Every Tuesday, That Artsy Reader Girl hosts the Top Ten Tuesday. This week, we are going to take a look at top ten favourite character names. One of the hardest things for writers is coming up with an original name for their characters. Let’s face it, there are many books out there and many names have been re-used, but some writers just manage to create such unique names with unique characters.
Today I want to show you some of my favourite names from my favourite books.
1. Daenerys – A song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
I really love this name, but in all fairness there are lots of names in the series that I think are really pretty; Melisandre, Arya, Sansa for example, but Daenerys is still my favourite.
2. Eleanor – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I don’t know why this name appeals so much to me but it reminds me the oleander flowers. I have a soft spot for names that are similar to those of flowers.
3. Shahrzad/Shazi – The Wrath & Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
My best friends’ name is actually shortened to Shaz or Sha so I loved seeing this name when I started reading this book.
4. Katniss – The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
I know, I know, there’s probably far too many babies in the world now with that name because it became so popular. However, the first time I saw this name I really liked it too, so it will have to be on my list. Not to mention that I actually like Katniss as a character as well.
5. Scarlet – Scarlet (the lunar chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
It seems to be quite a popular name in many YA-books right now, but I do think it’s a lovely name and I love the ‘red riding hood’-inspired character from the Lunar Chronicles.
6. Kamala Khan – Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
I adore this character! She is breaking so many stereotypes surrounding female superheroes and I can only hope that we will have her in a future Marvel movie.
7. Kaz ‘Dirty Hands’ – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My boyfriend doesn’t know it yet, but I love this name so much, that I might even name a future baby boy after him. I loved the dept of this character in the books and how he slowly changed over the period of the novels.
8. Celeana / Aelin – Throne of Glass-series by Sarah J. Maas
I actually like a lot of the names in this series. Sarah J. Maas just knows how to appeal to me when she creates names for all the characters and they feel completely unique. This one of the most bad-ass female characters I have ever encountered in a book, and I might have named many game characters after her.
9. Rhysand – A Court of Thorns and Roses-series by Sarah J. Maas
I was a bit afraid I would not enjoy this series as much after reading the Throne of Glass-series, but I was happily surprised that this series even grabbed me more. I think it had a lot to do with Rhysand and how interesting he become.
10. Albus Dumbledore – Harry Potter-series by J.K Rowling
Many of the names are great in the Harry Potter-series, but it’s now one of those names that easily falls into the same category of other great literature wizards; Merlin, Gandalf and now Albus.
What names would you pick for your top 10?