Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names

Hello, everyone! It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week's theme is Top Ten Favorite Character Names. As these also happen to be some of my favorite names in general, if I have kids and give them unusual names, you now know why.
  1. Aethelbald (Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl). You just know that a character with a name like Aethelbald has got to be interesting. 
  2. Howl Pendragon (Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones). This is one of those names that tells you quite a bit about the character; it's exciting, unusual, and a bit flashy, much like Howl himself.
  3. Alastair Coldhollow (The Dark Sea Annals series by Wayne Thomas Batson). Alastair is a cool name. (No pun intended.) And Coldhollow sounds mysterious in a way, which I like.
  4. Sunday Woodcutter (Enchanted by Alethea Kontis). Actually, all the Woodcutter sisters. Seven sisters, named after seven days of the week? Genius!
  5. Bramble Wentworth (Entwined by Heather Dixon). I like most flower or plant names, but Bramble is my favorite. And the image of a blackberry bramble fits her personality so perfectly.
  6. Arwen Undomiel (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien). I love almost all the names in The Lord of the Rings, but Arwen is one of my favorites because it's such a beautiful name.
  7. Lochlan Stormgarden (The Dark Sea Annals series by Wayne Thomas Batson). Yes, I put two Dark Sea Annals names. So sue me. I just really like the name Lochlan.
  8. Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien). Again, I know I already did a name from The Lord of the Rings, but again, I really like Sam's name. It suits him.
  9. Gwenne (The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson). You know I like a name when it ends up in my writing (even if it was spelled differently). You know I really like it when it ends up in my writing twice.
  10. Captain Valithor (The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson). Because, like so many of the other names on this list do for the people they're attached to, this name just fits him perfectly.
So, there you have it! My top ten favorite character names! What are your favorite character names? You can let me know in the comments, or you can do your own Top Ten Tuesday post! Just don't forget to provide a link to The Broke and Bookish in your post and link your blog on the site!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)
Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


  1. I just read Howl's Moving Castle. My library doesn't have either sequel... :(

    1. Aw, too bad. :( What did you think of Howl's Moving Castle, though?

  2. Favorite names?

    1. Eanrin: because of who the character is and because its Gaelic for "handsome", which fits so well.

    2. Merridoc Brandybuck: a simply delightful name.

    3. Pippi Longstockings: her personality in her first name, her appearance in her last name...

    4. Cimorene: so pretty and bell-like. :)

    I know there's more, but there's a few.

    1. Love those choices! Eanrin almost made my list, but didn't quite. I didn't know it was Gaelic for handsome, though. And Merriadoc Brandybuck is quite awesome as well.


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