Boys, Girls

YA Inspired Baby Names

I only have a couple of weeks before baby boy arrives so I wanted to share with you another way that YA inspired something about this pregnancy. Baby names…thankfully we didn’t have a hard time with names. I thought we were going to, but we had a girl’s and boy’s name picked out before we found out that little one is indeed a boy back in January. One common theme among our short lists of names was that they were characters in at least one book I’ve read. Really! Here, I’ll show you:

Girl’s Names:

Elodie –  From Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I’m pretty sure it was spelled with a y in the book, but I prefer the ie. Either way I’ve loved it ever since reading Before I Fall. Plus, it’s unique but not odd.

Emerson – From Hourglass by Myra McEntire

This was #1 on our girl list early on. I absolutely adore it. The only reason it got bumped from #1 was because my niece is named Emily and we thought it might be confusing/too similar. Oh and all the baby name sites have this as a boy’s name but it’s totally a girl’s name for me.

Wren – From Cold Kiss by Amy Garvy and Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

I have loved, loved, loved this name ever since I first saw it. If little one was a girl this was going to be her middle name.

Hadley – from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

This ended up being our #1 girl name and it’s still my pick for a future girl. I love it so.

Boy Names:

Grayson –  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan and others?

Grayson has been in lots of books but the one that comes to mind first is definitely WG, WG. I still really love it, but our last name ends with ‘son’ so it sounds a bit repetitive.

Mason – Vampire Academy series and others

Same goes for Mason and it’s super popular these days.

Oliver – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

My husband really loved Oliver, but it wasn’t brought to the table until I really had my heart set on Finn.

Finn – Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, of course

So, Finn was #1 from the very beginning. The only issue we had with it was the middle name was definitely going to me Michael (my Dad’s name) and Finn Michael doesn’t sound great. Beau wouldn’t go for Michael Finn because he’s goes by his middle name and hated it growing up. It was a semi long process but we eventually decided on:

He’s still going to go by Finn but now he has a very unique and strong Irish sounding first name. That’s also a plus because I think Finn just keeps growing in popularity. So Finnian makes it more unique.

I’ve rambled about baby names enough! Now I want to hear from you. Do you have future baby names picked out? Are they from books? Did you name your children after book characters?

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