Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names (AKA: What I might name my children if I ever become a parent!)

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 of 2018!

Fun fact that you might not know about me: when my mom was a young girl she read Gone with the Wind and fell in love with the name Melanie. She says that she always knew that if she had a daughter she would name her Melanie. Hi, hello, she had me and followed through!

This week’s topic is Best Character Names, and I was honestly a little apprehensive about making this list, because if I ever choose to have children these will be my future children’s names! Well, I mean, not all of them, but four of these are for sure in the running if I ever become a parent!

But some of these names are just ones that I love with my whole heart, but I would never name my future kids them! But I get so very happy when I read these names as characters in books, regardless! Okay, I’m being long winded. You will easily be able to tell the names I loved from the names I only like! And without without further ado here they are!

King Arthur – Morgana
I’ve always loved the named Morgana! Also, this is the name of my favorite video game character of all time, so it just makes my heart so very happy when I read it in books!

The Virgin Suicides – Lux
This was my favorite book for the most years in my so far, so I couldn’t not mention a name from this one, because all of the sister’s names are amazing, in my opinion! Lux, Cecilia, Bonnie, Mary, Therese, all amazing, but Lux is my favorite!

The King Killer Chronicles – Auri
Maybe it’s because I love this character so much, and because I have so much fanart for her, but I love the name Auri!

Inkmistress – Garen
I love this name more than words. I audibly gasped when I read this name for a minor side character in Inkmistress. This one of for sure in the running for future children.

The Bird and the Sword – Larkin
If I miraculous birth a girl tomorrow, this would be the name I would give her. When I was a freshman in high school, I had biology with a girl named Larkin, and upon attendance call on that very first day, I fell completely head over heels for this name. I still have never met another person with the name personally, but it is without a doubt most likely going to be my imaginary daughter’s name. Love, love, love. Also, the girl in this book is named Lark, so… I’m stretching a little bit, but I couldn’t not put Larkin on this list.

The Cruel Prince – Cardan
You all, this name. Like, what a perfect fae prince name. So fae, so powerful, so perfect. And just saying the name Prince Cardan makes me feel all the ways. I just love it.

Throne of Glass – Rowan
I have always loved this name, which is funny because I absolutely hate this SJM character. But when I was quickly just thinking about names that I love, I knew I had to add Rowan/Rowen. This name is getting a little bit more popular, but it’s because it’s so beautiful and so beautifully gender fluid!

Throne of Glass – Manon
Yeah, somehow Sarah J Maas made it on this list twice. I’m sorry, you all. But honestly, Manon is not only one of my favorite characters of all time, but Manon is also one of my favorite literary names of all time!

Edgar Allan Poe – Lenora
Lenora is my grandmother’s name, so I carry this one very near to my heart. I fully believe that I will somehow incorporate this into a child’s name if I ever become a parent. I just love it, and I love my grandma so very much, so this one is extra special to me.

The Odyssey – Atlas
If I miraculous birth a boy tomorrow, this is the name I would name my son. This name is so powerful, so meaningful, and just sounds so very perfect to me. Also, my favorite musical artist in the entire world, Claudio Sanchez, named his child this, so it only furthered my love!

Okay, I hope you all enjoyed this super sappy post! And let me emphasize to you all, I am not pregnant, nor have I ever been pregnant! But I love names, and quotes, and all the words, and I collect them all the time. Also, I hate the idea that we have “boy names” and “girl names” so I’m sorry if I made anyone uncomfortable with picking Larkin as my favorite girl name and Atlas as my favorite boy name. Society’s gender roles are gross. But, hopefully you enjoyed seeing what I would name my hypothetical children/maybe, hopefully, one day children. Also, I just realized that three of the ten are also League of Legends names, so there’s that! I’m such a dork, I swear! Also, if you all want to pull a Rachel to my Monica with Larkin, Atlas, or Garen – I’ll come for you! Hahaha, just kidding! I truly couldn’t resist! Happy reading (and character and/or children creating), my loves!

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76 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names (AKA: What I might name my children if I ever become a parent!)

