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Characters to name your kids after: Top ten literary names

This week’s question: pick a top ten topic that you missed the first time around. I missed the February 8, 2011 top ten list: Top Ten Character That I’d Name My Children After (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish), so that is the topic I chose. I imagine this topic appeals more to women than men, women seem to think about names of future children more than men do (any male readers out there to contradict me?).

I’m actually going to give you twenty (double the fun), ten boys and ten girls. In no particular order:

Top Ten Literary Girls Names:

1. June in Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

2. Elinor in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

3. Flora in Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

4. Thomasin in Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

5. Mercy in The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

6. Frannie (Frances) in The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving and in The Stand by Stephen King

7. Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

8. Maisie in What Maisie Knew by Henry James

9. Matilda in Matilda by Roald Dahl

10. Blythe Lucy M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series

Top Ten Literary Boys Names:

1. Dexter in One Day by David Nicholls

2. August/us/Gus in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. Finn in Finn and Hengest by J. R. R. Tolkein (a scholarly study) and Hitchers by Will McIntosh (there is of course Huck Finn too)

4. Gray in The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

5. Oscar in Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

6. Jonas in The Giver by Lois Lowry

7. Ignatius in Horns by Joe Hill

8. Gage in Pet Sematary by Stephen King

9. Hughes in Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman

10. Quillen in Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

I would like to point out that while I love the character names, I did not 100% love all the characters on this list (there were a few that I liked the name but didn’t love the character – like Hughes).

What about you? What was your list this week? Any literary baby names you would love to use?

Photo: Tom Gauld (sadly, it’s sold out)

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