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    Strong females from children's literature?

    What are some of your favorite names that have been used for strong female characters in children's lit? Bonus points if it's wearable My daughter's middle name is Coraline, partially because I think the name is beautiful and quirky, but also because I absolutely adore the character in the Neil Gaiman novella. I like the idea of my daughter/s having a substantial character to associate with, for many reasons. Trouble is, I'm having a hard time coming up with characters who have particularly admirable traits. I think this could also work with film characters, if the movie has withstood the test of time or is likely to.

    Some that I've thought of:

    Lyra - His Dark Materials
    Josephine - Little Women
    Hermione (duh!) - this will be a strong middle name contender if we have a second daughter.
    Genevra - Ginny's full name.
    Minerva - Professor McGonagall. I'd never really use this, but I do love it.
    Fern - Charlotte's Web. I don't know, this one seems kind of weak. After all, she sort of forgets about Wilbur there for awhile!
    Elinor - Sense & Sensibility. Sometimes I love her, and sometimes I just want her to TAKE SOME RISKS FOR GOD'S SAKE! She probably frustrates me because we're a bit too much alike. Maybe Dashwood would make a good middle. That could honor both Elinor and Marianne in all their strengths and weaknesses. Hmm. Also this is getting outside of children's lit by a mile.

    So, what do you think of these? Who would you add?
    Tara, proud mama to a Honey Badger
    ... and a Badger in Training

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    I like all of those, especially Josephine, Hermione and Lyra

    My favourites that I will suggest for you:

    Matilda from Matilda
    Beth from Little Women
    Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings
    Lucy from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Margaret from Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
    Serafina from Northern Lights
    Yvaine from Stardust

    Also, since you included Elinor, Emma from Emma has always been my favourite Jane Austen character. She's hilarious, and a very complex character.

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    Oh, just remembered a couple more:

    Ronja from Ronja the Robber's Daughter
    Pollyanna from Pollyanna
    Heidi and Clara from Heidi
    Laura from The Little House on the Prairie
    Mary from the Secret Garden
    Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins
    Trilliana from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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    There are tons of names in this category!

    A quick look at the bookshelf with some of my childhood favorites (definitely older books):

    Laura (from the Little House books)
    Lucy or Jill (Chronicles of Narnia)
    Anne (Anne of Green Gables)
    Madeline
    Caroline/Caddie (Caddie Woodlawn)
    Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)
    Kit/Katherine (Witch of Blackbird Pond)
    Maureen (Misty of Chincoteague)
    Wanda (The Hundred Dresses)
    Ramona, Beatrice/Beezus (Ramona the Pest)
    Claudia (Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler)
    Emily (Emily Climbs series)
    Jane (Jane Eyre-- not sure if this is strictly children's book)
    Rowena (Ivanhoe)
    Roberta (The Railway Children)
    Harriet (Harriet the Spy)
    Catherine (Wuthering Heights)
    Mame (Auntie Mame)
    Mary (The Secret Garden)
    Pippi (Pippi Longstocking)
    Karana (Island of the Blue Dolphins)
    Heidi

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