  1. Morgana is a pretty name! So often when I see the character in a TV show, she’s not the nicest person nor someone I usually root for, but nonetheless, she does have a cool name. 🙂

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    1. Hehehe! I completely agree, Rissi love! It just feels good to the hears and off the tongue! Someone needs to write us a book with a NICE character named it! 💖xx


      1. THIS IS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD! Like, you win these comments and everything else in life, Maria! Hahaha! I hope life is treating you well, and happy reading always, love! 💖xx

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  2. Oh nice these are all awesome names. I also love how you were named after a character in a book. I hope one day you get to carry on and name your children after book characters. It could turn into a fun family tradition. I feel like Morgana is my favorite name from this list. I was just thinking how she’s a character from Smite. She looks a lot cooler in League of Legends though.

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    1. DO YOU PLAY SMITE? Ah, i love all the mobas! And that’s awesome, love! And I hope to one day name a future child after a book, but… we will see! Happy reading (and gaming), love! 💖xx

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      1. I’ve played Smite a little. I just struggled with it. I haven’t played in a while. My boyfriend use to play it a lot in his free time so he would teach me how to play. Happy reading && gaming to you too!! xoxo

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      2. I played such a long time ago. But League of Legends has stolen my heart (and too much of my time!) And I play a decent amount of HotS, too! But yeah… mobas are the best. And I love you even more now! Hehe 💗xx

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      3. Yeah I feel like League of Legends is a lot more popular than Smite. I do miss playing it at times. I stopped right when I got a skin for Ashe. That was so many years ago. I’m sure a lot has changed since I last played. I know they changed a lot of the character’s art. Oh I’ve heard of HotS. I saw it had Diablo characters in it and that makes me excited. I played a lot of Diablo 3. Plus I think it’s cool Overwatch characters are in it. I might have to check it out sometime. ❤ xoxo

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    1. OH MY GOSH, THIS IS THE MOST PERFECT THING IN THE WORLD, KELLY! I mean, having twins might be a little terrifying, BUT I’M ALWAYS HERE FOR A GOOD STORY! Haha! Happy reading, love! 💖xx

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      1. Okay… this is the best story really now! Hahah! One of my best friend in high school was named Dani, and she had a twin brother named David, and I always thought it was cute as hell. ❤

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  3. This is a great idea! I used to play The sims and use book charactre names I loved because I could never use them on my children (they don’t exist in my country and there are a bunch of laws you had to go through if you want a new and even then they don’t allow foreign prononcuation so it changes a bit).
    I love the name Larkin and Rowan as well.

    My TTT:

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    1. This warms my heart! Especially since they are “opposites” in League of Legends; one dark, one light. ALL PERFECT! Haha! I can’t wait to check out yours! Happy reading, love! 💖xx

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    1. Thank you for this link and your kind words! I love both names so much! My best friend in high school was actually named Morgan, so it has a soft spot in my heart, too! Happy reading, love! 💖xx


  4. Such a wonderful list! It’s so great to see the name Larkin on here! I actually really love the shortened version Lark and have committed to naming my future daughter that 💕

    It’s funny you mentioned that Friends scene: I had a patient one time and I was talking to her and her husband about their baby’s name (Starling) and they said they really wanted to stick with bird names for their future kids as well. I made the mistake of telling them that my favorite name is Lark, because as soon as I said it both their faces lit up! I’m dreading the day they show up again with their next baby 😂

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  5. a friend of mine’s favorite name in the worrrrrrld is lux because of the virgin suicides! you have great taste in names, this was so fun to read

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  6. Ahhh I LOOOOOVE the Virgin Suicides!! That’s such a great one, I didn’t even think of it when I made my list. Now I’m kicking myself! But I completely agree with you about gender roles. Atlas and Larkin are beautiful names for a boy and a girl. I may have to pull a rachel on you 😜

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  7. Sort of had a nice little giggle at the “I’m-not-pregnant-yo” reminder at the end 🤣 These are definitely beautiful names and I love that your mom actually followed through on that. Dad must have had no say in all this hahahah

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    1. LMAO! I was like, “I’m going to be giving these kids the wrong idea…” Hahahaha! And yeah, my dad is legit the most easy going person ever! My mom on the other hand… hahahaha! 💗xx

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  8. As a fellow name collector myself I love this post! I’m so sad I missed it ( since I hadn’t began my blog yet) but YES! Names, all those names. And, you don’t even need to be pregnant, planning on having kids ever to love collecting names. There is a little writer soul inside us all which is the reason and excuse I use 🙂

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    1. Awh, this warmed my heart and made me smile so big! Thank you for the add, love! I just added you back and I can’t wait to get to know you better! And I hope whatever you’re currently reading is five star worthy! 💘xx

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