Top Ten Tueday- Best Character Names

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by  The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Choosing these names was hard. Because the act of separating the character from the name is hard. If I was going based on character… I won’t lie this whole list would be filled with Laini Taylor/Victoria Scwab ¯\_()_/¯ . So, I going based on if I’d name my hypothetical children these names.

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Hazel Levesque

Hazel - The Heroes of Olympus.jpg

Honestly, I love her last name? (and her as a character No… I haven’t read HOO

Laia – An Ember in the Ashes

Laia - An Ember in the Ashes

Laia is such a pretty name, I like the way it rolls off the tongue.

Nik Malikov – Gemina

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This name gives off a badass aura (despite my guy Nik being a cinnamon roll).

Reviews: { Illuminae }; { Gemina }

Adelina Amertouru

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Adelina in German means “noble”… if you’ve read the books… I would’t call her noble….

Review: { The Young Elites }

Any name Laini Taylor comes up with


Mik, Ziri, Sarai Lazlo, Karou, ALL OF THEM ARE GREAT (even the super side characters names, Laini Taylor, name ALL THE PEOPLE).

*All of the art is from the same artist

Reviews: { Daughter of Smoke and Bone }; { Days of Blood and Starlight }; { Dreams of Gods and Monsters }

Citra – Scythe

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Citttrrrraaaaa. Nice ring to it.

Kashmir – The Girl From Everywhere

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Kashmir is another one of those troublemaker names (can’t really call him a cinnamon roll, though I do like him 😉 ).

Reviews: { The Girl From Everywhere }; { The Ship Beyond Time }

Lyra – His Dark Materials

Lyra - The Golden Compass.jpg

Again with the names that roll off the tongue, kind of lyrical and has a rhythm to it (I’m not making sense).


Just the name Sam in general (there’s no picture since there are multiple characters in YA named Sam) and it’s a little weird… I don’t know where the fondness of the name came from.

Kell – A Darker Shade of Magic

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I tried, but this is purely character based ¯\_()_/¯

This was waaaaaay harder than anticipated a running theme here but it is what is it ¯\_()_/¯ .

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What’s your favorite Laini Taylor character name? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tueday- Best Character Names”

  1. I love all your picks! I think my favorite Laini Taylor character name (though definitley not my favorite character) is Thiago, I just love how it sounds. I’d totally name my pet that! Adelina Amertouru is a beautiful name too 😍

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      1. I didn’t read the name at first and I thought there was an Overwatch book I had missed out on and almost got really sad. lol.

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