Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

Adam

Man

Hebrew

Adrian

From Hadria

Latin

Ahmed

Highly praised or one who constantly thanks God

Arabic

Aladdin
Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

Ali

Sublime

Arabic

Alistair

Man's defender

Greek

Allan

Precious

German

Allen

Little rock

English

Alonso

Ready for battle

Spanish

Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

Anthony

Unknown meaning

Latin

Antoine

The French form of Antony or Anthony.

French

Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

Archer

Bowman

English

Arden

Great forest

Latin

Ariel

Lion of God

Hebrew

Artemis

Follower of the goddess Artemis

Greek

Asher

Happy and blessed

Hebrew

Aslan

Lion

Turkish

Athos
Atticus

From Attica

Latin

Aureliano

Golden

Latin

Austen

Great, magnificient

Latin

Axel

My father is peace

Scandinavian

Baratheon

Created name

American

Barnaby

Son of consolation

Greek

Barrett

Quarrelsome

English

Bastian

A German form of Sebastian.

Latin

Beckett

Bee cottage

English

Benedict

Blessed

Latin

Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

Benjen

Created name

American

Bernard

Strong, brave bear

German

Billy

Will helmet, protection

German

Bond

Peasant farmer

German

Brandon

Broom hill

English

Bronn

Dark skinned

English

Brutus

Dull, stupid

Latin

Buck

Male deer

English

Byron

At the byres or barn

English

Caius

Rejoice

Latin

Calvin

Hairless one

English

Carlisle

Fort at Luguvalium

English

Cassian

Latin

Cato

All-knowing

Latin

Cedric

Kindly, loved

English

Chance

Good fortune

English

Charles

Free man

German

Charlie

Free man

English

Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

Claudio

Lame

Latin

Cody

Helpful

Irish

Colin

Cub

English

Corin

Spear

Latin

Crane

Crane

English

Cullen

Good-looking lad; handsome

Irish

Daario

Created name

American

Darcy

Dark

Irish

David

Beloved

Hebrew

Davos

Created name

American

Demetrius

Follower of Demeter

Greek

Donato

Given; gift from God

Spanish

Dorian

Descendant of Dorus; from Doris

Greek

Draco

Dragon

English

Drogon

Created name

American

Duncan

Dark warrior; brown fighter

Scottish

Ebenezer

Stone of help

Hebrew

Eddard

Created name

American

Edmund

Wealthy protector

English

Edward

Wealthy guard

English

Elwyn

White, fair, holy

Welsh

Emery

Home strength

English

Emmett

Universal

English

Ernest

Serious; battle to the death

German

Felix

Happy and lucky

Latin

Ferdinand

Bold voyager

German

Fergus

Supreme man; highest choice

Scottish

Fielding

The field

English

Finn

Fair

Irish

Fitz

Son of

French

Fitzgerald

Son of the spear-ruler

German

Fitzwilliam

Son of William

English

Frank

Frenchman

English

Frederick

Peaceful ruler

German

Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

Gendry

Created name

American

George

Farmer

Greek

Gilbert

Bright promise

French

Graham

Gravelled homestead

English

Gray

Gray-haired

English

Gregory

Watchful

Greek

Guy

Wood

German

Hamlet

Village, home

German

Harry

Home ruler

German

Hawthorne

Where hawthorn trees grow

English

Heathcliff

Cliff near a heath

English

Hemingway

Hemming's path

English

Henrik

Home ruler

German

Henry

Home ruler

English

Hero

Brave One of the People

Greek

Hodor

Created name

American

Holden

Deep valley

English

Homer

Security, pledge; hostage

Greek

Horatio

A variant form of Horace.

Latin

Huck

Short form of Huckleberry

American

Huckleberry

Sweet Berry

American

Huxley

Hugh's meadow

English

Ian

God is gracious

Scottish

Ichabod

The glory is gone

Hebrew

Jack

God is gracious

English

Jacob

Supplanter

Hebrew

James

Supplanter

English

Jarvis

“A mender of pots and pans; a tinker.” Based on the Latin gero (carry) and vas (a vessel).

French

Jasper

Treasurer

English

Jay

To heal

English

Jem

A variant diminutive form of James.

