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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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  • Aurora

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    Aurora, the poetic name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into the morning dew, and of (Disney's) Sleeping Beauty, would be sure to make any little girl feel like a princess. The... Read More 

  • Bathsheba

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    Popular with the Puritans, this name of the shrewd and beautiful wife of King David and daughter of King Solomon could be a bit of a load for a modern girl to carry. Bathsheba is the name of the ... Read More 

  • Bella

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    Everything ella, from Ella to Bella to Arabella, is red hot right now. Bella was one of the less overused examples, with the hint of a nice Old World grandmotherly veneer, until it became attached ... Read More 

  • Bennington

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    Name of pastoral Vermont town and college sounds too stiff and starchy. Read More 

  • Blue

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    Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in differ... Read More 

  • Brett

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    One of a number of single-syllable unisex B-names, Brett was first spotted as a female name in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises , via the dashing and seductive Lady Brett Ashley, who was a captivatin... Read More 

  • Briana

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    Spelled this way, Briana was coined by Edmund Spenser for his great literary work, The Faerie Queene , which gives the now-overexposed name a far classier pedigree than it's usually credited with. ... Read More 

  • Briony

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    Briony may be the variation and Bryony the original, but many parents will see this as the more authentic-feeling version of this attractive botanical name. Still unusual in the U.S., Briony is in... Read More 

  • Calixta

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    Calista Flockhart may have made her variation of this beautiful Greek name familiar to modern Americans, but the even-edgier x version was the name of an earlier feminist heroine: a character in Ka... Read More 

  • Calliope

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    Calliope is the name of the muse of epic poetry -- and also the musical instrument on the merry-go-round. Bold and creative, it would not be the easiest name for a girl lacking such qualities.  Read More 

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