Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Character Names


1. Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green

When you picked up this book, I bet you didn’t think Alaska would be a girl—let alone a really cool girl.

2. Calpurnia Tate from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Calpurnia Virginia Tate explores the wonders of the world, and her name fits perfectly with her character.

3. Doodle from “The Scarlet Ibis” (short story) by James Hurst

Doodle is the sickly, younger brother in this story. I find him to be fascinating, particularly in the way he treats the Scarlet Ibis. If he wasn’t so helpless, I would use his name as a nickname for a future child.

4. Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Dill is such a fun character, and his name fits well with his adventurous, carefree spirit.

5. Sarah Dessen’s characters (Yes, all of them.)

I often forget characters’ names, but I find Sarah Dessen’s characters have very memorable names that always stick with me. I will always have a warm place in my heart for Remy and Dexter…Macy…Emaline and Theo…and all of the wonderful characters of these books.


1 and 2. Quentin from Paper Towns and Augustus from The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I don’t know if it as much as they are my favorite names, but I just love the characters and the names fit the characters so perfectly. The names will never be associated with anyone else in my mind.

3. Wesley from The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Ah, Wesley! I don’t know how to explain why this name is perfect, but if you read the book and see the movie, I promise you’ll agree with me.

4. Jonas from The Giver and Son by Lois Lowry

Jonas is a biblical name which has debatable meanings—anywhere from dove (peace), to gift from God, to one who oppresses. All of these put together are Lois Lowry’s Jonas. He overcame oppression and was a gift from God for Gabriel (which is also a perfect name.)

5. Lady Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

I love the masculinity of Lady Brett’s name and felt it perfectly fit her character. Throughout my lit degree, I wrote a couple different papers about how Hemingway perfectly crafted her to be a dominant (not push-over woman) character and her name adds to that perfectly.

What are your favorite character names?


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names”

  1. Whenever I see Jonas I automatically jump to The Jonas Brothers, which is so unfair! I love that name. You have a great list here… Wesley, all of Sarah Dessen’s characters (seriously, she has a gift with names), Jonas. 🙂


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