Are you a former Lit major who is currently expecting a little one? If so, then you’re likely thumbing through every baby name book that you can get your hands on, in hopes of landing on that perfect name that manages to express every warm thought you feel for your new kiddo.

It’s quite a difficult task, especially considering there are so many options out there, but lucky for you, we did the digging and found the most beautiful — and versatile! — poetry-inspired baby names around. Here are 9 of our absolute favorites.

  1. Emerson

    Fans of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings can pay homage to their favorite poet by giving his surname to their new kiddo. The name is actually quite popular these days; in 2016, it was the 161st most common female name and the 296th most common male. Gotta love a strong, poetic unisex moniker!

  2. Blake

    English poet and artist William Blake may not have gained notoriety until long after his death, but these days his prophetic and often rebellious works have touched many lives. A perfect choice for a family who is raising a strong, independent, forward-thinking girl or boy.

  3. Dante

    Sure, this name may stir up devilish visions of Italian poet Dante’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy – aka how to scare a 9th grade English class! – but it’s a poetic name that sure is a classic. Fun fact: Dante wasn’t the poet’s last name; it was actually Alighieri.

  4. Lorca

    We think late, great musician Leonard Cohen had the right idea when, in 1974, he named his daughter Lorca after the Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. In terms of popularity, the name doesn’t even crack the top 1000, a good sign for poetry lovers who want their child to be the only Lorca in the class.

  5. Ariel

    Although this name has been used by everyone from Shakespeare to Hans Christian Andersen, its most notable poetic roots lie in Sylvia Plath’s 1965 book of poetry, a volume which was published two years after her death. Like many names on this list, it is one that would work well for either a little boy or a little girl.

  6. Morrison

    Searching for a poetic name that has a bit of an edge to it? If so, look no further than Morrison, a surname that two legendary rock stars and poets, Van Morrison and Jim Morrison, share. And, though she may not be a musician, another poet, the lauded Toni Morrison, also fits the “poetic name” bill. Talk about killing three birds with one stone!

  7. Keats

    Believe it or not, the name Keats, inspired by English Romantic poet John Keats, is one that is on the rise these days. In fact, Nameberry search results show that interest in the feminine version of the name has gone up a whopping 500% in the last week alone!

  8. Lyric

    Just because you’ve been inspired to give your child a poetic name doesn’t mean that you are relegated to naming your little one after a poet. Take Lyric, for instance. This whimsical moniker manages to stay on-theme while still keeping it fairly neutral. A win-win if we’ve ever heard one!

  9. Cadence

    Cadence has been named one of the most beautiful words in the English language. And for good reason! It’s one of those words that somehow captures exactly what it means: a rhythm that serves as a beat for the most poignant way of communicating— poetry.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these whimsical names! Did you give your child one of the names on the list? Which one is your favorite? Do you have a poetic name of your own that you would like to share?