20 Lovely Literary Baby Names for Girls

If you're searching for a baby name, don't forget to page through your favorite books. There are plenty of great girl (and boy) names to be gleaned from literature -- and a name carries even more meaning when it's from a book you love. 

To get you inspired, check out our list of favorite literary names for baby girls.


Alice: Just like Lewis Carroll's heroine who fell down the rabbit hole and strolled into the looking glass, we find this name sweetly adventurous.

Arietty: Sprightly and curious, this head-turner of a name originates in Mary Norton's The Borrowers, about a family of very little people who live in the walls of a house.

Beatrice: We love the idea of paying homage to the long-suffering older sister in Beverly Cleary's beloved books. Try Bee for short.

Brett: In Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Lady Brett Ashley is the confident, charming woman all the men fall for.

Cordelia: "Cor" means heart -- just one reason this name so well-suited King Lear's loyal-to-the-end daughter. It's elegant and strong.

Daisy: The object of Jay Gatsby's obsession in The Great Gatsby, this name has effervescence to spare.

Eloise: Irresistibly impish, much like the little girl who lives on the "tippy-top" floor of the Plaza Hotel, causing all kinds of chaos, in Kay Thompson's beloved picture books from the 1950s.

Emma: A name that's "handsome, clever, and rich," just like the heroine of Jane Austen's 1815 novel.

Holly: A sparkly jewel of a name, in tribute to Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Jane: Like Charlotte Bronte's beloved heroine, Jane Eyre, this name has a lovely, understated moxie.

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Josephine: Intelligent, independent, and surprisingly feisty, much like Jo March in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

Juliet: A solidly romantic choice. It's impossible not to make the connection with this name and Shakespeare's star-crossed lover.

Phoebe: Although Phoebe carries a certain brightness, its namesake is the grounding younger sister of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye.

Pippi: Fun and puckish, a la the red-pigtailed, super-strong heroine of Astrid Lindgren's children's books.

Portia: Gracious and intelligent, just like Shakespeare's heroine in The Merchant of Venice.

Rosalind: Another Shakespearean choice, this time from As You Like It. Also a great mix of spark, beauty, and wit.

Scarlett: The epitome of Southern charm, Scarlett is both pretty and powerful -- like its Gone With the Wind namesake.

Scout: We adore the nickname of the young, idealistic narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird. An even bolder choice: the character's real name, Jean Louise.

Tacy: We're mystified as to why this cheerful name has never taken off, considering the Betsy-Tacy series, written by Maud Hart Lovelace, has an enormous fan base. Another great name from the book: Tib, Betsy and Tacy's other BFF.

Tess: True, Thomas Hardy's heroine had something of a, um, difficult life (understatement!), but we appreciate the easy beauty of the name itself.

Which favorite book character would you name your daughter?

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