Baby & Toddler

The Best Jane Austen-Inspired Baby Names

by Liz Lesnick

Photo credit: Elena Litsova Photography, Moment Open/Getty Images

July 18th marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute to one of English literature’s greatest novelists than to name your baby after one of Austen’s memorable characters. After all, isn’t it a truth universally acknowledged that a family in possession of a baby must be in want of a name?

Here are some lovely baby names inspired by Jane Austen’s works.

  • Girls

  • Anne

    from Persuasion

    Persuasion’s Anne Elliott is Austen’s oldest heroine who has seemingly missed out on her one chance for love and marriage. She personifies her name, which means grace or favor, and favor does indeed come to her in an unexpected happy ending.

  • Elizabeth

    from Pride and Prejudice

    I’d like to think that even if I were Lady Catherine de Bourgh, I would love the name Elizabeth. One of Austen’s most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet personifies intelligence, wit, strength, and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to admit when she’s wrong and learn from her mistakes.

  • Elinor

    from Sense and Sensibility

    I have a soft spot for Elinor Dashwood, the sense in Sense and Sensibility. Yes, she can be serious and practical to a fault, but I prefer to see her as steadfast, loyal, and loving — all qualities that I would love my daughter to have. Parents get extra points for using Austen’s less common spelling.

  • Emma

    from Emma

    Who can the resist the irrepressible, magnetic, lovely, and feisty Emma Woodhouse? After learning from her disastrous forays into matchmaking, Emma finds love and contentment with Mr. Knightley. She truly personifies her name which means complete, whole, and universal.

  • Unisex

  • Darcy

    from Pride and Prejudice

    I’m taking poetic license with this suggestion — after all, Mr. Darcy’s first name is Fitzwilliam — but I’ve always loved this name. I would be thrilled if my son or daughter proved to be as devoted to their friends and loved ones as Mr. Darcy.

What other Jane Austen characters do you love? Share with us in the comments below!