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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  • 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... 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 

  • Sula

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    The protagonist of Toni Morrison's novel, the simple-yet-sensual Sula relates to the Old Testament Shulamit.Read More 

  • Sweeney

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    Friendly-sounding name with big "Sweeney Todd" downside. Read More 

  • Tamora

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    Exotic name associated both with a queenly character who meets a very grisly end in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and popular teen fantasy novelist Tamora Pierce. Shakespearean puns in... Read More 

  • Tamsin

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    Tamsin is an offbeat name occasionally heard in Britain and just waiting to be discovered here. U.K. actress Tamsin Greig is a star of the show Episodes, Tamsin Olivier is the daughter of... Read More 

  • Temple

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    The old word name Temple has gained some recent notice as a girls' name via admired autistic writer and inventor Dr. Temple Grandin (born Mary Temple), subject of an acclaimed biopic, in which she... Read More 

  • Undine

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    Mythological water spirit with the more common spelling of Ondine, heroine of an Edith Wharton novel. Read More 

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