Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What Is Your Favorite Character Name?

Not favorite character, favorite character name.

There are countless great characters in literature. Which of them have the best names?

Ishmael? Humbert Humbert? Bilbo Baggins? Or, heck, take your pick from the incredible character names in the Harry Potter universe. Severus Snape? Dolores Umbrage?

For me personally, I'm going with Severus Snape. What about you?






180 comments:

James Scott Bell said...

Uriah Heep.

Bane of Anubis said...

Puddleglum the Marshwiggle.

JasonTudor said...

Endeavour Morse.

Monica Marier said...

"Thursday Next," followed by "Ludovic Speed"

Ramona Dark said...

Mr. Wednesday

Amanda C. Davis said...

I liked the name of the protagonist in du Maurier's Rebecca.

Jen said...

I was going to go with Snape, but then I read the comments. I have to second Uriah Heap!

And then Monica reminded me of Thursday Next. In the Thursday Next books, Uriah Hope got caught by a misspelling virus and was transformed into Uriah Heap.

Anonymous said...

Yossarian, Rabo Karabekian and Holden Caulfield.

Stephanie Garber said...

Atticus Finch!

Sara said...

Oh, I love the Thursday Next series! I always think of Dickens' characters because their names usually matched their personalities -- Edmund Sparkler, Miss Flite, Guppy.

Munk said...

Scout

Jennifer Cary Diers said...

Jemima Puddleduck is good, as is Rosto the Piper. Or else Jayne Cobb, if I'm allowed to choose a television character.

Elaine AM Smith said...

I didn't get in first with Atticus Finch - rats ;)

My second favourite name is Mr Ignatius Niggle - "Iggy" - from Measles and the Mallockee by Ian Ogilvy

Bee said...

Nymphadora Tonks
Wednesday Adams
Bilbo Baggins
Dr. Faustus
Betsy Trotwood
Heathcliff
Salazar Sytherine

Susan Antony said...

Oliver Twist.

Mark said...

Jammy Grammy Lammy F'Huppa F'Huppa Berlin Stereo Eo Eo Lebb C'Yepp Nermonica Le Straypek De Grespin De Crespin De Spespin De Vespin De Whoop De Loop De Brunkle Merry Christmas Lenoir

or

Skulduggery Pleasant.

Eric said...

Ford Prefect.

M.J.B. said...

Miss Flite - "Bleak House"
Elphaba Thropp - "Wicked"
Hermione Granger - "Harry Potter"
Albus Dumbledore - "Harry Potter

Watcher55 said...

OZ - taken from a file-cabinet drawer

Puddinhead Wilson

Slartibartfast - HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE

OK I'll stop cheating and leave some for the other kids.

Richard Gibson said...

Snidely Whiplash. And yes, I realize Rocky & Bullwinkle isn't exactly literature.

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Chantele Sedgwick said...

Dang it! I was going to do Severus Snape! :) I'm a big fan of Luna Lovegood as well. :)

CobraMisfit said...

Horatio Hornblower and Thursday Next. Hands down some of the best names in fiction.

Anonymous said...

Algernon
Topher
Balthazar

Brandi Lynch said...

Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea. Not so much the name, but the fact that it's a secret and the reader knows it.

Lan Mandragoran, Nynaeve, many other Robert Jordan names

Landra said...

Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo

Pippi Longstocking

Scarlett O'Hara (the name says it all)

mshatch said...

Artemis Fowl
Mr. Gradgrind - Hard Times
Boomer aka Athena - Battlestar Galactica (actually everyone in that show had great names)

The English Teacher said...

@Amanda C. Davis LOL *giggle*

Rowling and Dickens win hands down for the longest list of awesome character names (Mr. Jaggers, The Artful Dodger, Miss Havisham, and tons of the Rowling names listed already), but beyond those two, I've always liked Lemony Snicket (who is arguably a CHARACTER -- a fictional creation -- in the books) as a name, as well as Humphrey Clinker (from Tobias Smollett's book).
From Shakespeare, I like Benedick (from Much Ado), as his name literally means "well spoken," which fits his personality so well.

Jason Jeffery said...

Alexis Machine, created by Shane Stevens and injected new life by Stephen King.

