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The Best Names from Literature

There are so many great names out there. Books contain some of the most memorable: Severus Snape, Moby-Dick, Sherlock Holmes… It makes sense that the most creative writers would come up with the most entertaining names. Here are just some of our favorites and trust me when I say, this is only a snippet of the best names from literature. What’s your favorite? 

Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

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You may hate her, but that is one FUN name to say. Almost every name from Rowling’s wizarding world could be on this list…

 

Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol 

Ebenezer? What a name! And so fitting for Mr. Scrooge.

 

Coraline Jones from Coraline

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Like Caroline, but updated and unique (sorry to any Caroline’s out there- it’s still a pretty name!)

 

Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit

I can’t be the only one who loves saying this. Frodo is also great, but alliteration is the winner.

Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby

 

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Only a man with style like Jay Gatsby could have such a stylish name.

Gregor Samsa from The Metamorphosis

Poor Gregor Samsa. Such an incredible name, but his fate is so atrocious. I think I’ll name my next cat Gregor Samsa.

 

Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray 

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I’ve never found a name more fitting for their character than Dorian Gray. So beautiful, so tortured…

 

Ignatius Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces

What an imaginative name, for a truly wild, different character, nonetheless. I’m still unsure how to pronounce this, to be honest.

 

Jean Valjean from Les Miserables

 

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His name is like a short yet beautiful poem.

 

Molly Bloom from Ulysses

A short, yet memorably name. Molly and Bloom just look good next to each other.

 

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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How did Capote even think of such a fantastic name?

 

Sancho Panza from Don Quixote

While Don Quixote is a great name, Sancho Panza, his faithful squire, has got an even more amazing, flowing name. Say it with me: Sancho Panza.

 

Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind

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This name is legendary. Enough said.

 

Huckleberry Finn from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By far the best name of any Mark Twain character, although Tom Sawyer is pretty great.

 

Lolita (Dolores Haze) from Lolita

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There’s something so creepy about her name. This is the second Dolores on the list, but calling her Lolita, especially said by obsessive Humber Humbert, makes me really uncomfortable.

 

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

It’s dark and creepy but romantically ghostly. Does he even have a first name?

  

Amelia Bedelia from the Amelia Bedelia series

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A lovable name for such a quirky, lovable character.

 

Stella from A Street Car Named Desire

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This name can only be uttered if it’s passionately screamed.

 

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