Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unfortunate Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the BookishEvery other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain category.


You know the feeling? You meet this person and this person is great and then you learn the name of said person and all you can think is: "Do your parents hate you? No, but seriously.. were they drunk when they named you?" There are some pretty awful names out there and unfortunately they also pop up in some of our favorite books (and in some not so very loved books as well). The order isn't really important here, I hated all these names equally (even though some for different reasons).

1. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door 
I can not begin to describe what I hate about this name. I couldn't stand Cricket and much has to do with the ABSOLUTELY, HORRIFYINGLY AWFUL name he was given by Stephanie Perkins. I get that the family itself was somewhat 'odd', but there are a million other 'unique' and 'special' names that are not Cricket. Why she would give him the name of an insect is completely lost on me.

2. Bella Swan from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Well, we're all thinking it, no? Even when thirteen-year-old me was still crazy about Twilight I could never understand why Meyer had chosen to name her main character Bella. Of all the names in the world. Isabella is somewhat better, but they hardly ever call her that so it doesn't matter anyway. I don't know, maybe it's because in Belgium the name Bella is almost always associated with cows. Either way, I don't like it and never will. 

3. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
I know. Peeta is awesome and adorable and it pains me to include him here. It's such a widely known and loved character. But if we forget about his pure nature for a second, can we really say the name 'Peeta' is beautiful? Or fitting? I don't think it is. Katniss is unique as well and one hundred times more beautiful. Peeta I personally find a bit ridiculous.

4. Cassiopeia Sullivan from The 5th Wave by Rick Yansey
Sigh. It's actually kind of great to be named after a constellation of stars. But Cassiopeia, really? Who'd name his child that? Even if it is extraordinary and powerful. I'm glad the main character mostly went by Cassie. But then again, why name your character Cassiopeia and then call her something else instead? Because even the author most have realized no one in his right mind would ever use a name like that.

5. Étienne St.-Clair from Anna and the French Kiss
Étienne is the problematic part. I get it. Perkins wanted a French name. There are SO MANY wonderful French names and I can know, because lots of people here have them. But in Belgium people who are called Étienne are without exception 80+ years old. So, meet the young handsome love interest with the grandpa name. No. Just No. I love him, but him going by St.-Clair was way 'cooler' than him going by his first name.

6. Marguerite Cain from A Thousand Pieces Of You 
Another author who thought using an 'old-fashioned' French name was a good idea. I hated this book anyway, but on top of that I had to bear with that name.  Not only is it ugly (imagine being called Marguerite), but an ancient name for a story that takes place in the future? Really? SEE MY PROBLEM? No, Gray. The name did not save your credibility. It's just pretentious.

7. Tobias Eaton from Divergent by Veronica Roth
I was completely head-over-heels in love with Four. But then he started going by Tobias and.. meh. He changed. So maybe that's the reason I dislike this name. But it could also be because I somehow associate Tobias with dogs. Maybe I watched a cartoon about a dog called Tobias in my early childhood - I don't know. It's just not a name for a great and stern, powerful guy.

8. Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Please don't kill me. *ducks in corner* I just really don't like this name. I get why he chose it. It's pretentious and it was supposed to be. It works, I'm not denying any of that. And it's definitely unique. But I'm sorry, I didn't really feel it. John Green usually chooses 'different' names and I usually like them. But not this one. Unfortunately. 

9. Tamlin from A Court Of Thorns And Roses
So it's not as if I hate this name. I just don't think it fits him very well. He's the High Lord of the Spring Court and I felt like his name should have been more 'Majestic'. Tamlin sounds.. I don't know, commonTake Rhysand for instance, that name is EPIC. (Ooooh, maybe it's a sign ;D) I'm just saying I'd probably have chosen a different name for such an important character. But again, I don't dislike it as strongly as the other ones on this list.

10. Every overused romantic nickname ever.
I am not one for cheesy, fluffy romances. (Even if I am a sucker for romance in general) I do appreciate expressions of love. But if they start calling each other these ridiculous names, I get irritated and start rolling my eyes a lot. I don't care if it is my Mayfly, or my North Star or my Light, Sun or WHATEVER. I don't care if there is an explanation for it. Saying it once is romantic. Saying it multiple times makes me want to throw up. 

Am I overreacting? Maybe. I don't know. It's not as if I can make myself like them. Do you agree with the names on this list? Are there others you would like to add?

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  1. With also living in Belgium, I always thought the same thing about Bella and cows. lol
    Cassiopeia is also pretty bad.

    1. Bella de koe. I couldn't not think it. Shame, haha.

  2. Haha, this is so funny! You're in Belgium, Stephanie is in Belgium, and I'm half Belgian! xD I only lived in Brussels for 6 months or so though haha, although I go once a year!

    I don't like most of those names - like Tobias? OMG, when we found out his name I just pretended it wasn't his name. xD Cricket Bell? LOL whaaaat? Cassiopeia? Yikes. I quite like Étienne though, I now a couple of young guys with that name and I have a thing for old French names hehe. Great post! :D

    1. Go Belgium?? xD

      Tobias was REALLY bad. I get that the name itself isn't such a disaster, but it was just COMPLETELY WRONG for him! Haha, glad you agree with most. And yeah, Étienne, I get it sort of - but I still didn't think it was right. Thanks!

  3. Well, your choices are definitely good for this post - I agree with most of them, although I have to say that, like Anissa, I also like the name Étienne ... it has such a pretty sound to it, idk. :D

    As of Peeta ... I found that super weird, to be honest. It's the same as "Peter", just looks more unusal but yeah I was never a huge fan of this name (both of them). Oh and TOBIAS ... WELL. My cousin is called Tobias but I don't really like it, haha. It's a pretty average name though.


    1. Oh my god I can't believe I forgot America Singer *facepalm* Well, that one should definitely make the list as well!


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