Top Ten Character Names I Love

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It’s so much fun to think about names, picking out the ones we love, and looking up their meanings.  I can remember as a kid checking out baby name books just to look at all the different names there are out there.  I thought I would divide this list into names that I love, but would never name my children after, and names that I love that I would consider naming my children after.

In no particular order . . .

Names I Love, But Wouldn’t Name My Children

1. Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is one of my favorite names ever.  I love all the nicknames  you can get from it, I love how classic and non-trendy it is, and I love how British it is.

2.  Violet from The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
I just love flower names, what can I say.  I actually don’t know if I would ever name a baby Violet, though.

3.  Georgiana from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’ve always loved this name since I first came across it during my first P&P read through.  It’s so British (can you tell I’m a bit of an Anglophile?), but I also love how it sounds rolling off my tongue.  My best friend gave her daughter this name as her middle name, and that made me super happy!  But, since my bestie already used this name, I feel like I shouldn’t.  But that’s totally okay.  I think it’s perfect for a middle name!

4. Susannah from The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
It’s just such a friendly name, don’t you think?  I wouldn’t name a child Susannah, though, because I’m not a real fan of the nicknames.

5.  Daisy from Spirit & Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore
I think we’ve established that I love flower names.  I just think this is such a cute name.  But I also think it could be difficult to be a grown women with the name Daisy, so I won’t be naming any of my children Daisy.

Name I Love, And Would Name My Children

1.  Rosalie from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The actual character isn’t a favorite of mine, but I just love this name.  It’s actually at the top of my list of potential baby girl names.  I’ve always been partial to names with Rose in it,  but Rosalie is just so feminine, and pretty.

2.  Emma from Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Emma is just such a friendly name, isn’t it?  But still feminine.  I’m honestly not sure if I actually would name a daughter this, because it’s a bit popular, but I just love this name.

3.  Harry from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I love very simple guy’s names.  What’s not to love about this name?  Nothing!

4. Alec from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
I love this name!  It’s strong, and not frilly at all.  It’s also unique, but not trendy.  It’s also got that great Scottish feel.

5. John from The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
I absolutely love the name John.  It’s short, masculine and not at all frilly.  I also LOVE the nickname Jack, too.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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38 Responses to Top Ten Character Names I Love

  1. I do love Alec’s name – it’s similar to Alex, but a little less common. And I agree with you about Rosalie! It’s such a pretty name, even though the character’s a witch. Rosaline is a nice variation on that too

    • Quinn says:

      Oh yes, I like Rosaline, too. I actually like almost any name with Rose in it (Rose, Rosalie, Rosaline, Rosalind, Roslyn, etc). But Rosalie is my favorite.

  2. I love the name Rosalie. 🙂 I threw that one in the ring when we were naming the baby bettys– both times!! BUT… Mr. Betty is not a fan. ❤

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    Rosalie is such a pretty name 🙂

  4. Lucy says:

    Nice picks! Emma and Alec are my faves. I’m drawn to floral names too 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      Aren’t floral names the best? The only one I’m not a huge fan of is Lily, but that’s because I used to babysit a girl names Lili (ridiculous spelling, right?) and I hated that job. I’m also partial to Poppy.

  5. I love the name Violet… but my husband vetoed it pretty quick. We ended up having a boy so it didn’t really matter. Rosalie is super pretty too. I don’t think I could name my kid after a book I hated though 😦

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    • Quinn says:

      I really like the name Violet, too, but there’s someone in my family (not an immediately family member) that drives people crazy, so I think my family would freak out of I ever named a daughter Violet.

      Actually, I’ve always liked the name Rosalie before I ever read Twilight. I’ve never had strong feelings one way or the other about Twilight. I don’t hate the book, but I don’t love it either.

  6. Kritika says:

    I love how you split up the names into what you would name your children (and what you wouldn’t)! I really like the names Violet and Alec.

    – Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk

  7. My mum’s name is Rosalie – and she was always very particular about it NOT being shortened to Rose or Rosie – when I was a kid I always thought her name was beautiful 🙂

  8. I’d totally name my daughter Georgiana. I think it’s so pretty and so feminine. Ditto for Rosalie.

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  9. Ha, we split our lists up in the same way, but we share none of the same names. I do love your list though!

  10. Andi ABCs says:

    Rosalie is a gorgeous name. Love it!

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  11. Caut says:

    Oh– Violet is on my list of favorite names ( From Series of Unfortunare Events). I love all the old soul girl names 🙂 And I love love Alec!!!

  12. Some really great names on the list! Rosalie is really pretty. I always like finding names in books that I think I could name my future children after. My TTT

  13. Cecelia says:

    Oh nice! I love Violet and Daisy, too, but I’d be so wary about giving those names to kids – there’s ‘history’ behind them. And yes to Harry (that’s my dad’s name). But NOT Harriet!

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  14. Debra says:

    Oh I forgot about Alec. I love Alec, beautiful name!

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  15. bebeboss666 says:

    I’ve always loved Daisy, it’s such a pretty name!
    Great picks!

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  16. Love the names Rosalie and Alec – they’re fantastic!

    Great choices 🙂

  17. Jan says:

    I really like the names you would consider naming a child…especially Rose. My niece named her daughter Megan Rose which I think is so pretty.

  18. I absolutely love Rosalie and Elizabeth. They sound classic which I love.

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  19. I think Rosalie would be an awesome name for a little girl. I also like flower names with Violet, Poppy, and Ivy being my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Ciara_H says:

    Alec and Rosalie are such lovely names. I love that you love the name John, because here in Ireland a lot of guys (and I mean, a LOT of guys) are called John and it’s just one of those names that I hear every day and never think anything of as it’s so usual here, so I like that someone else appreciates it! 🙂 (We have loads of Jacks too btw!)

  21. sappleby says:

    I like how you’ve split the names into names you’d name your children and not 🙂 You’ve got some great choices as well! 🙂

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  22. I love Jane Austen names. I would consider naming my kid Elizabeth only because there are so many different ways to shorten it (Lizzy, Beth, Lizbeth, Eliza, etc.). I always thought I’d name my kid Emma actually but apparently that is one of THE most popular names of the moment…I have a feeling it will be akin to the Lindseys and Ashleys of my generation, humph.

    Good list!

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  23. I love the way you did this. Georgiana is a name I really like, too, but I feel like it’s such a mouthful for a kid and even an adult! I really like it as a middle name so good pick by your best friend!

  24. Andy Estrada says:

    This week was hard for all of us over at the blog, so many amazing names to choose from! Looks like you had no trouble at all. 😉 Great picks!

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  25. Jessica says:

    I love Alec as a boy name. I would totally consider using that one eventually.

  26. Violet is on my list as well, since that’s my name and I love it 😀

  27. Liesel Hill says:

    Great list! Georgiana is a pretty name. Did you ever see the Kira Knightly movie called The Duchess. Her name is spelled the same but it’s said with only three syllables and a long A. “Georg-AIN-a”. Not sure which I like better but both pretty. Great list!

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  28. Daisy was the name of my parents’ dog, so I couldn’t see naming a child that, either. 🙂 And I know most people think of Harry Potter when they hear the name, Harry, but not me… I’m all about Prince Harry!

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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