Loree Huebner said...

Tom Bombadil

Marisa Hopkins said...

Septimus Hodge and Thomasina Coverly!

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Watcher55 said...

@Munk

I was going to mention Scout (which is a good character name), but I like her given name as well - Jean Louise

Matthew MacNish said...

I've always thought that Tolkien had the most beautiful names, the most poetic, and the ones that built the world through names alone more than any other story.

Names like Thranduil, Olorin, Gil-Galad, Saruman, Theoden ... I could go on. Of course it's not really fair, him being a linguist.

And yet, that being said, I still think my favorite character name of all time is Hermoine Granger. I had never heard of that name before Harry Potter, and I just can't think of a single character whose name fits them better.

Severus is great, but I sort of love Severus, and love to hate Snape.

Matthew MacNish said...

Oh and Zaphod Beeblebrox is rather fun to say as well.

JPK said...

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.

Love how Brian is kinda just thrown in for good measure.

Sam Webb said...

Vardaman Bundren from As I Lay Dying.

Anonymous said...

Cornelius Fudge

Stephanie McGee said...

I'm going to have to agree with Thursday Next and all the Harry Potter/Tolkien/Shakespeare names.

My addition would be Silk from David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series. It's a nickname, and I know we learned his real name during the books, but it sticks in memory because it's so suited to his character.

Janet Kay Jensen said...

Eustacia Vye from The Return of the Native

AllMyPosts said...

Edward Newgate

Ace

Monkey D. Luffy


Admiral Grap .. so on ..

with warm regards
Another Author

Rick Daley said...

Gollum

A note on Slartibartfast: rumor has it Douglas Adams came up with that name just to &^%# with his secretary, who had to format the scripts for the Hitchhiker's radio shows.

Anonymous said...

Evie Decker (A Slipping Down Life by Anne Tyler)

It's part of the first line in the novel, which sums the novel up in a sentence, and I love when authors do this well in the first line.

TERI REES WANG said...

Eva Luna & Tartuffe!

Cyndy Aleo said...

Katniss Everdeen. Followed by Gibson's "The Dixie Flatline"

Rebecca Burke said...

These are all wonderful suggestions, but I don't yet see Lemony Snicket! Another favorite of mine, Adrian Mole, is also one of my favorite characters.

Winnie the Pooh and all his friends are also sweetly named.

Sasha Barin said...

The Imp.

Anonymous said...

Anne spelled with an E from the Green Gables books

Ninja Girl said...

Well, since you've already said Snape:

Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings (from Gail Carriger's Soulless series)

Amelia Bedelia

Pepper Potts

Ivy Hisslepenny

And, of course, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore :)

Stephen Parrish said...

Darn it, someone already beat me to Snidley Whiplash. So I'll say Simon Bar Sinister.

You know, Nathan, coming up with a hooky character name would make a good contest.

D.G. Hudson said...

Yoda and R2D2 from Star Wars; Jabba the Hut & Hans Solo also from Star Wars.

Fagin from Oliver Twist and

Ebenezer Scrooge (that name just sounds like a skinflint/miser)

Francis Tuohy said...

Favourite Chracters, favourite names.
Huckleberry Finn, Rincewind from Discworld and Gatsby

Sarah McCabe said...

Luthien Tinuviel and Maedhros from The Silmarillion by Tolkien.

Corwin from the Amber books by Roger Zelazny.

I like these names so much I gave them to my kids! Really.

Mira said...

Great, fun topic, Nathan.

So many of my favorites have been mentioned!!

I suspect I'll post more than once today as I think of them, but I giving Lewis Carroll his due:

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
Humpty Dumpty
The Mad Hatter
The Cheshire Cat

From Peter Pan, Captain Hook sort of says it all. Tinkerbell is a pretty nice one too.

Jared X said...

Pussy Galore (Ian Fleming's "Goldfinger"). It's not just the most obvious double entendre of all time, it also serves as character development for the protagonist.

J.P. Kurzitza said...

Pi.

Geoff said...

I love all the names in Mieville's Kraken - Billy Harrow, Wati, The Tattoo... it's questions like these, though, that point out a major drawback to my preferred method (audio book) of consuming fiction: I never know how to spell any of these great names! But I always know how to pronounce them.

