At the time of this post, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is in labor (or labour, if you’re across the pond) with her first child and heir to the throne of England. In honor of the new addition to the royal line (and to tide us over until the #royalbaby watch subsides), we here at HPB HQ have been mulling over memorable babies from literature and have rounded up a list of ten whose infancy is mentioned at least briefly in their respective novels. As an added bonus, since the soon-to-be mum has thus far been mum on possible names, perhaps she could consider a few of these – just in case she needs a bit of inspiration.
For a little princess…
- Pearl – Hester Prynne & Arthur Dimmesdale’s baby in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Baby name meaning: pearl, precious
- Anna – Anna Karenina & Aleksei Vronsky’s baby in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Baby name meaning: gracious, merciful
- Bonnie Blue – Scarlett O’Hara & Rhett Butler’s baby in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Baby name meaning: pretty, good
- Bess – Amy March & Theodore “Laurie” Laurence’s baby in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Baby name meaning: oath of God
- Pammy – Daisy & Tom Buchanan’s baby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Baby name meaning: honey, sweetness
For a little prince…
- Arthur – Igraine & Uther Pendragon’s baby in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. Baby name meaning: bear, bear-like
- Tarzan (aka John) – Alice & John Clayton’s baby (but adopted as an infant by she-ape Kala) in Tarzan of the Apes. Baby name meaning (John): God is Gracious
- Albert – Merédès and Fernand Mondego’s baby in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Baby name meaning: bright, noble, famous
- Mowgli – Mother & Father Wolf’s adopted baby in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Baby name meaning: (created for the novel)
- Harry – Lily & James Potter’s baby in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Baby name meaning: home ruler
With the Duchess due any moment now, there isn’t much time left to speculate on the future ruler’s name. Will Kate & William take a cue from the classics for their first baby’s name? Who are your favorite literary babies? — Kate
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