, a character in Sherlock Holmes
  74. Wilbur- The main character in Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  75. Winston- For Winston Churchill, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in literature

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