The name of a favorite female author can make a meaningful inspiration for your daughter’s name. And you’ll notice that a surprising number of these writers –five out of twelve–went by their more distinctive middle names—so that might inspire you to put special focus on her second name if you have literary aspirations for your baby girl.
Willa Cather, author of 'My Ántonia' and other novels of frontier life, was originally called the less lovely Wilella. Willa just reentered the popularity list last year after a half-century hiatus, and is sure to keep climbing. Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman chose it for his daughter.