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Princess Names

Little girls the world over love to be pretend princesses.

From Nefertiti to Disney animation here is a look at some royally inspired names for the new little princess in your life.

Little is known about Princess Nefertiti but she reigned as the Queen of Egypt alongside Pharaoh Akhenaten from 1353 to 1336 B.C.E. Most known for her painted sandstone bust which was rediscovered in 1913, Nefertiti is thought to have been a great beauty and one of the most powerful women in ancient Egypt.

In modern times, one of the more well known royal families, the British Royal Family has been represented by a number of strong, well educated princesses including Princess Alexandra of Kent, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, Princess Diana, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the newest little princess, Princess Charlotte.

American Hollywood royalty Grace Kelly, a picture of elegance, became a real life princess in 1956, when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Many names simply mean princess including the classic Biblical name Sarah and one of its' modern forms, Sally.

In fiction, no has brought us more princesses than Disney Studios which considers eleven of its characters Official Disney Princesses. Demure, graceful and compassionate the original princesses included Snow White (Snow White), Cinderella (Cinderella) and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). During Disney's renaissance more independent, adventurous and detemined princesses were created including Ariel (The little Mermaid), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Jasmine (Aladdin), Pocahontas (Pocahontas) and Mulan (Mulan). The more modern young princesses are bright and capable and include Tiana (The Princess and the Frog), Repunzel (Tangled) and Merida (Brave).

Of course there was also the awkward Mia Thermopolis of The Princess Diaries as well as the interegallactic princess, Princess Leia played by Carrie Fisher. From the original Star Wars film to the recent blockbuster Star Wars The Force Awakens, Princess Leia is a swashbuckling, intelligent and determined young woman.