I mean, Hermione? If I had run across that name while reading the book, before the movies or anything, I would've butchered it!

salima said...

Ebenezer Scrooge, Coraline, Obi Wan Kenobi, Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Kvothe, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, Kilgore Trout, Tuck, Bunnicula, Sherlock Holmes, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, Bagheera, Fiver.

lora96 said...

Ivy Hisselpenny (Soulless by Gail Carriger)

also,

The Unitary Authority of Warington Cat ("real" name of the Cheshire Cat according to jasper fforde's Well of Lost Plots)

lora96 said...

@Amanda: did the protagonist in Rebecca have a name? cause she is the narrator and was only called Mrs. DeWinter, I think. Rebecca was the psycho dead wife.

Carmen Webster Buxton said...

Fitzwilliam Darcy. aka, Mr. Darcy

Bryce Daniels said...

Hieronymus Bosch

midnightblooms said...

I love Rowling's character names. There isn't a bad one in the entire series. Some of the best are just mentions: Bathilda Bagshot, Miranda Goshawk, Arsenius Jigger, Newt Scamander, Adalbert Waffling.

Anonymous said...

Hiro Protagonist, from Snow Crash.

Lyn said...

When booking a train online I always give a fictional character's name instead of my own. I get a little thrill when I get to sit down pretending to be Byrony Tallis or Violet Beauregarde or whomever I choose to be that day. Haven't had any comments yet - although I did get some funny looks when the little screen said Ignatius J. Reilly.

However I think my all time favourite character name has to be Major Major Major Major.

Anonymous said...

Gogol from The Namesake and Daisy from Plum Blossoms in Paris because there is a story and a love/hate relationship behind each.

Rebecca Kiel said...

I'm going with Hok, Lok, and Siew in Jon Muth's Stone Soup. They just roll off the tongue when you read the book aloud!

Anonymous said...

Django Twip

Yat-Yee said...

I'm with Munk: scout.

shadowkindrd said...

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Anonymous said...

Chicken Little

Riley Redgate said...

Wow, tough question. I'm going to have to Harry-Potter it up as well. I love all the Founders' names - Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw. I have a real thing for Minerva McGonagall, too. Every single name just feels right for who the character is.

(Also, I love names that are alliterative, because yours truly has one. :P)

David Jace said...

Warren Peace

If you haven't seen Sky High, he's the child of a union between a super villian and a super hero. (Inner conflict pre-birth, people!) And that inner conflict is so wonderfully reflected in his name: War 'en Peace.

John Durvin said...

My personal favorites are Prospero, Ubu, and the majority of things others have already said. The Duke of Crows is an amazingly evocative name, too, from the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy. If we're including movies, I'm going to have to nominate Lazlo Soot of "Smokin' Aces".

Incidentally, Rowling, Dickens, and Shakespeare seem to be topping the list, and all three use obscure words and other languages as sources for their characters, almost without exception. For example, Dumbledore is Old English for a bumblebee (presumably because he's so busy), Scrooge was an old term for 'steal', and, I dunno, Dogsberry meaning 'poo.' Makes you think about how to name your own characters, doesn't it?

David Jace said...

Lyn, how do you get away with booking a train under a fictional character's name from a security standpoint? Don't they ask for ID? Planes and such certainly do...

But thanks, now I just want to do that!

Mark Evans said...

Stormy Llewellyn immediately came to mind, even though it was years ago when I read Odd Thomas. I've always been fond of Wilhelmina Murray since it rolled off Winona Ryder's tongue in Dracula--I reckon she practised.

David Jace said...

John, one of my own favorite characters's names is Gerard Tombé. He's a fallen angel hiding in a metropolitan homeless shelter. Tombé means fallen in French.

Anonymous said...

Dracula!

Mira said...

Bertie Wooster

Jeeves

Pip

Miss Havesham

Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Wanda Vaughn said...

Flewdur Fflam of the Prydain books
Gwydion of the Prydain books
Con - short for Constantine of McKinley's Sunshine
and
of course
Bartimaeus from his trilogy. :)

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John said...

Mrs. Frisby.

