Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Today we’re sharing our favorite unique or unusual character names!

1. Sira Quiroga from “The Time In Between.” It’s one of the most beautiful names I’ve come across this year.

2. Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Seems like a good name for a slightly magical girl with blue hair, plus it has special meaning in-book.

3. Sabriel. I pronounce it like “saber,” so it helps drive home just how dangerous this character can be.

4. Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials. One of my all-time favorite character names.

5. Ananth Panagariya. Does it count if it’s a real person’s name? Because Ananth is the best name.

6. Mr. Motley from “Perdido Street Station.” This mob boss has had so much genetic modification that it’s impossible to tell what he actually looks like.  He’s just a mass – or motley – of limbs and faces and skin and fur and scales.

7. Sam from LOTR. These books are full of good names – Gandalf, Gollum, Eowyn, Galadriel – but none is more perfectly named than Samwise Gamgee.

8. Alberich from the Valdemar books.  I’m not even sure how it’s supposed to be pronounced (Alba-rick? Alba-rich?), but it’s the perfect name for a curmudgeonly weaponsmaster.

9. Toypurnia from “Zorro.”  Zorro’s Native American mother is named and modeled after a real-life Tongva woman who led a resistance against Spanish colonists in the 1780s.

10. Artemis. I love her because she’s the goddess of the hunt and protector of young women, but I also love that her name doesn’t end with a traditionally feminine vowel – especially since the Artemis Fowl books kind of took the name for their male character. I just love the idea of preteen readers looking up stuff about him and discovering the original Artemis, and then Greek mythology as a whole.


2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names

  1. Yay, Karou! I completely love that name, it’s so unique and fitting.

    I really wanted to put some names from LotR on my list but there were too many to choose from. Seriously, my list would probably include all of the characters.

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