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10 Great Baby Boy Names Inspired By Beloved Children's Stories

1. James

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl was a favourite among many of my generation. A wonderful story of a little boy in a bad situation who takes his chances with an unlikely group of friends and a piece of giant fruit.

2. Charlie

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is still loved by kids today. A story of triumph against the odds and a gorgeous name to boot!


3. Peter

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was a beautifully illustrated collection of stories about a little adventurer who let nothing stop him, not even Farmer McGregor!

4. Darrell

Even though Darrell is actually a girl in Malory towers by Enid Blyton, I think it belongs on the boys list. The series told the story of a boarding school and all of the adventures and dramas that were hidden within.

5. Julian

Was it just me or did we all at some point imagine we were one of the Famous Five in Enid Blyton’s stories? They had adventures we could only dream of and Julian was definitely one of the stronger characters in the books, an opinionated hero who you loved or hated.

6. Harry

Harry Potter by JK Rowling is now arguably the best known children’s literature of the last 50 years, possibly ever. Imagine telling your little guy he is named after a wizard; he would be thrilled for years to come!

7. Arthur

Arthur Timothy Reid by Marc Brown is both a book and TV programme and tells the story of a good-hearted boy (aardvark) who learns by making mistakes and trying to help people, basically he does what we all hope our children will do. Everything always turns out ok but he learns something along the way.

8. Edmund

Chronicles of Narnia books by CS Lewis are absolute classics among bookworms. Tales of bravery and discovery, enough to inspire any budding little hero!

9. Danny

Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl is a story of the strength of family ties and how even the hardest situation can inspire people to pull together to achieve a common goal.

10. Quentin

Quentin Blake, Illustrator for Roald Dahl, inspired me as a child to write so many stories. He made the stories come alive with his often off-the-wall depictions of the characters. A true talent and a cute name!

About the Author

Jenny Sherlock is a working mom of three children, aged 9, 5 and the youngest arrived in January this year. She is a civil servant and a freelance writer. She enjoys art, reading, music and good food. She gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting, warts and all! Check out her blog for more!


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