I have friends and acquaintances who chose the name of their child (or pet) based on an author or the characters of their favorite novel. It's not really that surprising--it's both an homage and a telltale sign. True, not all parents who select names like Alice, Emerson, Byron, Harper, Homer, or Anna have thought about the literary connections, but some of us do. And, with every book that comes out, we can sometimes see the ripple effect of popular names derived from novels like Twilight. We are drawn to the characters; we like the traits; and we give the name to our child or pet. And, thus the name is further perpetuated (or some derivative of the name).
Are there names you'd like to name your child or pet? Have you already named them after your favorite literary figure? What are your thoughts on the subject?