Explore this epic list of the most memorable and unique baby boy names from literature here, from authors’ names to characters from children’s books, classic books, modern books, Shakespeare and Harry Potter. These literary baby names are perfect for a future bookworm!

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Note: the focus of these baby boy names from literature is on the first name of these book characters, but occasionally, I share a last name that will work well to give your baby’s first name meaning that is literary.

Boy Names from Literature

Below are all the best literary boy names.

Names of Famous Authors

Below you can find inspiration for a baby name that is influenced by a famous author of your choice:

Aldous (Aldous Huxley)

Arthur (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Bram (Bram Stoker)

Byron (Lord Byron)

Charles (Charles Dickens)

Conrad (Joseph Conrad)

Cormac (Cormac McCarthy)

Edgar (Edgar Allen Poe)

Elie (Elie Wiesel)

Elwyn (E.B. White)

Ernest (Ernest Hemingway)

Faulkner (William Faulkner)

Fitzgerald (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Gabriel (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

Hawthorne (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Henry (Henry James)

Homer (Homer)

Hugo (Victor Hugo)

Huxley (Aldous Huxley)

Ian (Ian Fleming)

Jack (Jack Kerouac)

Jules (Jules Verne)

Keats (John Keats)

Kurt (Kurt Vonnegut)

Langston (langston Hughes)

Leo (Leo Tolstoy)

Mark (Mark Twain)

Nathaniel (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Oscar (Oscar Wilde)

Ovid (Ovid)

Ralph (Ralph Wald Emerson)

Roald (Roald Dahl)

Tennessee (Tennessee Williams)

Truman (Truman Capote)

Victor (Victor Hughes)

William (William Shakespeare)

Fictional Book Characters

Fictional Characters from Children’s Books

These names of fictional characters from children’s books are perfect for little boys:

Bastian (The Neverending Story)

Calvin (A Wrinkle in Time)

Charlie (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)

Chester (The Cricket in Times Square)

Christopher (Winnie the Pooh)

Colin (The Secret Garden)

Ferdinand (The Story of Ferdinand)

George (Curious George)

James (James and the Giant Peach)

Jess (Bridge to Terabithia)

Logan (Baby-Sitters Club series)

Max (Where the Wild Things Are)

Peter (Peter Pan; Peter Rabbit)

Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web)

Fictional Characters from Classic Books

These fictional male characters from literature have names that are Hebrew, Latin, German, American, English, and more:

Asher (The Giver)

Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Bingley (Pride and Prejudice)

Cal (East of Eden)

Cecil (A Room With a View)

Christer (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)

Dallas (The Outsiders)

Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)

David (David Copperfield)

Dorian (The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)

Edmund (The Count of Monte Cristo)

Ethan (Ethan Frome)

Finn (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

Fitzwilliam (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

Frederick (Persuasion)

Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)

Gulliver (Gulliver’s Travels)

Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)

Holden (The Catcher in the Rye)

Huck (The Adventures of Huck Finn)

Ishmael (Moby Dick)

Jake (The Sun Also Rises)

Jarvis (A Tale of Two Cities)

Jay (The Great Gatsby)

Jean (Les Miserables)

Jem (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Lawrence (Little Women)

Lennie (Of Mice and Men)

Leopold (Ulysses)

Maxim (Rebecca)

Moby (Moby Dick)

Oliver (Oliver Twist)

Philip (“Pip”) (Great Expectations)

Phineas (A Separate Peace)

Rhett (Gone With the Wind)

Robinson (Robinson Crusoe)

Santiago (The Alchemist)

Sawyer (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)

Theodore (Little Women)

Watson (Sherlock Holmes)

Wentworth (Persuasion)

Winston (1984)

Fictional Characters by Shakespeare

Below are literary boy names inspired by fictional Shakespearean characters:

Antonio (The Merchant Of Venice)

Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing)

Corin (As You Like It)

Duncan (Macbeth)

Ely (Henry V)

Fabian (Twelfth Night)

Frederick (As You Like It)

Henry (Henry Parts I – VIII)

Julius (Julius Caesar)

Lennox (Macbeth)

Leonardo (The Merchant of Venice)

Malcolm (Macbeth)

Marcus (Titus Andronicus)

Orlando (As You Like It)

Richard (Richard I, II, III)

Romeo: (Romeo and Juliet)

Sebastian (The Tempest, Twelfth Night and The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

Shep (The Winter’s Tale)

Toby (Twelfth Night)

Troy (Troilus & Cressida)

Fictional Characters from Modern Books

These baby boy names hail from the most memorable fiction characters from modern books:

Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars)

Bronn (A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) books)

Clay (The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay)

Connell (Normal People)

Edward (Twilight saga)

Henry (The Time Traveler’s Wife)

Jacob (Twilight saga)

Landon (A Walk to Remember)

Morrie (Tuesdays with Morrie)

Noah (The Notebook)

Rudy (The Book Thief)

Tyrion (A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series)

Werner (All the Light We Cannot See)

Fictional Characters from Harry Potter Books

Lastly, below are the most memorable male characters from your favorite Harry Potter novel:

Albus (Albus Dumbledore)

Cedric (Cedric Diggory)

Draco (Draco Malfoy)

Harry (Harry Potter)

Ollivander (Ollivander’s Wand Shop)

Ronald (Ron Weasley)

Sirius (Sirious Black)


Those are all the best baby boy names from literature.

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