Princess Names: Fictional Picks

Nameberry intern Hannah Tenison, a University of Michigan senior planning on a law career, picks twelve of the most charming fictional princess names, from fairy tales to video games.

Fiery and feisty princess Merida has come bounding into the spotlight with the release of the newest animated Pixar film, “Brave,” and with her, a whole slew of marketing fixated on the newest animated princess. With all the recent focus on royal ladies, it seems only fitting to take a look at all the other fictional princesses and the world of princess names.  These fictional princess names range from strong, to elegant, to frilly—just right for a modern day little girl. Here are some of the best, from Arwen to Zelda, Aurora to Rosalina


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The name of the fair and noble elven princess of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is mystical and lovely, evoking images of ethereal forests and an ancient, delicate beauty. A legitimate Welsh name, Arwen means "noble maiden."

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29 Responses to “Princess Names: Fictional Picks”

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Pansy Says:

June 29th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Love most of the names on this list, especially Melisande.

There’s an error in your Fiona entry though. Shrek was made by Dreamworks, not Pixar. 🙂

dotmyiis Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 12:49 am

Awww, no Game of Thrones princesses made the list!

hjteni Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 4:39 am

@Pansy– thanks, fixed that!

@dotmyiis– I love Game of Thrones! Daenerys was definitely one of my top contenders for this list. 🙂 I also considered Myrcella and Elia.

samjaymc Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 8:47 am

Like Daisy, Fiona and Luna

caroline11278 Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 9:05 am

I like Arwen, Fiona, and Luna the best.

corsue Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 11:16 am

Aurora is very awkward to say.

svea Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 11:17 am

I love this post! I particularly like Fiona, Melisande and Rosalina. Luna and Daisy are great too. Actually, Leia is #68 on the Swedish top 100!

yellow Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 11:44 am

You really need to add a “view on one page” button. I get that these page-through blogs pull in more revenue, but it’s SUPER annoying to have to sit and wait for an entire page to load just to see one more name. Then do it again. And again. I usually give up around page 5, if not sooner.

miloowen Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I love Eowyn too, as a LOTR princess name. Surprised to Serena didn’t make the list. For Melisande, the ultimate reference is mythological, and the opera took the Greek original to French perfection, Pelleas et Melisande.

If you pronounce Aurora the Spanish way, it is much easier to say — I have a Puerto Rican student named Aurora.

kgcg31 Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love most of these . . . Particularly Arwen, Azalea, and Luna.

@milooowen: I adore Eowyn as well!

Philomena Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Yup, I’d love a “View All On One Page” option too. I usually don’t even make it to the THIRD page because it loads so poorly on my computer.

pam Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Upgrading the slideshow function including making it easier to see everything at once is definitely on our list. The downside of a site that’s individually created and managed like Nameberry is that it’s just me, Linda, Hugh, and Hannah making everything run and so some things take longer to get to.

susan.n Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I love so many of these names! Arwen, (love LOTR!) Azalea (I have a friend named Azalea and am jealous of her name) and especially Leia! (I love Star Wars and I’ve never been a fan of the Lee-uh pronunciation)

thetxbelle Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Here are some interesting names from L. Frank Baum’s Oz books

Queen Adora
Princess Elma, Evanna, Emeralda,
Queen Isomere
Ozana, Ozma
Rivette, Rora

thetxbelle Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

@Yellow – I agree, I rarely even read the blogs at all because I hate having to wait for each page to load when I just want to see the names and be able to comment.

I think more people would visit the blogs and comment if it wasn’t so annoying.

jpruitt76 Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

And, as I am forced to sit through it for the 20th time this week, there are the 12 Dancing Princesses (from the Barbie movie version):

Genevieve, Ashlyn, Blair, Courtney, Delia, Edeline, Fallon, Hadley, Isla, Janessa, Kathleen and Lacey.

calliewalker718 Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Unfortunately on the internet, the tennis player Kim Clijster is given the nickname Princess Fiona because of her facial likeness to the character in Shrek.

R_J Says:

July 7th, 2012 at 9:40 am

Melisande is so pretty.

I remember a series of books about dragons I read when I was little and there was a princess named Cimorene. Always wondered how to pronounce it!

meepallie Says:

July 7th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

So sad at the way Luna is climbing.

marinadancel17 Says:

July 7th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Love so many of these names! I especially loved Fiona, Aurora, and Rosalina. I have been looking for a longer version of Rose…definately going to add Rosalina to the list!

hjteni Says:

July 7th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

@ R_ J — I read those books too! Wow. I pronounce it “Sim-uh-reen” for what it’s worth 🙂

erzulie33 Says:

July 8th, 2012 at 12:48 am

I love so many of these names, especially Arwen.

My all-time favorite princess name, though, has to be EOWYN.

UniqueNameLover Says:

July 8th, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’m laughing at this list because of lot of these are my middle name list with the exception of Aurora.

I really like Arwen, Azalea, Rosalina and Melisande. My grandmother’s name is Daisy, so I would definitely use it to honor her. Zelda is cool, but I prefer Griselda with Zelda as a nickname.

I plan to use Aurora and Rosalina/Rosalind somewhere in my names.

magicalmer Says:

July 8th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Yeah! I <3 mlp:fim
Zelda and Arwen is pretty cool too and Aurora is pretty.

magicalmer Says:

July 8th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

My dad wanted to name me Leia, because my brothers are Levi and Logan, (also he loves Star Wars- big geek Logan named partially after wolverine) but my mom out ruled him and named me Micaela.

moxielove Says:

July 11th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Moanna is NOT a hawaiian name – hawaiian words never have two consonents in a row. The correct spelling would be Moana.

I think in this case Moanna is just a varistion on a conjoined Anna name.

GrecianErn Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I always thought Princess Kitana of the Mortal Kombat franchise was an awesome Princess name. She was regal, considered the most beautiful Princess of all video games, and she could kick butt. All good things.

stormygirl84 Says:

December 26th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I’ve known both an Arwen and an Eowyn.

I really like Merida for a princess name. Brave was easily one of my favorite movies of the year, and the character is simply amazing.

Morganne Says:

January 22nd, 2014 at 11:03 am

A pretty good list. But here’s one more that I didn’t see on the list: Eilonwy, from the Prydain Chronicles(book series).

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