Southerners are a literature-loving group of people. We’re also a bunch of sentimental pack rats who never throw away the books that charmed us or even harmed us a little. Instead, we proudly display them on our bookshelves as a badge of honor to prove that we made it all the way through Faulkner’s lengthy and complex Absalom! Absalom! There are other novels that we’ll never get rid of because we’ve grown so intrigued with a character (and his future) like Binx from Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. A strange fellow, yes, but we just can't part with him. That would be like erasing that talented, but slightly off-course friend of yours from Facebook. You want to check in with them occasionally for clues that they are on the up and up. These are just two of the sentimental reasons for why there’s a predilection in the South to name our babies after our favorite Southern authors. We are also guaranteeing them a lifetime of easy icebreaker questions at a cocktail party and confusion in the Starbucks line. Alas, read along for our favorite baby names inspired by Southern authors.
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