What's In a Name?

This morning, for some inexplicable reason, I found myself thinking about my characters' names.  Some are chosen with great care, others with a little cheekiness.  Some characters' names are clues to the story to which I'm paying homage.

So that got me thinking about some of my favorite character names of all time...Severus Snape, Scout Finch, Anastasia Krupnik.

And my all-time favorite character name?  Nurse Ratched.  I mean, how could she not have been evil?  What words pop to mind when you hear the name "Ratched"?  For me, wretched and hatchet.  It's perfect.


How about you?  What are your favorite character names?

14 comments:

  1. Dickens's books are full of great names, like Uriah Heep and Mrs. Gummidge and Mr. Creakle in _David Copperfield_.

    I think my favorite though is Gilbert Blythe from LM Montgomery's Anne books. He just sounds so handsome and romantic and GOOD. Sigh.

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  2. Ahh, Laurel, you are a woman after my own heart. Sigh.

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  3. Andrew Peterson's children's novels have some of the most original names I've seen:

    Janner Igiby and his brother Tink, sister Leeli. Peet the Sock Man who lives in a treehouse. AnkleJelly Manor.

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  4. I don't know if I could pick favorite names. I just love names in general. I think maybe I come to like certain character names just because I like the characters so well.

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  5. Somebody already said Gilbert Blythe, so I'll go with the characters in Tuck Everlasting. Winnie Foster and Jesse Tuck.

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  6. Oh there are so many. I really like my male MC's name: Jag Barque.

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  7. Sirius Black was an awesome name, too. I can't write my story until I've settled on the names. Even though the meaning of the name may never come into the story, I have to give my characters names that reflect who they are.

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  8. I find names difficult - I think I have the perfect name then I google it and it's some professor of something!

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  9. I accidentally named a character in one of our WIPs Gregory Hines...never heard of the guy! So, I guess names are important!

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  10. Anytime I talk or hear about a mean nurse, I think of Ratched. Her image has been etched into my mind. Maybe that's also because I grew up around hospitals and have seen such a variety of nurses.

    The names Ramona and Beezus have always stayed with me. I loved those books.

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  11. Names are very important to me. And I love the ones you mentioned. I had a character names Buelah Blackenbilge and I loved her name so much I didn't want to axe her just because of her cool name. Sadly, she needed axing anyway.

    Have a great weekend!

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  12. Killashandra is one of my favorites, from THE CRYSTAL SINGER, by Ann McCaffrey. There have been so many though I'm having a hard time picking them out of my mind.

    I agree names are really important though. They do kinda define the character.

    .........dhole

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  13. So many great names to choose from. I love many of J.K. Rowling's names...Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Dumbledore. I was pronouncing Hermione wrong for the longest time until I finally saw the first movie - but what a cool name!

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