Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
Favorite Character Names
When reading, I'm a sucker for unique names. I find it more interesting (and certainly more memorable) to read about a Zayne rather than a John or a Mike. And when picking this list I also found that my feeling for the character definitely impacts my feeling for the name. I suppose if I love a character I have that association when I see the name. 
Do you do the same?
Now here are (some of) my favorites:

Miles and Tate | Ugly Love
Kiro | Kiro's Emily
Bailey and Porter | Alex, Approximately
Ryke | Some Kind of Perfect
Mase | When I'm Gone

Cade | Always
Avery | Wait For You
Finn | The Ones Who Got Away
Fallon | November 9
Saint | Nash

And a few bonus ones just because I can...

Jensen | Paper Hearts
Garrick | Losing It
Molly and Reid | The Upside of Unrequited
Roth and Zayne | White Hot Kiss
Shaw | Rule

Do character names matter to you?

31 comments

  1. I do really love a unique character name. I'm more likely to remember them, especially! Fallon is a cute one. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Exactly, Lauren! All the common-named characters tend to blend together. The unique ones stand out.

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  2. Love these character's names. I always wonder where authors get these names, especially the really weird ones!

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    1. I know, right! I've actually heard one of my favorite authors say that she collects names at book signings. :)

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  3. As an aspiring author, I'm very tempted to write down Cade as a future character name. Love it!

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    1. I think that book was the first time I'd come across a character named Cade... and I loved it! :)

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  4. I do love original character names, and yes they matter to me.

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    1. I love something original and unique - definitely makes the character memorable.

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    1. I loved Shaw... the name *and* the character. :)

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  6. I used to think more about names than I do now but I've always loved Logan & Nash.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I think the name Nash stuck with me because I loved the character so much. :)

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  7. Names matter. I'd much rather read about a Rule than a Carl. I can't think of the book but I read one recently (or maybe even just the synopsis) where I saw the name and was like "Really? Out of all the names in the world you picked ___?" So yeah, I prefer unique names. I will say that the prevalence of "Jax" has been a bit of an issue since that's my son's name. :/ LOL

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    1. Yes to everything you said, Brandee! :) Names totally matter and, for good or for bad, for me many names hold certain connotations. (Maybe based on the name itself, maybe based on someone I knew with that name.) Yeah, I can see how Jax would be a problem for you. LOL I recently read one with a MC named Shane... my nephew's name. I kind of cringed during certain scenes. LOL

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  8. Character names are immensely important to me, too! Bad names ruin EVERYTHING.

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    1. Yes! It's hard to get past a bad name when reading.

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  9. I LOVE the name Bailey. I don't even know why! It sounds a bit rustic but also fun? I'm not particularly fond of the character names in KB's books, since I prefer more common names, but I am SOOO attached to them. Names totally matter, and a bad name can make me dislike a character, but the most important factor is how the authors write them. :)

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. I so agree that names matter. And ditto on the bad names! I sometimes have a hard time getting past that.

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    1. Exactly! They stick with me long after the book has ended.

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  11. oh I kinda like the name "Saint" I'm a sucker for everything that has a religious undertone :) a very close second would be Roth and Zayne :)

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    1. I totally love Saint... both the name and the character. :)

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  12. I think I do lkli the name to be a bit different, but not too out there, to the point where I roll my eyes hah. But I also can't stand when all the characters have generic names because I get confused and bored. I like Molly and Reid, Miles, and Finn from your list! Great choices!

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    1. Oh yeah, I think we've all come across those names that are so out there and different that it's like, really? This is what you wanted to go with? Okaaaay... LOL

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  13. I knew somebody would have some Glines names on their list. Her's are always different, but Crownover has a knack for odd names too.

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    1. *raises hand* Guess I was the one to tap into the Glines names. LOL I only used one of hers but there were a couple others I was considering - like Woods and Rush. And Crownover definitely goes for more unique names, too - without being too out there.

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  14. I agree that memorable names are more interesting in books and that my feelings about the character affect my feelings about the name.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I find that if a character has a name I don't like it can be a stumbling block - takes me longer to get past the name and connect.

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  15. I'm drawn to unique character names too. Your list is great! I'm especially fond of the name Bailey.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. :) I really loved Bailey... the name *and* the character.

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  16. Such a great list!! I think Avery is my favorite although I would change it to Averie <3

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