Ten Best Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is quite a fun one! It’s all about character names. Here are some of my favourites!

In no particular order:

  1. AriaPretty Little Liars- Sara Shepard- I may not have read the books (and don’t think I will) but I really like the name Aria.

  2. Veruca SaltCharlie and The Chocolate Factory– Roald Dahl- She’s a disgusting character, with quite a disgusting name. So fitting!

  3. Luna LovegoodHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- I love alliterative names and Luna is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters.

  4. Atticus Finch To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee- Such a strong name for a wonderful character.

  5. Ebeneezer ScroogeA Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens- What a name!

  6. Philip Pirrip (Pip)- Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Pip! Love that name. Alliterative full name too.

  7. LyraHis Dark Materials– Philip Pullman- I think it’s a really pretty name.

  8. Albus DumbledoreHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- It’s just a legendary name, right?

  9. Coraline Coraline– Neil Gaiman- I really like the name Coraline!

  10. Matilda- Matilda– Roald Dahl- Every single time I hear the name Matilda I think of my favourite Roald Dahl book. 🙂

How about you? What are your favourite character names? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!


54 thoughts on “Ten Best Character Names

  1. Aria is a beautiful name! Love the way it sounds and looks though like you, I don’t think I’ll ever read the books – nor have I watched the TV series either!

    Happy Top Ten Tuesday, Chrissi.

  2. Great list, Chrissi! I can’t believe I forgot about Veruca Salt, such a brilliant name. Then again I think Roald Dahl was very like Dickens when it came to character names – he was so good at creating names that stick in the mind.

  3. I love this list. It’s so fun to see how character names give you expectations before you know much about them. I wouldn’t read “Ebeneezer” and expect him to be anything other than old-fashioned and sort of crotchety, haha.

  4. I love so many of these names! Matilda of course (though I also tend to think about queens, big surprise, right??!!) And Atticus, can’t go wrong with that one. I also like the name Aria (It’s also the name of one of my fave hotels in Vegas).

    As an aside, I read the Pretty Little Liars series last summer, maybe the summer before, when I was falling behind on my Goodreads Challenge. The series was intended to be four books, and wrapped up really nicely there. Even after eight, it was still believable. But I read all the way to the end (not knowing that it was only supposed to be four books when I started). By the 10th and 11th book, I decided to keep going just to see how much more ridiculous it would get. But, the first four really are not terrible.

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