Literary Names for Girls

These literary baby names for girls are derived from characters in books from all genres and periods. Here, a list of the most distinctive literary baby names for girls. In the literary baby names category, as always, feel free to think about your own personal favorites.

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  • Eloise

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    To some, Eloise will forever be the imperious little girl making mischief at the Plaza Hotel, while the original version Heloise recalls the beautiful and learned wife of the French philosopher... Read More 

  • Emma

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    Emma has now been the most popular name in the United States for three years in a row, having done handsprings up the charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane... Read More 

  • Esme

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    Esmé is a sophisticated, distinctive, and charming J. D. Salinger name, from his classic 1950 story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor. Related to the French Aimee, which means beloved, and... Read More 

  • Evangeline

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    Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the hot star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelica and... Read More 

  • Fancy

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    Old fashioned nickname that some girls just might be able to pull off. You'd just have to be sure your little Fancy was one of them.Read More 

  • Faunia

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    Faunia is more often rendered as Fauna, who was a Roman goddess of fertility, women and healing. Faunia was the downtrodden yet loving heroine of Philip Roth's Human Stain. Faunia and... Read More 

  • Feather

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    Feather, though it was used for a character in a Walter Mosley novel, seems too light and fluttery for a real-life girl. Read More 

  • Fig

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    Fig was the unlikely name of a beautiful character in Curtis Sittenfeld's Man of My Dreams. Better bets: Plum, Quince, or even Apple. Still, you might consider Fig as an unusual... Read More 

  • Fleur

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    Fleur is a generic, delicate flower name that emigrated into the English-speaking world when John Galsworthy bestowed it on one of the Forsytes in his celebrated saga. More recently, there was... Read More 

  • Ginevra

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    A lovely alternative for the Jennifer-lover. Read More 

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