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Literary Baby Boy Names

Literary Baby Boy Names

Since posting our favorite Literary Baby Girl Names, we decided to do the same for the boys. Poetic, artistic, intellectual, cultured – these are just a few synonyms for literary. Isn’t this a great trend for naming your baby boy?

Whether he’ll be dramatic, bookish, artistic, these literary names are just lovely.

Here’s a list of our favorite literary baby boy names, we hope you find one you will love. While this list contains some gender neutral names, we're also working on a list of Literary Gender Neutral Baby Names.


Jay Gatsby is the title character of the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby.
Origin of Jay: Latin
Meaning of Jay: “jaybird”


Harry Potter is the title character and protagonist of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Origin of Harry: Diminutive of Henry
Meaning of Harry: “estate ruler”


David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens. The novel’s full title is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account).[note 1] It was first published as a serial in 1849–50, and as a book in 1850.
Origin of David: Hebrew
Meaning of David: “beloved”


Landon is the narrator of the novel A Walk to Remember by American writer Nicholas Sparks. Probably my favorite name from this list.
Origin of Landon: English
Meaning of Landon: “long hill”


Max is the young boy from Where the Wild Things Are. After dressing in his wolf costume, Max wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper.
Origin of Max: English and German diminutive or Maximillian or Maxwell
Meaning of Max: “greatest”


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885.
Origin of Finn: Irish
Meaning of Finn: “fair or white”


Noah Calhoun from The Notebook, a romantic novel by American novelist Nicholas Sparks.
Origin of Noah: Hebrew
Meaning of Noah: “rest; wandering”


Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games trilogy, is a Seam resident boy who is two years older than Katniss.
Origin of Gale: Irish
Meaning of Gale: “stranger”


Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars, the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012.
Origin of Augustus: Latin
Meaning of Augustus: “great, magnificent”


Romeo Montague is the protagonist of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
Origin of Romeo: Italian
Meaning of Romeo: “pilgrim to Rome, Roman”

What is your favorite baby boy literary name?

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