Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character Names

As I am stuck in ‘The Book Thief’ and haven’t done a book related post in a while I thought it was a good idea to link up with The Broke and Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday. Also, the topic for today was something I could actually come up with 10 items for.


Here we go then, top ten character names or unusual character names.

1) Thursday Next from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. This lady tops this list because I love the stories around her character, her name itself and all the word plays the book titles in the series make of it.

2) Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling(I probably didn’t need to clarify this but I did anyway). Her name is changed to Hermine Granger in Germany and as I read the first 4 books in German, she has two names in my head even though they’re basically the same.

3) Wilhelmina ‘Sunshine’ Upton. Yep, I stole my online name from my favourite book The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. I just really liked the name and the character.

4) Bertram Wilberforce “Bertie” Wooster from the Bertie Wooster series by P.G. Wodehouse. I adore these books because they’re funny and Bertie always gets himself in the stupidest predicaments only his valet Jeeves can get him out. In one word, hilarious and also, that name…

5) Miss Havisham from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I had my problems with the book in general but I still like the name even though the character is crazy.

6) Hercule Poirot from the Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie. As a teenager I was really into her stories and while I preferred Miss Marple in general, the name Hercule Poirot is just fun to say.

7) Margo Roth Spiegelmann from Paper Towns by John Green. Margo has such a presence, her name is always said in full. Oh, I love this book, and Margo.

8) Louise ‘Steve’ Temple from the Paul Temple series by Francis Durbridge. This one is cheating a bit because Steve was at first, a character in the old BBC radio plays that only later ended up being books as well. Despite her character first appearing in the late 1930s as the wife of start PI Paul Temple, she is not usually the damsel in distress which is more than welcomed by me. She has proven herself to be a helping hand on more than one occasion. All in all, she’s a badass for an upperclass white lady in that time period.

9) Jupiter Jones who is called Justus Jonas in Germany. He is part of The Three Detectives which are mostly popular in Germany because of the audio plays for kids (that I still listen to because they’re awesome and sometimes help me fall asleep). In this instance I actually prefer the German name over the original, which is rare for me.

10) Remus Lupin/Loona Lovegood from the Harry Potter books. These are just the first that sprang to mind when thinking about secondary characters in the series. There are so many more awesome names.

That’s it for today, have a nice Tuesday. What are your favourite character names?

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  • Doris

    Interesting list! Hermione <3

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    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Thanks, Hermione is a lovely name :)

  • cupitonians

    I’m reading American Gods where there are so many bizarre names like Mr. Wednesday, Low Key etc. I’m definitely going to pick up Monsters of Templeton though!

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I really hope you won’t be disappointed by it because I’m not good at recommending books :)

      • cupitonians

        I trust your taste. Remember how much we giggled when we saw 50 shades in our hostel room? Hilarious!

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          Good to know. Of course I remember but I forgot to put it in the post, damn it. That’s what you get for trying to do things in a haste.