Inspire me - girls' names from nature or literature...

(37 Posts)
lurcherlover Sat 12-Jan-13 20:10:44

Dd due in April and we're struggling for a name. But we both love reading and nature (especially birds) so perhaps there's something there...I've looked through Shakespeare, and love Emilia, but DH isn't keen. My other literary heroines don't have names I particularly like (Lydia, Josephine, Nell...) and we don't like flower names. So ruling those out, can anyone think of names with a literary connection or which link to nature?

greenandcabbagelooking Sat 12-Jan-13 20:18:41

Nature names

Rowan
Eden
Willow
Clover
Autumn
Summer
Hazel

Lit. names
Helena or Helen
Hermione
Miranda
Cassandra
Tess
Lara
Scarlett

WhereMyMilk Sat 12-Jan-13 20:19:30

Tess
Darcy
Erm...will try to think of more

StellaNova Sat 12-Jan-13 20:22:07

Linnet

StellaNova Sat 12-Jan-13 20:28:27

Paloma means dove, I think.

belindarose Sat 12-Jan-13 20:30:30

Julia (Flyte) - my DD.

Love Helena too. And Claudine.

lucysnowe Sat 12-Jan-13 20:30:41

Loveday, just because. Perdita. Prosperpina. Cordelia, Imogen...

amazingmumof6 Sat 12-Jan-13 20:48:48

Ophelia (Hamlet)

Tara & Scarlett (gone with the wind)

Adele (the awakening)

Elinor (sense & sensibility)

Maretha (the piano lesson)

Mayella (to kill a mocking bird)

Amelia (Vanity fair)

Pearl (the scarlet letter)

Pheobe (the catcher in the rye ,also New Testament in the Bible)

Vivienne (can't remember, other than the film Pretty woman...)

nature - Willow, Zoe (means life, alive), Eve (means life),

Check out http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/category-nature-names.html#continue for more nature names

devonsmummy Sat 12-Jan-13 21:06:12

Amber
Raine
Wren
Skye
Willow
Autumn
Summer
Kitty
Flora
Hazel

schmee Sat 12-Jan-13 21:08:02

Literary ones are difficult as I guess you want them to be strong characters... So, please not Mayella - maliciously accuses a man of rape. Scout is nice though grin.

lurcherlover Sat 12-Jan-13 21:12:40

Thanks guys. I've ruled out a lot of Shakespeare because they meet sticky ends (so no Ophelia!), as does poor Tess. Imogen we both like, so that's a contender. I adore Loveday but it'll be too out there for DH I expect. Perdita is gorgeous but not with our surname. Mayella...she's not a great role model, is she? Phoebe is good and not one I've really thought of. I love Linnet, but I guess it'd get shortened to Lin and people wiuld think it was Lynn? Lots of food for thought, thanks!

lurcherlover Sat 12-Jan-13 21:13:13

X-post schmee grin

TwllBach Sat 12-Jan-13 21:17:26

Willa.

I can't remember why it's a literary name though... But it definitely is. And it's almost like willow, so it's a cross over!

Will out.myself here but my DD is named for two female characters in books from.my childhood: Meg Alice.

I would love to use Matilda next but don't want two woth the same initials.

I would like to carry on the literary connection but not sure what names to go for.

GetMeToAPunnery Sat 12-Jan-13 21:18:28

Dorothea, heroine of Middlemarch
Melissa, meaning honeybee

EvilTwins Sat 12-Jan-13 21:21:16

My DDs both have literary names, though one has more positive connotations than the other. One is Daisy Ophelia (I know Ophelia doesn't have the nicest of stories but love the name) and the other is Emily Miranda (David Copperfield is one of my all time faves, though again, Little Em'ly doesn't have the best ending. Miranda fares better in The Tempest)

I love Fleur, if we are lucky to have another daughter, this is the name I have chosen. I just love the sound of it,the shape of your mouth when you say it and also what it means

and I would of course give her the nickname of 'petal' grin

elfycat Sat 12-Jan-13 21:48:33

Elanor - Flower from Lorien in the lord of the rings (and Samwise Gamgee's daughter)

lollydollydrop Sat 12-Jan-13 23:14:32

Wren instantly came to mind as soon as I read your post!

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Sat 12-Jan-13 23:16:52

Lake

Cathycat Sat 12-Jan-13 23:30:42

What about Emily? Emily Bronte, she loved nature, writer of Wuthering heights...?

metimeatlast Sun 13-Jan-13 00:04:12

Beatrix, as in potter?

SVN Sun 13-Jan-13 07:41:01

Lark
Wren
Jonquil
Robin
Paloma (means dove in Spanish apparently)
Raven
Aderyn
Teal
Jemima (means dove as well)

Cressida
Ottilie
Hero
Beatrice
Elfine
Fanny (snigger...snigger)
Lydia
Marianne
Daisy
Cassandra
Sabrina
Elinor
Esther
Harriet
Flora
Isolde
Bianca

Willabywallaby Sun 13-Jan-13 07:47:24

Heather
Fern

willowstar Sun 13-Jan-13 09:08:39

Wren

delilah88 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:30:42

Josephine
Jane
Alice
Kate
Laura
?
Or on the wilder side:
Daphne
Viola
Ariadne
Isolde!!

delilah88 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:31:27

Sorry - saw you'd got Josephine down as a no-go after posting. I will retract it and give you Marianne instead. And Dorothea.

Yika Sun 13-Jan-13 09:39:11

Jay
Fern
Summer (etc)
Skye
Muriel (means shining sea)
Oceane
Raine
Jade

mumzy Sun 13-Jan-13 09:42:32

Rosalind
Wren

Bonsoir Sun 13-Jan-13 09:43:47

My DD is Flora. I looked at all the Shakespearian names too, but for one reason or another none of them would do.

DebK2012 Sun 13-Jan-13 10:19:54

What about April!

schplappo Sun 13-Jan-13 16:19:52

How about:
Flora
Laurel
Juniper
Starling
Linnet (Linnie for short)
Fern
Fawn(?)
Bea
Holly
Ivy
Rosemary
Sorrel
Plum
Hazel
iris (if not too flowery)

Or:
Rebecca
Jane
Emma
Elizabeth
Rosamund
Sara
Nancy
Peggy
Anne
Anna
Georgina
Charlotte
Emily
Bronte
Cressida
Viola
Dinah
Agatha

Sorry if these are repeats - haven't read all the other posts!

OliviaPeacein2013Mumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 13-Jan-13 16:25:38

Friend has a middle name of Sage
Also Melissa has honey-roots.

LittleBoxes Sun 13-Jan-13 16:32:28

My dd's name covers both - it's Sorrel. It's from Curtain Up by Noel Streatfeild, now annoyingly known as 'Theatre Shoes'.

Willabywallaby Sun 13-Jan-13 18:09:28

I think I like Sorrel.

telsa Sun 13-Jan-13 19:21:49

Bird related names that I think pretty

Avila
Evelyn
Oriole
Philomena
Phoebe
Raven
Rima
Sirena
Zipporah

SVN Sun 13-Jan-13 20:03:20

Oh yes, I like Sorrel as well.

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