Top Ten Tuesday: Best character names

Top Ten Tuesday: Best character names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

I have a really terrible memory, so this topic has been a nightmare. Some days I struggle to remember my name, so how am I supposed to remember cool character names from books which I read years and years ago?

There are probably way cooler names than these out there, but these are the most memorable.

10, 9 and 8) Tamlin, Rhysand and Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

One thing’s for certain: Sarah J. Maas is brilliant at naming characters.

7) Michonne from The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead has a huge cast of characters, but I’ve never seen the name Michonne used anywhere but between its pages (and in its screen adaptation).

6) Arcturus from The Outcast by Taran Matharu

The Outcast by Taran Matharu

Arcturus first appeared in The Summoner: Origins prequel novella, but he’s now becoming the protagonist of a prequel series. The first time I saw his name I was impressed by how unique it was, and I still really like it.

5) Alaska from Looking For Alaska by John Green

Looking For Alaska by John Green

I always said I wanted to name my daughter Alaska – that’s how much I like the name! But my partner disagreed with me, so unfortunately our daughter has a far nicer name.

4) Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Kestrels are beautiful birds, but it wasn’t until I encountered Kestrel in The Winner’s Curse that I realised it could be a beautiful name for a human, too.

3) Sorrow from State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

When the working title for Melinda Salisbury’s novel was revealed to be Sorrow, I never imagined that was what the protagonist was going to be called. The start of Sorrow’s life is filled with – you guessed it – sorrow, but it makes her a strong character who’s rather inspirational.

2) Echo from The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Similar to Kestrel, I’ve always been familiar with the word Echo but had never considered what a beautiful name it would be. I’d love to use this in the future… But my partner will probably disagree with me. He’s far more traditional than I am!

1) Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

I couldn’t resist putting two of Melinda Salisbury’s books on this list, because Twylla’s name is gorgeous. I’ve never seen it used before, so it’s very unique, but it just has such a satisfying feel in your mouth!


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I tried my hardest to get an equal mix of male and female names in this list, but there are so many more interesting names for girls! What’s your favourite character name and why?