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Romantic Names for Girls

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Romantic names for girls – loosely defined as creative and elaborate names that suggest an earlier era and a Latinate emotionality – have become more fashionable in recent years.  As we grow more comfortable with the notion of equality for girls, we may also become confident enough to give our daughters elaborately feminine names rather than having to make our point with androgynous, modern monikers like Blair or Blake.

Of course, not every romantic name is a feminist statement.  These names may just feel fresh again after decades of sleeker, more straightforward girls’ names like Mary and Betty, Karen and LisaEven Jennifer and Ashley pale in the face of these flagrantly feminine names.

The rise of Isabella and Sophia to the Top 10 means that Romantic Names are now mainstream.  Some choices further off the beaten track:

ADORIA

ANASTASIA

ANGELICA

ANTONIA

ARABELLA

ARTEMESIA

AURORA

CELESTIA

EVANGELINA

FORSYTHIA

GABRIELLA

ISADORA

JULIANA

LILLIANA

MAGDALENA

MARIELLA

MELISANDE

NATALYA

PALOMA

RAFFAELA

RAMONA

SERAPHINA

TAMARA

TATIANA

VALENTINA

VENETIA

The names of romantic heroines also carry a special romantic aura, even when they’re less elaborate than the classically romantic names like Seraphina and Lilliana.  While some of the most romantic heroines of literature have decidedly unromantic names – nothing can really elevate Jane of Jane Eyre and Cathy of Wuthering Heights to the level of romanticism – other names take on a more romantic glow thanks to the heroines who bear them.

Some examples from literature, classic and modern, as well as romantic films include:

ANNAAnna Karenina

CHRISTABELPossession

CLAREThe Time Traveler’s Wife

CLEOPATRAAntony and Cleopatra

DOROTHEAMiddlemarch

EMMAMadame Bovary

JULIETRomeo & Juliet, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society

LARADoctor Zhivago

LUCINDAOscar & Lucinda

ROSETitanic

ROXANECyrano de Bergerac

SABRINA — Sabrina

SCARLETTGone with the Wind

SOPHIESophie’s Choice

TESSTess of the D’Urbervilles

VIVIANPretty Woman

And then there are romance novels, both conventional and paranormal.  Names of the newer romantic heroines include:

BRYNASpellbound

CHLOEThe Dark Highlander

DOUGLESS – Knight in Shining Armor

IDESS – Ecstasy Unveiled: Demonica Series

KENNADragon Moon

MAIAIn Twilight’s Shadow

PHOEBEIt Had To Be You

RENATAEternal Moon

SAVANNAHDear John

VASILISA/LISSAThe Vampire Academy (Vasilisa is also the name of the heroine of a classic Russian fairy tale)

ZARAHHuntress Moon

Thanks to our intern DANIELLE MIKSZA for help researching the names.

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