Names from A Little Princess


“Everything’s a story – You are a story – I am a story.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote two of my favorite childhood novels, saracA Little Princess and The Secret Garden. (You can read my post about names from The Secret Garden here Originally published in 1905, A Little Princess is a classic tale with beautiful names. I’ve been quite nostalgic lately and many names that I am loving come from the stories that illuminated my childhood. So, let’s explore just a few of the names from this timeless story!

Sara – You can’t help but love, relate to, and feel for sweet Sara lppCrewe. After watching the Shirley Temple film version of this story, I changed the spelling of one of my dolls names from Sarah to Sara. Either way you spell it, Sara is a timeless Hebrew name that very fittingly means “Princess”. Last year Sara was number 154 in popularity in the United States. Most popular in the 1970’s-1990’s, Sara has never been lower than #157 in the charts. In a sea of modern invented names, there is something sweet about this enduring little name.

Emily – I had a doll named Sara and Sara Crewe had a doll named Emily. Emily comes from the name Emil meaning “rival”. Emily is currently number 7 in popularity and has been a top 10 name for girls in the U.S. since 1991. It’s not surprising to me that Emily is so popular. It has a sweet, familiar sound and wonderful literary ties to amazing women like Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.carriage

Ermengarde – Yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful. Yes, it sounds similar to the popular “ermahgerd” meme. Still, I must confess I think that this name is a whole lot of fun! Ermengarde is on of my favorite “guilty pleasure” names. It’s grand, it’s fun to say, and it always reminds me of A Little Princess. Ermengarde is a German name meaning “universal protection”. As nostalgic as this name is for me, I don’t know that it’s quite ready for a comeback.

Lottie – The name Charlotte is quickly rising in the charts. Lottie is a diminutive name that comes from Charlotte meaning “free man”. I think Lottie is so precious! It also reminds me of The Phantom of the Opera. Lottie has a sweet, vintage, old-timey charm to it. It is by far my favorite nickname for Charlotte.

Becky – Another diminutive name, Becky comes from lpneighborRebecca/Rebekah, which is a Hebrew name meaning “servant of God”. Becky has a sweet-as-apple-pie, wholesome sound. A few other literary Becky’s include Becky Thatcher from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair.

Lavinia – Lavinia has a distinctively feminine, elegant, Victorian vibe. A striking Latin name meaning “from Lavinium”, Lavinia has not been in the top 1,000 since 1929. With the rise of other vintage beauties like Olivia and Violet, I’d love to see Lavinia come into fashion.

“All women are princesses , it is our right.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Delight in your inner Princess/Prince!

3 responses to “Names from A Little Princess

  1. “Yes, it sounds similar to the popular “ermahgerd” meme.” Haha! Thank you for including that. lol! …Oh I like Lavinia most!

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