I saw that this was the prompt for this week and I HAD TO DO IT. One thing I noticed while putting together this list is that often the best names in books, from a functional standpoint, are the most simple; a long, beautiful name can be distracting and/or hard to pronounce. But on the other hand, those long beautiful names can be so fun!
Here are my top 10 favorite character names (from books):
- Misty of Chincoteague. As a kid one of the first proper names I ran to figure out how to pronounce was Chincoteague. I still love saying it and reading it. Plus, the horse is called Misty. This just a genius combination and I don’t care if you disagree, you are wrong.
- Betsy-Tacy. Besty and Tacy are such epic BFFs that they go by a single name, and I love it.
- Rodian Romanovitch Raskolnikov. I mean, if you’re going to have a moral breakdown and murder an old lady with an ax, you might as well have as epic a name as possible.
- Kamala Khan. It really rolls off the tongue and can sound both cute and badass (which is impressive, just like Kamala).
- Fai D. Flowright. It’s ridiculous and flowery, just like Fai. But appearances can be deceiving!
- Tristen Conn. Elizabeth Bear is the one of the best at beautiful and usable character names.
- Jane Fairfax. I love all Jane Austen names equally but Jane Fairfax is my favorite.
- Atomic Robo. I sometimes enjoy names that teach you about the character’s key physical traits. Plus Atomic Robo is simply fun to say.
- Newland Archer. Nobody does illustrative names like 19th century authors. Edith Wharton’s are more fun than, say, Thomas Hardy’s or Henry James.
- Winnie-the-Pooh. There is no reason on God’s green earth that a name like “Winnie-the-Pooh” should work, and yet it does.
Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. What are your top 10 book character names?