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Top Ten Character Names I Love

Book character names run the gamut. Some are plain Jane and others are outlandish and hard to pronounce. Below are a few of my favorites – either because the name itself is catchy or the character is represents is straight-up awesome.

Top Ten Character Names I Love

Dumbledore book character names

1Dumbledore, Harry Potter– DUMBLEDORE! It is an amazing name. It makes me think of a bumbling, goofy character, which is just what Dumbledore wants you to think. Then out of nowhere he’ll stun Ministry of Magic members and escape with Fawkes.

2Margo Roth Spiegelman, Paper Towns– I’m reading Paper Towns RIGHT NOW, and I adore that this character’s name is always said as a trio. Definitely very memorable.

3Celaena, Throne of Glass– Her name sounds musical and special. It’s a name that demands attention and has presence.

4Lilac LaRoux, These Broken Stars– A little alliteration never hurt anyone. Plus French names that no one can spell are that much better.

5Yelena, Poison Study– I’ve never heard this name before and appreciate its uniqueness. It think it suits the character’s personality perfectly.

6Blue Sargent, The Raven Boys– Odd and colorful, just like Blue. I also like that Gansy calls her by a generic name (Jenny? I forget) most of the time, too.

7America Singer, The Selection– It sounds like the name of a beauty queen. Which is sort of perfect, considering the plot and everything.

8Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s– It’s just classic. And also sort of unbelievable in a whimsical, 60s type of way.

9Diana Barry, Anne of Green Gables– Even though this name isn’t super original, I love the way it sounds. Also, I appreciate bosom friends, and Anne Shirley’s BFF has always had a special place in my heart. Probably because I could imagine myself as the girl with dark brown hair 🙂

10Aria, Under the Never Sky– I wish I could remember her last name!! It was something equally pretty. Anyway, Aria is a perfect name for this character – it sounds beautiful and musical and fancy.

What character names have you disliked or thought were crazy/hard to pronounce?

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I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Lisa Schensted

    Dumbledore! Obviously. Well done!

  • Lisa Schensted

    Dumbledore! Obviously. Well done!

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    Can’t believe I forgot Dumbledore! Isn’t dumbledore actually a type of bumblebee? I think I heard that somewhere…

    I have Blue on my list as well – it’s a unique name for a quirky character!

    My TTT

  • LOVE Dumbledore and Holly Golightly. Hermione is another favorite. What a wonderful, unique name! Great post 🙂

  • Stephanie

    I love # 3, 4, and 5 on your list. Some of my favorites are Ender Wiggin (Ender’s Game), Cassel Sharpe (White Cat), Puck Connolly (The Scorpio Races), Madrigal Kirin (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), Rhine Ellery (Wither), Elliot North (For Darkness Shows the Stars) and Vane Weston (Let the Sky Fall).

  • Anya E. J.

    Omg Dumbledore! How could I forget him!!! So agreed, I love the how unassuming his name is 😉