|Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday|
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?