Brilliant character names.
This was a top ten tuesday back last year which excited me for many reasons, one being that I bloody love names. Like, I love what they mean and if that conflicts with a person’s personality. I love how they sound on my tongue and how they’re the one thing that completely and utterly defines a person and yet it’s forced on them rather than chosen. I kind of hate my name, out of all the ones my mum had on her list, she then went and let my auntie name me. Sucks to be me. But, here are my favourite names that are shared by literary characters.
# 5 – Alaska
Alaska Young has to be on this list for several reasons, firstly, because she got to choose her own name, which is AMAZING. It’s also unusual and puts me in mind of adventures and Alaska is a big place, she also had a big personality. Its a name that suits her. I searched high and low to try and find out what the name Alaska actually means, just in case John Green was being super obvious with his choice of name, but I couldn’t find anything. I’m just going to go ahead and say that I think it means that she’s larger than life.
#4 – Holden.
I know, Holden Caulfield is a pretentious, whiney, little so and so, but I really love the name Holden. It was one of the many names I suggested to my brother when he told me I was expecting a nephew, I think it’s one of those literary names, that will always be linked back to Catcher in the Rye, but I don’t care, Holden is a great name! Apparently, it’s a first name that comes from a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning “deep valley”. How about that Holden Caulfield, you’re pretty deep.
#3 – Ezra.
There is an Ezra in Pretty Little Liars and also in Severed heads and Broken hearts (which you can read my review of here), I LOVE the name Ezra. This was also on the list when suggesting names to my brother, it’s unusual, but steeped in history, I’ll be honest, the fact that there is a character called Ezra was like 58% of the reason behind me buying Severed Heads in the first place. I feel like it’s the kind of name that gives a person a certain authority, even if they’re young and a bit annoying like the Ezra from that book. In Hebrew, the name Ezra means ‘help’ and in the Old Testament, Ezra was a prophet. It’s also the name of the poet, Ezra Pound as well as some pretty awesome lit characters.
Lord of the rings related innit. I also really like Samwise from the Lord of the Rings books, and Pippin. Arwen sounds mysterious and Welsh even though it isn’t, apparently, Arwen means “noble maiden” in Sindarin, which makes it a very suitable name for the LOTR character. Samwise is one of those names that’s common enough for you to not feel out of place, but unusual enough that you kind of feel a little unique all at the same time, and well, Pippin, I used to know a girl who was called Pip (short for Phillippa) and I wished to all that was holy that she’d been Pippin instead, because that would have been awesome.
I know in To Kill a Mocking Bird, Scout was a nick name, but I’ve met a couple of people who have considered it as an actual first name. Atticus Finch has a good solid name, but so does his daughter. It’s the name of a person you just don’t mess with
Other names that I debated about while compiling this list included:
Aria (pretty little liars), Arya (Game of Thrones), Sherlock (Sherlock Holmes), although I don’t think anyone else could ever carry that name with quite so much finesse, Loki (comics count right?), Albus (DUMBLEDORE!), in fact, most of the names created by J K Rowling deserve a place on here because they’re all so gosh darn fantastic and meaningful. Even Harry to an extent, he has the most ordinary name ever and yet, he’s one extraordinary kid. I also really like Tris (Divergent), again it’s a nickname, but I actually really like the name Tris (as people will know if they click here, download and read), clicking that link will also lead you to discover that I really like the name Blaine (I named my kindle Blaine after Rick Blaine of Casablanca fame – there is also Amory Blaine of This Side of Paradise fame.) and of course, I always love it when a book features a character called Leah. Although I am told (mostly by googling and facebooking myself – what, you guys don’t do that? No… Me neither…)
that there are LOADS of Leah’s out there, I’ve never actually met one, so I kind of love it when I come across my name in a book. So, if you’ve ever read a book that includes a character called Leah, you need to recommend that to me because even if it’s the worst thing in the world, I will love it for that reason alone (see Twilight saga.)
Can any of ya’ll think of any other awesome character names that you’ve come across in literature and are contemplating naming your future children?