Behind the name: TODAY Show host Allison Langdon reveals why she named her daughter Scout

Allison Langdon and daughter Scout. Photos: Instagram
Allison Langdon and daughter Scout. Photos: Instagram 

If you are planning to give your baby a name inspired by your favourite literary character, Allison Langdon has a warning for you - your baby might turn out to be more like their namesake than you bargained for.

The TODAY Show host told Essential Baby the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird provided the inspiration her daughter Scout's name. And as far as driven and passionate figures go, Scout Finch is right up there!

"My favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird and I just love the character of Scout," Langdon explained.

"I've always loved the name Scout so when our own daughter came along, I knew what name I wanted.

"In the book the character is so headstrong and has a strong sense of justice.

"The name perfectly suits our Scout…she's maybe a little too much like the book's character though!"


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Langdon is not the first famous parent to love the name Scout - with superstars Demi Moore and Bruce Willis giving their daughter the name way back in 1991 and Jessica Marais and James Stewart giving their little girl the same name in 2012.

And while Scout doesn't feature in Australia's top baby names list, there are plenty of literary names that do.



Charlotte Bronte, the author of Jane Eyre, is currently the most popular girls name in Australia, there's also E.B. White's Charlotte's Web.


Emily Bronte, the author of Wuthering Heights inspired a name that has consistently placed around the top 10 over the past 10 years


All the Bronte sisters prove that that a classic name never goes out of style. While Anne isn't currently in the top 100, the classic name has proven to be a popular middle name, and the similar sounding Anna is currently the 84th most popular name for girls.


Elizabeth, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, has risen in popularity recently and is currently in the top 50. Shortened versions of the name, such as Beth, Lizzy and Eliza are also favourites. 


Darcy, is both a popular name for girls and boys of course comes from Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Inspired by one of the most famous writers in the world, William Shakespeare


Another To Kill A Mockingbird inspired name after Atticus Finch, it's risen in popularity since 2004 and is number three on the Nameberry chart at the moment


It's hard to say the name Harry without thinking of the famous wizard from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.


Charlie, is of course is the titular character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It's also a shortened version of Charles, after Charles Dickens. 


Oliver is the most popular name for boys at the moment, after the famous tale of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Literary inspiration for boys' names are scattered throughout the top 10 boy and girls names for 2020, both characters and authors. It's not just the classic novels that are popular name choices.

When the young adult novel and movie Twilight was at it's height of popularity in 2009, Isabella and Jacob were the most popular names for that year, proving that what you read is a definite influence for baby names.