Baby names: 90 beautiful girl names from books – and their meanings

These literary baby girl names are PERFECT for bookworm parents - and we love their meanings

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by Kayleigh Dray |

These literary baby girl names have been inspired by characters in books from all genres and periods.

From children’s literature to classic 18th century prose, we’ve come up with 90 names - and there’s DEFINITELY something here to suit every bookworm parent.

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1) Ada

Book: Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain

Character: Ada Monroe

Meaning: Noble woman

2) Allie

Book: Nicholas Sparks’s The Notebook

Character: Allie Hamilton

Meaning: Fair, handsome

3) Anne

Book: Lucy Maud’s Anne of Green Gables

Character: Anne Shirley

Meaning: Favour or grace

4) Annika

Book: Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking

Character: Annika Settigren

Meaning: Goddess Durga in Hindu

5) Arrietty

Book: Mary Norton’s The Borrowers

Character: Arrietty Clock

Meaning: Ruler of the house

6) Arya

Book: George R R Martin’s Game Of Thrones

Character: Arya Stark

Meaning: Noble, great, truthful

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7) Beatrice

Book: William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Character: Beatrice

Meaning: Bringer of joy

8) Bella

Book: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

Character: Bella Swan

Meaning: Beautiful

9) Brett

Book: Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Character: Lady Brett Ashley

Meaning: From the isle of Brittany

10) Bridget

Book: Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary

Character: Bridget Jones

Meaning: Power, strength and virtue

11) Catherine

Book: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Character: Catherine ‘Cathy’ Earnshaw

Meaning: Pure, clear

12) Celie

Book: Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple

Character: Celie

Meaning: The blind one

13) Charlotte

Book: EB White’s Charlotte’s Web

Character: Charlotte the Spider

Meaning: Free woman

14) Clarice

Book: Thomas Harris’s The Silence Of The Lambs

Character: Clarice Starling

Meaning: Bright, clear, famous

15) Clover

Book: Susan Coolidge’s Clover

Character: Clover Carr

Meaning: Meadow flower

16) Coraline

Book: Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

Character: Coraline Jones

Meaning: Precious sea growth

17) Daisy

Book: F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Character: Daisy Buchanan

Meaning: Day’s eye

18) Dorothy

Book: L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard Of Oz

Character: Dorothy Gale

Meaning: Gift of God

19) Elinor

Book: Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility

Character: Elinor Dashwood

Meaning: Queen

20) Eliza

Book: George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion

Character: Eliza Doolittle

Meaning: Oath of God

21) Elizabeth

Book: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice

Character: Lizzie Bennett

Meaning: God is satisfaction

22) Emma

Book: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary

Character: Emma Bovary

Meaning: Handsome, clever, and rich

23) Enid

Book: Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch

Character: Enid Nightshade

Meaning: Soul, life

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24) Estella

Book: Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations

Character: Estella Havisham

Meaning: Shining star

25) Felicity

Book: Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers

Character: Felicity Rivers

Meaning: Luck and good fortune

26) Florence / Flossie

Book: Laura Lee Hope’s Bobbsey Twins

Character: Flossie Bobbsey

Meaning: Blossoming flower

27) George / Georgina

Book: Enid Blyton’s Famous Five

Character: George Kirrin

Meaning: Farmer

28) Gwen

Book: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Character: Gwendolen Fairfax

Meaning: White, holy

29) Harriet

Book: Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet The Spy

Character: Harriet M. Welsch

Meaning: Rules the home

30) Hazel

Book: John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars

Character: Hazel Grace Lancaster

Meaning: Of the tree

31) Heidi

Book: Johanna Spyri’s Heidi

Character: Heidi

Meaning: Nobility

32) Hermione

Book: JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Saga

Character: Hermione Granger

Meaning: Well born

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33) Holly

Book: Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Character: Holly Golightly

Meaning: From the clearing by the hollow

34) Jane

Book: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Character: Jane Eyre

Meaning: Jehovah has been gracious

35) Josephine

Book: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

Character: Jospehine March

Meaning: May Jehovah add

36) Katniss

Book: Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games

Character: Katniss Everdeen

Meaning: Heroine, edible aquatic plant

37) Katy

Book: Sarah Chauncey Woolsey’s What Katy Did

Character: Katy Carr

Meaning: Pure, clear

38) Kristy

Book: Ann M Martin’s The Babysitters Club Series

Character: Kristy Thomas

Meaning: Follower of Christ

39) Laura

Book: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House On The Prairie

Character: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Meaning: Laurel tree

40) Leia

Book: Donald F Glut’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Character: Leia Organa Solo

Meaning: Child of heaven

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41) Liesel

Book: Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

Character: Liesel Meminger

Meaning: Pledged to God

42) Linnea

Book: Christina Bjork’s Linnea In Monet’s Garden

Character: Linnea

Meaning: Twin flower, lime tree

43) Lisbeth

Book: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Character: Lisbeth Salander

Meaning: God is satisfaction

44) Lottie

Book: Jacqueline Wilson’s The Lottie Project

Character: Charlotte Alice Katherine Enright’s alter-ego

Meaning: Free woman

45) Lucy

Book: CS Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Character: Lucy Pevensie

