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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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  • Melanctha

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

  • Mercy

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    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 bet... Read More 

  • Narcissa

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

  • Nenna

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

  • Nerissa

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    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 named Ner... Read More 

  • Ninetta

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

  • Niobe

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    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

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

  • Pansy

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    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 

  • Pecola

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    Name of the winning young heroine of Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye . Read More 

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