Baby names are always fun. Some parents-to-be go the traditional route, naming a child after family members near and far. Some parents go all-out creative, coming up with names that are as unique as the child they’re expecting. And then there’s everything in between. Here are seven popular baby names, in alphabetical order, that bookworms will appreciate; they’re all inspired by literary works or authors.

  1. Pregnant reading bookAtticus
    •      From the American classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee.
    •      The American Film Institute (AFI) voted Atticus Finch the greatest hero of American film. Celebrity couples who named babies Atticus include Mary-Louise Parker and Billy Cruddup and Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck.
  2. Beckett (also Becket)
    •      The story of Thomas Becket (aka Saint Thomas of Canterbury and Thomas a Becket) inspired Chaucer, TS Eliot, the Weinstein brothers, Ken Follett, and countless others writing for stage, screen, and print.
    •      Melissa Etheridge named a child Becket and so did Malcolm McDowell, Conan O’Brien, and Nicole Sullivan. Pierce Brosnan seems deeply inspired by literature; he named one one son Beckett and the other Dylan Thomas.
  3. Dashiell
    •      In the works of dashing Dashiell Hammett, we came to know Nick and Nora Charles and Sam Spade. Dashiell is actually the writer’s mother’s maiden name and his own middle name.
    •      Harry Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Alice Cooper, Autumn Reeser, and Harvey Weinstein all have sons named Dash or Dashiell.
  4. Holden
    •      The first name of the rebellious Holden Caulfield, introduced to the world in another classic American novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951), by JD Salinger.
    •      Famous names who named a child Holden include Brendan Fraser, James Marsden, Eric McCormack, Rick Schroder, and Mira Sorvino.
  5. Huckleberry
    •      Seems impossible to separate Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn, introduced by the author in 1884.
    •      Huckleberry is gaining in popularity as is Finn. Kimberly Williams and Brad Paisley used this as the middle for their son, who they call Huck. It’s what Bear Grylls named his third son.
  6. Lincoln
    •      President Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865) has inspired so many parents that this one’s been on the list of popular baby names since his presidency, with the exception of one year only - 1884.
    •      Lincoln has always been a popular boy name but actor Dax Shepard so loves the name that he chose it for his daughter with wife Kristen Bell.
  7. Scarlett
    •      Katie Scarlett O’Hara is the fiery heroine of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning Gone With the Wind (1936), which was quickly turned into the movie of the same name that made Academy Award history.
    •      Scarlett Johansson’s name seems inspired by the book. Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger named their daughter Elizabeth Scarlett and Saturday Night Live alumnus Victoria Jackson did, too. Scarlett’s the #61 most popular baby girl name today.

Source: Rosenkrantz, Linda. “7 Newly Popular Baby Names That Have Been Hiding In Plain Sight.” HuffPost Parents. The Huffington Post. Jan 21, 2014. Web. Jan 30, 2014.

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