Top Ten Character Names I Love
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I always love a good character name. I think it's something that my mum instilled in me from a young age. She has always preferred names that aren't so common. When she named me, she was debating between Amber and Brooke (which is now my sister's name). Both names were ones that she'd never come across in real life, only heard about in the media. I think she is the reason that I tend to sway more towards the less common names, and I always value a creative name, as long as it's not too ridiculous. So, here's a list of my favourite character names. You guys should let me know what yours are in the comments, because I always love talking about names!
I went through a stage when I was younger of wanting to call my first child Tiger Lily. I often gave that name to my toy animals, and later on to my Sims. It's such a pretty name, and I honestly forgot all about the name until I read Jodi Lynn Anderson's Tiger Lily last month. Now it has shot back up to my list of favourites. I'm not sure if I would give that name to any potential future child, but I'm definitely saving it for a pet.
2. Iolanthe (The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas)
I wasn't a fan of this book, but I totally fangirled over Iolanthe's name on Twitter. It sounds so pretty!
3. Violet Ambrose (The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting)
Her name is Violet Ambrose. My name is Amber Violet. Do you see the connection? This is some sort of parallel universe shit right here.
4. Aubrey (Blackout by Robison Wells)
I have loved this name since forever, because it's my Grandad's name and he's my favourite person ever. I decided a few years ago that, Tiger Lily aside, this is the name that I want to give to my future first child. It's a unisex name, mostly given to males in the UK but females in the US, so it's a good choice, I think. I love the way it is spelt, and I love the way it's pronounced. If I could change my name to anything, it would be this.
5. Gannicus (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena/Vengeance/War of the Damned)
Did anyone not see this coming? Yes, it's a slightly unusual choice, but it's a real life name and I kind of love it. Out of all the names in the Spartacus series, apart from perhaps Ilithyia, Gannicus is my favourite. The fact that Gannicus is also my all time favourite character has nothing to do with it, I promise.
6. Cersei (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin)
Isn't it pretty?! The spelling of this one draws me in more than the actual pronunciation.
7. Sansa (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin)
This is another name that I would consider for my future offspring.
8. Isla (Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins)
Pronounce Eye-La, like island without the 'nd', in case you didn't know. I bloody love it, mostly because it reminds me of summer and the ocean.
9. Nikolai (Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo)
Partly because it reminds me of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the adorable guy who plays Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones. But also because it's spelt nicely *nods*
10. Sturmhond (Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo)