Monday, October 21, 2013

Top (Not) Ten Character Names I Love
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Related: Character's I'd Name My Children After

I was originally going to open this post with my weekly lament of how haaaaaard it is to limit myself and how I hate to leave off so many worthy names and not do them justice and blah blah blah, but obviously that lament is not necessary, because obviously I have about a hundred million names on here (math is not my strong suit). I REALLY LOVE NAMES, OKAY?

From YA Lit:

Lola Nolan and Calliope Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door
Lirael from Lirael
Cassia from Matched
Blue Sargent and Gansey from The Raven Boys
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series
Cress and Linh Cinder from Cinder and Cress
Persis Blake and Elliot North from Across a Star-Swept Sea and For Darkness Shows the Stars
Araby Worth from Masque of the Red Death
Seraphina from Seraphina
Sophia Petheram from Strands of Bronze and Gold
Sophronia from Curties and Conspiracies
Trisana Chandler from the Circle of Emelan series

From my childhood:

Lyra from His Dark Materials
Felicity Merriman from her American Girl series
Ramona Quimby from the Ramona series
Arrietty Clock from The Borrowers
Coraline Jones
Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

From classic literature:

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Cassandra Mortmain from I Capture the Castle
Atticus Finch and Calpurnia from To Kill a Mockingbird
Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride
Briony Tallis from Atonement
Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind
Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre
Ebeneezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol
Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Lucy Honeychurch and Charlotte Bartlett from A Room With a View
Anne Elliot and Elizabeth Bennet from Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice
Catherine Morland and Emma Woodhouse from Northanger Abbey and Emma
Emma Bovary from Madame Bovary
Flora Poste from Cold Comfort Farm
Anna Karenina from Anna Karenina
Sherlock Holmes from the Sherlock Holmes series
Major Major Major Major from Catch-22
Eustacia Vye from The Return of the Native
Dorian Gray and Sybil Vane from The Picture of Dorian Gray
Ichabod Crane (or, in his present incarnation, Ichahotbody Crane) from The Legend of Sleepy Hallow

From Shakespeare:

Juliet Capulet from Romeo and Juliet
Viola from Twelfth Night
Cymbeline from Cymbeline
Cordelia from King Lear
Miranda and Prospero from The Tempest

So. Yeah. Overboard? Nooooooo. Going to skip all the "What makes a good name?" clever-ing I might have done and just end now. Finally.


  1. Oh I LOVE Calliope! Totally forgot that one! Beautiful list!

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    1. I just think Calliope Bell is the loveliest name. I keep saying it out loud!

  2. I LOVE Gansey and I totally forgot about Lyra but I love that one so much too

    1. Love the name Gansey AND the character. Totally one of my book boyfriends!

  3. Woah--- holy amazing list!! If I have another baby, forget baby naming books--- I'm coming here! haha

    Awesome names- Arrietty, Briony, and Cordelia! Ahh and Atticus!! OH--- heck yeah Veruca Salt!! LOVE THIS LIST!

    1. LOL, Betty, your future theoretical children will be awesomely named!! (I wouldn't recommend Veruca, though!)

  4. LOVE that gif; cracks me up. I'm a big fan of Miranda from Shakespeare too. Such a pretty name. Character names are awesome!

    1. When/if I have children, they will definitely have character names!

  5. Amazing list. I also have Atticus on my list. I think Roald Dahl came up with some AMAZING names.

    1. SO many brilliant Roald Dahl names! It was hard to limit myself to just one

  6. I'm going to get kind of obsessed with this weeks TTT because I love names too.

    I actually know someone called Sophronia, but she shortens it to Sophie - I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.

    1. Noooo, she's wasting her Sophronia! It IS a bit of a mouthful, though, so I guess I understand :)

  7. I love Calliope and Cricket. I thought it was cute how Stephanie Perkins did the twin thing.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
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    1. It was cute! I have a twin brother, but are names don't match or are cute in any way. Sigh.

  8. Such a long list! And there are so many names here that I love! Ichabod Crane (mmm Tom Mison), Seraphina, Katniss and Luna. :)

  9. So I just saw your new header and I looooooooooove it. So awesome.

    And thanks, thanks for getting that song stuck in my head.

    Calliope made my list too, and Lola almost did but I tried to limit myself.

    Blue and Gansey! I can't believe I forgot about them. I love their names.

