10 girl’s names from classic literature

Choosing a baby’s name is tough. There’s such a huge choice and so much potential but what if you choose the wrong one??! I spent most of both my pregnancies pondering and discussing with my husband what our babies’ names should be. Now my boys are teenagers and I can’t imagine their names being anything else. Whatever you choose, your baby will grow into their name so the only thing to do is make sure it’s a name you love.

I thought it would be fun to write a series of blogs on baby names, to give you some inspiration. I’m starting with girl’s names that can be found in classic literature because, as you know, I love books! What better way to encourage a love of books, than to give your baby a literary name.

Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Meaning: From the Old French escouter “to listen”


Tess from Tess of the D’Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy

Meaning: Harvester; to reap


Penelope from The Odyssey
by Homer

Meaning: Weaver, worker of the loom


Anna from Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

Meaning: Full of grace


Rebecca from Rebecca
by Daphne Du Maurier

Meaning: Join, tie, snare


Antonia from My Antonia
by Willa Cather

Meaning: Priceless, praiseworthy and beautiful


Dorothea from Middlemarch
by George Eliot

Meaning: Gift of God


Rosalind from As You Like It
by William Shakespeare

Meaning: Beautiful rose


Pearl from The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Meaning: Pearl


Estella from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Meaning: Shining star

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