Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unusual Character Names

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is dedicated to the most unusual names we have come across in our reading adventures. Some we love, some we think are tots wacky. Full disclosure, we come from a family of "authentic" Irish names.  Really it is only a small step from authentic/ethnic to wild and crazy. 

1. Etienne St. Claire from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. But it works for him!

2.  Montgomery "Monty" Overbove and Montgomery "Gomery" Overbove from the Wilfair series by Alysia Gray Painter. They are cousins.

3. Thursday Next from The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde.

4.  Lena Duchannes from the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is a great name!

5. Kai and Xander from Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. Nothing says sci-fi dystopian future like wacky names.
6. F'lar and all the apostrophe's from  the Dragonriders of Pern series by Ann McCaffery.  Your name gets shorted with an apostrophe when you become a dragon rider (enter F'nor, R'gul, F'lon).  If you know this series, please enjoy these Google images of F'lar fan art: 

7.  Blue Sargent from The Raven Boys cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.  Her name, her character, are perfect fits.  Well done. which leads us to the Raven Boys themselves, especially Gansey and Ronan.
8. Back to sci/fi and apostrophe's, Rand al'Thor from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time.  The names in this series actually prevent me from finishing, because gosh darn it I cant remember who is who!

Who made your list this week? As always, merci beaucoup to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting Top Ten Tuesday!


  1. How did I forget DRoP?!! I totally agree, the apostrophes are confusing, but I loved every bit of it, hahaha!

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  2. Agreed with 1, 5, and 7! Especially Ronan's name.

    Great top ten :)

  3. Thursday Next is just........omg cool!

  4. Oh man, you're absolutely right! Lena Duchannes is a GREAT name! I really like clever names with double meaning or names that allude to a particular character trait... Rowling is masterful at this. I also really liked how Rossi's names fit the characters --- Aria for music and Roar for his supernatural hearing. So great!

  5. I love Etienne St. Clair! Great choice you have there.

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  6. Great list! Ky and Xander are definitely unusual.. I put Cassia on my list! I keep seeing Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss on a lot of people's lists! I need to read that book. I've been meaning to for a while now.

  7. Kai and Xander, those are kinda cool. And the Wheel of Time names always irritated me a bit- I know that series is popular but I never got too far with it, and the names didn't help...


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