Writers’ Names in Usage

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! 

First Names:

  • 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.

Middle Names:

  • 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!    

Last Names:

  • 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

  1. 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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  2. 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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