Top Ten Tuesday #63


Hey everyone! I’m back with a new Top Ten Tuesday for you all this week, courtesy of the Broke and The Bookish. This week’s prompt was a freebie, which means you can do whatever you want, which on the one hand yay, but on the other hand, what the hell do I do? I was going to do Top Ten Things I Enjoy Aside From Reading/Blogging, but I changed my mind and decided to do Top Ten Unfortunate Character Names, mostly because nearly all of the characters in my current read have rather weird names! So here we go, unfortunately named characters:

  1. Nearly all of Graceling’s characters-I would have picked particular characters, but most of them have stupid names. There’s Po (yes like the teletubby), Bitterblue, Ror (yes like what a lion does), Leck, Raffin, Oll……the list goes on.
  2. Mare Barrow-Red Queen-I’m sorry, all I could think of when I saw the name Mare was a female horse…..
  3. Peeta Mellark-The Hunger Games-It just makes me think of pitta bread and I know he’s a baker and it’s meant to be clever and all but seriously, I’m sure not even bakers would land their kid with a bread name.
  4. Otto Malpense-HIVE-I’m sorry, all I can think of when I see this name is otters……
  5. Artemis Fowl-Artemis Fowl-He’s named after a female goddess and his last name means birds……do I need to say more?
  6. Patridge Willux-Pure-He’s named after a bird…..not to mention that Partridge is just a nickname and his real name is Ripkard……who names their kid that?
  7. Dick and Fanny-Faraway Tree-Okay so I’m slightly cheating here by combining two characters but they’re both on the list for the same reason, so I thought I’d combine them. Yes I know these books were written a long time ago and they are actual names and probably didn’t mean the same things as they do now….but still, very unfortunate to be named Dick or Fanny and I probably don’t need to say why.
  8. Horace Slughorn-Harry Potter-The guy’s last name is Slughorn and then his parents had to give him the first name Horace……
  9. Montgomery Montgomery-A Series of Unfortunate Events-Having the same first and last name…..Ouch!
  10. Piggy-Lord of The Flies-Okay so I know this was a nickname but still…….
  11. Mundungus Fletcher-Harry Potter-This series is full of weirdly named characters, but I think Mundungus is a particularly unfortunate name!
  12. Glimmer-The Hunger Games-This series is full of characters with weird names, but I think this one was probably one of the worst!
  13. Effie-The Hunger Games-Okay so the name suits her because it’s weird and posh like she is, but it’s still a really unfortunate name.
  14. Four-Divergent-I know it’s a nickname, but still…….it’s a weird name.
  15. Puck Connelly-The Scorpio Races-Again, a nickname but it’s a really weird nickname and I couldn’t stop thinking about the character from Glee who also goes by this nickname….and he’s a guy whereas this character is a girl…..
  16. Quigley Quagmire-A Series of Unfortunate Events-This is just bad. Poor kid. Enough said.
  17. Frypan-The Maze Runner-This is just…..I can’t even.
  18. Chaol Westfall-Throne of Glass-I know you’re supposed to pronounce it Kay-all but it sounds so much like Kale…….
  19. Santi-Ink and Bone-Okay so this is his last name, but he’s referred to as this most of the time and I just can’t help but think of Santa!
  20. El Capitan and Helmud-Pure-I kept misreading El Capitan as Captain and Helmud…well Helmud is just strange and made me think of Helmets!

So I’m going to stop there before I go completely crazy, but the point is there are some weird names in YA. I really enjoyed this topic so I think I’m going to keep back Unusual Character Names That I Actually Like as a topic for another time! What’s the weirdest YA character name you’ve ever come across? Be brutal, I want to hear the weirdest of the weird! What did you do for the freebie topic? Let me know in the comments! Next’s week’s topic is Top Ten Books That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads That You Enjoyed, which I’m really looking forward to, as I like finding underrated books but in the meantime, I will hopefully have a new Wishlist Wednesday post, a new discussion post and a new review (of my latest read Graceling), all coming up for you guys in the next few days, so stay tuned for all of that!

163 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #63

  1. Olivia 28/06/2016 / 12:28 am

    These are really weird names! I haven’t heard of most of these, but I feel bad for the characters. Another bad/weird name is America Singer, from The Selection.

  2. Holly 28/06/2016 / 2:00 pm

    haha love this! They’re all so true!

