Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Character Names

May 22: Top Ten Best Character Names
I am a sucker for a good character name. I especially love all the classical names, especially if they are mixed with kickass modern counterparts. This week’s picks come courtesy of novels I have read to date; I am quite sure that there are many more incredible character names out there that I’ve yet to discover or read about.

1. Coriolanus Snow (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Ever since studying the Shakespeare play, Coriolanus, I’ve had a special love of this character’s name. A ruthless leader, he perfectly embodies his namesake, and his surname holds many appropriate connotations.

2. Cormoran Blue Strike (The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith)
J.K. Rowling possesses an amazing talent for creating inventive character names, and the hero of her crime novels is no different.

3. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
What. A. Name. Of all the incredible character names in the Wizarding World, Albus’s is the most beautiful and wonderfully creative. Props JKR.

4. Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
This name is clear and crisp, yet highlights its owner’s deeper and more thoughtful individual character traits.

5. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)
Sarah J. Maas possesses the incredible skill of being able to think up the most wacky names. Often they are completely unpronounceable, which I view as a successful character name.

6. Richard Campbell Gansey III (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)
I love regal sounding names, and the male lead in The Raven Cycle is no different. Gansey’s name just appears so formal and proper.

7. Romy Silvers (The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James)
Plain and simple, I think this name is beautiful. It is simple and understated, yet carries with is an edge of uniqueness.

8. Octavia Blake (The 100 by Kass Morgan)
Kass Morgan’s character names often seamlessly meld the classical and the modern, which is exactly why I appreciate them to such a high degree.

9. Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot)
I don’t think anyone could possibly deny that Mia’s name is thoroughly royal, and perfectly suits her status as Princess of Genovia (I still can’t believe it’s not a real place!)

10. Daenerys Targaryen (A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin)
There are many character names in the A Song of Ice and Fire series that I think are wonderful inventions, but Dany is my favourite.

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