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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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  • Cressida

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    Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although the Troja... Read More 

  • Dahlia

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    One of the flower names, used occasionally in Britain (where it's pronounced DAY-lee-a); seems to have recovered from what was perceived as a slightly affected la-di-dah air--it has risen to Number... Read More 

  • Daisy

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    Daisy, fresh, wholesome, and energetic, is one of the flower names that burst back into bloom after a century's hibernation. Originally a nickname for Margaret (the French Marguerite is the word fo... Read More 

  • Denver

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    Yet another creative character name from Toni Morrison, Denver was a daughter of Sethe's in the novel Beloved . Read More 

  • Desdemona

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    Desdemona is as Shakespearean as a name can be, but because the beautiful and innocent wife of Othello came to such a tragic end, her name has been avoided for centuries. But at this point in time,... Read More 

  • Desdemona

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    Desdemona is as Shakespearean as a name can be, but because the beautiful and innocent wife of Othello came to such a tragic end, her name has been avoided for centuries. But at this point in time,... Read More 

  • Domenica

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    Much fresher and more energetic than Dominique. Read More 

  • Ellis

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    Ellis, a surname used sparingly as a first in the Wallace/Morris period, sounds new now for girls, as an ambisexual alternative to Ella. Ellis Bell was the name chosen by Emily Bronte as her male p... Read More 

  • Emma

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    Emma is the Number 2 name, having done handsprings up the popularity charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane Austen's protagonist. So parents who have turned from... Read More 

  • Esme

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    Esmé is a sophisticated, distinctive, and charming J. D. Salinger name, from his classic 1950 story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor . Related to the French Aimee, which means beloved, and to the... Read More 

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