  3. notimefortinybookshelves 28/06/2016 / 2:36 pm

    Haha, what a fun topic! I agree, there are some really wild character names out there (how about Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door). Wasn’t there also someone named Gloss in the Hunger Games?

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks! Yeah they really are. I haven’t read Lola and The Boy Next Door, but I totally agree, Cricket is a weird name. Yeah there was. I could totally have listed just Hunger Games names for this list, there are so many strange ones!

  4. Catherine 28/06/2016 / 2:49 pm

    haha great topic! All the Hunger Games and Harry Potter ones are weird, but it can work the other way around too, I think. Some of the ‘Game of Thrones’ names bothered me at first for being too normal – Ned, Rob, Jamie? (although spelt a bit different.) There’s even a Kevan which is basically Kevin. A Kevin in a medieval style setting just feels wrong!

    My TTT:

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks! Oh yeah I totally agree, it has to fit in the context, if you have normal names in a fantasy setting, it just seems wrong!

  5. Jamie Wu 28/06/2016 / 2:56 pm

    I actually liked the name Artemis Fowl, though it might have been better on a girl. But I’ve never actually read the series. Horace Slughorn is such a fun, weird name. Harry Potter is definitely full of those πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 3:02 pm

      Yeah it’s a good name, but it does sound very girly! It definitely is!

  6. Rain @ Ivyclad Ideas 28/06/2016 / 3:29 pm

    Dick’s short for Richard, and the name Fanny is a feminine version of Francis that was popular in the Victorian era. It can mean ‘free one’, which is pretty fitting for a Faraway Tree character. That said, I get your point. Nowadays, it looks like some seriously dodgy theme naming. πŸ˜‰
    The Hunger Games was a disaster on the naming front. I’m not even sure Glimmer was the worst. What about Cashmere? At least Glimmer sounds pretty…
    I haven’t read the series, but I quite like Chaol as a name. Maybe it’s the spelling? πŸ˜‰
    This is a great list. πŸ™‚ You should sell it as a resource to help parents decide which literary names to AVOID.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 3:37 pm

      Yes, they are fitting names for the time at which the books were published, but nowadays it does look a little dodgy! Luckily, it will probably go over most kids’ heads! I totally agree! Nope you’re probably right there. I could have filled an entire list with dodgy Hunger Games names! Cashmere is pretty terrible. I always misread it, I wasn’t even sure how to pronounce it for the first two Throne of Glass books! Thanks πŸ™‚ Yeah maybe I should!

  7. Amy 28/06/2016 / 5:45 pm

    This list made me smile and I totally agree that these names are pretty strange if you think about them. πŸ˜€

  8. lry93 28/06/2016 / 6:19 pm

    I have always wondered how you pronounce Chaol … I have been pronouncing it Chay owl in my head πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 6:21 pm

      I think that’s somewhat similar to how I first pronounced it when I read the first book! Thanks πŸ™‚

  9. lindseyhabets 28/06/2016 / 6:32 pm

    Fun topic! I totally agree with all the weird names in Graceling, sometimes it even took me out of the reading experience because they were just so WEIRD πŸ™‚ And it took me forever to figure out how to pronounce Chaol. And Peeta! I love him, but what an unfortunate name πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you! Yeah same here, I also got really distracted because Katsa sounds so similar to Katniss! Yup, same here, I spent the whole of Throne of Glass pronouncing it wrong, it wasn’t until Crown of Midnight that I learned! I love him too, but I agree, the name is unfortunate πŸ™‚

  10. Rachel 28/06/2016 / 9:22 pm

    Omg this is an amazing topic! The fantasy and dystopian genres are full of strange names that sound like disguised rude words or weird food-animal hybrids! I wonder how many contemporary books there are that attempt this? Would be interesting to compare.

    Happy reading, and thank you for always visiting our blog πŸ™‚
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks! I know right? I think not many, contemporaries do tend to stick to traditional names! It would be interesting to compare. Thank you! No problem πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 9:49 pm

      Wow that’s even funnier than my horse thing, I never thought of that! I’ll probably be thinking of both those things when I read the rest of the series now too! Thanks!

  11. ZoΓ« (@readabilitea) 28/06/2016 / 10:21 pm

    This is a great topic! It’s weird because I’ve read quite a few of the books mentioned and I’ve become so used to seeing and saying the names to myself that they’re no longer that weird, but now I see them all together they do look weird! I could never figure out how to say Chaol’s name and when I found out it sounds like “kale” I found it too funny and ever since just say kay-ole instead.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2016 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks! Yeah they do look very strane all put together don’t they? Neither could I! kay-ole, that’s funny, maybe I should try that in the next book!

