Top Ten Tuesday #290


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these: I spent the last couple of days watching the new series of The Crown and I have to say, I think it was my favourite one yet! Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin were both brilliant as Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana and where the third series had a couple of episodes that I thought fell a little flat, I really enjoyed every episode of this new series. On a slight downer, it looks like Stirling might be going into a local lockdown at the end of this week, so that’s not great, I’m just hoping it won’t be for more than a couple of weeks!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all (my 290th, we’re on the homestretch to 300 now guys!), courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Characters We’d Name A Pet After. I feel like a lot of fantasy names would probably make better pet names that human names as naming your pet something a little out there is less weird than your using a fantasy character’s name for your child. So here we go, some characters I’d name a pet after and which pet I’d choose:

  1. Arya-Game of Thrones-George RR Matin-Cat

I actually know of someone who has a dog called Arya but I think Arya would make a great cat name too. Arya actually strikes me as more of a cat in personality than a dog, independent, does what she wants when she wants etc. I’d imagine Arya would be a black cat or a black and white cat. 

2. Valkyrie-Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy-Dog

I think Valkyrie would be a great name for a big fluffy dog, like a German Shepherd or maybe a husky? Given that Valkyrie is from Norse mythology, and Norway is a pretty cold country, it makes sense that a dog called Valkyrie would be a big fluffy one.

3. Lila-Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab-Cat

Again, Lila’s personality just strikes me as far more cat like than dog-like. I feel like a cat called Lila would probably be some kind of oriental cat as they’re quite outgoing cats who like a lot of attention. It would also definitely have to be a cat that had heterochromia (different coloured eyes). 

4. Celaena-Throne of Glass series-Sarah J Maas-Cat

Celaena would make a great cat name also, though I will admit, this one mostly comes from Shanna Alderliesten’s cat who is a gorgeous Bengal cat who also has name and it so suits her!

5. Nikolai-Grishaverse books-Leigh Bardugo-Dog

I know Nikolai in the books is described as a fox, but I think his name would make a great dog name. I’m not sure if a dog is necessarily the best fit for Nikolai’s personality, but I can’t help but picture an Irish Setter called Nikolai, they have such gorgeous red coats.

6. Kaz-Grishaverse books-Leigh Bardugo-Cat

Kaz is a black cat. 100% Kaz would be a black cat, it suits his character down to the ground and I think Kaz is a great name for a cat.

7. Tibby-The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants series-Ann Brashares-Cat

This may be slightly because my family had a cat called Tabby, which is very similar, but I think Tibby is a great name for a tabby cat. 

8. Artemis-Artemis Fowl series-Eoin Colfer-Horse

I think Artemis would be a great name for a horse, in fact in general I really like the idea of naming horses after Greek gods and goddesses, and given that Artemis is the Goddess of The Hunt and horses are often used in hunting, it seems like a fitting name. I feel like Artemis would be a dapple grey mare. 

9. Sherlock-Sherlock Holmes stories-Arthur Conan Doyle-Dog

Sherlock just sounds like the perfect dog name doesn’t it? I will admit, I do have a friend with dogs called Sherlock and Watson, so a little bias may have gone into this decision, but nonetheless, Sherlock is a great name for a dog. 

10. Monty-Montague Siblings series-Mackenzi Lee-Dog

If I had a dog called Monty, he would definitely be a yellow labrador, Monty is one of those names that just sounds like it would fit a dog and I love labradors, having one of my own! 

So there we go, those are the fictional characters I’d name pets after! I will admit my top names I’ve considered for my own future dogs (Arthur and Merlin) did not make the list, but I would definitely use any of these names for pets as well. Would you choose any of these names for a pet? What names made your list this week? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back with another Top Ten Tuesday next week, the annual Thanksgiving one. I’ll be honest, I always struggle to come up with ideas for these that I haven’t done before, Thanksgiving isn’t a thing in the UK and let’s face it, it’s hard to find things to be thankful for in 2020. I can’t really think of a bookish one for this year, so instead I’m going to talk about my Top Ten Favourite Thanksgiving TV Episodes. 

68 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #290

  1. lydiaschoch 17/11/2020 / 3:27 pm

    Arya is a wonderful name.

    My post.

  2. tabularasablog 17/11/2020 / 4:13 pm

    Tibby and Artemis are great names! I somehow see Sherlock as having more of a cat-personality, while Watson would be a dog. But they’re great names for a pair of pets!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:10 pm

      I think so too! I can definitely see that, personality wise he probably is more cat, just for some reason I love the name for a dog. I agree, definitely a good name for a duo.

  3. FangirlFlax 17/11/2020 / 4:39 pm

    Great list! Kaz is 100% a black cat, haha!

  4. Jen at Introverted Reader 17/11/2020 / 4:45 pm

    I love these names! My brother-in-law has a dog named Monty but he’s some sort of houndish mutt. He’s very sweet like a Lab though! I don’t know where the name came from. I like your train of thought for a horse named Artemis! And Arya is definitely a cat.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks! Aww that’s still cute, I think Monty’s a good name for any type of dog really, I just went for a Lab specifically because I like them. I almost went for a cat, but I decided I liked the idea of a horse called Artemis and I wanted a little variety! Oh she’s 1000% a cat.

