Ten of my favorite character names

I had a whole post planned around things I like in names and name creation but then life happened and I only had four things written by the deadline. It will come in the future! Instead, I wanted to focus on some of my absolute favorite names (and oftentimes some of my favorite books) in today’s post.

Names are a big part of writing and reading for me. I spend so much time finding the perfect name when I’m in the middle of writing. I usually set a chunk of separate time aside because I can get stuck looking at names for hours. Because of my own naming tendencies,  I love when authors pick names that fit their characters well. Here are some that have stuck in my mind!

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Names in Books

The Raven Cycle. I just love his name. It fits his personality perfectly. I’m beyond excited that he’s getting his own series soon!

Charmed. I read the companion novels a long time ago but I loved the show more. I also really love the name Piper.

The Mortal Instruments. Despite the problems I have with this franchise, I do really love these names.

The Hunger Games. I love this name so much I’m using it as one of my character names!

Pride and Prejudice. Although I don’t like Fitzwilliam, William is one of my all time favorite names for characters. This is basically my stand in for all “old-fashioned” names. I really love older names for characters. There’s a reason that they’re classics. Also, Darcy as a female name would be really cute.

Fullmetal Alchemist. More classics. I definitely want to use them in something that I write one day.

Names that I Love

I’ve already created a backstory and setting for the character with this name, but I just have to get around to plotting his story.

Nickname, Ash. But only if it’s a girl.

I think this is such a good name for a male character.

I used this name for a tabletop game and have been in love with it ever since! One day she’ll be a fully realized character.


This Top Ten Tuesday was really hard! As you can see I have more than ten, but I’m counting names from the same books as one entry. What are names that you love? Would you name your children after them? I’m definitely going to be one of those parents who names their children after literary characters. Looking forward to seeing favorites of others!

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s now over at The Artsy Reader Girl! If you want to follow along, here’s the list of planned topics!

May 22nd’s topic was “Character Names.” If you’d like to check out the other posts people have written, you can find it on The Artsy Reader Girl’s page!









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