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Baby names from Jane Austen novels

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In high school, you fell for Mr. Darcy. You saw yourself in Emma, the clever matchmaker. You devoured each one of Jane Austen's novels, wrapped up in the romance and wit. Let that love of literature shine now by choosing your baby's name from among her wealth of characters.

Baby girl names

Baby girl

Austen specialized in early 19th century heroines. She gave them sweet, common names that masked that strong (and often headstrong) personality beneath. The names she chose were so common, in fact, that she repeated many of the names throughout her many novels and short stories.

  • Alicia Johnson, Lady Susan
  • Anne Elliot, Persuasion
  • Augusta Watson, The Watsons
  • Bella Knightley, Emma
  • Betsy Price, Mansfield Park
  • Caroline Otway, Emma
  • Charlotte Lucas, Pride and Prejudice
  • Clara Partridge, Emma
  • Dorothy, Northanger Abbey
  • Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
  • Elizabeth 'Eliza' Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
  • Emma Woodhouse, Emma
  • Emily, Northanger Abbey
  • Fanny Brandon, Sense and Sensibility
  • Frederica Susanna Vernon, Lady Susan
  • Georgiana Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
  • Hannah, Emma
  • Harriet Harrington, Pride and Prejudice
  • Henrietta Musgrove, Persuasion
  • Hetty Bates, Emma
  • Isabella Thorpe, Northanger Abbey
  • Jane Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
  • Jemima, Persuasion
  • Louisa Hurst, Pride and Prejudice
  • Lucy Gregory, Mansfield Park
  • Lydia Bennet,Pride and Prejudice
  • Margaret Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
  • Maria Lucas, Pride and Prejudice
  • Martha Sharpe, Sense and Sensibility
  • Mary Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
  • Penelope Watson, The Watsons
  • Sally, Sense and Sensibility
  • Selina Hawkins, Emma
  • Sophia Grey, Sense and Sensibility
  • Susan Vernon, Lady Susan

Baby boy names

Jane Austen's male characters are a classy lot. Dashing, rich, and witty, designed to make any woman swoon. We aren't often privy to their first names, knowing them instead as simply Mr. Surname. It's fortunate, then, that surnames as first names have come into fashion over the last few decades.

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