Allen B. Ogey said...

I'm 15 minutes late to be the first to say Jeeves!

Robert Michael said...

Melisande Shahrizai--Kushiel's Dart

Dirk Pitt--Clive Cussler's Novels

Pip--Great Expectations

Raistlin Majere--Dragonlance Books

Luke Skywalker--Star Wars

Iago--Othello (Shakespeare was GREAT with names)

Lestat De Lioncourt--Interview with A Vampire/The Vampire Lestat/Queen of the Damned

Menion Leah and Walker Boh--Shannara Series (Terry Brooks)

I love names almost as much as the characters since many authors imbue the character with traits inherent in the name. And I can't pick a favorite...although Dirk Pitt just resonates: Hero with a dark edge.

NRH said...

Horselover Fat, from VALIS, by Philip K. Dick.

Jan Priddy, Oregon said...

Pecola Breedlove... for the irony.

Courtney Odell said...

Willy Wonka
Charlie Bucket
Violet Beauregarde
Veruca Salt
Mike Teavee
Augustus Gloop

I love many of the names already mentioned!

I always thought Odd Thomas was a great name too!

Seabrooke said...

Anything from Terry Pratchett - somewhat surprised not to see his name mentioned even once here! For instance: Moist von Lipwig, or the city of Ankh-Morpork.

Chuck H. said...

Tregonsee and Worsel. The other two second stage lensmen from the lensman series.

Cynthia said...

Serious Black from Harry Potter is a favorite of mine.

Amy said...

Hero Protagonist

It's pretty self explanitory

abc said...

Maybe Jean Valjean. Just cause I like to say it out loud.

"I am Jean Valjean."

But I also quite like Pippi Longstocking.

And you are not so bad with names yourself, Mr. Bransford. Moonman McGillicutty! (my kid and I got into giggle fits over the 30 seconds of night and day and the whole tree of life bit).

The Desert Rocks said...

Wonderful choices...too many to choose from...I can't believe no one said, Rhett Butler
or Howard Roark...Heathcliff!

Ruth Donnelly said...

My first thought was Atticus Finch, but I see several people were ahead of me! I'll throw out some great middle grade girl names instead:
Calpurnia Tate
Ramona Quimby
Molly Moon
Theodosia Throckmorton
Constance Contraire

Zan Marie said...

James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser

If you don't know who he is, go get OUTLANDER immediately. ; )

Kourtnie McKenzie said...

I'm going with Pinocchio.

Thanks for such a fun topic! The comments were a blast to read.

Samantha Manzella said...

Alaska Young from LOOKING FOR ALASKA. I just feel like it suits her character perfectly. :)

Aimee Bea said...

I'm going to go with Major Major Major Major from Catch-22.

Kevin Lynn Helmick said...

Sebastian Cross, of course.

and Huckleberry Finn, has got to be the all the greatest character name. In American literature anyway.

literaryellymay said...

My favorite was The Artful Dodger--it's kinda badass when your name both includes a descriptive adjective and implies the action he regularly performs ("to dodge").

Though I agree with Robert Michael that Melisande Shahrizai (from Kushiel's Dart)is pretty awesome, too.

Redleg said...

Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged.

Lyn said...

@David Jace - Well they obviously need your real name when you're putting in your credit card details. But the name above your seat is more of a place holder - a lot of people just use their initials. They never ask for I.D, just your ticket, which also has the fake name on it. I also have the bonus of a cool collection of train tickets with literary names on them.

A. Lockwood said...

Mogget and The Disreputable Dog from the Abhorsen books.

Pretty much every name in Ender's Game.

And sometimes it's not just about the name but also about who is saying it. Mike Wazowski!

Tere Kirkland said...

Love Miss April Spink and Miss Miriam Forcible from Gaiman's Coraline. All good names, there.

And I always loved Ford Prefect. But my favorite by far is Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen.

David Jace said...

Lyn-

I have GOT to ride more trains now. I think I'll run a little game like this on my Facebook (Cause I don't have enough blog readers to play Solitaire!). I can call it Characters on a Train... or maybe I'll suggest it to ComeInCharacter.

I, too, would like to thank you, Nathan, for such a fun post!