  12. Esther 29/06/2016 / 12:33 am

    I love this, I couldn’t stop laughing. I can’t believe there’s actually a character named Frypan. And Dick and Fanny is a hilarious and unfortunate case of how language evolves to mean different things, I find it so funny hahaha El Capitan meant the captain, so that’s okay πŸ˜›

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks! Yup better believe it, it’s true! Yes, it is rather unfortunate, back when the books were written it was totally innocent! That’s true, I feel less bad about misreading it now!

  13. readerbuzz 29/06/2016 / 12:59 am

    Oh my gosh! These names had me laughing out loud!

    I’ve always loved names. When I was little I told people that when I grew up I wanted to name my children Czechoslavakia and Yugoslavakia because I thought they were the most beautiful names.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:08 pm

      Glad to hear that! Yeah me too, the weird ones and the normal ones. Really? That’s hilarious!

  14. Lauren H. 29/06/2016 / 1:34 am

    Haha! I love your list. Sometimes, when the character names are too crazy, I just can’t get into the book! I feel bad, but I can’t help it.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:08 pm

      Thanks! Yeah I totally agree, it does take you out of the book a little because all you can think of is how weird the character’s name is!

  15. Amy S. 29/06/2016 / 1:34 am

    I never liked the nickname Puck in The Scorpio Races either. I prefer to call her Kate.

    I think the name America Singer from The Selection is unfortunate because it is so freaking on the nose!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:07 pm

      Yes same here! I’ve never read that series, but a lot of people seem to think that’s an unfortunate name and I have to say I agree!

  16. rudejasper 29/06/2016 / 1:40 am

    Totally fun list! I have to say I hadn’t equated Puck from Scorpio Races with Puck from Glee …but now I am:). Unfortunate name? Uriah Heep from David Copperfield by Dickens is pretty terrible which is appropriate since he’s a evil jerk.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks! Yup one of the crazy connections that my mind makes πŸ™‚ I have never read that but that is an unfortunate name.

  17. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 29/06/2016 / 2:58 am

    Hahahaha! I love this so much! I find ridiculous names to be incredibly distracting! I felt the same way about Mare. I don’t know what these authors were thinking…

    Here are my Top Ten!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks! Yeah me too. Me either, these names are really dodgy!

  18. Akilah 29/06/2016 / 3:03 am

    Oh, this was fun. I find Brian McBrian (from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) to be really unfortunate.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:04 pm

      Yes it was fun for me to write too! I can’t believe I forgot about him, that is a really unfortunate name.

  19. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 29/06/2016 / 3:18 am

    Oh, I love this topic. I would add C.S. Lewis’ character as he said in the book, “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” Great topic!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:03 pm

      Me too! Yeah I forgot about him (probably because I didn’t read all of Voyager of Dawn Treader). Thanks!

  20. Diana 29/06/2016 / 6:08 am

    hahaha great topic. Those some really weird names. I haven’t read The Hunger Games but those character names now have me curious enough to read it. Mare….lol that had be laughing out loud, it does make me think of a horse too. Great post. Happy reading.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks! Oh you should, it’s great but the character names are really weird. Yes Mare is a very funny name.

  21. Heather 29/06/2016 / 6:21 am

    Great list! You could just about do a whole list of just Charles Dickens characters – they always had weird and wonderful names. Like Martin Chuzzlewit, Abel Magwitch, Herbert Pocket (which is actually sort of cute), and Meriwether Compeyson. Good luck fitting your name into all the boxes on the form with that last one!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 11:58 am

      Thanks! I’ve never actually read any of Charles Dickens books (I read half of Oliver Twist when I was about 12 for school, but never finished) but those names are very weird!

  22. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight 29/06/2016 / 6:29 am

    LOVE this! I have seen (and done) a names I liked once, but never a “names I didn’t”, so this is FABULOUS! As much as I love me some Peeta… the name is BAD. I assume all the kids have Katniss’s last name anyway πŸ˜‚ And Glimmer WAS really dumb. Quite possibly the dumbest. These are all pretty terrible! I DO actually really like the name Effie though πŸ˜‰ And I could even probably live with Chaol. But the rest… nooo. So much nope. GREAT list!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 11:57 am

      Thanks! Yeah Peeta’s name is terrible, great character but awful name. Probably! Yup Glimmer was really dumb. Yes I think so too. That’s fair enough, personally I don’t but I don’t think it’s the worst name on here, neither is Chaol. Yup they are all pretty terrible.

