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. Jane+ Jane Eyre is an intelligent, honest, plain-featured girl who remains true to herself while enduring many hardships in Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel, Jane Eyre. Read more about Jane
  2. Mary+ Mary is the female protagonist in Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1909 novel, The Secret Garden,, who evolves from a spoiled and unloving girl to a spirited and friendly child. Read more about Mary
  3. Nancy+ Nancy Drew is a fictional young amateur detective who first appeared in 1930 and still delights readers in books written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Read more about Nancy
  4. Pearl+ Pearl is a young girl with a mischievous spirit and a high intellect in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter. Read more about Pearl
  5. Penelope+ Penelope is Odysseus' wife in Homer's Odyssey. She is intelligent and true to her husband while he is away. Read more about Penelope
  6. Scout+ Scout is the narrator and protagonist of Harper Lee's 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. She is intelligent, tomboyish, and believes in the goodness of all people. Read more about Scout
  7. Stephanie+ Stephanie Plum is the spunky bounty hunter protagonist in a series of novels written by Janet Evanovich. Read more about Stephanie
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