Neil Larkins said...

Wow. All great names. Can't think of any not mentioned. Among the shortest: O

Jo Eberhardt said...

Damn, someone alreasy said Thursday Next. Awesome character name.

I also like:
Nobby Nobbs (Discworld)
Slatibartfast (H2G2)
Seregil (Nightrunner Series)
Jupiter Jones (A blast from the past - The Three Investigators.)

Watcher55 said...

I called myself looking for this one, so it might have been mentioned, but I have to jump on the Harry Potter bandwagon:
Xenophilius Lovegood (Strangelove Lovegood).

I tip my hat to Major Major Major, @Aimee.

Heidi said...

Publius Varrus (from Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles),
Ebeneezer Scrooge,
Snuffleupagus,
Willy Wonka,
Mrs. Tiggywinkle,
Jeremiah Johnson

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Pamala Knight said...

Lots of great ones already. If we were doing lists then I'd say:

Tom Bombadil
Sirius Black
Channing Channing (of the Chesterfield Channings)
Ivy Hisselpenny
Kvothe
Logan Mountstuart
Han Solo
Cormac Mac Art
Bigger Thomas

But since we're limited to one ;), I'll say

Fitzchivalry Farseer

Ed Miracle said...

Darth Vader

Anonymous said...

the one and only, man in black, aka randall flagg, aka....a million other names

Ninja Girl said...

Oh, oh, I almost forgot Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. Love the names, the characters, the book, everything!

Kristin Laughtin said...

The Harry Potter series does have great names, even the more heavy-handed ones like Sanguini.

Perhaps it's because I'm reading THE WISE MAN'S FEAR right now and it springs to mind easily as a result, but I've really come to love the name Kvothe. It gives the appropriate fantasy vibe while not being too far out there.

I've also loved the sound of Jean Valjean for many years.

I thought SPIN's Wun Ngo Wen had a great name. It sounds exotic, appropriate for a Martian, but I can still trace it back to various Earth cultures, showing the continuity across hundreds of thousands of years between the two planets.

Even though it's simple, I really like Ayla's name in THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, especially since it is so different from the sounds the Neanderthals she is raised by can/do make. It demonstrates her difference from them.

There are so many more! A good name always catches my attention.

Alyson said...

I always loved Sabriel and Lirael from the Garth Nix books. Granted, all the names in those stories were dark and original (and the author's!): the Despicable Dog, Abhorsen, they go on...and make you think of dim places, with plenty of shadow and swordfighting.

Scott said...

I used to really like Asimov's names from his Foundation series. Golan Trevize, Salvor Hardin, Hari Seldon, and of course R. Daneel Olivaw (from the robot novels and the continuation of the Foundation series).

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Any Tamora Pierce name. i.e. Veralidaine Sarrasri

Anonymous said...

I love Otis Otis from the Vladimir Todd series.

Juliette said...

Eustace Clarence Scrubb 'and he almost deserved it'

Honourable mentions to Flay, Steerpike, Endeavour Morse and Ebeneezer Scrooge

Melanie Jacobson said...

Boo Radley

Amy Van Es said...

Peekay (from Bryce Courtenay's the Power of One)

haleywhitehall said...

My favorite character name is Pippy Longstocking. I have a cat named Pippy now.

Kari Wolfe said...

Mine's from a television show, Rubicon.

Kale Ingram :)

Kari Wolfe said...

Mine's from a television show, Rubicon.

Kale Ingram :)

Kelli L. Kozak said...

Kilgore Trout.

ElizaJane said...

Phileas Fogg and Passepartout.

More seriously, Lucasta, invented by the poet Richard Lovelace (who would have had to invent his own name if his family hadn't done it for him). I wanted to name one my youngest daughter Lucasta but was voted down.

RED STICK WRITER said...

Sometimes truth is better than fiction. Learned Hand, the U.S. Judge and judicial philosopher, gets my vote. I'll stick with lawyerly types for my backup guy, Atticus Finch.

Marta said...

Boo Radley

Near runners-up: Snidely Whiplash, Huckleberry Finn, Darth Vader, Cruella de Vil and Lemony Snickett (oops, maybe author pseudonyms don't count).

