Literary Character Names for Girls

If you're looking for a meaningful baby name, consider borrowing one from the pages of your favorite book. Pick a character you'd love your child to emulate -- someone who personifies the qualities you hope your daughter will possess. To increase the chances that others will recognize the significance of her name, choose a character with a distinctive name, such as Clarissa.

  1. Andy+ Andy Sachs is the naive aspiring journalist who makes it to a high-end fashion magazine in the 2003 novel The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. Read more about Andy
  2. Bella+ Bella Swan is the heroine and eventual vampire wife of Edward Cullen in Stephenie Meyer's series Twilight. Read more about Bella
  3. Clarissa+ Clarissa Dalloway is the vivacious, self-reflective, and life-questioning heroine of Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Read more about Clarissa
  4. Cosette+ Cosette is a servant who grows into a beautiful and smart young woman, full of bravery and a positive attitude, in Victor Hugo's 1862 novel, Les Miserables. Read more about Cosette
  5. Daisy+ Daisy Buchanan is a beautiful although troubled socialite and Jay's love interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. Read more about Daisy
  6. Elizabeth+ Elizabeth Bennett is the intelligent, sensible, and witty protagonist who must overcome her prejudices in Jane Austen's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice. Read more about Elizabeth
  7. Hester+ Hester Prynne is Nathaniel Hawthorne's passionate and strong protagonist who endures shame and scorn and is still a caring mother in his 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter. Read more about Hester
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