    And Luna. I forgot Luna. I fail at life.

    I considered Sohpronia too. It's such a unique name.

    Lyra made my list because loooooooooove.

    Yes to Holly Golightly and Inigo Montoya. The name Briony actually made my list as well, but from a different book. I just like saying Anna Karenina.

    1. Awww, thanks, girl! And yeah. Major earworm on that gif.

  10. I can't believe I forgot about Lola, Cricket and Calliope! Great picks there.

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  11. Great List!! I considered adding Cricket Bell and Gansey to my list, but somehow I came up with some others. I did include another HP and Stephanie Perkins character though.

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  12. Some really great names, His Dark Materials made me fall in love with the name Lyra, I think it's beautiful! It was so hard to pick ten so I just went for the first ten that popped into my head! My TTT

    1. My problem, clearly, was that wayyyy more than ten popped into my head!

  13. Blue and Gansey are my fav. Maggie's killing me w/this six book thing. I want to read it all NOW! =) Great post!

    1. I think there's only four books in the series, but still-- FOUR!!! I want all the Blue and Gansey I can get as soon as I can get it!!

  14. LOVE your lists! And especially Lirael, Luna, Ichabod and Cymbeline! Ah, there are so many wonderful names out there... thanks for sharing. *grin*

    1. Thanks for liking! There are so many gorgeous names in the literary world!

  15. I LOVE Calliope Bell! I can't believe I forgot that one.

  16. As a fellow name nerd, I reserve the right to be a quick name snob and fight you over some of these names. Guuuuurl, Persis? Elliot on a girl? Nope. Nope. No. Bad. ;) But yeah, you had a lot of names! I stuck to ten and reasoned them out in a variety of odd ways (rhythm, association, look, feel, etc.) because I'm that kind of nerd.

    Y'know, I think any weird-ass name is made awesome when paired with the last name Jones. Another example like Coraline is Sandinista Jones from... I think it was called The Sharp Time? Whatever it was, it had personified tampons that just about killed Renae.

    Also, have you read Entwined by Heather Dixon? I'm not sure if you have. If you haven't, DO IT. Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, all the girls have adorable/nature-themed names, it's really fun if somewhat slowly paced, and it's the cutest damn thing even when it gets serious. I'd take it over ninety percent of Disney movies any day. Hell, it would MAKE a great Disney movie! Get on it. Pretty please? Preeeeetty pleeeeeease?

  17. This week was hard for all of us over at the blog. So many names to choose from! Looks like you had no trouble at all. ;) Great picks!

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    Andy @ Owl Always Be Reading

  18. Hahaha Well, no one would ever accuse you of doing things by halfsies. I see your Atticus and Ebeneezer, but Anna Karenina made it on a different kind of list for me this week... :) Great list!

  19. Okay, I love the names, Calliope, Luna, Cress, Sophronia, Felicity (My favorite American Girl!), Darcy, Elizabeth, Flora (I think of the fairies from Sleeping Beauty!), Juliet, and Viola! Love your list! :)

  20. I LOVE Seraphina and Viola. And I can't believe I forgot Atticus! I'm such an idiot sometimes.

  21. Great list! I've forever been in love with the name Anna Karenina!

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    Karla @ Silver Readings

  22. Ha ha! You really need to either have a bunch of children or get some pets so you can use those names:) Great list!

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  23. Lyra was an interesting name.

    Love the Ichabod nickname. He is a looker.

    love the list even if it was longer than 10 :)

    Books Buying Beauty

  24. Yep, as soon as I saw this Top Ten question my mind went way back to my past and I just had about a million names swarm my brain. Now when I'm reading everyone's lists I'm like how did I forget that name!? Like everyone from The Raven Boys. Sigh. Great list!!

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  25. I was not able to do this one and looking at your list is making me so upset about this! :(

  26. Gansey! Love! <3 So many amazing names on your list. Thank you for sharing sweetie :)

  27. Math is your weak suit? Or maybe your slightly buffed-up suit.

    Too many names to sum up which ones I like. Basically, if it has Ls, Rs, Ys, Hs, CHs, AEs and Cs, in it, I'll probably adore it. So there you go. I've made it awfully specific for you.

    Ha, I only learned last year that Darcy's first name was Fitzwilliam. That is one weird ass name. *hides*

    LOL at your separate Shakespeare section. Way to show off your bookishness.


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