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. Edward+ Edward Cullen is the vampire protagonist frozen in his 17-year-old body in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga. Edward Rochester is a wealthy, passionate man with a dark secret who is unconventional and tends to act rashly in Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Read more about Edward
  2. Darcy+ A prideful and arrogant wealthy gentleman, Fitzwilliam Darcy becomes a caring protagonist in Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. Read more about Darcy
  3. Frodo Frodo Baggins is the protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is thoughtful, curious, and has great character.
  4. George+ George is a small, quick-witted man who is a companion of and caretaker for Lennie in the 1937 novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Read more about George
  5. Harry+ Harry Potter is the protagonist of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is adventurous, courageous, and devoted to those he cares for. Read more about Harry
  6. Heathcliff+ A powerful, fierce, and cruel man, Heathcliff acquires a fortune and spends his life taking what he wants in Emily Bronte's 1847 novel Wuthering Heights. Read more about Heathcliff
  7. Henry+ Henry Fleming is the protagonist who, during the American Civil War, questions his courage, significance, and life in Stephen Crane's 1895 novel The Red Badge of Courage. Read more about Henry
  8. Holden+ Holden Caulfield is the protagonist and narrator of The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger's 1951 novel. He is intelligent but cynical and prone to hypocrisy and spends the novel bridging childhood and adulthood. Read more about Holden
  9. Huckleberry Huckleberry Finn is the protagonist and narrator of Mark Twain's 1885 novel, Huckleberry Finn. He is an imaginative, accepting, thoughtful, and rambunctious boy.
  10. Ichabod+ Ichabod Crane is Washington Irving's ghost-seeing protagonist in the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, first published in 1820. Read more about Ichabod
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