Women in British history A-Z by first name

Identify these female historical figures from Britain or having a role in British history.
It is not suggested that these were the most important women starting with that letter.
Ordered by first name.
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Last updated: June 27, 2022
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Ruled Mercia. Left only female-to-female succession in Britain until Mary-Elizabeth
Wife of Æthelberht of Kent, canonised for support of Augustine and spread of Christianisation
Bertha of Kent
Along with her mother, leader of the WSPU
Christabel Pankhurst
British-Zimbabwean author, recipient of the Nobel for literature, known for 'The Golden Notebook'
Doris Lessing
19th century prison reformer, previously on Bank of England 5 pound note
Elizabeth Fry
Helped "Bonnie Prince Charlie" escape after Culloden
Flora MacDonald
12th century Welsh princess led army against Anglo-Normans
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd
Author of 'Cheap Repository Tracts', 18th century moral pamphlets
Hannah More
Crowned Robert Bruce at Scone
Isabella MacDuff
Novelist best known for 'Pride and Prejudice'
Jane Austen
First wife of Henry VIII, his struggle to get an annulment from her fuelled him to support the English Reformation
Katherine of Aragon
"Mother of the Welsh steam coal trade", first exporter
Lucy Thomas
First female Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
First female MP who took up her seat
Nancy Astor
British-American actress in the period of 1930s-1980s, most known for Melanie in 'Gone with the Wind'
Olivia de Havilland
Artist in the British pop art movement
Pauline Boty
Archer who won gold at the 1908 Olympics
Queenie Newall
18th century Scottish woman imprisoned by her husband on St. Kilda after she threatened to reveal his Jacobite activities
Rachel Chiesley (Lady Grange)
17th century courtier, influential on Queen Anne, Keeper of the Privy Purse
Sarah Churchill
Suffragette who whipped Winston Churchill in the face in 1909
Theresa Garnett
4th century Christian saint, in whose honour the Virgin Islands were named
Saint Ursula
19th century ruler, crowned Empress of India
To marry her, Edward VIII abdicated
Wallis Simpson
Sister of Nicholas II of Russia, lived in Britain from the Revolution to 1960
Xenia Alexandrovna Romanova
Policewoman shot in front of the Libyan embassy in London 1984, leading to an 11 day siege and a break off of diplomatic relations
Yvonne Fletcher
Member of the equestrian team that won silver in the 2012 Olympics
Zara Phillips
Level 66
Mar 29, 2021
X and Z are a bit tenuous, I know. Will gladly accept suggestions if anyone knows of any more suitable figures.
Level 58
Dec 16, 2021
I'm male, and I'm not a historian or even a history buff so I may not be your target audience and may not be best placed to judge, but I am at least British and something of a quizzer, and quite a few of these seemed very obscure, not just x and z. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing to have some hard questions.

There's not a huge amount of time.

Not sure why Katherine of Aragon is spelled with a K, especially when the etymology is Spanish.

You could maybe be a bit more generous with the spelling as well. I knew C and O and tried several possibilities, but couldn't get them quite right.

Level 65
Dec 16, 2021
Her name is spelled with a "K" in several places. She seemed to vacillate between the two. However, on her effigy at Peterborough Cathedral(placed by Queen Mary (George V's wife), it is spelled "Katharine Queen of England".
Level 66
Jun 27, 2022
Thank you for your comment! I have extended the time by 2:30.

I made this quiz because I saw a few historical quizzes focused on people, including one on historical figures A-Z, and found them male-dominated. Given the unequality of history, this wasn't surprising, but I wanted to do one specifically about women to have a quiz with this focus instead.

The issue with X and Z wasn't so much that they were both obscure, but that they fulfil the role of being women in British history less - X because she was not British and was not particularly notable in a British context, Z because she's still alive. But I was struggling to think of alternatives, so there they went. In terms of general obscurity, there were some I found it difficult to find a person for and I didn't want to have too many answers that often show up on jetpunk quizzes, though I kept Jane Austen, Victoria, and Wallis Simpson.

Level 69
Dec 16, 2021
Can you accept their surnames? I didn't get a few of these because I was typing surnames instead of full names
Level 70
Dec 16, 2021
I agree with you
Level 66
Jun 27, 2022
No problem! Surnames should work now (except for the ones known only by one name).