Monday, October 21, 2013

TTT: Character Names I Love

Top Ten Character Names I Love:
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different Top Ten list topic that a bunch of bloggers take and make their own list of those things.

This was a very difficult for me to narrow down because, as it happens, I have a thing for awesome names (particularly in books). I read a lot of fantasy and weird and awesome names kind of come with the territory. Here are thirteen of my favorites. (I also narrowed it down to only girl names because if I'd had both on here the list would have been way longer. But if you're wondering my favorite guy name from a book is probably Percy or Finnikin.)

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)1. Isaboe
As if being awesome and complex wasn't good enough for Isaboe, she has a freaking fantastic name. It's so buoyant sounding (I'm not sure if that makes sense, but that's the only way I can think to put it.)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

2. Annabeth
On the surface it sounds so much like a classic, but with an interesting twist. I also love the double possibility for nicknames.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)3. Tris
What I love most about this name is what Veronica Roth did with it. I love how she used Beatrice and Tris as different facets of Tris' personality. (Plus Tris just sounds kick-butt.)

The Fault in Our Stars

4. Hazel
I have always loved this name. My family is convinced that it's an "old lady name," but I think it's adorable. Also I think Hazel and Grace sound really cute together.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland, #3)5. September
You hear a lot of other months used as names (June, May, or April), but I never even considered this one until I read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. But then it grew on me quite a bit.
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

6. Ismae
This one just kind of rolls off the tongue. It's tough and soft sounding at the same time.

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
7. Thalia
(And since this is apparently up for debate, I pronounced it Th-alia. Not Talia like some *cough*Hollywood*cough*). It's kind of the same deal as Ismae. It sounds hard and soft all at the same time.
Fairest (Enchanted, #3)
8. Aza
I have adored this name since I first read Fairest as a elementary student. It's just pretty. No other reason needs giving.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
9. Alina
Another twist on a almost traditional sounding name. I also think it matches Alina's personality well though I can't put my finger on exactly why.
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)

10. Reyna
I'm not even sure why I like this one so much. Reyna just sounds like a kick-butt name.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
11. Calaena
So pretty and fantastical sounding. It's perfect for the setting as well.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
12. Luna
Just magical. Not going to lie, I wouldn't mind if my name was Luna. (Sure, it gives people an excuse to call you Loony, but it'd be totally worth it.)

Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)13. Miri
A pretty twist on Mary. It's also really cool looking and very fun to write out.


  1. You've got some beautiful names on this list. I really like the name Alina :-)

  2. I chose Tris too for a similar reason. I love how she chooses her name for herself and then because the person she wants to be. That's a really powerful idea.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
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  3. I also have Alina on my list -- such a beautiful name! Great list :)

  4. Some beautiful names on the list, I was tempted to put Tris but ended up putting Four - I know it's a nickname but I kind of liked it more than his real name!!! My TTT

  5. I really like the name Annabeth too. One of my favorite names is Annabelle, but Annabeth is right up there. It's such a friendly name, and it's very girly.

  6. Love love love Thalia, it's so beautiful!
    Great picks!

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  7. This week was hard for all of us over at the blog, so many amazing names to choose from! Looks like you had no trouble at all. ;) Great picks!

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    Andy @ Owl Always Be Reading

  8. I loooove the name September! I love all "monthly" names, but September and April are by far my favourites. Alina is also pretty!

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