Oct 18, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (177)

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Before I get started, there's something about me you need to understand: I'm not big on popular and common names. I may like some of them--Oliver is adorable and always will be, for example--but I can't something after them. Why? Because they're so big and popular. I'm never the only Rachel, and everyone knows the name Rachel. (For the record, my half-sister is Blair, my brother is Alexander, and my sister is Celine. Guess who got the short end of the stick?) (Though my parents considered naming me Paige, which would've been fitting since, you know, books.) I like fun and unusual and rare and older names. Take the pigs I had through FFA in high school: Doodles, Titus, Zeus, Atticus, Sheniqua (who I didn't actually name), Persephone, and Finnick Haymitch Cornelius. (And I had a hedgehog named Odair.) So: NO BASIC NAMES...but also only literary names. (I got Titus from E. Lockhart's Fly on the Wall, I think.) I'm a fan of names whether or not a character inspires them, and yet I struggled with this post. I totally, utterly brainfarted. I couldn't think of names that weren't average (no offense), and I can't, for the most part, name a human after someone swoony because hello. So I struggled. And I cheated just a teensy bit. But here's what--and who--I came up with.

Aedion and Aelin
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I want twins--one boy and one girl--and I want to name them Aedion and Aelin. (Although my sister has twins, and...Well, this may not be a good idea.)

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, Gone by Michael Grant
There's a Diana in The Luxe and Gone series, and they're both feisty, fierce, and strong characters...but I also really like the name.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
CAN I NAME A CHILD AFTER A PLACE? Yes, yes I can. (I'm looking at you, Paris Hilton and London Tipton.)

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
TRIPLETS or just really cool boy names, am I right?

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
As in, the super swoony and fantastic Kingsley from Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood series...and another name I really, really like.

Because Jane freaking Goodall.

The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee
The main character in K.E. Ormsbee's The Water and the Wild, the name of my sister's sow (who may not actually be alive since she kept miscarrying), and a name that's super duper adorable.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
MY FAVORITE WITCH...and for some reason I imagine having a French Bulldog with the name?

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
For some reason I've also liked the name, though I don't pronounce it correctly. (Shocker!) It's Skylar, but I say shuller.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I have a dream, and it's to have a stunning black horse named Verity.

What fictional names would you put on something real?


  1. I like the spelling of Schuyler (aka Skylar). Also, Verity has a really pretty "sound." Like you, I think "old" names are the most unique and feel like the names we don't see anymore - or unusual ones, are the characters that stick with me most. :)

  2. I love that you've called your list 'a thing' These names would fit a thing very well! :-)

  3. Verity's a good one (especially for a horse) and I like Aelin as well. It's simple but different. And Jane, love how you described that one. :)

  4. Aedion and Aelin would be an awesome name for twins omg. And Erilea! That would be such a cool name to have. These are all awesome choices :)

  5. Kingsley (from a different book) made my list, too. I love that name. Nice list. :)

  6. Verity is a lovely name
    My ttt

  7. Aedion and Aelin are the most awesome twin names!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/top-ten-tuesday-79/


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