Ever since I was six, I’ve been planning what I’ll name my kids. And ever since I’ve been a bibliophile, I’ve taken my favorite bookish characters into considerstion.
So if you’re anything like me, you love to gush over the best bookish names. Well, you’ve come to the right place!
My inspiration for the post comes from the amazing Infinity Reads and a Top Ten Tuesday topic from a while back.
So here they are, my favorite bookish names!
Nyx from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Nyx just reminds of a sort of fae name, sharp and quick and silver-tongued. It’s beautiful, but not classically, just in its own cunning way.
Raphael from the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee
I have actually been obsessed with this name since I was nine. Long before this trilogy even existed, I loved how royal and dignified this name sounded. It’s, if I may, angelic. No pun intended. Well, maybe a little.
Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
Fun fact: If I hadn’t been named Rebecca, I would’ve been named Juliette. But even before I knew this, I loved the way Juliette sounded, like the name of a princess. Hopefully my daughter will manage not to have the power to kill someone by touching them, though if she snags herself a Warner, I would be very proud.
Arin from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
I LOVE this name, no matter how it’s spelled, though this version is probably my favorite. I don’t know what it is about it, but seems like the name of a loyal, dignified person.
Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
So, so beautiful. This name reminds me of fire and sparks and—weirdly—meadows. Though rebellion is not usually a good trait in a daughter, it can sometimes be for the better, depending on what it is directed at. (For example: Rebelling against unfairness towards blacks during the Civil Rights movement, good. Rebelling parents and doing drugs, bad.)
Giselle from Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaiporta and Dhonielle Clayton
The second I hear the name Giselle, I think of swans and elegance and classiness. And, of course, as a ballet dancer, the actual ballet comes to mind. Whether a future daughter of mine turns out to be a ballerina, this name is magical.
Draco from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
He’s just misunderstood, okay! I know I’m probably in the minority here, but whether you like the character or not, you have to admit that the name is pretty awesome.
Leo from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
First of all, Leo is an awesome name. Second of all, if my future son turns out to be half as awesome as Leo Valdez, I will be the luckiest person in the world.
What are your favorite bookish names? What are your favorites from this list? I’d love to know!
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