Top Ten Character Names I Love


toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m a name nerd who spends hours upon hours looking at baby names for characters, electronics, and anything else I can name (usually because I can’t find a damn name I like), so this week’s theme is PERFECT for me to jump into Top Ten Tuesday regularly with. I feel like I’m going mad having two reviews a week and nothing else. I want to have more fun! That’s what blogging is supposed to be, right? Anyway, my top ten favorite character names with reasons why that will probably make you laugh at me:

1. Esme Rockett (Sister Mischief by Laura Goode)- First off, I think Esme is a gorgeous name. It reminds me of jewels. Second, HER LAST NAME IS ROCKETT. Rockets are awesome enough, but it looks even better with that extra t on the end just chilling. Changing/adding/subtracting just one letter from a name can make a huge difference in how I perceive it. The girl is a rockstar (actually, she’s a rapper, but you know what I mean) with a name like that.

2. Katharine Tulman (The Dark Unwinding/A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron)- I’m very picky with how the name is spelled–I prefer Katherine and typically revile all spellings of it that start with a C–and at first glance, the spelling here bothered me because WRONG WRONG WRONG. Unlike most alternate spellings of names, this one grew on me and I really, really like it now.

3. Eleanor Fitt (Something Strange and Deadly/A Darkness Strange and Lovely/Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard)- Okay, so I didn’t like Eleanor’s book so much (I still want to read on in the series because I have a good feeling about it), but I love her name. Eleanor is typically not a favorite of mine because it’s a little too retro for my tastes, but pairing it with Fitt as a surname made it work for me all of a sudden. A too-sweet older name balanced out by a curt, harsh surname. Yesss.

4. Vanessa Adler (Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black)- I didn’t like this book either and I’m far from alone in not liking it, but Vanessa is another favorite name. It looks so pretty and sounds so smooth when you say it and– You know what? Let’s cut that off there before this turns into a love letter to that name. Now that I think about it, I like an unusual number of names where the surname is significantly shorter than the character’s given name. I think it gives a nice effect of balance to a name.

5. Audrey Whitticomb (Dark Star/Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette)- Confession: Audrey is one of my favorite names. I could fill in any novel with a character named Audrey in this slot. Like most, I associate it with the glamorous Audrey Hepburn and even on its own, the name Audrey looks fancy. If I were a more outgoing girl who dug all the fancier things in life, I’d want my name to be Audrey because it fits so perfectly.

6. Briony (Chime by Franny Billingsley)- It’s not a name I would use myself, but I LOVE the name Briony whether it’s spelled that way or spelled as Bryony. It sounds lovely and it looks pretty too. Not necessarily neat, but unusual and lovely that way.

7. Every princess’s name in Entwined by Heather Dixon- There’s Azalea, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Eve, Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, and Lily. Seeing as there are twelve of them, I had to squeeze them all into one number because they would have made up the entire damn list otherwise. I’m really fond of nature-like names and though the cast has a questionable name in Kale, I genuinely like all the princesses’ names. What can I say? I have a weakness for nature names.

8. Alona Dare (The Ghost and The Goth/The Queen of the Dead/Body & Soul by Stacey Kade)- Rarely is a character’s name so perfect for them. Alona comes off as a preppy name to me and Alona is pretty to the extreme. Good God, this girl. Also a good, unique name for a cheerleader, which she also is. Dare works as a verb and as a mutilated descriptor. There’s little she doesn’t dare to do.

…Hey, I had to make a pun somewhere in this post. Deal with it.

https://i1.wp.com/d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1371053613l/13626692.jpg9. Julie Beaufort-Stuart (Code Name Verity/Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein)– Can’t say much about this one for reasons, but it sounds so regal and royal and matches its character perfectly even if we don’t learn it until… Nope. Nope. Not gonna say it.

10. Nikki Beckett (Everneath/Everbound/Evertrue by Brodi Ashton)- It’s got such a nice, bouncy rhythm when you say it, Nikki Beckett, Nikki Beckett, Nikki Beckett,… All those k sounds together sound nice instead of harsh and it’s pleasing to the eyes.

Now indulge my name-nerdiness. What did y’all come up with? I want to see! Feel free to tell me whether or not I made sense in the reasoning for any of my picks too.

Ashleigh

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Character Names I Love

  1. Oh, it surprised me when I saw a TTT for this blog in my reader but I like it. I’m glad you’re making it a regular thing!

    “Changing/adding/subtracting just one letter from a name can make a huge difference in how I perceive it.” Same. I’m such a sucker for peculiar spelling. Yess. Katherine is my favourite spelling, too.

    I full-on support your Audrey analysis. That name is all kinds of awesome. I prefer the English pronunciation of Julie to the French one. I can totally indulge in your name-nerdiness. I love it. I adore this list.

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