You may not know this, but I am a total name nut. Seriously, Santa has been brining me baby name books since I was in my teens. So this weeks Top 10 Tuesday, a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is right up my alley. It took me a long time to narrow my list down to just ten names. Just to clarify, these aren’t my favorite baby names based on literary characters (for example I love Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing or the names Darcy and Bennet from Pride and Prejudice). These are names of characters that I think are particularly inspired within their books. Also I only allowed one name from each book (this was particularly hard for Harry Potter).
Here’s my list. Let me know what your favorite book character names are in the comments!
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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Character Names”
Interesting how many of your name choices are also are where the name appears in the title. I agree with most of these but would have had to go with Severus Snape. Almost all Harry Potter names are amazing – Luna Lovegood anyone.
Ooh, I like Severus Snape, too. Along with Luna Lovegood. -RB
Luna Lovegood was a close second to Neville. I also had Minerva McGonagall on my favorite names from Harry Potter list.
I have Atticus Finch on my list as well 🙂 I really love that name!
It is such an amazing name. I think it’s so cute that parents have started using it more.
I like the name Dorian Gray as well. And the name Huckleberry Finn just makes me smile. -RB
It definitely takes someone with a sense of humor to come up with Huckleberry as a name!
Squirrel Nutkin is a marvelous name, and I haven’t even read it! I also think Peter Pan and Scarlett O’Hara fit beautifully. Here’s mine: http://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/top-ten-literary-character-names/ (with bonus top 10 celebrity names)!
Thanks! I loved your list. You turned me on to some names I hadn’t heard before.
Squirrel Nutkin is from the Peter Rabbit books. He is very naughty, but he was always my favorite (perhaps because of the name). Although it was hard choosing between him and Jemima Puddleduck (also in the Beatrix Potter books) for this list.
Gahhhhh, I love names too!
Good picks, Alison!
Holly and Scarlett are some of my faves. Wonderful list 🙂
Thanks! This has definitely been my favorite top 10 tuesday yet!
J. K. Rowling is the queen of character names. I’m partial to Sabriel (Sabriel by Garth Nix) and all of the names in the Avatar series (Aang, Katara, Toph, Sokka). Love all of the names in Lord of the Rings.
Forgot about Lord of the Rings names – agree they are all great!
I can’t believe I forgot the names from Lord of the Rings … or The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins is one of my favorite character names.
Mr Knightly. A more apt name I can’t imagine, Kudos, Jane Austen. Almost any Dickens character from Chuzlewit to Peerybingle. Shakespeare’s Bottom or Puck. But no list would be complete without Thwackum — the merciless tutor of Tom Jones who claims to value Religion above all else, but is only out for himself.
Tom Jones almost made it on my list (especially because I had a professor named Tom Jones who is the one who assigned that novel more to read). Totally agree about Mr. Knightly … also Shakespeare an Dickens were naming geniuses. Oliver Twist definitely should have been on my list … also all the names from The Tempest are in my heart.