Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Character Names I Love OR Unusual Character Names

When I was thinking about this topic and jotting down names Β I realized it could also be called “Things I could call my cats if I was a crazy cat lady with 37 kittens“.

So I’m super cheating – there are more than ten names on this week’s list. Too many names and not enough space in a list of ten to list all of them. So here are my names πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Shakespearean

Character Name(s)

Play Title

Iago

Othello

Ophelia

Hamlet

Banquo

Macbeth

Benvolio

Romeo and Juliet

Lucentio

The Taming of the Shrew

Classic Hero

Character Name(s)

Book Title

Sherlock Homes, Mycroft, Moriarty

The Sherlock Homes books by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jean Valjean

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Captain Wentworth

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Mr Rochester

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Heathcliff

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Don Diego de la Vega

Zorro by Isabel Allende

Athos, Aramis, Porthos and d’Artagnan

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Fantasy

 

Character Name(s)

Book Title

Bellatrix Lestrange, Arabella Figg, Draco and Narcissa Malfoy, Voldemort

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Karou

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Butterfly

The Elites by Natasha Ngan

Zaphod Beeblebrox (I think this is my all time favourite character name)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Gandalf the Gray and Aragorn

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Four

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Adrian Ivashkov and Dimitri Bellikov

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Finnick

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Chaol

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

 

crazy

Character Name(s)

Book Title

Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Westley (Dread Pirate Roberts)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Veruca Salt

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Hazel

Watership Down by Richard Adams

So those are my favourite names. I didn’t include Sancho Panza from Don Quixote which is another favourite of mine because that actually is what my cat is named πŸ˜›

I’d love to know what literary people or characters you’d name your imaginary (or real!) cats! So please feel free to leave me a comment πŸ™‚

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

  1. Love the way you divided this up and your banners, they’re so pretty. I love that your cat is named Sancho Panza, I love Sancho. πŸ™‚ You have such great name picks, I especially liked Hazel (Watership Down’s my favorite fiction book!), Finnick, Don Diego de la Vega, Sherlock, Benvolio, and Jean Valjean (although you could bet I’d always be singing “Whooo ammm IIII” whenever I called my cat). πŸ™‚

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Thanks πŸ˜€ I had fun making them. My posts are usually so lacking in colour.

      Another Sancho fan! πŸ˜€ Most people don’t recognize where his name comes from…

      I cheated with Don Diego de la Vega – I’ve never read that book but it’s one of my favourite names since I watched The Mask of Zorro πŸ˜›

      And now I really want to name a pet Jean Valjean so I have an excuse to sing Les Mis at them all the time! Sancho doesn’t appriciate my singing nearly as much as he should!

  2. I’ve always wanted to name my kitty Four πŸ˜› Really great list! I’m organizing mine right now, but it’s a bit generic cause they are popular YA books! πŸ˜€

    • It’s because whenever I come across a name I adore I think “I’m totally going to name my cat this when I buy another one!!!” yep… if I had as many cats as I did names… I’d be on Hoarders: Animal Edition!

  3. I looooove how you did this blog post. And I love the names. . . Personally, I’ve always liked how Jean Valjean rolls off my tongue. My favorite name overall might be Aoife (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel series), though. I mean, it has every vowel but U in it. For whatever reason, that makes me love it.

  4. Wow! Love how you broke those all down! (That must have taken some time!) Veruca Salt definitely is an odd one. And I can’t believe I forgot to mention Westley on my list! (Going back now to edit it…) Also, I *love* Ophelia. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • I used to think the name Veruca was beautiful. But my dad told me it meant foot wart πŸ˜› Like when I liked the name Melina from Wicked… dad informed me it was a disgusting bodily fluid!

      So I’ll keep these names away from him so he can’t ruin them! πŸ˜›

  5. The Vampire Academy character names kick ass! πŸ™‚ ‘Fitzwilliam Darcy’ – I laughed when I read that, because in my mind he’s Mr Darcy or just Darcy, but of course in a modern age he’d just be Fitz wouldn’t he? πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to tackling JT’s modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility this winter, I can’t wait to see what she’s done with it. Cool list honey!

    • He’ll always be Darcy – my sister in law’s cat is named Darcy :D. Her dog is named Lizzie after Elizabeth Bennet too πŸ˜›

      Oohh… who is JT? That sounds like a retelling I’d enjoy too.

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