Jeor

Created name

American

Jeremiah

God will exalt

Hebrew

Jon

God is gracious

English

Jonas

Dove

Hebrew

Josiah

God supports

Hebrew

Jude

Praise

English

Julian

Young at heart

Latin

Kenneth

Handsome

Scottish

Landon

Long hill

English

Lannister

Created name

American

Lawrence

From Laurentum

Latin

Lemuel

Belonging to God

Hebrew

Leo

Lion

Latin

Logan

Small hollow

Scottish

Lorcan

Little fierce one

Irish

Louis

Famous warrior

French

Luca

From Lucania

Italian

Lucien

Light; from Lucanus

Latin

Lucius

From Lucanus

Greek

Magnus

Great

Latin

Malcolm

Devotee of Saint Columba

Scottish

Marcus

Dedicated to Mars

Latin

Marius

Manly; dedicated to Mars

Latin

Max

Greatest

English

Nathaniel

God has given

Hebrew

Ned

A diminutive form of Edward.

English

Nico

People of victory

Greek

Nino
Noah

To rest

Hebrew

Norbert

Northern brightness

German

Oberon

Royal bear

German

Oliver

Olive tree

English

Orlando

“The fame of the land,” an Italian variant of Roland, which see.

Spanish

Oscar

Friend of deer

Gaelic

Ovid

“A sheep herder,” from the Latin ovis, sheep.

Latin

Paris

Greek

Peter

Stone

Greek

Petyr

Stone

American

Phineas

Oracle

Hebrew

Podrick

Created name

American

Potter

Maker of pots

English

Prospero

Fortunate

Latin

Quentin

Fifth

Latin

Ralph

Wolf counsel

English

Ramsey

Garlic island

English

Ray

A diminutive form of Raymond.

English

Renly

Created name

American

Rhaegal

Created name

American

Rhaegar

Created name

American

Rhett

Advice

English

Rhys

Enthusiasm

Welsh

Rickon

Created name

American

Roald

Famous ruler

Scandinavian

Robert

Bright fame

German

Robin

A variant form of Robert.

English

Romeo

Man from Rome

Italian

Ron

Mountain of strength; crooked nose; ruler's counselor

Scottish

Ronald

Ruler's counselor

Scandinavian

Roose

Created name

American

Rufus

Red-haired

Latin

Samson

Sun

Hebrew

Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

Samwell

God heard

Hebrew

Santiago

Saint James

Spanish

Saul

Prayed for

Hebrew

Sawyer

Wood Cutter

English

Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek

Sherlock

Bright hair

English

Sherlocke

Bright hair

English

Silas

Man of the forest

Latin

Simon

He has heard

Hebrew

Sinbad
Sirius
Smith

Blacksmith

English

Stannis

Created name

American

Stefano

Crown, garland

Greek

Stuart

Steward

English

Sydney

A variant spelling of Sidney.

English

Thorin

Thunder

Scandinavian

Titus

The avenger

Greek

Tom

A diminutive form of Thomas.

Aramaic

Tommen

Created name

American

Tristan

Sadness

Welsh

Truman

Loyal one

English

Twain

Divided in two

English

Tywin

Created name

American

Valentino

Strong, healthy

Latin

Victor

Champion

Latin

Vincent

Conquer

Latin

Viserion

Created name

American

Viserys

Created name

American

Walter

Commander of the army

German

Watson

Son of Walter

English

Wilbur

Bright will

German

Wilde

Hunter

German

William

A willing protector

German

Winston

Joyful stone

English

Wolf

Wolf

German

Ushering in charm from imaginary worlds, literary names for boys are some of the most magical out there. From the classics to the contemporary, we’ve got quite the collection for you. Let’s check them out together.

Among the classics, you’ll find a treasure trove of literary names for boys, like Holden, from J. D. Salinger’s the Catcher in the Rye. While relatively uncommon, this handsome Englishman has seen a bump in popularity in recent years. If you dig a little deeper and check out the works of Mark Twain, you’ll find the boyish Huck and Finn. You might recognize the mega-rare Huckleberry, too, which is Huck‘s full name. Some might find him a little much for a first name, but we think he makes a handsome choice. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is another exceptional source of literary names for boys, like Atticus, Jem, and Tom.

Don’t forget about children’s classics, either, in your question for literary boy names. One of our favorites is Stuart, from E . B. White’s Stuart Little. An English name, he’s pretty uncommon nowadays, but we’d love to see him rise along with other classic boy names. There’s also Christopher from A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Forever boyish, the name has a natural charisma that’s lead him to become a chart regular. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis is another favorite for namespiration. You’ll find familiar faces, like Edmund and Peter, and the ultra-unique Aslan.

Contemporary fiction is another fantastic place to search for literary names for boys. Of course, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a gold mine of options. Harry, for one, has a youthful feel we adore, while Draco and Sirius give off a dash of mystery. You could also venture into A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin for Jon, Theon, and Samwell, to name a few.

Check out more legendary literary names for boys on our list and find a new favorite.