Top Ten Character Names (53)

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Top Ten Character Names

I would consider naming my daughter most of these names.

1. Lyra

His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)

2. Cyllan

The Initiate

3. Yelena

Poison Study (Study, #1)

4. Celaena

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

5. Waverly

Glow (Sky Chasers #1)

6. Avry

Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1)

7.  and 8. Portia and Nerissa

The Merchant of Venice

9. Olivia

Twelfth Night

10. Wendy

Peter Pan


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A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Character Names (53)

    1. Nemo

      Yeah. I didn’t even look at boy names, mostly because my hubs and I have a couple of boy names picked out for our future children but we haven’t agreed on a girl name yet!

  1. Tez Miller

    Was watching the “My Polar Bear Family and Me” documentary series recently, and they’d named the mama bear Lyra – I wondered if it was a reference to the book 🙂 (I haven’t read the book, so I figure Lyra is a girl, and not a polar bear…)

  2. Miranda @ Tempest Books

    Ooh I love the name Avry, although I haven’t read that book. I love how you put some Shakespeare in your list, too. Especially because he came up with a lot of those names himself…like the name Miranda in The Tempest, which is what I was named after and how I came up with the name for my blog!

    1. Nemo

      I know he invented Olivia, too, and it has nothing to do with the male name Oliver, but I don’t know if he invented Portia and Nerissa. I completely forgot he invented Miranda as well – mostly because it’s my favourite Uranus moon, and I know they’re named after Shakespeare characters, but for some reason I forgot he invented the name.

      JM Barrie invented the name Wendy, too, which is why it’s on the list.

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