Power Girl Baby Names
Women’s history month draws to a close just as Sucker Punch’s girl army hits the big screen.
But to parents who grew up with The Bionic Woman and Tank Girl, there’s something appealing about a naming a daughter after a daring female figure. The women on this list are handy in a fight, quick with a sword or a wand, and might have a super power or secret government clearance, too.
Not every appealing character wears a great name. Sucker Punch’s heroine answers to Babydoll. You probably wouldn’t consider Agent 99 or The Bride, either. (Though The Bride’s given name, Beatrix, is quite stylish.)
Here are some of the better-known tough girls, many of which would wear well in the 21st century:
Buffy – Despite a big screen debut and seven seasons on television, we haven’t met many bitty Buffys. But rookie screenwriter Whit Anderson has been tapped to reboot the vampire slayer’s story. Could the third time be the charm?
Claire – Television’s Heroes captivated audiences with the tagline, “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World!”
Echo – From short-lived sci-fi series Dollhouse.
Fiona – Some parents fret that Shrek’s better half is a reason to avoid this name, but the world’s most famous female ogre is quite admirable.
Jinx – Few women from the James Bond franchise could make this list, but Halle Berry’s National Security Agent Jinx Johnson from Die Another Day was more capable ally than arm candy. Jinx is short for Giacinta.
Katniss – The heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy, she’s handy with a bow and arrow. Her fight for survival sparks a revolution. With a movie adaptation in the works, this aquatic plant name could catch on.
Kitana – She’s a major figure in the Mortal Kombat franchise, a princess with a name that might be wearable in the real world.
Lisbeth – She’s the hacker heroine of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
Rue – Another Hunger Games heroine.
Swann – The double-n spelling comes from Pirates of the Caribbean’s Elizabeth Swann.
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on March 28th, 2011 at 3:24 am
I was disappointed not to see Xena on the list. Who represents girl power better than the Warrior Princess!
on March 28th, 2011 at 5:41 am
Don’t forget Catra, supervillian from She-Ra! She is my favorite diminutive for Catharine evar!!!111!
on March 28th, 2011 at 10:10 am
Ah, Xena – she SHOULD be on the list.
KO, I didn’t include villains, but Catra is a pretty cool name.
And back to Xena … I think my favorite villain name is Callisto. But that’s another list!
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on March 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am
Lara Croft is definitely my favorite power girl! I also love X-Men’s Jean Grey/Phoenix, the latter of which I think could actually be used for a unisex name. Kate from “Lost” is another tough girl favorite of mine; I named my yellow lab after her!
on March 28th, 2011 at 11:33 am
Is it weird that the first name I thought of was Red Sonja? I am a huge 80’s movie fan.. and this one is super Cheese.. but I love it on a rainy saturday afternoon. So my vote for super strong girl names is Red Sonja!!
Love Buffy, but wouldnt dare use it, seems like naming a girl Bambi or Bunny .. even though its a strong girl character, in real life it evokes rich lady with a drinking problem.
Love Beatrix too but I kinda feel like it is becoming hipster popular
Sultry Natasha is due for a comeback!
on March 28th, 2011 at 11:54 am
I expect to find a Katniss any day now, but so far no luck.
on March 28th, 2011 at 11:56 am
I think Jean Grey/ Phoenix should be on the list!
I am considering Katniss as Ms. Everdeen is the heroine of my favorite series and really spoke to me while I read the HG series for the forth… and tenth, time.
Catra is also really amazing…
I’m going for the nn Kitty, apparently!
on March 28th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Oh my goodness how I love Katniss and Rue. I am a huge fan of “The Hunger Games” series, and the names in there all really caught my attention. Katniss and Rue are among the great names.
Also, Peeta, Primrose (called Prim), Cato, Clove, and Finnick are great names from the books. Ooh a Hunger Games names blog post would be awesome.
I also love Claire.
Echo and Hermione are cool too.
Love this post!
on March 28th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Another vote for Xena. I like X names anyway, like Xavier for a boy and Xena sounds pretty cool.
Lara is one of my favorite girl names too.
A few more for the list although maybe some of these are more dated names:
Aeon – Aeon Flux
Diana – aka Wonder Woman
Kara – Kara-Zor-El aka Supergirl.
Elektra – from the Marvel comics and played by Jennifer Garner in the movie
Gabrielle – Xena’s sidekick – maybe she is not such a power girl character, but I really liked her character, and name 🙂
Mystique – from the X-Men
Sailor – from the Sailor Moon series
Sheena – Queen of the Jungle
Storm – from the X-Men and played by Halle Berry in the movies. Maybe Storm works in comic books but not on little girls. Stormie I have heard of though.
Sue – Susan (Sue) Storm / Richards – Invisible woman Fantastic Four.
on March 28th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
This might be a bit obscure for a lot of people, but I think Vin from Mistborn (by Brandon Sanderson) would fit perfectly on this list. She’s seriously hardcore. 😉
Other Carolyn Said
on March 28th, 2011 at 1:10 pm
Anya is also a pretty tough character in Buffy, of course, though she does occasionally tread the villain line. More usable a name than Buffy, though. Actually I’d also include Willow on that list.
Zoe is a trendy name at the moment, but it has a strong character (from Firefly) behind it.
