Posted: Apr 02, 2014 7:00 AM
 
April is National Poetry Month. Will one of these beloved poets inspire the name of your next baby?

10 Baby girl names inspired by poets

Anne: Anne and Anna are traditional favorites and make great middle names, too. Anne Killigrew was a talented English poet whose poems were published after she died of smallpox at age 25.

Emily: Emily is one of the most popular baby girl names of the 2000s. Perhaps some of them were inspired by Emily Dickinson or Emily Bronte.

Elizabeth: This is a beautifully classic baby name that never goes out of style, and Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wore it very well. (Consider the names Brown or Barrett for a boy.)

Hilda: She is best remembered as H.D., but the full name of the avant-garde poet was Hilda Doolittle. The name was popular in the late 1800s but completely fell off the charts in 1986. Can it make a comeback?

Joyce: Poet Joyce Kilmer, who penned Trees, was a man, but we typically view Joyce as a retro baby name for girls.

Louisa: She's best known for writing Little Women, but Louisa May Alcott also wrote more than 144 poems. Louisa is lovely on its own, as is May, and they also make a very nice pair.

Marina: Russian poet Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva wrote of living through the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Russian meaning of Marina is "From the sea."

Maya: Maya Angelou was a cook, prostitute and night club dancer before becoming a critically acclaimed poet. Maya has enjoyed growing popularity on the baby name charts. Angelou — as Angelo — is a cool name for a boy.

Phyllis: This name peaked during the 1930s. The first published African-American female poet, Phillis Wheatley, had a less-common spelling of the name.

Sylvia: American poet Sylvia Plath won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. The antique name Sylvia was most popular during the 1930s but has never fallen out of favor entirely.

10 Baby boy names inspired by poets

Christopher: Go with tradition and choose Christopher Marlowe's first name, or take the contemporary route with Marlowe.

Edgar: Edgar Allen Poe gives us three inspired options for a boy's first name.

Kipling: A trendy Kip or Kipling seems a better choice than the poet's forename, Rudyard.

Langston: For a unique first name, consider either Langston or Hugh, a la Langston Hughes.

Nash: What do you think of Nash Ogden, in honor of Ogden Nash?

Percy: Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the England's finest Romantic poets. Percy was common in the late 1800s, but it has not appeared on baby name charts since the 1980s.

Ralph: Try Ralph, Waldo or Emerson in honor of the beloved poet.

Robert: Victorian poet Robert Browning bore a male name that remains a favorite today.

Walter: Give your son an old-fashioned baby boy name inspired by Walt Whitman and Sir Walter Raleigh.

William: For as long as the Social Security Administration has been tracking baby names, William Shakespeare's forename has been in the Top 20.

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