Top Ten Literary Character Names

Top 10 Tuesday, a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week asks for your Top Ten Literary Character Names.  Thus, I present to you, in no particular order, NAMES:


1.  Inigo Montoya of  “The Princess Bride”

-Just saying this name sends one off down sharp and questy roads, with an accent and a singularly determined scrappiness.


2. Her Serene and Royal Highness the Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne, but everyone called her Amy.  And what could be more ordinary than that? of “An Ordinary Princess”

ordinary princess

-There is no way the point of this book could have been carried out better through names, which are brought up multiple times in relevance to character development.  Plus,  just take a breath and say all that at once.  It’s fun!


3. Wilfred Ivanhoe of “Ivanhoe”

-This is really one of the most fitting ones.  I mean, Wilfred is everything loyal and straight-laced and rather soppy, while Ivanhoe is everything intriguing, bold, and romantic adventurer.  And the character really encompasses both of these, with disguises, just like I feel that only hearing one of his names is disguising a full half of his character.   Although just saying ‘Ivanhoe’ is thrilling.


4.  Lynette of “King Arthur and his Knights”

-I don’t know why, really, I’m just drawn to L names for girls and I think it all started with this one.   Ls, and Red Lawns, and Ladies who lead….


5. Mordred of “Le Morte D’Arthur”

-Mordred is the most villainous name I know that still has room for lots of nuance in terms of romance, despair, and just pure witchery.  I love it.


6.  Katsa of “Graceling”

-I cannot say this name without an ! after it, not like yelling it, but it’s just got that much life, just like her.


7. Gwinna of “Gwinna”


-This heroine of Barbara Helen Berger’s gorgeous work is the daughter of the Owl Mother, making Gwinna appropriate, but also just embodies gentleness, hope, and taking off, which is what saying her name feels like in my mouth.


8. Tiffany Aching of “Wee Free Men”

-This combination of self-confident, assertive girl and hard-working peasants is the perfect setup for this land-based, audacious girl.


9.  Bilbo Baggins “The Hobbit”

-It’s just fun to say, for one.  It perfectly fits within a cozy hole in the ground, for two.  It references luggage and traveling, for three.  And it’s alliterative, for four.  I could go on.


10. Merriman Lyon of “The Dark is Rising”

-I love this name simply because does indeed seem like a proper version of the name “Merlin.”  It was a great comfort to me while reading this series until his identity was fully established.


Whereas, the total opposite of those, the worst name of all time: Albus Severus Potter


And now, to make it up to you, bonus my Top 10 names of real celebrities (in no particular order):

1. Benedict Cumberbatch

2. Maurice Sendak

3. Lawrence Olivier

4. Basil Rathbone

5.  Rafael Sabatini

6. Faz Fazakas

7. Vivian Vande Velde

8. Wolfgang Puck

9. Kristi Yamaguchi

10. Alexandre Dumas


Feel free to join in!


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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Alison Doherty
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 19:51:41

    I love Bilbo Baggins. Forgot about that one!


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