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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Otherwise known as Briar Rose, Princess Aurora, of Sleeping Beauty fame, may not have had the best time pre-prince---she pricked her finger on her spindle and was trapped in a tower by the malignant Maleficent, but her name is far from dark. The radiant Aurora was the Roman goddess of dawn, and is also associated with the scientific term for the Northern lights, Aurora borealis. Nickname Rory lends the decidedly whimsical name a tomboyish feel.

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