Meaning: Born at dawn

46) Lydia

Book: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice

Character: Lydia Bennett

Meaning: Woman from Lydia

47) Lyra

Book: Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Character: Lyra Silvertongue

Meaning: Lyrical

48) Madeline

Book: Ludwig Bemelmans’s Madeline

Character: Madeline

Meaning: Elevated, great, magnificent

49) Marianne

Book: Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility

Character: Marianne Dashwood

Meaning: Wished-for child

50) Mary

Book: PL Travers’s Mary Poppins

Character: Mary Poppins

Meaning: Bitter

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51) Matilda

Book: Roald Dahl’s Matilda

Character: Matilda Wormwood

Meaning: Mighty warrior

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52) Meg

Book: Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time

Character: Meg Murry

Meaning: Beautiful and happy

53) Minny

Book: Kathryn Stockett’s The Help

Character: Minny Jackson

Meaning: Loving memory

54) Nancy

Book: Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew Mysteries

Character: Nancy Drew

Meaning: Grace

55) Natasha

Book: Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace

Character: Natasha Rostova

Meaning: Christmas baby

56) Nelly

Book: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Character: Ellen “Nelly” Dean

Meaning: Shining light

57) Nora

Book: Enid Blyton’s The Secret Island

Character: Nora Arnold

Meaning: Light

58) Patricia

Book: Enid Blyton’s St. Clare’s series

Character: Pat O’Sullivan

Meaning: Noble

59) Penny

Book: Enid Blyton’s Cherry Tree Farm

Character: Penny

Meaning: Bobbin

60) Peggy

Book: Enid Blyton’s The Secret Island

Character: Peggy Arnold

Meaning: Precious pearl

61) Phoebe

Book: JD Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye

Character: Phoebe Caulfield

Meaning: Bright and pure

62) Pippi

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Book: Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking

Character: Pippi Longstocking

Meaning: Lover of horses

63) Polly

Book: Eleanor H. Porter’s Pollyanna

Character: Pollyanna

Meaning: Wished-for child

64) Posy

Book: Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes

Character: Posy Fossil

Meaning: Flower

65) Primrose

Book: Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games

Character: Primrose Everdeen

Meaning: Pretty little flower

66) Ramona

Book: Beverly Cleary's Ramona

Character: Ramona Quimby

Meaning: Protecting hands

67) Rebecca / Becky

Book: William Makepeace Thackery’s Vanity Fair

Character: Becky Sharp

Meaning: To tie firmly

68) Rosalind

Book: William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Character: Rosalind

Meaning: Beautiful rose

69) Sara

Book: Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess

Character: Sara Crewe

Meaning: Princess

70) Savannah

Book: Nicholas Sparks’s Dear John

Character: Savannah Curtis

Meaning: From the open plain

71) Scarlett

Book: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind

Character: Scarlett O’Hara

Meaning: Red

72) Scout

Book: Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

Character: Jean Louise "Scout" Finch

Meaning: Gatherer of information

73) Selena

Book: DC Comics’s Batman / Catwoman

Character: Selena Kyle

Meaning: Moon goddess

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74) Susan

Book: Terry Pratchett’s The Hogfather

Character: Susan Sto Helit (aka Death’s granddaughter)

Meaning: Graceful lily

75) Tabitha

Book: Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Tom Kitten

Character: Tabitha Twitchit

Meaning: Beauty, grace

76) Tiggy

Book: Sophocles’s Antigone

Character: Antigone

Meaning: Worthy of one’s parents

77) Tess

Book: Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Character: Tess Durbeyfield

Meaning: Harvester

78) Tracy

Book: Jacqueline Wilson’s The Story of Tracy Beaker

Character: Tracy Beaker

Meaning: Bold

79) Trixie

Book: Julie Campbell Tatham’s Trixie Belden series

Character: Beatrix Belden

Meaning: Bringer of joy

80) Ursula

Book: Francene Carroll’s Colton Manor

Character: Ursula St Clare

Meaning: Little bear

81) Vanessa

Book: John Logan’s Penny Dreadful

Character: Vanessa Ives

Meaning: Butterfly

82) Venetia

Book: Amanda Quick’s Second Sight

Character: Venetia Milton

Meaning: From Venice

83) Vianne

Book: Joanne Harris’s Chocolat

Character: Vianne Rocher

Meaning: Alive

84) Violet

Book: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Character: Violet Baudelaire

Meaning: Little purple flower

85) Wendy

Book: JM Barrie’s Peter Pan

Character: Wendy Darling

Meaning: Little mother

86) Winnie

Book: Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting

Character: Winnie Foster

Meaning: Happy and joyful

87) Winona

Book: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha

Character: Wenonah

Meaning: Firstborn daughter

88) Ysabell

Book: Terry Pratchett’s Mort

Character: Ysabell Sto Helit

Meaning: Devoted to God

89) Zazie

Book: Raymond Queneau's Zazie In The Metro

Character: Zazie

Meaning: Devoted

90) Zooey

Book: JD Salinger’s Franny and Zooey

Character: Zooey

Meaning: Life

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