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Girls’ Names from the Comix: Betty vs. Veronica

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The news has just leaked out that in the September issue of Archie Comics, after more than 65 years of boomeranging back and forth between sweet blonde Betty and sultry brunette Veronica, perennial teenager Archie Andrews has finally made his pick, and he’s about to propose to….Veronica!  Personality and character aside, we all know the real reason behind his choice—it’s because VERONICA HAS THE BETTER NAME!

Newspaper funny pages and comic books have always offered a rich variety of girls’ names. In the early days there were lots of sassy career gals–reporters, aviatrixes and secretaries with names like Fritzi and Mitzi, Tessie the Typist, Tillie the Toiler, and Nellie the Nurse. Some of these early career girl names still retain their spunk:

DIXIE
DORA
ELLA
ETTA
FRITZI
GINGER
KATY
KITTY
LIBBY
LULU
MARGIE
MARGO
MILLY
MIN
MITZIE
NELLIE
NINA
PATSY
POLLY
SUZIE
TESS
TESSIE
TILLIE

The comics have also always featured more exotic heroines–adventuresses and temptresses with mysterious, sometimes bizarre names like:

AMETHYST
ARTIMIS
CAIRO
CALLISTO
CHESHIRE
CHILI
ELEKTRA
HIPPOLYTA
IVANA
JETTA
JOCASTA
LEITA
LILLANDRA
LLYRA
LYJA
MAI
MAXIMA
MYSTIQUE
NAMORA
NARDA
NIKA
NYOKA
OLGA
OOLA
PANTHA
POLARIS
SHAKIRA
SHEENA
SIRYN
TERRA
TIGRA
TITANIA
ZATANNA

The more recent comix and graphic novels have shown a penchant for female characters with word names, including:

ARGENT
COBRA
DOMINO
DOVE
FROST
GLORY
JOLT
JUBILEE
ORACLE
PARADISE
PHASE
RAVEN
ROGUE
SPIRAL
STORM
TAROT
THORN
THUNDER
VELOCITY
VELVET
VIXEN

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