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Classic Children’s Novels: A Name List

EPWatkinsShampoo.1LThis list isn’t comprehensive (due to the amount of classic childrens books out there!) However there are so many great names here: quirky, antique, exotic and more. And I hope it brings up some good memories as well.

*All names mentioned are worn by children in the listed books, whether they are the protagonist or one of the main characters.


Axel (Journey to the Center of the Earth)
Babar (Babar the Elephant)
Bastian (The Neverending Story)
Bunty (Seven Little Australians)
Brian (Hatchet)
Cedric (Little Lord Fauntleroy)
Charlie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Edmund (Chronicles of Narnia)
Emil (Emil and the Detectives)
Ged (A Wizard of Earthsea)
Harry (Harry Potter Series)
Huckleberry (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
James (James and the Giant Peach)
Leslie (Bridge to Terabithia)
Max (Where The Wild Things Are)
Mowgli (The Jungle Book)
Oliver (Oliver Twist)
Peter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
Pip (Seven Little Australians)
Taran (The Chronicles of Prydain)
Tendai (The Ear, the Eye and the Arm: A Novel)
Thowra (The Silver Brumby)
Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web)


Alice (Alice In Wonderland)
Alumette (Alumette: A Fable)
Anne (Anne of Green Gables)
Anthea (Five Children and It)
Arrietty (The Borrowers)
Beatie (Playing Beatie Bow)
Dorothy (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Eilonwy (The Chronicles of Prydain)
Fern (Charlotte’s Web)
Gilly (The Great Gilly Hopkins)
Harriet (Harriet The Spy)
Heidi (Heidi)
Irene (The Princess and the Goblin)
Karana (Island of the Blue Dolphin)
Lucy (Chronicles of Narnia)
Madeline (Madeline)
Mary (The Secret Garden)
Matilda (Matilda)
Pippi (Pippi Longstocking)
Pollyanna (Pollyanna)
Ramona (Ramona the Pest)
Sarah (A Little Princess)
Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Wendy (Peter Pan)
Winnie (Tuck Everlasting)

5 comments on “Classic Children’s Novels: A Name List

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  2. waltzingmorethanmatilda
    September 26, 2013

    So many of these names are favourites of mine, simply because they feature in my favourite childhood books! Alice, Lucy, Edmund, Huck and Pip are like old friends. So glad you included Anthea: I love the names Nesbit chose for her books (especially Oswald).

    Interesting you have Scout as a boy’s name …

    • namingthefishes
      September 26, 2013

      Oh woops! I had this feeling I made a mistake there but couldn’t figure out what I had done. Changed Scout to the girls side now.

      • waltzingmorethanmatilda
        September 27, 2013

        Oh I thought you were striking a blow for gender roles – “that’s a BOY’S name!” :)

      • namingthefishes
        September 29, 2013


        Just kidding. I try not to be biased when it comes to the blog, but this time it was truly a simple mistake, aha.

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