Famous Literary Character Names for Boys

If you're looking for a meaningful baby name, consider borrowing one from the pages of your favorite book. To increase the chances that others will recognize the significance of his name, choose a strong and memorable character with a distinctive name, such as Holden.

  1. Ahab He is the flawed hero in Moby Dick, Herman Melville's 1851 novel.
  2. Ashley+ Ashley Wilkes is the handsome, chivalrous, and honorable love interest of Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind. He symbolizes the values of the Old South. Read more about Ashley
  3. Athos Athos is something of a father figure in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, published in 1844. Although he is intellectual, handsome, brave, and a good swordsman, he is the troubled one of the trio.
  4. Atticus+ Atticus Finch serves as the moral backbone of Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. He is Scout and Jem's dad who has a strong sense of justice and believes in racial equality. Read more about Atticus
  5. Buck+ Buck is the powerful half St. Bernard and half sheepdog in Jack London's 1903 novel Call of the Wild. He has a long, difficult journey before finding a final master, John Thornton. Read more about Buck
  6. Colin+ Colin is one of two protagonists in Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1909 novel The Secret Garden. He transforms from deathly and gloomy to a loving, accepted optimist. Read more about Colin
  7. D'Artagnan D'Artagnan is central to the plot of the 1844 novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. He is a young nobleman who fills the bill of a romantic hero driven by love and ruled by chivalry.
  8. David+ David Copperfield is the protagonist and narrator of Charles Dickens' 1849 novel David Copperfield. He is naive and idealistic, traits that sometimes render him a fool. Read more about David
  9. Don+ Don is the title character in Miguel de Cervantes' 1604 novel Don Quixote. He is a comically tragic character who is lovably too idealistic. Read more about Don
  10. Dorian+ Dorian Grey is a handsome, wealthy young gentleman who pursues pleasure above all else in the 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Read more about Dorian
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