Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Boys Names from Literature

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I have seen many parents on baby name forums who have a great appreciation for classic literature, so much so that they are determined to use the names of their favorite characters in their child's name.  I admire their devotion and envy their knowledge of these characters.

Of course, the term "literature" covers a grand spectrum of novels. Most of these names come from the classic masterpieces that have touched the hearts of readers for decades. While I cannot possibly list every name of every character in every book ever written, this is definitely a pretty good list to start with if you're in need of a literary moniker.

Below this list, I have handpicked my favorites that I think would be very handsome for a modern day boy. Then I went one step further and paired them with a couple middle name ideas and listed a few potential sibling name ideas to help you decide if you'd truly want to consider adding said names to your short-list. After all, that's the whole point of a list like this: to help you find the perfect name for your child!

Please feel free to join in on the fun and choose your favorite names from the list! You can share them in the comments below! Let me know which middle name options you would pair with your favorites! Also, if there are any names that are not on this list that you think deserve to be, list them in the comments and I'll surely add them in!  Enjoy!
Ahab
Amory
Aramis
Archer
Ashley
Athos
Atticus
Auric
Axel
Barley
Barnaby
Beale
Benvolio
Brick
Brom
Buck
Caliban
Caspar
Cato
Chance
Cleon
Cody
Colin
Corin
Crow
Cullen
Darcy
D'Artagnan
Darl
David
Don
Dorian
Dunstan
Edward
Edmund
Falmouth
Fenno
Fitzwilliam
George
Gogol
Guitar
Gulliver
Heathcliff
Henry
Hieronymous
Holden
Huckleberry
Ichabod
Ishmael
Japhy
Jarvis
Jasper
Jay
Jean
Jolyon
Jude
Jupiter
Kaddish
Kafka
Laird
Lemuel
Lennie
Loch
Macon
Magnus
Marius
Melchior
Milo
Mingus
Misha
Odysseus
Orlando
Orno
Oskar
Phineas
Praxis
Porthos
Quebec
Quillen
Quintus
Rhett
Riley
Robert
Rodion
Romeo
Rufus
Samson
Santiago
Sawyer
Sebastian
Seneca
Septimus
Sherlock
Silas
Taft
Telemachus
Tristan
Tristram
Utah
Valentino
Victor
Vivaldo
Watson
Wolf
Yancey
Zooey
Keep in mind that since I'm not incredibly well-read, I do not know how dastardly, devious and despicable some of these characters could be. Always do your own research on a name before you commit to it, even if it isn't linked to literature. Make sure that all popular namesakes are those that you can live with. You and your child might be asked if the name came from this book or that TV show or whatever for the rest of your child's life. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, just something to consider!

Don't forget to check out the list of Girl Names from Literature too!

My Top 10 Favorites:

1. Archer

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Avalon, Fable, Ivy, Lyric, Marion, Sonnet, Willow
Brothers: August, Beckett, Fletcher, Griffin, Harrison, Kellan, Mason, Parker

Middle Name Ideas:
Archer Declan
Archer James
Archer Reilly
Archer Sebastian
Archer William

2. Barnaby

Sibling Name Ideas: 
Sisters: Audrey, Caroline, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jemima, Josephine, Matilda, Winifred
Brothers: Atticus, Chester, Edward, Frederick, Matthew, Oliver, Tobias, William

Middle Name Ideas:
Barnaby August
Barnaby Damian
Barnaby James
Barnaby Michael
Barnaby Theodore

3. Corin

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alice, Claire, Edith, Lilah, Molly, Olivia, Piper, Violet
Brothers: Asher, Ethan, Gavin, Holden, Liam, Noah, Owen, Wyatt

Middle Name Ideas:
Corin Alexander
Corin James
Corin Nathaniel
Corin Robert
Corin Wesley

4. Heathcliff

Sibling Name Ideas: 
Sisters: Adelaide, Beatrice, (Avoid Catherine), Cordelia, Harriet, Josephine, Lorraine, Michaela, Ramona
Brothers: Alistair, Barnaby, Caldwell, Hendrick, Jameson, Nathaniel, Theodore, Wiloughby

Middle Name Ideas:
Heathcliff Andrew
Heathcliff Charles
Heathcliff Elliot
Heathcliff Orion
Heathcliff Thomas

5. Jarvis

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alma, Delaney, Elaina, Leila, Matilda, Olive, Sadie, Thea
Brothers: Alaric, Damian, Felix, Giles, Leo, Miles, Sebastian, Xavier

Middle Name Ideas:
Jarvis Anthony
Jarvis Haythem
Jarvis Indigo
Jarvis Oliver
Jarvis Theron

6. Marius

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Athena, Cassia, Freya, Katharine, Lucinda, Romilly, Sophia, Theodora 
Brothers: Antony, Cassius, David, George, Lucian, Magnus, Soren, Tybalt

Middle Name Ideas:
Marius Achilles
Marius Anthony
Marius Elliott
Marius Orion
Marius Xavier

7. Phineas 

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Althea, Eden, Esther, Hazel, Madeleine, Phoebe, Simone, Xaviere
Brothers: Atticus, Elijah, Gideon, Malachai, Nathaniel, Oliver, Quincy, Thaddeus

Middle Name Ideas:
Phineas Alexander
Phineas Isaiah
Phineas Logan
Phineas Rafferty
Phineas Vincent

8. Rhett 

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Aveline, Caroline, Daphne, Fiona, Grace, Leila, Philippa, Rowan, (Avoid Scarlett)
Brothers: Arlo, Crosby, Finnegan, Heath, Jack, Noah, Tristan, Vincent

Middle Name Ideas:
Rhett Donnelly
Rhett Julian
Rhett Leopold
Rhett Peregrine
Rhett Wilder

9. Silas 

Sibling Name Ideas: 
Sisters: Aria, Eve, Gisele, Helena, Jessica, Mila, Piper, Ruth
Brothers: Abram, Conrad, Daniel, Gideon, Jasper, Levi, Philip, Wesley

Middle Name Ideas:
Silas Archibald
Silas Damian
Silas Everett
Silas Jonathan
Silas Octavian

10. Tristram

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Astrid, Cressida, Elisabet, Imogen, Lavinia, Milena, Seraphina, Vivienne 
Brothers: Adler, Conrad, Julius, Leopold, Marius, Quillan, Rasmus, Viggo

Middle Name Ideas:
Tristram August
Tristram Benedict
Tristram Eamon
Tristram Henley
Tristram Wilder

That's my Top 10!! Which names are your favorites?
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