Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Unusual Character Names


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1.  Chaol Westfall (THRONE OF GLASS): I love his name, and I adore his character.

2.  Karou (DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE): Her name? Awesome and unique.

3.  Severus Snape (HARRY POTTER): Snape, Snape, Severus Snape (Dumbledore!). Sorry. So, anyway, I find his name to be delightfully perfect for him. I probably could have included a dozen other HP character names on this list.

4.  Alina Starkov (SHADOW AND BONE): It has a nice ring to it.

5.  Celaena Sardothien (THRONE OF GLASS): The first time I read her name, I raised an eyebrow, but it quickly grew on me.

6.  Finnikin (FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK): I love how strange yet normal this name is.

7.  Fire (FIRE): Who knew the word "fire" could make such a great name?

8.  Puck (THE SCORPIO RACES): My inner Shakespeare nerd approves. It's such a delightfully odd name.

9.  Poppet and Widget (THE NIGHT CIRCUS): BEST NAMES EVER. Or, maybe I love their names only because I love their characters... *thinks*

10.  Beatrice "Tris" Prior (DIVERGENT): I like both - her actual (normal) name and her (unusual) nickname.

What are some of your favorite character names?

26 comments:

  1. Alina & Celaena are perfect <3
    I've been trying to persuade my boyfriend to use Severus as middle name, but he doesn't like it :(
    And yes, Chaol is awesome, but I'm not sure how to pronounce it right and I don't want a child that needs to explain how to say the name every time. I know how annoying that can be.

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    1. Sarah J. Maas has a pronunciation guide on her website: http://sarahjmaas.com/extras/throne-of-glass-pronunciation-guide/

      Severus would be a fantastic middle name!

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  2. I have Tris on my list too. Brilliant shortened version of Beatrice :-)

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    1. Genius, really. The perfect nickname for Beatrice!

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  3. I have Karou on my list! I also love Alina, Celaena and Tris, such beautiful names. Great picks.

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    Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

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  4. I love the name Tris! I think it's so completely original :)

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    1. Definitely original, but I love how it makes sense (given her full name), too!

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  5. OMG I'm so glad you chose Poppet and Widget on your list! I forgot all about them. But they do make that book don't they? Night Circus is filled with wonderful names.
    :)
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  6. Anything Harry Potter wins the day. OBVIOUSLY. But yes, Puck is a great name - I've loved many Pucks in literature, and that iteration (a bit gender-bent!) is truly great. Wonderful list, and many thanks for sharing!

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    1. "Anything Harry Potter wins the day. OBVIOUSLY." - Ha! Agreed. It's hard to beat HP :)

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  7. Nice list! I like Karou and Finnikin.
    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

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  8. LOVE Karou! Alina, Finnikin and Puck are fantastic too :)

    Great list and thanks for stopping by Swept Away By Books!

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  9. I love seeing names in YA that are unusual but awesome like Karou and Celaena. How can they not capture your attention?

    My top ten!

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  10. I really liked Tris's name too! But I am so unsure about how to pronounce about seven names on your list, LOL. Awesome top ten!

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  11. There is a Xotichl in Alyson Noel's Soul Seekers series, thankfully it was explained how to pronounce it.

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  12. Excellent list. Karou is a strange by interesting name.

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  13. Great list! Your choices are great! Celaena and Chaol made my raise my eyebrows, too, but it makes me excited to read the series!

    Karla @ Silver Readings

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  14. Great list! I love that there are so many wonderfully unusual names in YA books. :) I love the name Puck!

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  15. I like the nickname "Tris"! And Puck isn't bad either! It reminds me of Glee haha. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Awesome list. <3 Sigh. Puck is so adorable in The Scorpio Races. I love her. And Fire! Ahh. Thank you for sharing :)

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