Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Girls Names from Literature

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The term "literature" covers a grand spectrum of novels. Most of these names come from the classic masterpieces that have touched the hearts of readers for decades. While I cannot possibly list every name of every character in every book ever written, this is definitely a pretty good list to start with if you're in need of a literary moniker.

Below this list, I have handpicked my favorites that I think would be darling for a modern day girl. Then I went one step further and paired them with a couple middle name ideas and listed a few potential sibling name ideas to help you decide if you'd truly want to consider adding said names to your short-list. After all, that's the whole point of a list like this: to help you find the perfect name for your child!

If you'd like to join in the fun, please feel free to choose your favorite names from the list and share a few middle name options that would make you fall in love with the name as a whole. And do tell if you already have any of these on your shortlist!
                      Alabama
Alhambra
Alia
Alma
Amaryllis
Amoret
Arabella
Aravis
Ariadne
Atalanta
Aurora
Bathsheba
Bella
Bennington                  
Blue
Brett
Briana
Briony
Calixta
Calliope
Catalina
Catriona
Charity
Charmian
Clarice
Clarissa
Clea
Clelia
Cordelia
Cosette
Cressida
Dahlia
Daisy
Denver
Desdemona
Domenica
Ellis
Eloise
Emma
Esme
Evangeline
Fancy
Faunia
Feather
Fig
Fleur
Ginevra
Guinevere
Hana
Haydée
Hermione
Hester
Honora
Honoria
Hyacinth
Isadora
Isolde
Jacy
Jadine
Juliet
Juniper
Juno
Kiki
Kinsey
Lavinia
Lolita
Lucinda
Lux
Maisie
Malta
Mamie
Marigold
Marin
Matilda
Melanctha
Mercy
Narcissa
Nenna
Nerissa
Ninetta
Niobe
Octavia
Orleanna
Pansy
Pecola
Petal
Peyton
Pilar
Pleasant
Portia
Prairie
Precious
Rain
Ramona
Remarkable
Romola
Rosamond
Sai
Scarlett
Scout
Serafina
Sethe
Sheba
Sidda
Snow Flower
Sugar
Sula
Sweeney
Sylvie
Tamora
Tamsin
Temple
Thea
Thisbe
Undine
Velvet
Verena
Vida
Viola
Viviette
Zenobia
Zora
Zuleika
As a side-note, I'm not very well-read so I wouldn't know if any of these names belong to dastardly and despicable characters or not. Please do your own research before fully committing to a name. It is always a good idea to know who your child's main "namesakes" are and what the general opinion is of said characters.  If I had a bit more time in my daily life I would love to research these thoroughly but that may lead to hours and hours of Wikipedia page hopping. You know how it is. It would end up being faster to read each novel individually. ;)  At the moment, I am simply choosing these names because I think they are beautiful in sound.

Don't forget to check out the list of Boy Names from Literature too!

My Top Ten Favorites:


1. Aurora

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Athena, Chloe, Eleanor, Isabella, Junia, Lorelei, Scarlett, Violet
Brothers: Alaric, Dante, Dominic, Gabriel, Joshua, Oliver, Orion, Silas

Middle Name Ideas:
Aurora Frances
Aurora Grace
Aurora Juniper
Aurora Sybil
Aurora Vivian

2. Cosette

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Ameline, Beatrice, Delphine, Eloise, Genevieve, Josephine, Magnolia Rosamund 
Brothers: Ambrose, Benjamin, Dashiell, Henry, Jasper, Lucien, Macon, Sebastien

Middle Name Ideas:
Cosette Ariane
Cosette Eleanor
Cosette Francine
Cosette Nicole
Cosette Silvine

3. Cressida

Sibling Name Ideas:

Sisters: Agatha, Bianca, Bronwyn, Isadora, Katharine, Octavia, Seraphina, Viola
Brothers: Amadeus, Atticus, Cecil, Damian, Leonardo, Miles, Oswald, Sebastian

Middle Name Ideas:
Cressida Dawn
Cressida Hazel
Cressida Mabel
Cressida Olive
Cressida Violet

4. Esme

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alice, Eloise, Isla, Lola, Mila, Phoebe, Sophie, Zoey
Brothers: Alexander, Ethan, Jack, Max, Milo, Noah, Owen, Zane

Middle Name Ideas:
Esme Aveline
Esme Bernadette
Esme Colette
Esme Juliette
Esme Melisande

5. Ginevra

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Ariana, Carissa, Fleur, Gabriella, Natalia, Philippa, Sabrina, Viviana
Brothers: Alessandro, Emmett, Fabian, Jasper, Joseph, Luca, Orlando, Rocco

Middle Name Ideas:
Ginevra Camille
Ginevra Delphine
Ginevra Emanuelle
Ginevra Isabella
Ginevra Leone

6. Honora

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Aurelia, Camelia, Dahlia, Grace, Iris,  June, Rosalie, Verity
Brothers: Amadeus, Cyprian, Dominic, Felix, Jerome, Maximus, Quentin, Vincent

Middle Name Ideas:
Honora Caroline
Honora Florence
Honora Lilac
Honora Neve
Honora Sibyl

7. Juliet

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Aurora, Cordelia, Eveline, Isabella, Michaela, Ophelia, Seraphina, Willow
Brothers: Andrew, Benjamin, Gabriel, Henry, James, Oliver, Theodore, William

Middle Name Ideas:
Juliet Adeline
Juliet Clementine
Juliet Elise
Juliet Matilda
Juliet Sable

8. Maisie

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Claire, Eloise, Julia, Lily, Molly, Poppy, Ruby, Tamsin
Brothers: Alfie, Elliott, Jonah, Liam, Maxwell, Noah, Oliver, Stellan

Middle Name Ideas:
Maisie Alexandra
Maisie Evelyn
Maisie Kate
Maisie Louise
Maisie Violet

9. Serafina

Sibling Name Ideas
Sisters: Annora, Carolina, Evangelina, Gabriella, Magdalena, Malia, Rosalie, Viviana
Brothers: Anthony, Christian, Francisco, Giovanni, Marcellus, Sebastian, Theodore, Zachariah

Middle Name Ideas:
Serafina Carmen
Serafina Elise
Serafina Estelle
Serafina Grace
Serafina Rose

10. Viviette 

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Adeline, Audrey, Chantelle, Genevieve, Gisele, Juliana, Michaela, Rafaela
Brothers: Alexander, Barnaby, Heathcliff, Jasper, Michael, Othello, Simon, Tobias

Middle Name Ideas:
Viviette Amelie
Viviette Grace
Viviette Lorraine
Viviette Natalia
Viviette Sabine

There's my top ten! What are your favorites from the list?

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