Literary Baby Names and What They Mean: Girls

Literary Baby Names and What They Mean: Girls

Picking a baby name comes with a lot of pressure: every name means something, and you don’t want to stick your daughter with a name that will embarrass her for the rest of her life. Before naming your little girl, check out what literature has to say about 25 of the most popular baby names. And if you decide to go with “Amy” anyway—well, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Having a boy? Check out our list of literary boy names!

Alice
Book:
  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Our prediction: She’ll be creative and imaginative, but keep her away from those mushrooms.

Amy
Book: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Our prediction:  Bad news: your daughter will be a sociopath.

Anna
Book:
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Our prediction: Jealousy will be a problem for her, and her social status will matter very much.

Audrey
Book: As You Like It, William Shakespeare
Our prediction: She might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but multiple boys will have a crush on her anyway.

Bella
Book
: Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
Our prediction: Driven by a reckless streak, your daughter might develop a thing for vampires and/or werewolves.

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Charlotte
Book: Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
Our prediction: Your daughter might be inclined to believe that she can communicate with pigs. She will also have an excellent vocabulary.

Clare
Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Our prediction: She’ll be an art student, and she’ll bump into her future husband at a library.

Elizabeth
Book: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Our prediction: Your daughter will be smart and independent. She also might be a little quick to judge a book (or man) by its cover.

Ella
Book
: Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
Our prediction: Your daughter will be headstrong and smart, and won’t wait for a prince to come save her.

Emma
Book:
Emma, Jane Austen
Our prediction: Your daughter will certainly be smart and beautiful, but she may overestimate the skill with which she sets up her friends.

Eva
Book: Tenth of December, George Saunders
Our prediction: Your daughter will have a strong sense of social justice, and it might sometimes get her (and you, by extension) into trouble.

Harper
Book:
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Our prediction: She’ll be fascinated by your shut-in neighbor. Also, she won’t write much, but when she does it’ll be incredible.

Julia
Book:
1984, George Orwell
Our prediction: She’ll pass notes in class, and they’ll all say “I LOVE YOU.”

Lily
Book
: House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
Our prediction: She won’t be able to choose between a popular prom date and a nerdy one, so she’ll just end up not going.

Lucy
Book
: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Our prediction: If she goes missing, look for her inside large cabinets, cupboards, and other pieces of furniture.

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Madeline
Book:
The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
Our prediction: In college, she’ll get really into nineteenth century love stories and get caught in a love triangle.

Maya
Book
: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Our prediction: Your daughter will have a beautiful way with words, and will be an incredibly successful poet.

Mia
Book
: The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
Our prediction: She’ll be an ugly duckling in high school until she grows out of her awkward phase. She’ll also need an algebra tutor.

Penelope
Book
: The Odyssey, Homer
Our prediction: Her husband will travel a lot for work, and she’ll loyally fight off suitors during his absence. But she’ll be skeptical of his identity when he returns home.

Samantha
Book
: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Our prediction: She’ll be a heartbreaker in high school, and be really, really into The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

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Sarah
Book: Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan
Our prediction: In addition to being plain and tall, your daughter might consider becoming a mail-order bride. Keep an eye on that.

Scarlett
Book
: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Our prediction: Your daughter will be very intelligent, but sometimes kind of a brat. You might tell her the dog needs to be fed, only to get the response: “Frankly, mother, I don’t give a damn.”

Sophie
Book:
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
Our prediction: Your daughter will be excellent at breaking codes, but might have some weird ideas about being a direct descendant of Jesus.

Victoria
Book
: The Visible Man, Chuck Klosterman
Our prediction: Your daughter will become a therapist, and will do some ethically questionable things when she takes on a particularly unusual patient.

Violet
Book:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Our prediction: She’ll chew gum obsessively, and she’ll have an inexplicable aversion to blueberries.

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