Best Girls’ Storybook Names: Beyond Madeline and Matilda

For many name lovers, that passion was sparked by a name that jumped out from the pages of an early-encountered children’s storybook. It might have been as simple as Alice or Anne, Jo, Beth, Amy or Meg, as fanciful as Pollyanna or Amelia Bedelia, as memorable as Eloise or Fern, Madeline or Matilda— or even have been an attractive animal’s name like Celeste the elephant or rabbits Cecily or Jemima. It’s hard to pick a dozen best from all the possible choices, but here are our top 12 most adventurous:

Winifred/ Winnie

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The 1975 Natalie Babbitt fantasy novel Tuck Everlasting focuses on the adventures of ten-year-old Winnie Foster, formally named Winifred. Winifred is a relatively undiscovered vintage gem, with a choice of two nicknames—Winnie and Freddie. Winnie Cooper was a memorable character on The Wonder Years.

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