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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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  • Rosamond

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    The kind of serious old-school name that sounds appealing again; perfect for the intrepid baby namer. Most would pronounce it rahz-ah-mund. More commonly spelled Rosamund. Read More 

  • Sai

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    Name of the young heroine of Kiran Desai's prizewinning The Inheritance of Loss might be a fresh alternative to such names as Kai or Maya. Read More 

  • Scarlett

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    Scarlett Johansson is doing more for this seductively southern name than Scarlett O'Hara ever did. Sylvester Stallone's third 'S' daughter, following Sophia and Sistine, is Scarlet (one 't', as in ... Read More 

  • Scout

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    Scout, a character nickname from To Kill a Mockingbird (her real name was Jean Louise), became a real-life possibility when Bruce Willis and Demi Moore used it for their now grown middle daughter, ... Read More 

  • Serafina

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    Serafina is a name so lovely it's worthy of an angel. But the more stylish spelling today is Seraphina. Read More 

  • Sethe

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    Author Toni Morrison is an acknowledged master of naming, and Sethe, the name of one of the main characters of Beloved , which can be pronounced as Seth or Seth-eh, relates to the male biblical nam... Read More 

  • Sheba

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    This exotic biblical place-name for the region now known as Yemen started to feel fresh again as the name of the heroine of Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal , played on screen by Cate Blanchett. Sh... Read More 

  • Sidda

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    Sidda is a name made famous by the heroine of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood; it probably started life as a nickname.  Read More 

  • Snow Flower

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    She may have been an appealing Chinese heroine in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, but her name won't translate for a modern American girl. Better choices: Snow, or Flora. Read More 

  • Sugar

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    You can call your daughter Sugar, but only as a term of endearment. Her real name has to be something, almost anything, else. Read More 

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