Becky Stanborough said...

Mosca Mye.

But Scout is just about perfect, too.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I'm not going to pick one name. I'm just going to name three authors with a flair for exotic character names:

L. M. Montgomery (who invented characters named Valentine Courtaloe, Hazel Marr, Minerva Tomgallon, Lavendar Lewis, and Ludovic Speed, to name a few)

Sinclair Lewis (whose penchant for names such as Orchid Pickerbaugh and Doremus Jessup exploded into a bizarre-name factory in the book CASS TIMBERLANE, where each of the dozens of character names is more original than the one before it)

Charles Dickens (pick a name, any name)

but C. S. Lewis gets an honorable mention for the name "Screwtape," and Margaret Mitchell for "Cade Calvert."

Nancy Lauzon said...

I'm way late in answering, so many have already been mentioned, including 'Gollum', my all time favorite.

Nancy
http://nancylauzon.blogspot.com
The Chick Dick Blog

Marilyn Peake said...

Galadriel, from LORD OF THE RINGS.

Also, Arya Stark, Lord Eddard Stark and Cersei Lannister from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series by George R. R. Martin.

And, if you can sat that Lemony Snicket is a character - like others have said, I also love that name!

(Also, I spend a lot of time choosing names for my own books. One of my favorite names from my own novels is Wiley O'Mara from The Fisherman's Son Trilogy.)

Anonymous said...

Jilly Coppercorn from the Newford collections.

Patrick Neylan said...

Did I misread the bit that said "your favourite character who sounds like (s)he came from a Charles Dickens novel you haven't read"?

In which case, I'll go for Titus Bramble.

Damn. Titus Bramble is a real person.

OK, Slartibartfast. Or Yossarian. Or Colonel Aureliano Buendia.

Jaimie said...

Mrs Whatsit

Patrick Neylan said...

My brother wanted to name his firstborn "Hrothgar". I don't think Michael has forgiven his mother for denying him that honour.

Still, it would be a shame if we'd never improved on the first English book still in existence.

D.G. Hudson said...

Another great name --

Marcus Didius Falco from the series by Lindsay Davis. (Roman mystery series)

Caden O'Brien said...

Stellaluna, the lost baby fruit bat!

brianw said...

I love the name kelsier from mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I'm not sure why exactly. Cool name, awesome character.

brianw said...

Also, the main character from my debut novel, dreamworld, is named Trayvian James, which fits in real life and a fantasy world, just like the story. I think it's a pretty sweet name (but I guess I made it up, so I might be a little biased:).

Maggie said...

Boo Radley

Jenni Wiltz said...

Vicky Bliss and Sir John Smythe, creations of Elizabeth Peters

Laura Marcella said...

Bilbo Baggins! Love that name. Some of my other favorite names are Willy Wonka, Rita Skeeter, Scarlett O'Hara, and Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking (Pippi Longstocking!).

Dawn Pier said...

Snark, Boojum & Jabberwocky

gracias al Lewis Caroll

oh and Holly Golightly!

Sara said...

I realize that Doctor Who is not literature, but one of my favorite character names is Sally Sparrow. I also like the name Katniss, from the Hunger Games.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Chillingsworth - the name most clearly attributed to a supervillain, but no one suspects a thing. The Puritans were too trusting.

Diane J. said...

Ichabod Crane
Rikki Tikki Tavy
Norton Juster (I know he's not a character, but I love his book The Phantom Tollbooth)
Almost any name from the old EC Horror Comics.

sharktastic said...

OMG best blog post ever!

I have to give it to JK Rowling:
Draco Malfoy

So prickly and unlikeable. I also love:
-Charlie Bucket
-Lyra Belacqua
-Albus Dumbledore
-Atticus Finch
-Hester Prynne
-Jo March
-Owen Meany

Gabriel said...

viceroy Fizzlebottom

Things I google

Stephanie said...

Easy. Dreadful Spiller, from The Borrowers.

Becca said...

Alaska - because it's different
Charles Xavier - because it sounds smart, and somewhat British
Ean Amhearst- a different twist on a well-known name

and I'm sure there's more, I just can't remember

Anonymous said...

