Book Nerd Problems: Naming Your Kids After Fictional Characters

Alright my fellow bookaholics, raise your hand if this has ever happened to you. After a long day of work you have decided to spend a well deserved evening of relaxation and curl up with an amazing book. All of  a sudden as you’re reading you catch yourself thinking, “Hmm…Peeta…that would be a great name for one of my kids some day.” Okay, maybe not EVERYONE has had that occur to them (especially with a name like Peeta), but it has certainly happened to me a countless number of times!

Maybe this is just a female thing, but whenever I begin to really fall in love with a book I start to fantasize about naming my future children after the characters that I’m reading about! Sure it will probably be a LONG time before I start having any kids, but I can’t help it! When a name catches my fancy I just can’t stop thinking about it! So, for interests sake I’ve decided to list some of the potential names that have popped up into my head while reading for my currently non-existant children.

Jace: While Jace wasn’t necessarily my favourite character in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, I loved how unique his name is! With the movie set to come out next year, however, I feel like there will be a huge increase in the number of baby boys being named Jace (along the lines of Edward, Jacob, and Bella).

The ever charming Gilbert Blythe

Gilbert: I know the name Gilbert is kind of terrible and probably more appropriate for a cat then my future children, but I’ve had a HUGE crush on the character of Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables since I was a seven years old. I’m sure most Canadian girls growing up in the 90s know exactly what I’m talking about!

Cassel: What can I say? I’ve always thought that Cassel from Holly Black’s Curse Workers series was as kickass as his name!

Charlotte: Yes, as in Charlotte the spider from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White! The name is as adorable and cute as the story!

Hazel and Augustus fan art by drNightflower

Hazel and Augustus: While reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green I fell as deeply in love with the names of Hazel and Augustus as I did with their actual characters! If I ever have twins I feel like these would be the perfect names to go together! Or maybe that would be weird considering they fall in love with each other in the book? I don’t want my kids going all Cersei and Jamie Lannister on me!

Daenerys: Speaking of Game of Thrones, I’ve always thought that Daenerys name was pretty original! Sure people who aren’t familiar with the books/tv show would have no idea how to pronounce it, but my kid wouldn’t have to worry about other girls in her class having the same name as her! I’m not the only one on the Daenerys train…one of my friends has told me that she’d love to name her daughter Khaleesi!

Darcy: I think most women would agree that Mr. Darcy from Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice is one of pop culture’s most beloved romantic heros. While Mr. Darcy’s first name is actually Fitzwilliam, I think using his last name for a child’s first name would be adorable! In fact, I went to library school with a girl named Darcy!

So there you have it!  A short list of just some of the names that have popped into my head while reading that I’ve considered for my future children! If anyone else suffers from the same fictional character name syndrome as me I would love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below what fictional names you’ve fallen in love with!


11 thoughts on “Book Nerd Problems: Naming Your Kids After Fictional Characters

  1. This is an awesome post, I love it! This totally happens to me all the time, there are just so many awesome names out there in books!

    Two names I’ve gotten stuck on recently are Alera and Miranna, sisters from Cayla Kluver’s Legacy series. I think both are beautiful and I’d love to use them – maybe one day! 😀

  2. Ha ha! I actually like both Daenerys and Khaleesi as names, although I’m not sure I can inflict them on a child. Darcy is really cute, though. If I were to name my child after a book character, it would be Matilda, after Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

  3. Im not sue I’d tell my children I’d named them after a fictional character even if I did. What if they were to read the book, hate it and the character and forever be annoyed? Yeah, I over think things too much. 😉 Love the name Cassel!

  4. I love this article! When my husband & I were going through names for our kids, favorite characters Always came up! I really like Rand from the wheel of time series by Robert Jordan. I also really like Logain from the same series and ended up naming our son Logan from that inspiration.

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