Top 10 Character Names I Really Love

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You know sometimes, while reading a book do you ever get a moment where you see a character’s name and think “Oh wow I really like that name!”?

Because I do.

Quite often actually.

Well, that’s what this post is inspired by.

Since I haven’t done a Top 10 post in a while, I’ve basically chosen my Top 10 character names that I can’t help but love.

So here we go!


Aelin Galathynius

from the Throne of Glass series

Queen of Shadows

Not so much for the last name – that’s just a handful to say – but I really like the name “Aelin”. I seem to have a thing for uncommon names, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this post. But since reading the Throne of Glass series, this name has always stuck with me. And plus Aelin is one of my favourite characters, so…

Locke Lamora

from the Gentleman Bastard series

Lies of Locke Lamora

Admittedly, I’ve not even read this book yet. I intend to at some point this year. I’ll get round to it eventually. But you’ve got to admit, the name has a nice ring to it, right?

Ava Lavender

from The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

the strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender

Even though this is her full name, I just love it as a whole. I’ve always liked the name Ava, but paired with Lavender? I love it! Kind of wish I was called Ava Lavender, not going to lie.

Leisel Meminger

from The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Throwing a German name into the mix. Again, this is a name that’s always stuck with me, probably because it’s from one of my favourite books. Like with the uncommon names thing, I tend to like names that are from another language – probably because they’re uncommon to me.

Jaxon Hall

from The Bone Season series

bone season

Even though I don’t like the character – he’s one of those characters I love to hate – I quite like his first name. It’s probably just because it has an X in it…I have a strange mind like that.

Luna Lovegood

from the Harry Potter series

Illustrated Harry Potter

A favourite character and a favourite name. Again, here’s another one with a nice ring to it. Although I do like the name Luna on it’s own too, so it’s a win win situation.

Blue Sargent

from The Raven Cycle series

raven noys

This is one that I’ve discovered recently, since I read The Raven Boys last week. Blue Sargent is just such a quirky name, I literally adore it. Every time I read it I had the “oh my god I love that name” moment all over again.

Tessa Gray

from The Infernal Devices series

clockwork princess

This name is one that has grown on me. Again, I’m not so bothered about the last name, but the name Tessa seems quite elegant to me. That might just be because of the character herself, but who knows. I still really like the name.

Ezra Mason

from the Illuminae Files series


Oh look, another name with an uncommonly used letter of the alphabet. How predictable πŸ˜€ I don’t really know what else to say. I just like the name Ezra. Although I didn’t at first, so I don’t know what made me change my mind.

Nico Di Angelo

from the Heroes of Olympus series

mark of athena

I’ve always loved the name Nico. Especially with his last name – it just feels so good to say. I feel like this is another one that’s from a different language…Italian was it? I can’t remember where it said he’s from, I read the series so long ago. I just remember him going from…I think it was Venice, to living in the US.

So there we have it!

Those are my Top 10 Favourite Character Names!

Are any of these names favourites of yours too?

Or are there any other character names you particularly like?

Let me know in the comments!



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25 thoughts on “Top 10 Character Names I Really Love

    1. Thank you! And the book really is beautiful ❀
      I thought Nico was part Spanish at first and then was like "wait no…that's not right". Thinking about it now, Hazel is a nice name too… πŸ˜€


  1. Great post! I really like all these names – especially Locke Lamora. Ava Lavender and Nico Di Angelo (their names just feel very satisfying to say). πŸ˜€

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  2. I love this post so much, Ashleigh – probably because I have a bit of a thing for names. I really enjoy just researching names, haha! But omg doesn’t any mention of The Book Thief just make you want to dissolve into a puddle of tears? *sniffles*. But oooh The Raven Boys! Yessss! I’m reading the second book in that series right now and I just love it. So much. Blue Sargent does have a lovely name XD.

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    1. Haha thank you! It’s been a good two years or so since I read The Book Thief so I’ve recovered…but now I want to reread it all over again! I can’t wait to continue with The Raven Boys, I’m glad you’re enjoying it πŸ˜€


  3. I must say that I do love the more uncommon names as well, they always stick out in my mind (though spelling them can be a real pain ahah, even after reading a whole series it’s not uncommon for me to have to check the name spelling after writing a review!) Aelin is a particular favourite ❀
    Enchanted by YA

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