Written by Hannah Tenison for Nameberry.com
Fiery and feisty princess Merida has come bounding into the spotlight with the release of the newest animated Pixar film, “Brave,” and with her, a whole slew of marketing fixated on the newest animated princess. With all the recent focus on royal ladies, it seems only fitting to take a look at all the other fictional princesses and the world of princess names. These fictional princess names range from strong, to elegant, to frilly -- just right for a modern day little girl. Here are some of the best, from Arwen to Zelda, Aurora to Rosalina.
The name of the fair and noble elven princess of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is mystical and lovely, evoking images of ethereal forests and an ancient, delicate beauty. A legitimate Welsh name, <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Arwen" target="_hplink">Arwen</a> means "noble maiden."
Otherwise known as Briar Rose, Princess <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Aurora" target="_hplink">Aurora</a>, of Sleeping Beauty fame, may not have had the best time pre-prince -- she pricked her finger on her spindle and was trapped in a tower by the malignant Maleficent, but her name is far from dark. The radiant Aurora was the Roman goddess of dawn, and is also associated with the scientific term for the Northern lights, Aurora borealis. Nickname <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Rory" target="_hplink">Rory</a> lends the decidedly whimsical name a tomboyish feel.
AZALEA She's the name of a vivid pink flower, and the princess heroine of the novel "Entwined." With both the new popularity of floral names and its lyrical, ending-in- "a" feminine sound, shared by top names Olivia and Sophia, it's a wonder <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Azalea" target="_hplink">Azalea</a> has yet to blossom. Singer Azealia Banks may help give it a boost.
Celestia and Luna
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Celestia" target="_hplink">Celestia</a>, meaning "heavenly," and Luna, "moon," are two colorful pony princesses whose names sound just as a lovely as their meanings. While Celestia remains rare, not even starring in the top 1000, <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Luna" target="_hplink">Luna</a> has been leaping up the charts, now hanging at number 278 -- probably due to her Harry Potter exposure.
A daisy is a bright, happy flower -- in the Victorian language of flowers, it meant "innocence," or "purity," and, in addition to the blythe brunette Princess <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Daisy" target="_hplink">Daisy</a> of Mario, there's also a appropriately sweet and simple maid named Daisy in the popular Masterpiece Classic series, "Downton Abbey," and of course, The Great Gatsby's Daisy.
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Fiona" target="_hplink">Fiona</a> was introduced to Americans by way of 1954's "Brigadoon," but it was coined back in 1762 by James Macpherson, a Scottish poet -- and few names are seen as more quintessentially Scottish. Nabbed by Dreamworks' cursed princess, Fiona is now mostly associated with a green ogre in a gown, but it's still a strong, yet feminine name that's not yet over-used.
"Kilala Princess" is a romance and adventure manga series with a princess-obsessed, but otherwise normal heroine -- but <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Kilala" target="_hplink">Kilala</a> ends up meeting her prince and becoming a princess herself! Her sprightly name fits right in with other mega-popular "l" appellations, like Layla and Lily, and even features that trendy K beginning. Wonder if Kourtney Kardashian's considered it yet?
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Leia" target="_hplink">Leia</a> hasn't seen quite the usage that her twin brother, Luke has, and it's really a shame. Its similarity to Biblical Leah means that it's not altogether unfamiliar, and its pronunciation, "lay-uh," is the way top-of-the-charts name in Europe (currently number 2 in France) -- <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Lea" target="_hplink">Léa</a> -- is pronounced. Leia was a gutsy, capable princess, and would be a worthy namesake for any Star Wars fan, or anyone who wants to guarantee their little Léa gets the correct pronunciation.
Melodious <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Melisande" target="_hplink">Melisande</a> -- few names can compare to her elegant beauty, and with the release of the 1982 Rankin and Bass film "The Flight of Dragons," she became a verifiable princess. Parents considering French names for their daughter who want something just a bit more unusual than Elodie or Amelie might consider the more elaborate Melisande.
Ofelia, the courageous young girl of the haunting film "Pan's Labyrinth," is actually Princess Moanna, and both her names are fittingly exotic and mysterious. Though the princess <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Moanna" target="_hplink">Moanna</a> is Spanish, her name is actually Hawaiian, meaning, "ocean."
Rose names like Rosalie and Rosemary are gaining popularity, especially among berries -- but <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Rosalina" target="_hplink">Rosalina</a> has yet to be embraced. The name of one of Mario's princesses, Rosalina is the Latinate variant of Rosaline, a romantic Shakespearean moniker, and her frilly sound is perfect for a contemporary princess.
Princess Zelda's Theme
I know this one took a while but here it is the orchestrated version of Princess Zelda's theme done by Hyrule Symphony
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