Literary Names for Girls

These literary baby names for girls are derived from characters in books from all genres and periods. Here, a list of the most distinctive literary baby names for girls. In the literary baby names category, as always, feel free to think about your own personal favorites.
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  • Alabama

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    Alabama is a hot southern place-name, picking up from Georgia and Savannah. This is not a geographical name come lately, though--there have been girls named Alabama dating back well over a century.... Read More 

  • Alhambra

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    The Alhambra, which means "red city," is in Granada, Spain. British writer Ali Smith used it for a character in her novel The Accidental . Read More 

  • Alia

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    Alia is most simply the feminine form of Ali, one of the 99 attributes of Allah. The name is used by both Muslims and Jews; the word Aliyah means to make a pilgrimage to Israel and the words in b... Read More 

  • Alma

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    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more. It jumped 154 spots between 2... Read More 

  • Amaryllis

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    If you're looking for a showier flower name than Lily, but staying in the same botanical family, you might consider Amaryllis, which is not as outre as it might at first sound. It was used in Gree... Read More 

  • Amoret

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    This lovely name from Spenser's The Faerie Queene is borne by a character who represents married love. A related unusual-yet-usable choice: Amabel. Read More 

  • Arabella

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    Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005; it is now nearing the Top 200, as more and more parents see it as a distinctive... Read More 

  • Aravis

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    Aravis was the name of a female character in C.S. Lewis's A Horse and His Boy , and is also the name of a mountain range in southern France. With the rise of Ava, Avery, and indeed seemingly all n... Read More 

  • Ariadne

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    This name of the Cretan goddess of fertility is most popular now as the more melodic Ariana, but Ariadne has possibilities of its own. Read More 

  • Atalanta

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    Atalanta was a beautiful mythological maiden who refused to marry any man who couldn't beat her in a footrace -- quite a role model. This myth is found in Ovid's Metamorphoses and later in Swinburn... Read More 

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