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We recently covered Anthony Tobias’s Hipster Baby Names: 322 Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Baby Names and it got us thinking about how many great names are hiding out in some of our favorite books! Take a look at our carefully curated list, and you’re sure to find something to suit your little darling.
We humans are fond of naming ourselves after plants and flowers (Rose, Poppy, Rowan, Myrtle, I once met a girl named Sequoia…). But there’s an entire untapped market of fictional flora to choose from! Gillyweed is the plant that Neville gifts to Harry to help him breathe underwater during the Tri-Wizard tournament in ‘.’ Described in the books as looking like ‘a bundle of slimy, grey-green rat tails,’ we think it’s just adorable! If your child does not also resemble a bundle of rat tails, perhaps the name could be shortened to Gilly…or Weedie.
Our favorite Lord of the Rings character, the charming Smeagol, would make the perfect namesake for your little bundle of joy. Use this name to instill in your child the drive and determination to stop at nothing to get what they want. Can be nicknamed Gollum if they develop any kind of unseemly coughing habits.
Bilgewater is the name of the titular character of Jane Gardham’s wonderful novel about awkward adolescence. Bilgewater’s real name is Marigold, but her peers overlook this in favor of the name Bilgewater. The lesson here is: you might as well save your child the pain, cut out the middleman, and go straight to this marvelous moniker.