Top Ten Tuesday (3) – Characters That I’d Name My Children After


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is the Top Ten Characters That I’d Name My Children After.

  1. Aubrey from In The Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. What can I say? No vampire has ever stolen my heart in the way Aubrey did, and no book character has ever appealed to me as much as this evil badass vampire did. I love Aubrey. I love his personality, his never-ending cold war with his sister Risika, the way he thinks about his kind, and just every single thing about him. Although he might have lost a bit of his charm by his suddenly spineless appearance in Demon In My View, I will never really forget how that vampire entered the scene and completely and utterly stole my heart in the first novel in the series. So a possible name for one of my future children? Most definately.
  2. Asharhia from A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones. I have to admit that I loved A Cavern of Black Ice. I loved the characters, the storyline, the world building, everything – but most of all I loved the name of the main character, Asharhia. Not only was it a very special name, but it’s also a name that holds incredible power in my opinion. Can you say that name without thinking of an empress, a queen or a leader of the world? Thought not. Plus, she’s also one of my favorite heroines of all times.
  3. Rhapsody from Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon. I loved the Symphony of Ages series, and was very sad when they decided not to translate the later parts anymore. Rhapsody is a person you really can look up to – determined, courageous, strong and independent. But what inspired me the most about her, is the way she always thinks with her heart, rather than her mind. She loves Ashe, so she’s willing to risk everything it takes to protect him and be together with him. She has an unconditional and sisterly love for Gunthor and Achmed – and although I was always a fan of Rhapsody/Achmed rather than Rhapsody/Ashe, that doesn’t mean I like the heroine any less. Plus, it’s a gorgeous name.
  4. Morgaine from Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Fine, I’ll admit it for once and for all. Mists of Avalon still makes me cry. King Arthur, and his court over at Camelot still makes my imagination run wild, and I still wish I lived back in those glorious days of bloodshed, war and ancient prophecies. The way Marion Bradley makes ancient worlds come to live has always intrigued me, but my all-time favorite character from this amazing author is Morgaine, without a doubt. Morgaine Le Fay, who inspired several of my online nicknames throughout the years (I used to have Morgan Le Fay or just Morgan as a nickname on several forums) is still one of my top-ten fantasy heroines. She’s intelligent, brave and willing to put the needs of others – or the needs of Avalon – above her own. Somewhere along the way I was cheering for her to become Queen of England rather than Arthur. But anyway, Morgaine is a beautiful and inspirational name I could be persuaded to name my child.
  5. Bellatrix from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Where would I be without my number one dark witch? I have to admit that I’m not exactly all that fond of the name Bellatrix – especially not since people would shorten it to Bella, which could easily refer to the character with a similar name from Twilight – but I do like the character Bellatrix. A lot, actually. She is so dark, angsty and tormented. So devoted to one single goal, and so determined to reach that goal. You have to admire that personality trait. Alright, so she migth be a bit disturbed – read: insane – and she might be a brutal and vicious murderer, but at least she stays true to the things she stands for. She also makes an awesome fanfiction character, and I’d love to know her entire history some day – what made her into the cruel, heartless being she is today.
  6. Scarlett from Gone With The Wind. Is there anyone who doesn’t love Scarlett O’Hara? Sure she can be a little bit annoying and snobby at times, and she doesn’t get who trully loves her and who doesn’t, but she’s still one of the most inspirational characters in the history of literature.
  7. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I don’t have to tell you how much I love The Hunger Games – reading my review for it should cover that. But I also love the names the author used for her very brave, strong and clever main characters. Katniss is a beautiful, remarkable and outstanding name, and I also really like the sound of Peeta. Plus, I’m a fan girl.
  8. Cassandra from Firebrand by Marion Bradley. Everyone knows the story of Troy, with the beautiful Helena, the greedy Agamemnon and the brave Achilles. Not a lot of people know the story of Cassandra of Troy, as described so vividly by Marion Bradley in her novel Firebrand. I loved Cassandra as a character, and I totally fell in love with the name. Another possible name for a future child.
  9. Artemis from the Artemis Fowl Series. I fell in love with this series when I was a teenager, and I love the name Artemis – both for a boy and for a girl.
  10. Anne from Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Not only do I love this novel, but I have liked Anne Boleyn – in novels, in history – for as long as I can remember. Such an impressive woman, to turn the way a kingdom works upside down, change a religion completely and win the heart of one of the most influential men in history. All I can say is congratulations to that.


  1. Rhapsody would be gorgeous!
    You also get excellent marks for Artemis, Cassandra and Bellatrix.
    Fabulous list!

  2. I -love- the name Aubrey! Would definitely use that

  3. I picked Katniss too! I forgot about Artemis… you could call him Artie!

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