Bookish Baby Names

I'm a bit obsessed with names and their meanings. Sometimes when I meet someone new I will search the meaning of their name on an app on my phone just to see if it fits their personality. 

So naturally, as a reading teacher, I'm always searching for literary-related names for babies. One of my favorite memories is of reading my first Maeve Binchy novel, Circle of Friends, when I was 17 and on a road trip from Texas to Michigan. Naturally, I've always had the name Maeve at the top of the list of names that I love. 

Here are a few bookish baby names:

Here are a few bookish baby names:


Astrid - The author of Pippi Longstocking. The name evokes a strong feel while still remaining carefree and adventerous. 

Ramona - The quirky and fun-loving main character of the Beverly Cleary series. Because the series is so genuine and realistic, the name will always bring a sense of childlike innocence. 

Claudia - The mastermind behind a plan to sleep in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Natuarlly, a Claudia might be a planner, a doer and a go-getter. 

Virginia - Virginia Lee Burton wrote several classic picture books whose images feel wistful and look as if they should be in Anthropologie. While an older name, it feels fresh and stylish.  


Ezra - Ezra Jack Keats picture books are sweet, simple and creative and the name resembles a similar feel.  I instantly think of the magical simplicity of The Snowy Day and Peter's Chair. 

Max - The classic main character from Where The Wild Things Are. All children love the idea of falling so deeply into a dream world that you lose all bearings of reality.   

William - The author of Amos and Boris and many other award winning books. The cartoonist and illustrator's images could be in any nursery as they are simple, clean and classically masculine.  

Milo - The main character from the entertaining, clever and witty (for any age) book, The Phantom Tollbooth. The name feels "fun" and "curious" just as the character feels when he is jolted out of perpetual boredom as the tollbooth arrives in his bedroom.