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. Jay+ Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. He is a flawed man whose ability to transform his dreams into reality outshines his downfalls. Read more about Jay
  2. Jean+ Jean Valjean is the protagonist of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Miserables. He is Hugo's figure showcasing theories about compassion and love. Read more about Jean
  3. Lennie+ Lennie is a large, childlike migrant worker who depends upon his friend and traveling companion in the 1937 novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Read more about Lennie
  4. Odysseus+ The hero of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus is a great and cunning warrior who must fight many battles to return to his home and family. Read more about Odysseus
  5. Porthos Porthos is the third of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers. He is loud, brash, and vain, but also a skilled fighter and dedicated friend.
  6. Rhett+ A dashing scoundrel, Rhett Butler is the opposite of Ashley Wilkes and represents postwar society in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind. Read more about Rhett
  7. Robert+ Robert Langdon is the handsome, fit, and intelligent professor and symbologist in the Dan Brown novels Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and The Lost Symbol (2009). Read more about Robert
  8. Sherlock+ Sherlock Holmes is the protagonist of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. He is incredibly intelligent and quick-witted. Read more about Sherlock
  9. Telemachus+ Telemachus is Odysseus's son in Homer's Odyssey who grows and matures into a man while his father is away. Read more about Telemachus
  10. Victor+ Victor Frankenstein, who creates a monster, is the doomed protagonist of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein. Read more about Victor
  11. Watson+ Watson is the eager apprentice and protagonist in the Sherlock Holmes writings by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Read more about Watson
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