Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic has us looking at our favorite character names OR talking about the most unusual ones we’ve come across. I decided to focus on my favorites, several of which come from the same series, mostly because they’re names I just really enjoy and I’m a big fan of collecting names. So below are ten of my favorites; be sure to link me up to the ones you love!
I just LOVE the name of the main female lead in the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus books. It’s unique enough to be different, but not so unusual that people wouldn’t be able to pronounce it. Plus I just think it’s really beautiful!
This is a name straight out of the Greek Myths (Thalia was one of the muses, but also one of the Graces), but it would never have been brought to my attention if Rick Riordan hadn’t chosen the name for Thalia Grace, the daughter of Zeus in his Percy Jackson books. I love it so much that I chose it for the name of my iPod.
Gemma comes courtesy of the Gemma Doyle books by Libba Bray. It means “jewel” or “precious stone” which I just think is gorgeous imagery for a little girl. It’s also not very popular any longer, although actress Gemma Arterton has probably at least put it on people’s radars now, so your child wouldn’t be one of several with the same name.
Pronounced eye-oh-LAN-thee (trust me, I looked it up!), this is the first name of the main character in The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, which I’ve heard all kinds of praise about. The name is also Greek, so I keep wondering if it might not be a first name for one of the female demigods running about Camp Jupiter or Camp Half-Blood.
Okay, so I first became aware of the name Percy via Harry Potter, but it didn’t grow on me until I read The Lightning Thief and fell in love with the titular character. It’s another name that’s unique without being strange, and it always brings to mind one of my favorite all-time fictional characters.
Part of my love for the name Lúthien is due to her story, which is told in JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. I’ve never read the actual book, choosing instead to focus on the love story between Lúthien and Beren, which I read via Wikipedia. I love that the name has a wonderful flow to it, and brings to mind something feminine and soft.
I love this name for a boy! It can be expanded, like Finnick from Catching Fire, or simply stand as it is, like one of the boys from The Kingdom Keepers books. Again, it’s unique without having people raise an eyebrow at it, and while I’ve heard that folks are starting to name their boys Finn – possibly because of YA readers’ love of Finnick – I’m not sure it will ever become absolutely mainstream.
This is another name that I just think is musical to the ears. It comes courtesy of the main character from the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, although it, too, has its roots in Greek Mythology (and you’ll notice I have a bit of a thing for Greek names). I’ve always thought that this would be a good name for a daughter of Apollo, because of the whole “lyre” thing. :)
Celia is the main female lead in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve heard it in other books as well, but I love the old-fashionedness of it, and the way the name flows off your tongue. I just think it’s really beautiful.
Lots of characters have the name Anna – the one I read most recently was Born of Illusion by Terri Brown – but I’ve always loved the name without any character-driven connotations. There’s just something very classic about it, which is probably why it’s a name you still hear quite often. I also kind of love that it’s the same name forward and backward; not too many names can say that!
So those are my choices this week! You can probably tell that I have a thing for names that end with -a. :) Which names did you choose to feature? Please link me!