Female names of literary origin, A-F

Do you guys like literary names?
I love so many of these! Most of them actually. In fact, I think if I lived in an English-speaking country I could consider some of them as names for my potential children.
I particularly love Amaryllis, Araminta, Ariel, Celia (I didn’t even know it is a literary name, I knew it was Shakespearean but not that Shakespeare used it first), Belphoebe, Clarinda, Clarissa (I could actually use Clarissa in Poland on a real life child very happily), Cordelia, Dulcinea, Ethel, Evangeline (again, had no idea it was literary!) and Fiona. Which literary names out of these do you like? 🙂

Onomastics Outside the Box

Cosette on first-edition 1862 Les Misérables cover, by Émile Bayard

While all names necessarily have to be invented at some point, names created for literary characters are usually more recent creations than other names. Their staying power and popularity seems to hinge on how well they blend into the language of origin; i.e., do they sound like actual names, or do they only work in a fictional world?

This post only covers names invented for fictional characters, not names which already existed but only became popular after their use in literature.

Albena is the heroine of Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov’s 1930 play of the same name. It may be based on the word alben, a type of peony.

Amaryllis is a character in Virgil’s epic poem Eclogues. The name comes from the Greek word amarysso (to sparkle). The amaryllis flower is named from Virgil’s Amaryllis.

Aminta is a…

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4 thoughts on “Female names of literary origin, A-F”

  1. My stepsister’s name is Celia!! I don’t love the name, but I love her!! 😀

    One name I love is one I encountered in a play I was required to attend for a college class. The name was Thyona, and I sort of fell in love with it. It’s like a mixture of Fiona and Thea, neither of which I’m in love with alone, but Thyona just looks so pretty.

    Also from literature, I love Jane (from Jane Eyre). Jane is an abiding classic.

    And, let’s see… I love the name Laura from Little House in the Big Woods. Um… I love Meggie from The Thorn Birds… I guess I’m biased there! 😀 (Not that I’ve ever gone by Meggie, but I think it’s adorable.)

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      1. Really? It’s not so trendy over here, but I can imagine it being trendy elsewhere! Funny fact: since I grew up half-deaf, I always thought it was pronounced LAW-ruh. But apparently, everyone but me says LORE-uh.

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