Girls Names After Strong Women

[name_m]Hi[/name_m] all,

Looking for some girls names after strong women in history, either historical figures or feminist figures. Some examples would be [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] (after [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] of [name_f]Aquitaine[/name_f]), [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] (after [name_f]Empress[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]) or [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] ([name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_m]Butler[/name_m]).

Open to any kind of name - vintage, or more modern and quirky. Also names that mean strong, independent, anything like that. Particularly interested in badass historical women though!

TIA!

I don’t know if your counting biblical names but just in case:
[name_f]Esther[/name_f] - for [name_f]Queen[/name_f] [name_f]Esther[/name_f] in the story of Purim

Otherwise
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] - [name_f]Earhart[/name_f]
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] - a ton, but I was thinking [name_f]Cady[/name_f] [name_m]Stanton[/name_m]
[name_f]Susan[/name_f]/[name_f]Susannah[/name_f] - [name_f]Susan[/name_f] B. [name_m]Anthony[/name_m]
[name_f]Aretha[/name_f]/[name_f]Francesca[/name_f] - [name_f]Aretha[/name_f] [name_m]Franklin[/name_m]
[name_f]Emily[/name_f] - specifically thinking [name_f]Bronte[/name_f], but there are probably others
[name_f]Bronte[/name_f] - same as above
[name_f]Maya[/name_f]/[name_f]Angelou[/name_f] - [name_f]Maya[/name_f] [name_f]Angelou[/name_f]
[name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] - Plath
[name_u]Temple[/name_u] - Grandin
[name_f]Sophia[/name_f] - can’t really think of any namesakes rn, but it means wisdom and I find that to be a strength
Beren - means strong and smart
[name_f]Millicent[/name_f] - means strong
[name_u]Artemis[/name_u]/[name_f]Hestia[/name_f]/[name_f]Persephone[/name_f] - all goddesses in Greek mythology. [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] was considered the patron(patroness?) of unmarried women, [name_f]Hestia[/name_f] protects the hearth or home, and in some versions of the original myths [name_f]Persephone[/name_f] went into the underworld willingly. [name_f]Athena[/name_f] also counts for this but if you’re looking purely at namesakes I’d stay away from [name_u]Demeter[/name_u], [name_f]Hera[/name_f]/[name_f]Juno[/name_f], etc. (also realized that idk if you would count those as historical figures but they’re good namesakes anyway).
[name_f]Rosalind[/name_f] - [name_m]Franklin[/name_m], was one of the scientists that discovered DNA.

I’ll probably think of more later, but this is all I have for now!

[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] was my first thought for you! [name_m]How[/name_m] about . . .

[name_f]Frida[/name_f]
[name_f]Lucille[/name_f]
[name_f]Gloria[/name_f]
[name_u]Simone[/name_u]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f]
[name_f]Emmeline[/name_f]
[name_f]Marguerite[/name_f]
[name_f]Alice[/name_f]
[name_f]Barbara[/name_f]
[name_f]Coretta[/name_f]
[name_f]Ruth[/name_f]
[name_f]Diana[/name_f]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f]
[name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Greer[/name_f]
[name_u]Truth[/name_u]
[name_f]Helene[/name_f]
[name_f]Doris[/name_f]
[name_f]Roxane[/name_f]

[name_f]Emmeline[/name_f] (Pankhurst)
[name_f]Ada[/name_f] ([name_u]Lovelace[/name_u])
[name_f]Margaret[/name_f] ([name_m]Thatcher[/name_m])
[name_f]Florence[/name_f] ([name_u]Nightingale[/name_u])
[name_f]Jane[/name_f] ([name_u]Austen[/name_u])
[name_f]Diana[/name_f] ([name_u]Spencer[/name_u])
[name_f]Victoria[/name_f] ([name_f]Queen[/name_f])
[name_f]Catherine[/name_f] (the Great)
[name_f]Isabella[/name_f] (of Castile)
[name_f]Virginia[/name_f] ([name_m]Woolf[/name_m])
[name_u]Simone[/name_u] (de Beauvoir)
[name_f]Grace[/name_f] ([name_u]Hopper[/name_u])
[name_f]Frida[/name_f] ([name_f]Kahlo[/name_f])
[name_f]Theodora[/name_f] ([name_f]Empress[/name_f] of Byzantium)
[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] (Rathbone)
[name_f]Zora[/name_f] ([name_u]Neale[/name_u] Hurston)
[name_f]Clara[/name_f] ([name_m]Barton[/name_m])
[name_f]Laura[/name_f] (Bassi)
[name_f]Emily[/name_f] (Hobhouse)
[name_f]Rachel[/name_f] ([name_u]Carson[/name_u])
[name_u]Eliot[/name_u] ([name_m]George[/name_m])
[name_f]Alice[/name_f] (Milliat)
[name_f]Ruth[/name_f] (Handler)
[name_f]Sophie[/name_f] ([name_m]Blanchard[/name_m])