  23. Leia 29/06/2016 / 7:59 am

    Excellent list, I had such a laugh. You are spot on. Out of all of these, Artemis grates me the most – it’s a girl goddess, the goddess of female strength and virginity and purity and a huntress and and and… and you gave the name to a boy?

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 11:53 am

      Thanks! Yup Artemis is a name that is so asssociated with female, it really shouldn’t be given to a boy!

  24. rainandcheese 29/06/2016 / 1:23 pm

    Mare Barrow looks just at terrible. It kinda reminds me of Bone Marrow and that seems worse

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 1:30 pm

      Yeah you’re the second person who’s said that, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. Yeah that does seem worse!

  25. Lunch-Time Librarian 29/06/2016 / 2:48 pm

    I would have to agree about Glimmer (so so terrible) and honestly I’m surprised Katniss’s name didn’t make the list! I remember when I first read that name being like “wait, what?”

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 2:53 pm

      Yup so terrible! It almost did, but I don’t know, I kind of got used to Katniss’ name!

  26. Jackie Perrotti 29/06/2016 / 2:57 pm

    OMG YES!! Especially 9-14 and 16&17!! Also I would add Humbert Humbert from Lolita (currently cringing just thinking about it)….that name just adds to the creepiness of HH himself

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 3:16 pm

      Glad you agree! I haven’t read Lolita but I agree, that is an unfortunate name!

  27. Cover2CoverMom 29/06/2016 / 3:32 pm

    YA and Children’s books are full of “interesting” names… I wonder if they think it will be more appealing to the audience?

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 3:34 pm

      Maybe? I don’t know but they definitely have a lot of…..yes…..”interesting” names.

  28. gabrieleneumann 29/06/2016 / 3:34 pm

    That drives me nuts about fantasy characters…it’s like they think we won’t know we’re in another world if they don’t have “different” names

  29. Arwen McGilvra 29/06/2016 / 3:47 pm

    Seriously the worst name is Major Major of Catch-22. But I agree with a lot of the names on here. I think you could have made a whole list of awful character names in The Series of Unfortunate Events.

    My Top Ten Tues freebie week post is on the most frustrating characters.

    Happy blogging!

  30. Lauren Stoolfire 29/06/2016 / 3:49 pm

    Very true! Great picks! One of my favorite characters with an extremely unfortunate name is Moist Von Lipwig (Discworld), but it’s pronounced Lipvig. πŸ˜€

  31. alicerosesimmons 29/06/2016 / 4:04 pm

    Great list and love this topic – some books definitely have some really unfortunate character names! I haven’t read some of these books, but some of those seem extremely unfortunate and weird. Also completely agree with the ones from Harry Potter and Four from Divergent πŸ™‚

    Heres my TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 9:33 pm

      Thanks! Yes they really do. They definitely are. Yes, they’re terrible aren’t they?

  32. Eve L (Evilous) 29/06/2016 / 4:06 pm

    There are some strange names in books and sometimes they are just strange but sometimes they kind of work. Nicknames are weird through because most of us don’t get to pick our own nickname. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 9:32 pm

      I agree, sometimes they do kind of work. That’s true! I never really thought about that πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  33. Suzanne 29/06/2016 / 4:08 pm

    OMG, Mundungus. I’m reading the Harry Potter series aloud with my son right now and I get so tongue tied on this name every time.

  34. foxyblogs1 29/06/2016 / 4:51 pm

    ha ha!!! your commentary on the unfortunate names made me laugh. πŸ™‚ Poor, Four. πŸ˜‰


  35. Hard(cover) Queens 29/06/2016 / 5:26 pm

    We also always thought Chaol was a weird name! We pronounced it like “Cole”… whatever!

    Another bad name is America Singer from The Selection. It’s like YA authors keep trying to out-do each other with weirder and weirder names lol.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 9:25 pm

      Yeah I think everyone has a different way of pronouncing it! I thought it was Chow-ol in the first book. Yep that seems to be a popular choice today. It does seem like that, doesn’t it?

