Character names are tricky business, almost as tricky as baby names. (Almost, because at least your characters can’t hate you for the rest of your life if the name is not up to their tastes.) So, naturally, in today’s Top Ten Tuesday we shall combine the two and pick ten characters after whom I’d totally name my kids after.
You’ll notice that I picked names that are more on the normal, maybe even boring side of things. But as original and beautiful as fantasy names can get, I couldn’t possibly do that to my kids. Not after experiencing so much grief over my own name and its spelling. Which both limited my choices and LIMITED MY CHOICES.
For the girls…
5. Danielle “Dani” O’Malley from Fever universe by Karen Marie Moning
As one of my absolute favourite characters in the Fever books pointed out, Dani is the kid who lives to the fullest and is so glad to be alive. She doesn’t spend her days moping or hoping. She acts. It doesn’t hurt that the name Danielle is beautiful.
(Hilariously enough, Dani hates when someone calls her Danielle.)
4. Victoria Slade from Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
Honestly, I would name a girl after any of Julie James’ heroines simply because she writes my absolute favourite type of female characters. Driven, ambitious, loving, caring, and a tad obsessed with shoes. Why wouldn’t I name my own daughter after someone like that?
(Plus, I do adore the name Victoria. It sounds mighty.)
3. Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girls series by Cecily von Ziegesar
Confession time: I haven’t actually read the GG books. But I do adore the first season of the TV show which is based – rather loosely – on the novels so that counts, right? Right?! (No.)
I do adore the name Blair though. Sadly, I cannot the same for the few fictional Blairs I’ve encountered in my bookish journey… (One example would be Blair from Too Far series by Abbi Glines. Ugh, the annoyance levels!) Blair Waldorf, though? My queen.
2. Meghan Chase from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Problematic is usually what I call my relationship with Meghan Chase. For the first two books in the series, she made me want to hit myself with said books. How could someone be so annoying?! But then, the third book happened and my world just casually went upside down. Because when I put the book down, I had a moment of wow, FAVE HEROINE. What. WHAT.
But ridiculous or not, Meghan is a very, very pretty name. (I’d just pray every day my kid gets straight to Meghan 3.0., or something.)
1. Jessica “Jesse” Hauptman from Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Same as with Dani, Jesse herself is still a kid. A lovely, lively girl whose daughter-father relationship always makes me warm and fuzzy. Something to aim for, that’s for sure! I’m still catching up on the series, and one of the things I am really, really looking forward is her relationship with Mercy.
(Jessica as a name though. So lovely. Especially when Adam says it as Jesse.)
For the boys…
5. Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
I recently had to dig out the Bloodlines books for the sake of a bookstagram picture and was surprised to discover that nope, my teenage crush on Adrian has not diminished. If anything, it might have gotten stronger.
(Also, I am quite surprised at how common a name Adrian actually is. You learn something new every day.)
4. Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
At this point, I don’t think there is a single person in my life who doesn’t know about my love for Ronan Lynch. Like, son. SON. I probably wouldn’t name my own son Ronan, but I would consider it for a middle name.
(Although I gotta say, not being Irish myself… It might feel a bit weird. But Ronan. Ronan.)
3. Andrew Minyard from All For The Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic
I don’t think I’ve ever thought about name Andrew until the pint-sized Minyard came crashing into my life. Now I cannot unthink about it. Surprisingly, before The Foxhole Court, I often thought about the name Aaron? Not for my kids necessarily, but just in general. Now the connection to the other pint-sized Minyard is too strong.
(Kind of snorting, though, because Andrew as a baby. Baby Andrew. Ha.)
2. Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
The spelling of his name might be a bit unusual, but there is something almost charming about it? Plus, out of all the TMI series, Jace is the only one who managed to stay totally loved by me until the very end. It used to be a teenage crush, of course, but eventually I switched to MY SUNSHINE SON you don’t deserve all what’s happened to you but I love you and I’m glad you’re happy now. You know, the usual.
(Honestly though, sometime I just go on Goodreads to reread some of his quotes and they always, always put me in a better mood. Such a sassy boy, this one.)
1. Neil Josten by All For The Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic
What a fine, fine name. Just like Neil, haha. And what a fine, fine character. I could go on and on about Neil as a narrator and Neil as a protagonist, but that is… unadvisable. Might go on for days. Or weeks. Let’s just say, Neil Josten is amazing, deserves all the love and happiness in the world, and I would totally name my kid after him.
(Funny – sad? – thing is, I really, really like the name Nathan. But naming a kid after Nathan or Nathaniel Wesninski is kind of… Yeah…)
What are some literary character names you really like? And would you name your kid or pet after a character you love but whose name is one of those that no one knows how to pronounce?