Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character Names I Love

Posted October 22, 2013 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a heme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names.

I have waited a LONG time to get to this topic! I have a love for character names, and a name is a very important thing to me. My main focus in character development is building the persona around my reflection of a name. I love buying baby books and pouring over the names, creating a person in my head for each one. When online “dollz” were a rage, I would spend HOURS creating these little online people and giving them proper titles and names. 

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So there is another glimpse into my weird brain.

This week, I will gleefully share my favorite character names.

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Name: Arwen
From: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Because: The name is lovely, and I adore the nickname of the Tolkien Elf: Evenstar. Luthien tops Arwen in every way possible, but the name gives a good homage to the line of Elves from the epic fantasy.

Name: Selene 
From: Greek Mythology
Because: The name has a very sweet ring to it, and I have always contained a certain level of admiration for the moon.  The moon is lovely and has a certain place in the human mythology. It sure does beat out the evil daystar: The sun. *hiss*

Name: Gabriel
From: Paradise Lost by John Milton
Because: I know this is technically a biblical name, but I have always found an attraction to angel names, and this one is my top favorite. I love the symbolism behind the messenger and the voice of a higher power.

Name: Amalthea
From: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Because: I have been in love with this name since childhood!

Name: Titania
From: Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Because: This name wouldn’t work in modern society, since the nickname “Tit” is not very attractive. However, the name sounds so fairy-like and nearly magical, that I just had to add it to the list.

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Name: Scarlet
From: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Because: Scarlet popped up in another famous novel, and I find the name sounds attractive and easy to pronounce. 

Name: Maxwell
From: The Johnny Maxwell Series by Terry Pratchett
Because: Maxwell’s Demon sounds so attractive. It also helps that I am a Gundam Wing fanatic.

Name: Loki
From: Norse Mythology
Because: Yes yes yes. I loved this name prior to the fangirling -I swear it! Norse mythology does not contain too many beautiful names, but Loki sounds so appeasing and musical to the ear. Also, I always thought Loki was a bit misunderstood in the myths.

Name: Grayson
From: Batman series
Because: Dick Grayson is my favorite DC Character. The name is a wonderful homage to my love of Batman lore.

Name: Harper
From: Harper Collins Publishing
Because: This is cheating, but Harper is my all-time favorite name. I believe that Harper is a nice well-rounded book-lover name, since it is a large publishing company.  I already mentioned comic books with the above name, but Roy Harper also adds to my fascination with the name. Imagine my shock when I found that it is becoming a quite popular. 

What names did you add to your list this week? Leave a link below!


6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character Names I Love

  1. Arwen is a favourite of mine as well. It’s so pretty! I’m not a huge fan of Scarlet, since there was a girl in my class in primary school with that name and she was horrible. I can hold a grudge for decades, apparently. I also love the name Harper! I hadn’t heard of it before I’d started reading books more widely, but I think I was first introduced to it as a first name in Charlaine Harris’ Grave… something series. LOVE IT.

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