  5. Ashley Sapp 17/11/2020 / 5:04 pm

    These are great names! I love the idea of naming a dog after Sherlock! 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:08 pm

      Thank you! Me too, it seems fitting for a dog given how good they are at sniffing things out!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:07 pm

      Yeah I can imagine a lot of pets all over the world have been named after characters from those books.

  6. evelynreads1 17/11/2020 / 5:04 pm

    Kaz is also on mine haha! And Lila is also a great name!

    My post!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:07 pm

      Ha ha it was definitely a popular choice for last week’s lists. I think so too 🙂

  7. HerBookishDesires 17/11/2020 / 5:19 pm

    These are wonderful choices! I don’t even think I can pick a favorite out of the stellar line up that you have. I love that you paired what pet/animal would go with each name. 🙂

    Great TTT! Hope you have a fantastic week.

  8. Poinsettia 17/11/2020 / 5:43 pm

    I love the idea of naming a pet Artemis! Thank you for visiting Long and Short Reviews!

  9. Leah's Books 17/11/2020 / 6:31 pm

    I love these names – you hit the nail on the head with a lot of them. I can even picture the personality of the pet matching the names too! I’ve decided – I’m only naming future pets after book characters from now on.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you, it was such a fun one for me to do, I liked seeing if I could match the character I knew to an animal! It’s definitely something that I’d consider as well.

  10. lindseyhabets 17/11/2020 / 6:36 pm

    I love the idea of having both a Sherlock and a Watson as pet names! Also love Tibby, Monty and Arya 🙂

  11. Time for tales and tea 17/11/2020 / 6:44 pm

    Great list! Sherlock and Watson are indeed perfect dog names! I also really like the idea of calling a cat Lila 😸

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you! Ha ha I’ll let my friend know you think so. Me too 🙂

  12. Mareli Thalwitzer 17/11/2020 / 6:50 pm

    I have a friend whose Jack Russel is called Lila.
    I think Valkerie is a nice name for a cat.

    Nice selection and thanks for visiting us!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:03 pm

      I love that! Valkyrie could be a good cat name too, again, I imagine a big fluffy one!

  13. Anne Bennett 17/11/2020 / 7:09 pm

    Tibby would be a perfect name for a cat or dog. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:03 pm

      I definitely see it as more of a cat name, but it could work for a dog too.

  14. Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books 17/11/2020 / 9:13 pm

    I totally agree with Arya being more of a cat name. I imagine Arya the cat would have some heroic battle wound because of neigbourhood fights with other cats, true Arya style. Also love to have a black cat named Kaz. I think I would just like a cat honestly 😂

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:02 pm

      Ha ha definitely a cat person huh? She absolutely would, I have no doubt.

  15. Louise 17/11/2020 / 9:56 pm

    Great list! I had no idea you were as close to me as Stirling. Hope you’re okay with the new restrictions coming in ❤.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you! I’m doing okay, I knew before I came back up here that I wouldn’t really be able to see anyone and I’ve mostly only been going out for shopping and exercise anyway, so things haven’t really changed too much for me from Tier 3 to Tier 4.

  16. Greg 18/11/2020 / 2:00 am

    Arya’s a good one. 🙂 I like Artemis as well.

    Valkyrie would be awesome for a northern kind of dog, I agree 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you! I just don’t feel like it’s a small dog name and the northern connection seemed to make sense given where the name comes from.

  17. Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books 18/11/2020 / 8:12 am

    Arya would definitely be the coolest cat on the street! I see her as a black or black and white cat too 🙂 Great picks!

  18. Jocelyn 18/11/2020 / 9:28 am

    Valkyrie and Sherlock are totally awesome names.

  19. Cherry Actually Reads 18/11/2020 / 10:05 am

    Tibby really is a nice name for a tabby! Also, Valkyrie sounds so badass, so definitely fitting for a German Shepherd or Husky. Your list has so many unique and stunning names! Granted, I haven’t read most of these books. 😅

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you! Ha ha that doesn’t really matter for this list, the names are the most important things 🙂

  20. dinipandareads 18/11/2020 / 12:30 pm

    Ooh, I love all of these names 🙂 Kaz is definitely a popular one this week but I definitely would name a cat after him too! Lol I love Sherlock and Monty as well! Great list 😀

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, I definitely saw Kaz quite a bit on last week’s list, but it’s too perfect of a cat name to pass up.

  21. jawahirthebookworm 18/11/2020 / 5:20 pm

    Valkyrie is so cool, easily one of my favs from the list. Kaz is the perfect feline name too! Great post!

  22. Cheryl Malandrinos 19/11/2020 / 1:49 am

    Great choices. Artemis is a perfect horse name. I would love to name a dog Sherlock. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 4:46 pm

      Honestly cannot picture Kaz being anything else. Maybe, I can definitely see a greyhound fitting, or perhaps an Irish Wolfhound?

  23. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 23/11/2020 / 2:48 am

    Oh I love all of these!! And my very first cat was named Tabby! ❤

    • iloveheartlandx 24/11/2020 / 4:44 pm

      Thanks! Snap, mine too. My parents first cat when they got together was called Tabby and they had her for almost 22 years!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.