Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday- Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (October 21st), I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten Character Names

I think I'm sort of picky about names... but usually I can get used to a name once I've been reading the book for a while.  Super weird names are definitely one of my pet peeves.  I just don't like it when everyone's name is super crazy weird.  Also the sound of some weird names instantly turn me off.  Here is a list of names I thought really worked in books... and some not so much.

1.  Jasper AKA "Jazz" from I Hunt Killers- I just thought this was a cool name for a dude... and super memorable.
2.  Rory Miller from Shadowlands- Love the name Rory... for a boy or girl :)
3.  Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska- I mean she named herself, how cool is that??  I just think it's a cool sounding name and one-of-a-kind!
4.  Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- I thought her name really went with the creepiness in the book.
5.  Echo Emerson fromPushing the Limits- Super memorable name.  Plus it sounds good with Noah.
6.  Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door- At first I didn't like this name at all.  I mean could I really picture a hot guy being named Cricket... it reminded me too much of Jiminy.  BUT it grew on me somehow.  And now I can't imagine him being named anything else!
7.  Hadley & Oliver from Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight- Cool names.  Hadley is unique but not wierd and Oliver is PERFECT for a British hottie!
8.  Sloane Price from This is Not a Test- Courtney Summers always comes up with cool names... and this is my fav.
9.  Alona Dare from The Ghost and the Goth- I think it's the perfect name for a mean girl.
10.  Hazel Grace from TFIOS- I love how her name is so my grandparents era of name.  Old souled.

Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty series- I haven't read this series... but IDK if I can with a M/C with the name Belly.  Terrible.
Nan (the BFF) from My Life Next Door- I don't like it.
Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss- I loved this book... and I don't mind the St. Clair part.  But when Anna goes all Etienne all of a sudden I just couldn't like it.
Norrie and Sassy and Takey from Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters- I think the names were supposed to be family names since the Sullivan family has a long history... but no I don't like em.
Rogerson from Dreamland- Definitely sounds like a rapist.
Remy from This Lullaby- I like most of Sarah Dessen's off-the-wall names... but Remy reminds me of the name of a vaccuum or coffeemaker or something.
Katniss & Peeta- Just don't like these names.  Peeta reminds me either of pita bread or the PETA organization.  Katniss just confuses me. 
America Singer fromThe Selection- I haven't read this one either, but I read on a review that this girl is a singer who lives in what used to be America.  Really creative there.
Ponyboy & Sodapop from The Outsiders- Don't understand the significance of the odd names in this book.  Maybe I'm missing something?!?

So I gave you guys a lot more than 10 this week... but there's a lot of good (and bad) names out there!  I'm excited to see which names you thought were cool!  Leave me your link and I'll check them out :)


  1. Fantastic names Michelle. I nearly put Mara Dyer on my list. It does fit the book incredibly well.

  2. bwahaha i love that you have a WTF list! I so have to agree with America Singer
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  3. Hahaha I put Belly on my list of names I love. I know it sounds unusual if you haven't read the books, but it totally fits. It's like one of those weird family names like Chip or Birdie. One that has a story behind it :)

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
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  4. I love Jasper's name. It is super cool and memorable.

    Cricket was on my list as well. I love it.

    Great list!

    And lol at all the WTFs, especially Belly, Peeta and America. Although I totally have to disagree about Etienne. I love his name.

  5. You break my heart with Etienne. It sounds so sexy rolling off the tongue. Have you seen The Beach? There is a guy named Etienne in that movie. :-) And The Summer series with Belly is a great series. You should give it a try. The name Belly annoyed me too, but it grows on you some and it's kind of cute in a little girl way as a nickname for Isabelle.

    Thanks for visiting. I too love the names Cricket, Sloane and Rory.

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  6. I totally forgot about Hazel and Echo, they are both names that I love. Whenever I think of the name Rory I can't help but think of Gilmore Girls. Great picks!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  7. I like Echo and Sloane. :) LOL Love your WTFs. hahahha

  8. Absolutely love the name Hadley! The Summer I Turned Pretty is such a great book and series, IF you can get over that they all call her Belly for short! Poor girl. My TTT

  9. I agree with Alaska and Hazel's names. They would have made my Top 15 list...so hard to narrow down to 10! And, Mara Dyer, yes, so creepy! I put Noah Shaw on my list just because I love his character so much.

  10. Alaska made it on my list as well! lol definitely agree with what you associate Peeta with. I forgot about Cricket which is definitely kinda strange but quirky :)
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  11. I have been meaning to read I Hunt Killers forever. With a name like Jazz, I may have to move that up on my list. Also, I can't stand the name Peeta either. I call him the pita bread maker. Drives me crazy!

  12. Love your lists. I didn't really like the nickname Belly either, and the names Katniss or Peeta aren't my favorites. I like their characters and the book, but name wise? Not for me.
    That said, totally love that you mentioned Sloane Price. Great character and cool name. :)
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    Happy Tuesday!

  13. Love love love Echo, Hadley, Sloane and Hazel! And I totally agree on Nan, she also just pissed me off as a character. Belly has meaning in the story but I still didn't like it. Great choices!

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  14. I keep seeing Cricket on people's lists and I just can't believe I forgot it, I loved that name for her! And Hadley, that's another great name. I really like Hadley and Oliver together.

    For some reason I'm not bothered by the name Katniss, but the name Peeta just drives me nuts. I just think it's so stupid. And I loved the actual Peeta, but it took me a while to come around to him, I think because of his stupid name!

  15. I didn't do this TTT, but I liked so many of yours, so I had to comment! :) I love the names Jasper/Jazz, Rory, Hadley, Oliver, and Echo! As for the weird names...there's a MC named Belly?!?! I haven't read My Life Next Door yet, but the name Nan makes me think of someone's Grandma. Fun post! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    1. Yes Nan is SO grandma... nan and pap! And apparently Belly is a nickname for Isabelle or Isabella. IDK but I don't like it!

  16. I like your lists & the fact that you did the ones you like and a wtf list, although I don't agree with all your choices for the second. Very creative, though! :)

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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  17. LOVE YOUR LIST! Alona Dare, Hazel Grace, and Mara Dyer are my fav <3

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    Doris @ Owl Always Be Reading

  18. I like Mara Dyer...fitting name for the character too since she's in dire trouble all the time.. ;)

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  19. BAHAHA I totally agree about Rogerson. It just sounds skeevy! I don't mind Remy though...but maybe I'm just partial because it's my favorite Dessen book.

    I LOVE RORY! And Jasper! And Hadley & Oliver!! <333 Pretty much like all your Cool Names. :)

  20. I smiled when I saw Ponyboy and Sodapop. The Outsiders was one of my favorite books as a teen. It didn't hurt that the guys in the movie (Rob Lowe!!) were so hot.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

  21. Can't believe I forgot about Belly- such a WTF! Echo, Hadley and Oliver are awesome. And haha yes, Ponyboy and Sodapop are very unusual but kind of perfect too. Great list!

  22. I agree with a lot of your WTF choices. I didn't get Ponyboy and Sodapop either. How could parents be so cruel? Thanks for stopping by.

  23. I love the name Mara Dyer and Sloane is such a beautiful, eye catching name.