One of the most inspiring places to search for baby names is within the pages of your favorite books. It's less conspicuous and popular than choosing a name from the top 100 charts, or even from a family member, and is instantly classy and timeless. No matter the gender of your baby, there are so many baby names inspired by feminist book characters that would make perfect namesakes and examples as your child grows up.
Books are powerful, and the characters inside them even more so. They can spark social change and personal reflection and can be passed down from age to age, never loosing their relevance. Not all of these book characters are obviously feminist, but they all have one thing in common, they either stand up for women or grow up to become empowered and independent women themselves. Many of them come from eras when women were very suppressed and definitely not empowered, making their rebellion and independence even more inspiring.
Whether you're having a boy or a girl, these names will start your kid off on the right foot, setting an inspiring example and teaching them that feminism isn't just for women and definitely isn't just a modern issue.
1. Jane From 'Jane Eyre'
Though it's been a popular name throughout history, Jane from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is a particularly empowering character. Despite her tragic childhood, Jane rises above and never doubts her potential and intelligence. Her name means "God's gracious gift" and is the perfect vintage sounding name for a little girl.
2. Lyra From 'His Dark Materials'
3. Rhett From 'Gone With The Wind'
Though Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind isn't generally top on the list of literary men who stand up for women's rights, surprisingly, he fits the bill. Though he often gets fed up with Scarlett's antics and selfishness, he merely wants her to get out of her own way to achieve her full potential. The name means "advice" and is a masculine name with plenty of history.
4. Anne From 'Anne Of Green Gables'
Anne means "grace," and fittingly so. Anne from Anne of Green Gables is awkward, lovable, and grows to be full of grace and wisdom, despite her many blunders. She's not afraid of doing things typically reserved for men and never lets her gender get in the way of what she can or can't do.
5. Beatrice From 'Much Ado About Nothing'
6. Scout From 'To Kill A Mockingbird'
7. Jo From 'Little Women'
Jo, or Josephine, from Little Women becomes a talented writer during a time when women weren't allowed to hold many professions. She rose above her circumstances in an inspiring and empowering way, making the name, meaning "Jehovah increases," a great option for boys (Jo) and girls alike.