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.
  • Marin

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Marin is a lovely county north of San Francisco, and a lovely baby name on the rise, one which sounds more refreshing than the more familiar Marina.

    As a place-name, Marin is... Read More 

  • Melanctha

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    The mixed-race heroine of one of Gertrude Stein's Three Lives searches for knowledge and power.Read More 

  • Mercy

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued today. Although it was most popular in the late nineteenth century, Mercy is on its way to a comeback -- it rose 143 spots... Read More 

  • Narcissa

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    This Greek flower and mythological choice doesn't make it into the pantheon of possibilities because of its association with narcissism. Read More 

  • Nenna

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Nenna is the not-so-appealing name of the heroine of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel Offshore.Read More 

  • Nerissa

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    An offbeat possible replacement for the overused Melissa and Marisa, Nerissa was used by Shakespeare for Portia's witty confidante in The Merchant of Venice. Queen Elizabeth has a cousin... Read More 

  • Ninetta

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Might be carrying things too far -- little little girl? -- though could freshen up this favorite.Read More 

  • Niobe

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    The mythological queen whose perpetual weeping for her slain children turned her into a stone has always cast a pall over this name. Read More 

  • Orleanna

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Orleanna was the young heroine of Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. Read More 

  • Pansy

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Pansy is an early floral name that lost credibility when it became a derogatory slang term for gays. Better these days: Posy or Poppy.Read More 

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