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Girls names in children's fiction

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hockeyforjockeys Mon 27-Jun-11 12:29:50

This is purely hypothetical as I don't have any child on the way (for the time being), but I've always fancied giving my (imaginary) daughter a middle name that is from a children's book. I loved reading as a child, and always thought it would nice to be able to share a name with a really good character. So thinking about it I've come up with:
Matilda and Sophie (Roald Dahl)
Lucy (Narnia)
Georgina (Famous Five)
Hermione (yes way too obvious!)
Charlotte (ok is a spider but still)
Lila (couple of Philip Pullman books)

There must be plenty of others, any suggestions?

onadifferentplanettoday Mon 27-Jun-11 12:32:14

Amy (Little Women) very last minute choice of name for my dd having watched the film at 40 weeks!

pinkgirlythoughts Mon 27-Jun-11 12:35:34

Just thinking of characters I liked as a child....

Alice (in Wonderland)
Susan (Narnia)
Darrell (Mallory Towers)

Zaft Mon 27-Jun-11 12:37:07

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (Little Women)
Mary (The Secret Garden)
Katy (What Katy Did)

hockeyforjockeys Mon 27-Jun-11 12:38:59

Susan, noooo! Way preferred Lucy as she wasn't all prim and proper (same with George over Ann in the Famous Five!). Darrell rocks though!

poppyknot Mon 27-Jun-11 12:44:48

Arrietty from the Borrowers! As they all had 'borrowed' names that were a bit different from the originals I felt that this name was almost mine.....

SenoritaViva Mon 27-Jun-11 12:49:27

Anne (of green gables) but not so keen on the name
Nancy or Peggy (Blackett from Swallows and Amazons the other two were Susan and Titty, neither of which I am so keen on!)

meditrina Mon 27-Jun-11 12:49:52

Isn't it Lyra in the Pullman books? (Or am I thinking of diffent ones?)

Loveday Minette (The Little White Horse)
Josephine (The Chalet School Books)
Annabeth (The Percy Jackson books)
Alice (in Wonderland)
Clara (The Nutcracker)

hockeyforjockeys Mon 27-Jun-11 12:56:34

meditrina - you're right about the Dark Materials (which is what I was getting confused with), but Lila is in Pullman's The Firework Maker's Daughter. Not sure about Loveday though!
Senorita - if they were twins could double up with Blyton and have Titty and Fanny!
Thought of another one - Carrie (as in Carrie's War)

giddly Mon 27-Jun-11 13:01:53

Marianne / Marnie from "When Marnie was there"
Kizzie from "the Diddaquoi"
Sarah from " a little princess"

snailoon Mon 27-Jun-11 13:04:38

Laura (Ingalls Wilder)

pozzled Mon 27-Jun-11 13:12:26

I love the name Lyra but DH wouldn't go for it. So we used Eve instead, sort of half-referring to His Dark Materials. And DD2 has Anne as a middle name- I'm a big Green Gables fan.

lizziebennet Mon 27-Jun-11 13:14:33

Milly Molly Mandy
Katie Morag

Hedwig3 Mon 27-Jun-11 13:35:41

Alfie stories:
Annie Rose

Enchanted Wood:
Fanny grin

Brambley Hedge:

swash Mon 27-Jun-11 13:54:44

I adore the name Kizzy/Kezia, which was the Diddicoy. Always wanted a dd with that name, but DH said no way. I did go for another childhood heroine, though.

BikeRunSki Mon 27-Jun-11 13:59:35


Joking aside, I am named after the heroine of my dad's favourite book. (Alice (in wonderland))

thumbwitch Mon 27-Jun-11 14:12:18

Emily (from the New Moon)
Carlotta (from teh St. Clare's books)
Drina/Andrina (from the eponymous ballet books)
Jenna from a book I read about a mischling, second degree - but when I looked it up on Amazon it seems to have been written autobiographically by Ilse Koehn - don't know if her friend was called Jenna or she originally wrote it with the heroines as being Jenna - it's nearly 30y since I read it last.
Cecily (from the Woolpack)

PssstOverHere Mon 27-Jun-11 14:18:32

Girls names from the Beatrix Potter books, apologies for the capitals the list is just copied and pasted:


I choose my DDs name from a Beatrix Potter book smile

BellaBearisWideAwake Mon 27-Jun-11 14:19:16

Elsie, Clover, Cecy from What Katy Did
Rose, Lilly from What Katy Did At School
Pippi, Annika from Pippi Longstocking
Darrell, Sally frommallory Towers

Trinaluce Mon 27-Jun-11 14:41:09

Actually quite like the idea of using Mallory from Mallory Towers!

On the other hand, Alicia and Gwendolen for me are both ruled out by MT...

Didn't really read much growing up, I think I'm limited to the following boys' names:
Diggory (Narnia)
George (George Speaks)
Stanley (Flat Stanley!)

Janoschi Mon 27-Jun-11 14:49:48

I loved Swallows and Amazons as a kid but would really balk at using Titty! But I would definitely consider Peggy, Nancy and Bridget.

Ramona was pretty spunky and I loved What Katy Did so I'll add Katy too.

oohlaalaa Mon 27-Jun-11 15:26:38

As a child I was always going to call my daughter Lorna, as I thought Lorna Doone was the most beautiful name. I had a picture book called Lorna Doone.

pinkthechaffinch Wed 29-Jun-11 11:45:52


You can't name a girl baby Anna Maria after Samuel Whisker's flipping wife!!

That's just wrong!

saffy85 Wed 29-Jun-11 11:53:50

Sophie- BFG
Beth- Little Women
Wendy- Peter Pan
Annie Rose- Alfie stories

thesurgeonsmate Wed 29-Jun-11 11:54:29

Dido (Joan Aiken books, Nightbirds on Nantucket et al.)

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