My 100th post…wow! Can you believe it? Thank you all for reading and enjoying my site over the past few months. Let’s hope for many more. 🙂
Now on to the post. I was looking through the SSA 2015 data earlier today and noticed the name Cervantes, which was the surname of Don Quixote‘s author. So then I wondered how popular other authors’ names were.
Here are some writers’ names that were used as baby names in the U.S. last year!
- Agatha (Christie) – 85 girls. Poirot.
- Alexandre (Dumas) – 111 boys. The Count of Monte Cristo.
- Bram (Stoker) – 48 boys. Dracula.
- Chinua (Achebe) – 5 boys. Things Fall Apart.
- Horatio (Alger) – 9 boys. Famous for his “rags-to-riches” stories.”
- Joanne (K. Rowling) – 95 girls. Harry Potter.
- Khaled (Hosseini) – 99 boys. The Kite Runner.
- Toni (Morrison) – 177 girls. Beloved.
- Zelda (Fitzgerald) – #646. Save Me the Waltz.
- Zora (Neale Hurston) – 136 girls. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
- Conan (Doyle, Arthur) – 58 boys. Sherlock Holmes.
- Harper (Lee, Nelle) – Harper is currently the #10 girls’ name in the U.S., and ranks #722 for boys. To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Reuel (Tolkien, John Ronald) – 8 boys. Lord of the Rings.
- Zane (Grey, Pearl) – #232. Zane Grey wrote westerns. And yes, his name was Pearl!
- Austen (Jane) – 61 girls and 119 boys. Pride and Prejudice.
- Brontë (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) – 7 girls. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, respectively. Bronte is also the name of an Ancient Greek thunder deity.
- Cervantes (Saavedra, Miguel de) – 6 boys. Don Quixote.
- Cooper (Fenimore, James) – #77. Last of the Mohicans.
- Fitzgerald (F. Scott) – 73 boys. The Great Gatsby.
- Haddon (Mark) – 39 boys. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
- Hawthorne (Nathaniel) – 25 boys. The Scarlet Letter.
- Hemingway (Ernest) – 5 boys. The Old Man and the Sea.
- Huxley (Aldous) – #960. Brave New World.
- Kipling (Rudyard) – 5 boys. The Jungle Books.
- Lewis (C. S.) – #569. Chronicles of Narnia.
- Milton (John) – 152 boys. Paradise Lost.
- Poe (Edgar Allan) – 9 boys. Murder in the Rue Morgue.
- Salinger (J.D.) – 5 boys. The Catcher in the Rye.
- Shelley (Mary) – 13 girls. Frankenstein.
- Wilde (Oscar) – 7 boys. The Picture of Dorian Gray.
What do you think? Are there any other writers’ names you’d add to this list?
2 thoughts on “Writers’ Names in Usage”
Tamora Pierce used to be my favorite fantasy author when I was younger as well as Meredith Ann Pierce (no relation); Cecilia Dart-Thornton; Patrick Dennis (whose real name was Edward Everett Tanner III); Cornelia Funke; Frank Herbert; Clive Barker; & Neil Gaiman; and Nathaniel Hawthorne- I’ve always thought the name Hawthorne would make an excellent first name.
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I just came across a British screenplay writer and playwright by the name Timberlake Wertenbaker and as far as I can tell it’s her given name- and yes, the author is a woman. When I first read the name I just assumed it was a man because Timberlake seems so masculine to me- or maybe because the only Timberlake I’ve ever come across is Justin Timberlake. Either way I think it’s a really cool, unusual and interesting name and I would like to know how she received her name.
Anyway, I just thought I’d share it 🙂
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