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[name_f]Christina[/name_f] ([name_f]Queen[/name_f] [name_f]Christina[/name_f] of [name_u]Sweden[/name_u])
[name_f]Theodora[/name_f] (Byzantine empress)
[name_f]Sappho[/name_f] (poet)
[name_f]Hypatia[/name_f] (mathematician and astronomer)
[name_f]Emmeline[/name_f] (Pankhurst)
[name_f]Constance[/name_f] (Markievicz)
[name_f]Hildegard[/name_f] (of Bingen)
[name_f]Odette[/name_f] (Hallowes)
[name_f]Violette[/name_f] (Szabo)
[name_f]Artemisia[/name_f] (Gentileschi)
[name_f]Georgia[/name_f] (O’[name_m]Keefe[/name_m])
[name_f]Livia[/name_f] ([name_f]Drusilla[/name_f])
[name_f]Ada[/name_f] ([name_u]Lovelace[/name_u])
[name_f]Mary[/name_f] (Anning - and probably lots of other namesakes as well)
[name_f]Mileva[/name_f] (Marić)

Oh what a great thread :’)

[name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] or [name_u]Billie[/name_u] (after singer [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] [name_m]Fagan[/name_m] aka [name_u]Billie[/name_u] [name_f]Holiday[/name_f])
[name_u]Marie[/name_u] (Curie, a pioneer in Chemistry and Physics on radioactivity. Won 2 Nobel Prizes.)
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] ([name_f]Earhart[/name_f])
[name_f]Louisa[/name_f] and/or [name_f]May[/name_f] ([name_u]Alcott[/name_u] produced the first literature for juvenile girls in the 19th century. [name_m]Little[/name_m] Women was one of 270 works she published.)
[name_u]Joan[/name_u] (of [name_m]Arc[/name_m])
[name_f]Frida[/name_f] (Khalo)
[name_f]Harriet[/name_f] (Tubman)
[name_f]Victoria[/name_f] (Woodhull. First woman to be nominated and campaign for the U.S. presidency.)
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] ([name_m]Blackwell[/name_m]. First woman in the world to graduate from medical school.)
[name_f]Hypatia[/name_f] (Known as the ancient world’s most famous woman mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer.)
[name_f]Zora[/name_f] ([name_u]Neale[/name_u] Hurston, an anthropologist and folklorist.)
[name_u]Nikki[/name_u] ([name_m]Giovanni[/name_m], African-American poet)
[name_f]Georgia[/name_f] (O’[name_m]Keeffe[/name_m], American painter)
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] ([name_m]Baker[/name_m] was a dancer who found fame in [name_u]Paris[/name_u], helped with the Nazi resistance, and worked for racial equality.)
[name_f]Jane[/name_f] (Goodall)
[name_u]Toni[/name_u] ([name_m]Morrison[/name_m] won the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, and is known for writing about the black woman’s experience.)
[name_f]Florence[/name_f] ([name_u]Nightingale[/name_u] practically invented the profession of nursing.)
[name_f]Marsha[/name_f] (P. [name_m]Johnson[/name_m] and) [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] (Rivera, both key figures in the gay liberation movement.)

It’s a love it or hate it kind of name, but [name_f]Eugenie[/name_f] - after the [name_f]Empress[/name_f] [name_f]Eugenie[/name_f], is a good one.
She was described as “An early feminist, she was pushing for female education and advocating the recognition of women’s achievements in literature, arts, and education. That her efforts were largely unsuccessful was the fault of the society she lived in. The reforms she championed came too early”. I think it’d make a good middle name.

I also like [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] (Plath), [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] ([name_m]Parks[/name_m]), [name_f]Cleo[/name_f] ([name_f]Cleopatra[/name_f]), [name_u]Marie[/name_u] (Curie), [name_f]Zelda[/name_f] ([name_m]Fitzgerald[/name_m]), and [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] ([name_u]Atwood[/name_u]).

[name_f]Amelia[/name_f]- [name_f]Earhart[/name_f]
[name_u]Joan[/name_u]- of [name_m]Arc[/name_m]
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]- I and II and Fry
[name_f]Mary[/name_f]- I and II and Seacole and [name_u]Shelley[/name_u]
[name_u]Anne[/name_u]- [name_f]Queen[/name_f] and [name_m]Frank[/name_m]
[name_f]Victoria[/name_f]- [name_f]Queen[/name_f]
[name_f]Emmeline[/name_f]- Pankhurst
[name_f]Emily[/name_f]- [name_m]Davison[/name_m]
[name_f]Rosa[/name_f]- [name_m]Parks[/name_m]
[name_f]Emma[/name_f]- [name_m]Watson[/name_m]
[name_f]Michelle[/name_f]- [name_m]Obama[/name_m]
[name_u]Marie[/name_u]- Curie
[name_f]Jane[/name_f]- [name_u]Austen[/name_u]
[name_f]Catherine[/name_f]- the Great
[name_f]Maya[/name_f]- [name_f]Angelou[/name_f]
[name_f]Ada[/name_f]- [name_u]Lovelace[/name_u]
[name_f]Edith[/name_f]- Cowan
[name_f]Rosalind[/name_f]- [name_m]Franklin[/name_m]
[name_f]Margaret[/name_f]- [name_m]Thatcher[/name_m] (although depends on your view of her)
[name_f]Florence[/name_f]- [name_u]Nightingale[/name_u]
[name_f]Frida[/name_f]- [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f]
[name_f]Diana[/name_f]- [name_u]Spencer[/name_u]
[name_f]Teresa[/name_f]- Mother
[name_f]Virginia[/name_f]- [name_m]Woolf[/name_m]