Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unusual Character Names

Time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

Today's topic was to do with character names - either our favourites or the most unusual ones we've come across. I've gone with unusual ones, because my full name is pretty damned unusual so it's nice finding those who would also suffer from "Sorry, what? Could you spell that for me?"syndrome if they were real. Oh, and I'm discounting the entire Harry Potter series, because I could make a top ten list just from that!

Rincewind from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Goodness, Pratchett comes up with some fabulous character names. But given that Rincewind is one of the characters that started off the Discworld series, it seems fitting to go with him.

Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series. Oh, Katniss. You poor baby. No one should have to live with a name that rhymes with "piss"...

Cather and Wren from Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. As much as their mother was an awful character who I couldn't stand, I kind of loved the idea of her being all "Twins? Oh well, split the name I'd picked in two!"

The Montgomery Overbores from Alysia Gray Painter's Wilfair series. Oh, goodness, I love these characters and their fabulous names. Even if it DID take me approximately half of the first book to work out that Gomery was short for Montgomery. Well done, Kirsti. Well done...

Karou from Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Her name is unusual AND full of meaning. Awesome.

Temeraire from Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. Okay, so he's a dragon which means that weird names are kind of par for the course. But he's a major character, and it's not even a name that can be shortened effectively!

Sophronia Temmennick from Gail Carriger's Finishing School series. Gail Carriger loves her bonkers character names, and this one is pretty damned spectacular.

Cricket Bell from Stephanie Perkins' Lola and the Boy Next Door. Cricket has a pretty stupid name, especially when you come from the part of the world where it's a sport rather than an insect, but he's completely adorable so I forgive him for it.

Jericho Jones from Libba Bray's The Diviners. It's a pretty great name, you have to admit.

Margo Roth Spiegelman from John Green's Paper Towns. Look, Margo's kind of an insane character, but her name is pretty fabulous and I love it that she's consistently referred to by her full name.

So. What are your favourite unusual character names?

K xx


  1. I completely forgot about Rincewind. However we both put Margo Roth Spiegelman on our list which is awesome.

  2. I am reading Fangirl now and definitely agree with Cath + Wren. As soon as she explained why they were given those names, I couldn't help but smile. Katniss and Cricket are great choices as well. I considered several of the Stephanie Perkins characters, but went with Etienne St. Clair.

    Here is my TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2013/10/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-character-names.html

  3. I also had Terry Pratchett on my list, though I picked Mort and Moist von Lipwig as my examples :-) http://biblioaddicted.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/top-ten-tuesday-unusual-or-favourite.html

  4. 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

  5. What kind of person names their child Cather? I love Wren, but that just seems cruel lol.

    I love the name Karou and Sophronia almost made my list.

    Cricket and Margo both made my list as well. They are so awesome.

  6. Loved reading all your picks, and not just the Montgomerys! Er, Montgomeries? Um.


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