Boys Names from Classic Children's Literature

If you adored reading about the heroes from your favorite childhood books, let their names inspire your baby name pick. These baby boy names were given to some of the most cherished characters in kiddie lit -- read all about them!

  1. Almanzo+ Laura Ingalls Wilder's husband was given this name that was taken from an Arabic man, Al-Mansour, who had helped his family back in the Crusades. It means "victorious." Read more about Almanzo
  2. Arthur+ The legendary king of England, who gathered the Knights of the Round Table around him, has a Celtic name that means "bear." It's consistently near the top 300 baby boy names in the United States. Read more about Arthur
  3. Atticus+ The name of the heroic lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird has enjoyed a resurgence of late, and currently ranks at number 404 in baby boy names. Read more about Atticus
  4. Charlie+ Charlie was the big winner in Willy Wonka's contest in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie is a nickname of Charles, and means "free man." Although Charles ranks consistently in the top 100 for baby boy names, some families are skipping the formal name and going straight to this charming nickname. Read more about Charlie
  5. Edmund+ The younger brother in The Chronicles of Narnia sports this variant on Edward,which means "protector." It's a nice alternative if you love Edward, but not the name's popularity, post-Twilight. Read more about Edmund
  6. George+ This classic name has served more than just presidents and, most recently, British royalty. It's the name of one of the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter series and, of course, that ubiquitous curious monkey. It's a classic -- and always among the top 200 baby boy names in the United States. Read more about George
  7. Gilbert+ Anne of Green Gables' true love was this handsome boy, who has a name that means "shining pledge." It currently falls near the bottom of the top 1,000. Read more about Gilbert
  8. Harry+ Given the overwhelming popularity of the tales of the boy wizard, it's surprising that this name hasn't zoomed up the baby name charts. Not a big fan of J.K. Rowling's Mr. Potter? This English name, which means "ruler," has another modern day celeb in Britain's Prince Harry. Read more about Harry
  9. Henry+ Henry appears in a ton of children's lit, from Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins to Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz. It's a classic name that's back on the upswing after a small dip out of the top 100 in the 1980s and 1990s. It means "ruler," and has served eight kings of England, along with a bevy of other notable men in history. Read more about Henry
  10. Milo+ The grumpy kid who ends up having the time of his life in The Phantom Tollbooth has a name that means "peaceful." It's currently much lower in popularity (number 314) than its sibling, Miles (number 115). Read more about Milo
  11. Peter+ This biblical name is all over the pages of children's lit -- including Peter Pan, Peter Rabbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia adventurer Peter Pevensie. It's a Greek name that means "rock," and is in the top 200 baby names in the United States. Read more about Peter
  12. Sawyer+ The surname of Mark Twain's mischievous hero makes a wonderful and modern baby boy name -- or even a baby girl name, for that matter! It's currently ranked in the top 200 baby names for boys, and in the top 800 for girls. Read more about Sawyer