Top Ten Tuesday | Characters with Unique, Fabulous and Awesome Names (AKA, the Characters I Remember)



Not only are characters vitally important (BTW, I’m saying this in my best Minnie Driver impression from An Ideal Husband) to a story, but in my opinion, so are their names.

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There are a few reasons why I’m not spinning this exactly as the prompt suggests we might. These reasons are as follows.

1. I have no children (nor are they in my near future)
2. I’m not the world’s biggest animal advocate nor am I terribly sad at the lack of a pet. Although my cousin likes to argue with me about the legitimacy of my thoughts on this matter. (Trust me, Liz, THEY ARE REAL!)
3. Naming cars? Yeah, not my thing.

With all that said, below I’ve compiled characters who boast epic names. Or names that I think are lovely. Either way, these authors did good. For me, a name can be as important as the character themselves. I’m not the greatest The Hunger Games fan, but Katniss Everdeen? She’s a character who has stuck with me these years after I closed the final page. This is, to me, proof that a solid name for a character is more important than we may first think.

Without further ado, let’s meet these characters.

1. Aiden from Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith | Charming is the one word I can think of to describe this novel. It’s wonderful and if you like YA novels (teetering on the edge of NA – because of the precipice its characters are on), this one is a must read for more reasons than its hero’s wonderful name. Amazon | Goodreads


2. Asher from My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray | Asher is one of my favorite heroes of fiction yet. He’s memorable because of who he is on the inside, and that, in addition to his rad name, makes him stand apart from the fray. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Beckett from Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg | Who doesn’t love Beckett Walker!? He left his small town of Maple Valley loving his best friend. He returns home loving his best friend. Emma vibes, anyone? Amazon | Goodreads

4. Cress from Cress by Marissa Meyer | I’ve not even read these Lunar books, but I’m obliged to adore them. For a variety of reasons, one of which being their kick-butt names. One has to assume these people are cool with such unique and fairy tale appropriate names. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Finley from There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | One of my all-time favorite contemporary reads. One reason being the heroine’s name, another being the setting – IRELAND! Amazon | Goodreads

6. Jubilee Chase from Their Fractured Light | This is another one I’ve not read, but I really enjoyed These broken Stars and this one seems like another good read. (Plus, my friend Kara recommends this and the middle novel, Their Shattered World!) With a name like Jubilee, what’s not to like?! Sci-fi soap opera, here I come. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Already talked about Katniss, so everything that needs to be said has been. Except that maybe I’d like to have her skill with a bow for no other reason than archery looks cool. Amazon | Goodreads

8. Paige from Just One Summer by Denise Hunter | I don't know why, but I've always adored the name Paige. Maybe it's because one of my favorite TV characters is named Paige or maybe it has something to do with it being representative of a reader, either way, I approve. Amazon | Goodreads

9. Paris from Finding Paris by Joy Premble | I suspect my love of this as a name is twofold. The first being who doesn't want to someday SEE Paris?! (I mean even the name is magical.) Second, Paris Geller from Gilmore Girls. She should need no further explanation because, it's Paris! Amazon | Goodreads

10. Riley from The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | There are some really unique names in Katharine's debut novel, but overall, I think Riley's was my favorite story, so I chose her name. Amazon | Goodreads

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  1. Lovely list! I have not read any of those books, but I dig the names you have chosen - I LOVE the name Becket for a boy (perhaps given my affinity for Thomas Becket, way back in the 1100s?? Who knows!)

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    1. I love Beckett too, Sarah. Not only do I love the character from the book I chose (by Melissa Tagg), but I like it from the TV show, Castle too. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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  2. Katniss is awesome, and Paige (always have liked that version). Paris is nice, and I like Jubilee too.

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    1. I agree, Greg! Katniss is a name I'm likely to "always" remember which means I'll remember The Hunger Games for that reason alone. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  3. You've got some beautiful names on this list! :-) I like the name Paige. It's pretty!

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    1. Hi, Chrissi. Thanks! Me too. Paige has always been a favorite name. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  4. I really like your spin on this list. Way to make it your own.

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    1. Thanks, Tara. It was a fun topic to put together. :)

      Glad you stopped by!

