Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Unusual Character Names

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This week's topic is about the top ten unusual character names that I have come across while reading books.  I think "unusual" is a very relative term. What is unusual for me may be perfectly ordinary to someone else. So here they are. 

1. Master Bates, from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

I didn't catch it at first, but then some classmates said it out loud. 

2. Lucius Malfoy, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. 

Malfoy. Malfoy. The name seems to make me scowl while saying it. And his name has the word "mal" in it, so the negative association is already there. 

3. Don Quixote, from The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes. 

When my 8th grade teacher mentioned this, I thought it was "Donkey Xote." What kind of author would name their character a "donkey?" I wondered. 

4. Drizzt Do'Urden, from the Legends of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore

Drizzt. So many consonants. My husband pronounces his name "Drizzit."

5. Willy Wonka, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl 

I've become so used to this one because I grew up watching the 70s movie. Then I read the book. But it's wonky. 

6. Ender, from Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. 

Terrible name, but a suitable one for what he does.

7. Zaphod Beeblebrox, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

o_O Well, I'm not going to be naming my child that. 

8. J. Alfred Prufrock, from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Elliot

A stuffy name for a stuffy character of a poem. Who'd like to be Mrs. Prufrock?

9. Monkey King, from Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en

Well. It's accurate. 

10. Uranus, from The Solar System by The Milky Way

I'm sure it's shown up as a character in a few non-fiction books. :P

Thanks for reading! Do any of these unusual names resonate with you?


  1. Nice picks! Ender reminds me of Elder, from Across the Universe - weird, but when explained, it makes sense :)
    And lol at Donkey Xote. Hahaha. XD Love it.

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    1. Hey Ula. It does make sense. They both have that similar ring to them.

      Donkey Xote: I had a lot of fun with that one. >:) Thanks!

  2. Willy Wonka. Ahhh, I haven't read the book but you're awesome for mentioning him!

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    1. Hi Doris, thanks for stopping by! The book is a fast read. :)