12 Awesome Author Names

Hello everyone! November and Nanowrimo are coming to a close and since I didn't get to feature all the author names that I had hoped to, I decided to go ahead and do an article about awesome author names. If you're an author or a book lover, I think you'll really enjoy these names!


"harp player"
#11 in 2014

Harper is certainly the most popular name on this list! It may very well be in the top 10 for 2015. Of course this name was chosen for this list because of the illustrious Harper Lee, author of the beloved novel To Kill A Mockingbird and now Go Set A Watchman. The 2015 release of Go Set a Watchman had some controversy surrounding it so I'm curious to know how it will affect Harper's trajectory as a name.

Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Austen, chosen for the brilliant Jane Austen, is a guilty pleasure name for me but I would love to see it used for a little girl! Austin has been popular for boys for decades but Austen on a girl feels really spunky and fresh (despite the fact that I don't normally like unisex names).

"dweller near the beaver stream"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Beverly, chosen for a childhood favorite Beverly Cleary, author of the Ramona Quimby books among others, was most popular in 1937. It might be a little early for a Beverly comeback but similar sounding Everly is doing quite well. Everly went from obsurity to #178 in just three years. I think Beverly would make a cool choice for the so backward-its-forward thinking parent, especially with the spunky nickname Bev.

Ranked #62 in 2014

Lucy, chosen for Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the absolutely delightful Anne of Green Gables series, is the epitome of sweetness and making a great comeback. I'm glad to see Lucy, and similar names such as Lucia and even Lucille coming back into style. 

Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Bronte is probably the most bold and intriguing name on this list. I chose it, of course, because of the three Bronte sisters: Emily, Charlotte, and Anne, all of whom were poets and novelists. Charlotte, Emily and Anne are all lovely names in their own right but if you're looking for something more distinctive, Bronte (pronounced "bron-tay", according to Nameberry) would make an interesting choice. 

"renowned warrior"
Ranked #973 in 2014

Louisa, chosen for Louisa May Alcott, author of the much loved Little Women, among other great novels, has made it back on the top 1000 list in 2014 after being off it since 1970. Louisa is such a charming name with a strong meaning! It's good to see it getting some attention again. It's nowhere near popular, though, so it's still a safe choice for someone wanting something uncommon. May and Alcott are also great choices, in my opinion.


Latin and English
"bear cub"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Orson, chosen for this list because of Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game, in both rare and on trend. Names that end in "son" are popular for both boys and girls these days. The meaning "bear cub" makes Orson doubly appealing. Orson is a great choice for anyone, especially a sci-fi fan.

"friend of God"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Reuel might be my favorite on this list. Reuel is the second R in J.R.R. Tolkien, author of many books such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Reuel is a rare biblical name that I think has potential, especially with its awesome meaning. There are two pronunciations that I've heard used for this name: "roo-EL" or "RAY-yoo-el". 

"Son of Will"
Ranked #594 in 2014

Wilson is a charming take on the classic William that is not so over-used. Wilson was chosen for this list because of Wilson Rawls, author of Where the Red Fern Grows. If you're looking to honor a William, Wilson is a fantastic choice. In fact, it's a fantastic choice anyway.

Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Clive is a rare name with a interesting sound. It was chosen for this list because of Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis, who went by Jack. Clive is almost unheard of in the general public but it does gain some favor in the naming community. It would make a distinctive choice for a fan of Lewis's works, though if you're looking for something more well-known, you could always go with Lewis, or even Jack. 

"father of multitudes"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Bram is a cool little name on its own or a spunky nickname for Abraham. It was chosen for this list because of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. Bram Stoker's full name was Abraham. I prefer Bram as a nickname, but either way its very cool.

"son of Anders"
Ranked #304 in 2014

Anderson is an intriguing surname to be used as a first name these days. I'd heard it discussed in the naming communiy before but I was surprised to see how popular it actually is! Anderson is a great choice if you're looking to honor an Andrew. Anderson was chosen for this list because of Hans Christian Andersen, though the author himself spelled it AnderSEN, as opposed to AnderSON. If you want to stick to the way Hans Christian spelled it, it is much less popular that way, though the -son spelling is more familiar in America. Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author of many stories not the least of which is The Snow Queen, the tale on which the hit movie Frozen is based. Fun fact: did you know that if you string the names of some of Frozen's main characters (changed from the original) together, it sounds like Hans Christian Andersen? Try it: Hans Kristoff Anna Sven. Some say it was an intentional way to honor the original author. 

So that's my awesome author list for now! I'd love to do a follow up to it sometime because there are so many good ones out there! I hope you enjoyed it! God bless and thanks for reading!

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What are some of your favorite authors? Would you consider using their names for a child? Let me know in the comments!

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