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Page 1/11. Names from literature, from the 17th century up to more modern times, are a rich source of imaginative names. 216 Literary names and what they mean, for literary, character, novel, book, fictional, myth, romance for baby girls, listing 1-20. Here is the list of Literary names for boys.

Adela .. The name died out in England in the later Middle Ages, and was revived in the 19th century, being the name of a character in Johann Strauss's opera "Die Fledermaus" .. It was also made popular in the 1930s as the name of a character in the novels of Dornford Yates ..
[Adalia, Adalie, Adele, Adelia, Adelita, .. 5 more]

Alcina .. Literary: Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto used the name Alcina for a mistress of alluring enchantments and sensual pleasures in the 16th century Orlando poems.
[Alcee, Alcine, Alcinia, Allcine, Allcinia, .. 5 more]

Amanda .. Literary: poets and playwrights brought this name into popular usage in the 17th century ..
[Amada, Amandah, Amandi, Amandie, Amandine, .. 10 more]

Amber .. Amber became popular in the 1960s due to the Kathleen Winsor novel and film, "Forever Amber" ..
[Ambar, Ambereen, Amberetta, Ambre, Ambur]

Amelia .. Henry Fielding may possibly have first coined it for the heroine of his novel "Amelia" (1751), though forms such as Meelia, Amaly, and Aemelia existed since the 17th century ..
[Aemelia, Aimiliona, Amalea, Amalee, Amaleta, .. 42 more]

Angharad .. Angharad Golden Hand is a character in the "Mabinogi" ..

Antonia .. Willa Cather novel "My Antonía" ..
[Anteunette, Anthonia, Antoinette, Antoinetta, Antonella, .. 32 more]

Arden .. Literary: the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" was a magically beautiful place ..
[Ardeen, Ardena, Ardene, Ardenia, Ardin, .. 1 more]

Aria .. In music, an aria is a solo performed by the leading character in an opera.

Ariel .. Literary: Shakespeare gave the name to a prankish spirit in "The Tempest" ..
[Aeriel, Aeriela, Aeriell, Arie, Ariela, .. 6 more]

Armida .. First used in the 16th century by Italian poet Torquato Tasso for a character in an epic poem "Gerusalemme Liberata", meaning "Jerusalem Liberated".

Arwen .. Literary: an elf maiden in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", where in the elven language, Arwen means "noble woman".

Ashley .. Literary: there is a character Ashley Wilkes in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" ..
[Ainslaeigh, Ashalee, Ashalei, Ashelei, Asheleigh, .. 17 more]

Audrey .. Literary: Shakespeare used the name for Touchstone's comic sweetheart in "As You Like It" ..
[Audelia, Audene, Audessa, Audi, Audie, .. 12 more]

Augusta .. Literary: P ..
[Agostina, Agustina, Asta, Auguste, Augustia, .. 12 more]

Ayla .. Literary: Ayla is the heroine of Jean Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear" series.

Azalia .. Azaliah is a male name meaning "reserved by God" in Hebrew, and is borne by a minor biblical character.

Azania .. From the male name Azaniah, borne by a minor biblical character ..

Azaria .. The name is borne by a number of minor male characters in the Bible ..

Bailey .. Initial popularity of Bailey was due to a character in the 1980s television series "WKRP in Cincinnati".
[Bailee, Bailei, Baileigh, Bailie, Bailley, .. 11 more]

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Literary names: Adela, Amanda, Amber, Amelia, Antonia, Aria, Ariel, Armida, Ashley, Audrey

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Literary names: Augusta, Ayla, Azaria, Bailey

Adela, Amanda, Amber, Amelia, Antonia, Ariel, Armida, Ashley, Audrey, Augusta and Bailey are commonly used names, while Alcina, Angharad, Arden, Aria, Arwen, Ayla, Azalia, Azania and Azaria are rare in comparison. (2000 U.S. Census)

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