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  5. Hahahahaha, that is so me! I had to search through my books on Goodreads for a good thirty minuets just to find all of the names I was looking for. I do think that you're right though, the more unique the name, the more I remember it. You totally have to read the Lunar Chronicles! The characters are very awesome and cool. :)

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    1. Hi, Anna! Thanks so much for visiting - and I'm glad I'm not alone. :) (Thanks goodness for Goodreads, right!?)

      I'm glad to know the Lunar book shave awesome characters. I hear amazing things about the series so I'm hopeful it'll become a new favorite. :)

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  6. I like Finley a lot too! Katniss Everdeen will always be one of my favorites.
    My Top Ten

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    1. Cool. Finley isn't only a lovely name, the character is great too. :)

      Katniss' name is one of the greats. Thanks so much for visiting, Lori.

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  7. Great list! Katniss Everdeen for usre is one of those names I'll always remember. And Cress is really nice too. I haven't read the book yet, but Jubilee Chase is also one of those unforgetable names.

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey. I had fun "collecting" these names - and am sure I missed a whole bunch of them too. Jubilee Chase does have an unforgettable ring, doesn't it!? I love those kinds of names. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  8. Haha! I'm not an animal lover either, but I enjoyed coming up with names for cats and dogs!

    I like your list...there some pretty ones in here -- Asher & Paige.

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    1. As a kid we had farm animals (cats) and I played with the little kittens, but as I've grown up, I've not been a bit animal person. But, as you say, it's can still be fun to spin this topic that way!

      Thanks! And yes, I agree. Asher and Paige are <3!

      Thanks for visiting, Risa.

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  9. Lovely list, Rissi! Cress made my list, too. And who doesn't love the name Katniss? Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks, Miranda. Looking forward to reading your list - yay for shared names! :)

      You too; hope your day was lovely. Thanks, as always, for visiting. :)

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  10. I'm with you regarding kids, pets, and cars. But you managed to come up with a great list! I love Aiden, Asher, and Finley.

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    1. Thanks, Angie; the three you list are among my favorites. :)

      Glad you visited.

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  11. Great take on this weeks prompt! You're completely right about Katniss, the name has become so iconic. I do really like the name Asher, but I've never had a reason to use it.

    My TTT

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    1. Well said, Louise. Katniss' name IS iconic. :)

      Asher is a unique and "cool" sounding name, plus the story it's from!? It's brilliant.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  12. Since I don't want to have kids, I think Asher would be a good name for a dog!
    Great Top Ten :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. Asher is a great name indeed. :) Thanks so much for visiting, Giovanna.

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  13. Katniss is on my list, too. And I love the name Asher!

    Here's my TTT: https://4thhouseontheleft.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/top-ten-tuesday-10-fictional-names-that-will-have-teachers-scratching-their-heads-on-how-to-spell-or-pronounce/

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    1. YAY! Glad we both picked Katniss; she's a worldwide figure in the fictional world. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Very original this list ! I love your blog!
    My TTT.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mariela; it was fun to put together. Glad you visited. Looking forward to reading your list (tomorrow). :)

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  15. I haven't read the book you listed with the name, yet, but I *love* the name Beckett for anything! Such a great name!

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    1. Keep Holding On is wonderful, Katie. Hope you enjoy it if/when you read it. :) Thanks so much for visiting!

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  16. Aw I love this list! It is also fine to not want pets, btw- I have a cat now, but I really never understood the appeal for the most part so tell your cousin to shhh ;) Katniss is such an amazing name- not like I'd name my kid that or anything, but it is so... strong and unique but without being too crazy. I like Asher too! Great choices!!

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    1. LOL, thanks, Shannon - and I do. ;) She doesn't like it very well, but well, I still love her.

      Right!? No matter how much I like it, I don't think I'd ever name my daughter Katniss either. It wouldn't suit. But Asher? I could see myself using that one! :)

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  17. Ah, I love the Minnie Driver reference! She enunciates so particularly awesomely in that movie. And yes! I DO recommend those books. Do I ever! :D I have been fascinated by Finley's name ever since first reading that book. SO good!

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    1. I agree. She's perfect for the role. I love how she plays Mabel.

      Me too. I really like the name Finley and recently (actually it's my current read), I love the name Rylan from Melissa Tagg's One Enchanted Eve. Unique names keep the character in my memory much longer. :)

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