‘Me, a name I call myself,…’


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

Characters Names that I love

There are plenty of great characters in books and some very memorable names.  Here are my top ten memorable names.

  1. Max/Maxim – I love this name- and in fact the novel that I first encountered it in – Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.
  2. Oberon.  What a wonderful name and one we all probably know in terms of him being King of the Fae.  Brought to life in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream it’s a name that I also now associate with a rather large, unkempt and sausage loving wolf hound that keeps Atticus company in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.
  3. I really like the use of the months of the year that Seanan McGuire uses for her Toby Daye series.  I think to date we’ve got characters called  October, January and April – I wonder if we’ll complete the full calendar month?  Kind of hoping that December will be used at some point as that’s my birth month!  *winks at MsMcGuire*
  4. The Bastard.  This is the name of a feisty horse, belonging to Imriel in Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.  It just makes me smile – I’m very easily pleased like that, I know it’s not big and clever but it’s just a name that really seems to fit on this occasion.
  5. Inigo Montoya – this character is brilliant and you certainly can’t forget his name – he simply won’t let you.  The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  6. Sherlock Holmes – you can’t really ask for a more memorable name.  How on earth you come up with a name like that is a mystery to me but it’s brilliant and a name that everyone knows, whether they’ve read the books or not!
  7. Dolores Umbridge – you really do have to hand it to Rowling – this name is inspired and suits the character to perfection!
  8. Ebenezer Scrooge – again, a name that everyone knows and more than that uses.  Scrooge has become synonymous with tight fisted miserliness.  Dickens A Christmas Carol.
  9. Samwise Gamgee – I don’t need to qualify this one do I!  ‘I ain’t been dropping no eaves sir’!  Okay, Lord of the Rings by JRRTolkien.
  10. Dracula – another name that really needs no explanation.  I think everybody must know this name.  Bram Stoker’s famous vampire creation!



52 Responses to “‘Me, a name I call myself,…’”

  1. Risa

    April is a lovely name! I also like May and June – simple and elegant.☺️ Oberon would be a nice name for a pup, me thinks.

    I set up a list of names for dogs and cats at my new blog: http://randombookishness.blogspot.com/2016/10/ten-characters-i-might-like-to-name-cat.html

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hi Risa, thanks for stopping by. Oberon is great for a dog isn’t it – or at least Kevin Hearne has put that notion into my head with his Iron Druid chronicles and I can’t shake it.
      Thanks for your link.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    I like Max/Maxim. You are right, some of these names fit the characters to perfection. I could not imagine, for example, Sherlock Holmes under any other name. 🙂

  3. Samantha @ Book Minx

    These are all great names. Sherlock is definitely a memorable one. I also love Oberon.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oberon is a great name – especially for a dog I think!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    My son’s middle name is Maxwell:-) Obviously I love that name too!

  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I can’t believe I forgot the name Oberon. It’s the perfect dog name. I also think Sherlock would be cute for a schnauzer or scotty dog.

  6. Jamie Wu

    I thought for a moment you were going to name a child the Bastard. I mean for a pet it feels kinda cool but a child???
    Inigo Montoya and Samwise Gamgee are definitely memorable names. And Dracula is almost synonymous with vampire, I actually thought they were interchangeable when I was a kid.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I just went for memorable names rather than choosing a pet or children and Bastard is definitely memorable. Dracula is definitely synonymous with vampires – i think most people probably think they’re interchangeable.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jay

    Agreed 100% on Dolores Umbridge *shudder* perfect name for that character. One of my favorite, just right-sounding names is “Ursula Monckton” from Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Brilliant choice – not just the character even, but the book and the author.
      Lynn 😀

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Eh eh… I *knew* that at least one name would come out of JRR Tolkien’s works! 🙂
    If I had a cat – preferably a grey one – I’d name it Gandalf – of course…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I saw a really cool list this week with a picture of a long white haired Afghan hound – to be called Gandalf the White. Which I admit was spot on.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Louise

    I really like the name Oberon, I think I’d see it as being for a massive dog.

    My TTT

    • @lynnsbooks

      My brother has a cross wolfhound – which he actually called Jake – Oberon would fit him perfectly. (and, yes, he is massive!)
      Lynn 😀

  10. mervih

    Sherlock Holmes and Samwise are of course memorable. Personally, I like the name Titania more than Oberon, though. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the name Titania – although I think more for a cat.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Birdie

    Inigo Montoya! That’s a great name. I don’t think there’s a person on earth who doesn’t know that name.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t think so either! He repeats it quite frequently and I can’t imagine anybody not knowing The Princess Bride!
      Lynn :d

      • Birdie

        I can’t hear “My name is” without finishing the phrase.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Excellent – me and you both then in that case – do you get some funny looks?

      • Birdie

        I get funny looks all the time. I’m used to it.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, me too – but then I will keep quoting movies!

  12. jessicabookworm

    Great names! I also think Samwise, Inigo, Dolores, Sherlock and Ebenezer are cool names. For this week’s TTT topic I have picked literary-inspired baby names 😀

  13. M @ A Blog Of One's Own

    Awesome list! These are some of the most iconic names in literature and for good reason!

  14. Mari

    Inigo Montoya is definitely a memorable name, and very fun to say out loud! And month-related names sound awesome, but I also like day-related names, too, haha.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, day related – like Wednesday from the Addam’s Family. Never thought of day related names.
      Lynn 😀

  15. Redhead

    I love the name Bastian, from The Never Ending Story. I watched that movie about a million times as a kid!

    Lol, i also love what you titled this blog post – that’s another movie i watched a million times as a kid!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Bastian is a great name isn’t it. Yeah, I loved that film too. I didn’t think anybody would ‘get’ my title!
      Lynn 😀

  16. ~ Angie Elle ~

    Ebenezer Scrooge is such a great pick! I don’t think anyone on the planet doesn’t know that name. I also love Maxim! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ebenezer Scrooge is just spot on for the character and you just can’t imagine any other name for him now!
      Lynn 😀

  17. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I also love a lot of the names from the Song of Ice and Fire series. Problem is I would never name my kids after any of the characters because you never know if they’ll get killed off in the worst way or GRRM or the show writers might decide to turn them into total asshats!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The GRRM names have been very popular for this topic. But, you would be pretty disappointed if you named your child after somebody who then died horribly! Or, the asshat thing as well….. lol
      Lynn 😀

  18. Caitlin Stern

    There’s a September in the McGuire books, too. So she seems to be getting there!

    • @lynnsbooks

      ahh! Excellent – my December naming must be due soon!
      Loving this series.
      Lynn 😀

  19. Greg

    I like Oberon a lot, always have. there’s just something about it. And I like names derived from months- April and January, and I’ve seen September used too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I just read one of the other comments that September is also used – great! December is surely on the cards then eh!
      Lynn 😀

  20. ChrissiReads

    Lovely list. Some very unique names!

    • @lynnsbooks

      This week’s topic was a good one – good to read everyone’s suggestions and see how many names cropped up more than once.
      Lynn 😀

  21. kellyfbarr

    Very interesting list with very unusual names.

  22. Danya @ Fine Print

    I’ve been wanting to read “Rebecca” for ages! I really need to get on that soon. The monthly names in the Toby Day series are so fun, aren’t they? I think the only one I’d have trouble buying as a name would be August. It just doesn’t have the same ring as December. 😉

  23. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    Samwise Gamgee is one of my favorite names in literature! It’s just so fun to say 😊

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