I agree that Rowling, Dickens, Tolkien, and Twain have some of the best names out there. Some of my favorites:

Severus Snape
Neville Longbottom
Mr. Tulkinghorn
Smallweed
Ebenezer Scrooge
Bilbo Baggins
Bifur, Bafur, Bombur
Huckleberry Finn

Also Becky Sharp [Vanity Fair] and Mara Jade [Start Wars]. There are many others....

Dana Strange said...

Pippi Longstocking

marion said...

No one mentioned Frankenstein! He was the chemist, of course, not the monster. I think his first name was Victor. A nice ironic name.

But my first thought was Uriah Heep. Famous/infamous name for a good reason! Dickens wins hands down.

But I love all those sci-fi names that look as if your hand slipped onto the wrong keyboard keys. Weird conglomerations of infrequent consonants.

JJ Toner (euclid) said...

Walter Mitty
Worzel Gummidge (the scarecrow)
Dr Velikov Vonk (from RA Lafferty)

Anonymous said...

Holly Golightly .

Robert Carraher said...

Ford Prefect Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe he knows where the best cooks and bartenders in the Universe are.

Jo-Ann said...

Hi
Can't believe that nobody's nominated Artemis Fowl.

But that's not my personal favourite. My vote is split between Mr Willy Wonka and Slartibartfast.

With an honourable mention to "Silky" from the Faraway Tree series (i loved her as a child!)

Charlotte Chase said...

Ferney is such a wonderful name.

wendy said...

I've always liked the character name Marigold from a children's book I read aeons ago. It sounds kind of fey and lovely.

Monica said...

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!!

Laura W. said...

Reepicheep :)

Phil said...

Kokkus Hekkus or Master Twango from the works of Jack Vance!

47kylie said...

Miss Trunchbull from Roald Dahl's Matilda

David Jace said...

I want to give credit where credit is due. Inspired by this post, I posted a Question on my Facebook page. Thank you, Nathan. And thank you, Lyn, for your inspirations.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Jace/130695656973336#!/pages/David-Jace/130695656973336

Charlee Vale said...

Brennan Caldwell. :)

SBJones said...

Han Solo
Rath Baldore
Grom Hellscream
Bastiana
Mat Cauthon

Anonymous said...

Dr. Prunesquallor and Lord Sepulchrave from the Gormenghast trilogy

C.Smith said...

Huckleberry Fin :)

Laura Martone said...

So many awesome names, so little time.

I'd agree with everyone who favors Rowling, Dickens, and Shakespeare - their works are filled to the brim with awesome names - though kudos to Janet Kay Jensen for calling attention to Eustacia Vye - one of my favorite Hardy inventions.

And, for the record, I'm 100% behind Stephen Parrish's suggestion for a "hooky" character contest!

Troy Bierkortte said...

Kilgore Trout

Jackerickson.blogspot.com said...

This is fun . . .

Two nominees:

Mildred Ratched, AKA "Nurse Cratchet," as Jack Nicholson's character, Randall Patrick McMurphy, called her in the Academy Award winning movie adapted from Ken Kesey's book, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest."

And,

Yossarian, Milo Minderbinder, Major Major Major Major and all of the delightful characters in Joseph Heller's "Catch - 22."

Gabrielle D'Ayr said...
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Gabrielle D'Ayr said...

Hahaha! This is too much fun!

And so many people I'd like to reply to (Yes, I know who Jamie Fraser is ~ sigh!)

I was always partial to Remy, and then when I discovered X-men, Remy Etienne LeBeau ~ it's just so scrumptious.

Thought Dumas did will with D'Artagnan and Aramis.

Oddly Harry Potter is probably the only name I don't like from JK's world.

Rumplestiltskin has got to be offered up as well I think.

Sandy said...

Horatio Hornblower.

D.M. Seymour said...

Aura in the Shade series by Jeri Smith Ready.

Creaves said...

Starbuck from Moby-Dick!

Noel said...

Queequeg (because I think I say it differently every time I read Moby Dick)
Arya Stark (and especially Arya Underfoot)
Reepicheep
Rikki-tikki-tavi
...and I could keep going, but I'll save some for the other kids.

Kate Oughtibridge said...

Milly-Molly-Mandy

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