Leela is not really my style, but it has tough girl precedent from both Futurama and Doctor Who. It could fit in quite well with Lily and Lila trends, as well. Donna (Doctor Who) is also pretty strong, though the name is a bit dated, and Romana (DW again), though not physically strong, is cleverer than the main character and becomes president of her planet eventually. So there’s that.
on March 28th, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Great additions – I’d forgotten about Anya, and Willow from Buffy, too.
Firefly makes me think of River – and Zoe, of course! Oh, and Inara, does she count?
Jean Gray made my first draft, but somehow I cut her from the final … not sure why!
How could I overlook Elektra?
Katniss really is a nature name, with a clever link to arrows – truly a perfect choice, and I am in awe of Suzanne Collins’ naming abilities.
on March 28th, 2011 at 5:04 pm
More ideas: (some common, some obscure)
Barbara: Batgirl (DC)
Felicia: Black Cat (Marvel)
Dinah: Black Canary (DC)
Barda: Big Barda (DC)
BTW: Natasha Romanoff is aka Black Widow. Another Black Widow was named: Yelena Belova (Marvel)
Selina: Catwoman (DC)
Clea: from Dr. Strange (Marvel)
Maxine: Cyclone (DC)
Laynia: Darkstar (Marvel)
Darna: Character in Mango Comics
Alison: Dazzler (Marvel)
Irene: Destiny (Marvel)
Alessandra: Diva (DC/Wildstorm)
Neena: Domino (Marvel)
Nura: Dream Girl (DC)
Fairchild: Anita Fairchild from Gen13 (DC/Wildstorm)
Shiera(shy-eera) and Kendra: Hawkgirl (DC)
Beatriz: Fire (DC)
Tora: Ice (DC)
Bonita: Firebird (Marvel)
Lyla: Harbinger (DC)
Hepzibah: alien cat woman creature in XMen (Marvel)
Helena: Huntress (DC)
Jade: Green Lantern series (DC)
Iris: female Kid Flash (DC)
Rosetta and Regina: Lady Hawk (Marvel)
Libby: Liberty Belle (DC)
Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese: M (Marvel)
Illyana: Magik (Marvel)
Amara: Magma (Marvel)
Mera: “Mrs. Aquaman” (DC)
Elizabeth: (called Betsy) Psylocke (Marvel)
Hippolyta: Wonder Woman’s mother (DC)
Wanda: Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
Kitty: Shadowcat (Marvel)
Tasmia: Shadowlass (Marvel)
May: Spidergirl (Peter Parker’s daughter) (Marvel)
Courtney: Stargirl (DC)
Donna: Troia/Donna Troy/Wondergirl (DC)
Mari: Vixen (DC)
Rahne: Wolfsbane (Marvel)
and BTW: Mystique’s “real” name is Raven
on March 28th, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Inara definitely counts, as does Kaylee, and Zoe of course, though River will forever be my favorite. My sister swore she’d name her daughter after River, then went and married a man with the last name Rivers. Even I can’t condone River Rivers… sigh.
Love love love the inclusion of Rue… if it were up to me, she and Thresh would have definitely won the Hunger Games.
on March 28th, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Zoe was also a character on Caprica.
Caprica although a made up word sounds like it could be a girl’s name too, similar to Caprice and Capricia.
on March 28th, 2011 at 6:28 pm
When i think powerful super names i think of also Cassia , the girl from the book Matched , i love it it just has somthing that i like. I also love Luna , Rue , Evelyn , and Hermione!!!!!! 🙂
on March 28th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
Katniss sounds like cat piss (sorry LOL)
Rue isn’t too bad though. and I’ve loved Anya since I heard it on Buffy.
on March 28th, 2011 at 10:48 pm
I’ve written a Hunger Games Name Post on my blog, come have a look and tell me what you think!
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on April 3rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm
[…] week’s post for Nameberry was Power Girl Baby Names; tomorrow’s post is inspired by one of the names on that list – thanks to RachelMarie […]
on April 12th, 2011 at 7:27 pm
I think you should have Kara/Karen, since that IS Power Girl’s name!
And Firefly characters should definitely be on there! River, Zoe, Inara!
And what about Toshiko from Torchwood? Or Rose, Martha, Amy from Doctor Who? Or Sarah-Jane from Doctor Who and Sarah-Jane Adventures?
And Cherry from Planet Terror!
on May 24th, 2011 at 9:14 am
At 30 years old (well almost) you don’t often see the name Claire. I LOVE my name 🙂
Usually it’s children who are probably 6 or 7 now, and women who are a generation or two older than I am.
on October 24th, 2011 at 11:06 am
For all you Fiona lovers who want another association besides Shrek…there is a kick-ass female character named Fiona on the popular show Burn Notice.
Also, I think Katherine should be on the list. There are more female business leaders, CEO’s etc named Katherine than any other name.
Plus, Katharine Hepburn was such a symbol of female spirit and independence.
on December 28th, 2011 at 3:53 pm
on July 23rd, 2012 at 3:36 pm
I like Lisbeth and Natash. They both feel strong, feminine, fun, and modern and you don’t get confuse about it being a boy or girl name when you hear it out loud.
on November 28th, 2014 at 3:48 am
Name I think are strong: Beth Tedd Afro
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