Top Ten Tuesday – Unusual Character Names

Posted October 22, 2013 by shooting in Uncategorized / 25 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday comes from The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names

I’m not going to specify what side of this week’s topic I’m choosing, because my favorite character names tend to be the more unusual/unique ones.

1. Draco Malfoy – I love that his first name means Dragon; it’s very suitable for this prickly character.

2. Sherlock Holmes– his name just seems to scream intelligence. It’s a smart-sounding name.

3. Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo– the Princess Diaries books are enjoyable, and I just love Mia’s full name – very fun to try and say!

4. Severus Snape– yes, another Harry Potter name, and the last, I promise! I just think this one is suitable for his character.

5. Katniss Everdeen– one of those instances where the name describes the character so well, and I just love how pretty it sounds, despite it’s oddness.

6. Holden Caulfield– I like that the first name almost seems to say “hold em'” which means sense if you’ve read The Catcher in the Rye.

7. Atticus Finch – the name just makes me smile; it sounds like it belongs to a great guy.

8. Newland Archer– this is a character from The Age of Innocence. I just love the way the name sounds!

9. Dorian Gray – love how posh this name sounds!

10. Dean Moriarty– character from On the Road. I love how the name exudes cool and ease, just like the character behind it.

25 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Unusual Character Names

  1. I love all your picks! Holden C. is a fantastic and memorable name, and ALL the Harry Potter names are fabulous and most of them mean something, which I appreciate. And Newland Archer is an excellent-sounding name.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Harry Potter has some of the weirdest but most unique names. So does The Hunger Games–I read somewhere that they all came from actual words. Like Peeta is from Pita (a bread) and so on.

    Lovely post, hun! <33

  3. Lol I remember Amelia! I always wanted to have a middle name so I could feel like princess myself xD Anyhow I love your list and most of these would be on mine too. I'd just add Chaol from Throne of Glass 🙂

  4. What a great post, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo is a great example.

    You do realise I'm now going to spend the day thinking of which characters would feature on my list.

  5. I love the name Katniss as well. And Dorian Gray DOES sound posh! I like the name Draco, but all I can picture is HIM so I wouldn't probably ever use it for a pet or something.

  6. Oh wow, I LOVE your choices. If I had participated this week, I wouldn't have been very creative – I would have just chosen all HP names, haha. But you came up with a whole range of names. I love how you pointed out how cool or intelligent or posh or how much of a great guy the names make the character sound – I've never considered your examples before, but you are SO right! Great choices and reasonings, Lauren!

  7. Some of these names seemed so strange at first but they're part of the culture now and seem perfectly normal lol

    Not that I would want to name my kid Sherlock though

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