  36. kaitgoodwin 29/06/2016 / 6:24 pm

    This was great! I loved seeing what everyone did this week since we had a freebie. Maybe I’ll do the unfortunate names sometime! πŸ™‚
    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks! Yeah it is definitely very interesting seeing what everyone does! You should, it’s a lot of fun πŸ™‚

  37. Mel @ Double-Stacked Bookshelves 29/06/2016 / 6:27 pm

    There are some weird ones in there, for sure! Such an interesting topic πŸ™‚ Some strange names in my book: Mazer Rackham (Ender’s Game), Plutarch Heavensbee (The Hunger Games), Renesmee (Breaking Dawn…so bad!), Humbert Humbert (Lolita), Ponyboy (The Outsiders), Fudge Hatcher (Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing), Binx Bolling (The Moviegoer). I could go on…

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 8:45 pm

      Yeah there definitely are! Those are all very strange names! I would have had a massively long list if I had included every single strange name ever!

  38. thebookiemonsters 29/06/2016 / 6:31 pm

    This list made me laugh! Montgomery Montgomery was one of my favourite characters from the Series of Unfortunate Events movie. Billy Connolly was great in that role πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 8:09 pm

      I’m glad! Yes he was awesome in that role πŸ™‚ Uncle Monty was one of my favourite characters in the series, he’s like one of the only nice adults they came across! He’s just very unfortunately named πŸ™‚

  39. Beth (Reading Every Night) 29/06/2016 / 6:48 pm

    Oh this is a brilliant topic for freebie week, and I loved the names you picked as well! πŸ˜€
    I think in fantasy names are always going to be a little unusual! For some reason Mare Barrow always reminds me of wheel barrow. Also you pronounce Chaol as Kay-all; I’ve been pronouncing it Coal! :/

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 7:59 pm

      Thanks! Yeah I agree, but there are ones that work and clearly ones that don’t! Oh that’s a new one! Bone Marrow seems to be the most popular way of interpreting her name today! Yes, I read that somewhere, maybe on SJM’s website? Honestly I can’t remember! People seem to have loads of different ways of pronouncing that one! I pronounced it Chow-ol, at first!

      • Beth (Reading Every Night) 29/06/2016 / 11:10 pm

        Kind of a mixture of both with fantasy isn’t it. I think just because her surname was actually Barrow it made me think of wheel barrows whenever I read her full name, distracting more times than not when reading! πŸ˜€
        Honestly I think even though I know the proper pronounciation I’m still going to pronounce his name Coal. πŸ™‚

      • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 11:17 pm

        Yup it is! Yeah it is definitely distracting. I still sometimes pronounces his name Cha-owl even now I know the real pronunciaton. We readers get set in our ways!

  40. Karen B (@KissinBlueKaren) 29/06/2016 / 6:55 pm

    This is a very cleaver list of unfortunate names. I totally agree on Mare, Pitta and Effie. What the eff was the author thinking? I actually liked the name Four but I can’t stand Tris (and it has nothing to do with the girl that plays her in the movie, I like her actually). I just thought Tris was such a dumb name.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks! Yup they are all terrible. Fair enough, different people like different things! Yeah I agree Tris is a dumb name, I should have added it to the list!

  41. Lois 29/06/2016 / 7:05 pm

    haha I do feel for the characters in the Graceling series. Po is such an unfortunate name – was it a nickname? I can’t remember it’s been so long since I’ve read the book.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 7:42 pm

      So do I! It was a nickname, his real name is even worse, Greening Grandemalion!

  42. Kato (@stolenbybooks) 29/06/2016 / 7:44 pm

    I used to pronounce Chaol as coal…. until I heard it’s supposed to be pronounced as Kay-all and now the right pronunciation sounds really weird when I read his name πŸ™‚ I love your list!! it’s a really original and fun idea!! β™₯β™₯

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 10:26 pm

      That’s better than I did, I pronounced it Chow-all and you’re right now the correct pronunciation seems weird! Thanks πŸ™‚

  43. ChrissiReads 29/06/2016 / 8:50 pm

    Ha there are some really unfortunate names on your list!

  44. aubreysbooknook 29/06/2016 / 9:01 pm

    HAHA YESSS This is so great. So many authors *ruin (well, just give weird names) their character names that I’m worried for their children…

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2016 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks! Yeah they really do, hopefully they save the crazy names for their characters and not their kids!

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