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7 Baby Names from Literature You May Not Have Thought Of…

We recently covered Anthony Tobias’s Hipster Baby Names: 322 Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Baby Names and it got us thinking about how many great names are hiding out in some of our favorite books! Take a look at our carefully curated list, and you’re sure to find something to suit your little darling.

1. Gillyweed 


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We humans are fond of naming ourselves after plants and flowers (Rose, Poppy, Rowan, Myrtle, I once met a girl named Sequoia…). But there’s an entire untapped market of fictional flora to choose from! Gillyweed is the plant that Neville gifts to Harry to help him breathe underwater during the Tri-Wizard tournament in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.’ Described in the books as looking like ‘a bundle of slimy, grey-green rat tails,’ we think it’s just adorable! If your child does not also resemble a bundle of rat tails, perhaps the name could be shortened to Gilly…or Weedie.


2. Smeagol 


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Our favorite Lord of the Rings character, the charming Smeagol, would make the perfect namesake for your little bundle of joy. Use this name to instill in your child the drive and determination to stop at nothing to get what they want. Can be nicknamed Gollum if they develop any kind of unseemly coughing habits.


3. Bilgewater 


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Bilgewater is the name of the titular character of Jane Gardham’s wonderful novel about awkward adolescence. Bilgewater’s real name is Marigold, but her peers overlook this in favor of the name Bilgewater. The lesson here is: you might as well save your child the pain, cut out the middleman, and go straight to this marvelous moniker.


4. Nightlock


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These poisonous berries featured in The Hunger Games sound pretty rock’n’roll. They are most likely based on the real berry Deadly Nightshade. Katniss Everdeen is introduced to the berries by her father who warns her that anyone who ate them would be dead before the berries reached their stomach. Set your child on track to front a goth metal band, or perhaps become the next Edgar Allan Poe with this hardcore name.


5. Janx Spirit


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The drink consumed by space dwellers in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is drunk for the same reasons we drink alcohol on Earth. It’s a pretty cool name, and we suppose pretty similar to naming your kid Brandy or Bailey or, like,  Aperol Spritz…


6. Fizzwinkle


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Fizzwinkles are a Chinese sweet invented by Roald Dahl and mentioned in his book The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me. What an exciting name. Children love sweets, and they love Roald Dahl so it will be impossible for your child not to be sweet and popular. It’s a no-brainer, really.


7.  Atticus


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Okay, okay here’s one that you may actually like. Atticus Finch from Harper Lee’s masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird is everybody’s hero, and has a great name to boot! Will obviously instill in the child a strong sense of justice (even if this arises from being bullied in school). Also good for a feline baby (Catticus), rodent baby (Ratticus), or a plant baby (Cacticus).




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