Top Ten Tuesday: Unusual Character Names!

TopTenTuesday…on Wednesday! Better late then never? 🙂

If you have never come across a Top Ten Tuesday, it is a weekly feature hosted over on The Broke and The Bookish. They post a different top ten topic every week, it’s pretty cool.

This week’s topic is about your top ten favorite character names, or top unusual character names. I am just going to combine those and do unusual character names that I also happen to love 🙂

1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Yes, I do realize that this is pretty much considered normal now, but when I first picked up HP long before the movies it was a best guess at how to even say it. All of my friends said it differently, and we would sit there and have debates about why our pronunciation was correct! Also, how many Hermione’s do you actually know?

2. Rhine from The Chemical Gardens trilogy. She is named after the river Rhine, which I kind of love. Her twin brother is named after the river Rowan, but since he doesn’t play a huge part in the books he isn’t making the list. Honorable mention maybe?

3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Another name that seems normal now, but really isn’t.

4. Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter. One of the things I love the most about HP is that there is constantly a mix between the mundane and the magical, even when it comes to the names of the characters.

5.Nobody Owens from The Graveyard Book.
“He looks like nobody but himself. He looks like nobody!” “Nobody it is then, Nobody Owens.” They call him Bod for short. Which is adorable.

6. Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Fire and Ice Series. She’s pretty much a badass.

7. Tristran Thorne from Stardust. I watched the movie before I read the book, so I thought his name was Tristan up until that point. I am okay with them changing it a bit for the movie though, because it is pretty hard to say really.

8. Door from Neverwhere. She’s and opener. Her name is Door. Leave it to Gaiman to make it so obvious and beautiful at the same time.

9. Coraline from Coraline. The product of Gaiman transposing the a and o when writing the name Caroline in a letter. “Make beautiful mistakes.”

10. Amade’ Malerbeau from Revolution. Sure, he is from 16th century France, but I still think it is unusual. Sidenote- just finished this book and absolutely loved it. Review on it’s way soon!

What are your favorite unusual character names? Or maybe ones that you hated?


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unusual Character Names!

  1. There’s quite a few interesting names in Harry Potter besides Bellatrix and Rowling was quite clever with a few of them as well, like Remus Lupin – Remus is a werewolf and lupine means wolflike. And the entire Black family is named after stars, constellations or galaxies, including Draco who is a Black through his mother.

    Terry Brooks also comes up with interesting character names: Shea, Flick, Amberle, Garret Jax, Panamon Creel, Allanon…the list goes on and on.

    Terry Pratchett has created some interesting names as well for his Discworld books, but there are way too many to list.


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