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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday
Today's Top Ten list is supposed to be TOP TEN CHARACTERS I'D NAME MY CHILDREN AFTER.

Since I can't imagine naming my children after any characters other than themselves I decided to tweak the question to TOP TEN MEMORABLE LITERARY NAMES. As I was contemplating this list I decided that I would only allow myself to list names that I can remember without looking anything up. Obviously the name is not that memorable if I can't remember it, ha! Here goes...

Top Ten Memorable Literary names:

1. Junie B. Jones---the kindergarten girl who can never remember her teacher's names and is always in trouble. (Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park)

2. Hester Pryne---in all my years of teacher, I've never had a Hester. I wonder why? (Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne)

3. Dumbledore; Professor Flitwit; Snape; Hagrid; Rita Skeeter; Hermione Granger; Luna Lovegood; etc.---there are so many memorable names in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, my list could go on and on.

4. Scout Finch---I think it is fun and funny when a child likes to be called by his/her nickname and then their "real" name sounds so odd. I can't even remember Scout's given name. Can you? (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

5. Ebeneezer Scrooge---a perfect curmudgeon's name. (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

6. Anne Shirley---OK, I'm a bit biased on this name since my first name is Anne and my mom's first name is Shirley. It makes it hard to forget anyway. (Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery)

7. Katniss Everdeen---that name just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? (Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins)

8. Captain Ahab---even his name makes him sound mean. (Moby Dick by Herman Melville)

9. Okonkwo---the tortured clan leader in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I confess I had to look up how to spell his name but my daughter told me that it counts since I know how to pronounce his name.

10. Sam-I-Am---"I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam-I-Am." (Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss)

11. Elizabeth Bennet and Anne Elliot--- I once had someone tell me she thought I had a Jane Austen character name.  I can see why.  Take Anne Elliot's first name and Elizabeth Bennet's last name, add a "t" and you have Anne Bennett.  Me!  (Pride and Prejudice; Persuasion)

This was fun.  What are your favorite and memorable literary character names?


  1. Great list! I enjoyed your comments with each name!!

  2. Great idea to list memorable names. I kind of did the same as I wouldn't be so bold in naming my kids Katniss & Ebeneezer :D Here is mine.

  3. Hermione, James, and Lily made my list. I love those names!

  4. Ebenezer Scrooge for the WIN! I think that's what I'll name my next puppy.

  5. Great list, Anne!

    No, I can't imagine naming my kids after literary characters either. It was hard enough finding regular names for them - it's funny how ordinary names take on emotional connotations. My husband might have suggested one, and I'd say, "I knew a kid with that name in school who was a real jerk," and other weird feelings names bring to mind. And, of course, names of old boyfriends/girlfriends are immediately off limits!

    Nope, I can't remember Scout's given name either, and I just finished the book again a couple of months ago!

  6. Love your picks for memorable names, especially all the Potter ones and Sam-I-am!

    I Googled Scout because I had the exact same question myself. Her name was Jean, but she'll always be remembered as Scout. :)

  7. Great list. Those are memorable names. Ha ha. I don't think I've ever met a Hester either. I love Anne of Green Gables. I have great memories of that book. I'm glad you're an Anne with an e as well.

    Oh yes, you asked about the book Blue. It's a YA/fantasy novel. I'm reading it for a blog tour. Here is the link to the site that gives the summary. Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour

    Happy reading. Keep it shiny!

  8. Nice List! Love Junie B. Jones :) and Congratulations! You won the One Lovely Blog Award on my book blog! Check it out - http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2011/02/confessions-of-readaholic-one-lovely.html

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

  9. I've taught TKAM, oh, about 20+ times, so I'm pretty sure that Scout's real name is Jean Louise!
    Personally, I love Pi. (Piscine Molitor Patel)


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