Top Ten Book Characters I’d Name My Kids (or Pets) After

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:


I’ve decided, for best character names, I’m going to take that as beautiful and unique names that I would seriously consider naming a child or animal. I might not necessarily love all these characters, but I definitely love their names!

Elsie from Elsie Dinsmore

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Ever since I first read the A Life of Faith version of Elsie Dinsmore when I was 8 years old, I loved her name!  I remember I always used to name my Barbie dolls Elsie, too.




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Marilla from Anne of Green Gables

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I seriously would consider naming my daughter Marilla.  I think it’s just such a pretty name! I think calling her Rilla would be super cute too, just like Anne’s daughter.





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Mia from The Princess Diaries

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Another name I really adore is Amelia, and Mia for short.  It’s such a beautiful name, but it’s also one that is a lot of fun!






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Tally from Uglies


While this name is more of a unique, I think Tally could make a really cute name for a child or a pet. I can totally see a super friendly puppy named Tally, especially.  Like, how cute?!




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Esme from Twilight


I just really adore the name Esme! I think it’s so cute and pretty unique.





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Jonas from The Giver

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Jonas makes such a unique name (if you don’t count the Jonas Brothers…😂).  I really like it, and could totally see my son, or at least a pet being named that in the future!





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Landon from A Walk to Remember

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Another name that I really adore for a boy is Landon.  It’s such a nice name, and I feel like it rolls right off the tongue, lol.





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Newt from The Maze Runner

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Newt is a name I actually really I like it!  I appreciate that it’s not typical and is very unique.






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Dorian from The Picture of Dorian Gray

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I think Dorian is a very unique and memorable name! I could totally see myself naming a future cat or rabbit, Dorian!





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Xander from House of Dark Shadows

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I really like the name Xander.  It’s a name that I feel like has gained a bit more popularity, but is still fairly unique. Plus, not many names start with the letter, X, so honestly, I think that’s one of the reasons why I like it!




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Those are some of my favorite bookish names! What are yours?

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15 Comments on “Top Ten Book Characters I’d Name My Kids (or Pets) After

  1. Newt was on my list too. I’ve liked the name Xander ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Elsie has always been a favourite; it was my great grandmother’s name.

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    • Newt is such a fun and unique name! I never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I know of a couple people who like the name Xander because of it, too. That’s so cool your great grandma’s name was Elsie. It’s a name you don’t hear often, but I think it’s so pretty. ☺️


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