TTT: Best Character Names (& couple of worst ones…)


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

For my first Top Ten Tuesday post, the topic assigned today was Best Character Names (And we were also told to make this as narrow/broad as you’d like).

If you would like to check out my last weeks post – click here.

Best Character Names

I decided to take the approach of my favourite character names, in no particular order. I may have gone a bit overboard, but there are so many good ones! I apologize in advance for not linking these books, I have a crawling babes & precious time to enjoy blogging. If there are any books that you’re unfamiliar with, let me know in the comments & I’m happy to chat about them!

  • Elizabeth Bennet & Mark Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Honorable mention would also be Bridget Jones, cause it’s the most British name ever)
  • Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte
  • Captain Frederick Wentworth & Anne Elliot from Persuasion by Jane Austen

(I love classical British names, and have a soft spot for the flow and fancifulness of most Jane Austen characters.)

  • Rhysland, Cassian, and Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (cause duh, these Illyrian males will need to be on every top list)
  • Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (I can’t help but say her name in a Swedish accent, it just rolls off the tongue)
  • Lira and Prince Elian  from To Kill a Kingdom (Strong names you expect in a fairy tale)
  • Darrow au Andromedus from Red Rising by Pierce Brown (A name that has humble roots with a strong but powerful presence)
  • Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Burdugo (Despite not loving the book, I actually loved all the names of the main characters, just wonderfully odd and unique)
  • Zélie from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Another book where I loved most if not all the names in this book, but Zélie was my most favourite)


  • Astrid Leong and Kitty Pong from Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (These two are the most opposite characters and I think their names reflect who they are perfectly)

As I thought as my favourite, I couldn’t help but think of my least favourite names. Here are a few that have come to mind:

  • Feyre and Nesta from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (These names always felt forced or not elegant sounding in my head, even when I say it out loud – it just feels wrong)
  • Citra from Scythe by Neal Shusterman (It’s such an odd name – reminds me of citronella candles)
  • Bella from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (I feel like this was an odd choice, or maybe cause picturing Kristen Stuart as a “Bella” is influencing my feelings toward this name)
  • Jude from Cruel Prince by Holly Black (I don’t have a solid reason other than I didn’t feel the name matched the character, if that makes sense?)

Thank you for stopping by! Are there any names that you agree with or disagree with? What are some of your least favourite character names?

As always…

Happy Reading!!

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