Unusual and Unique Character Names
I really like this week’s topic as I read a lot of fantasy and the genre definitely has some unique and unusual names! I am rather old-fashioned when it comes to names in day-to-day life but I do like unique names in books.
1. Maeve from the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
I think the name Maeve is just so pretty! It’s of Irish origin meaning ‘the cause of great joy’ or ‘she who intoxicates’. Isn’t that awesome? Definitely one of my favourite unusual (but not too unusual!) names.
2. Laurent from the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat
It took me a while to get my head around how exactly to pronounce Laurent! I was thinking it was like Lauren with a T on the end (or like how you say Yves Saint Laurent) but it is actually more like Lor-Ont. Anyway you pronounce it, it’s an awesome name and I love it!
3. Cress from the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Cress is actually short for Crescent but either way it is a pretty and unusual name. It’s definitely cute as well (which totally matches her character!)
4. Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Lucien is my bae so of course I love his name! It’s probably more common than the rest of my choices but I had to have him on this list because I think his name fits him perfectly! Lucien is a derivative of Luke and means light or illumination which sounds about right!
5. Serene from In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
Serene or to give her full title ‘Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle‘ has such an awesome name and since she is a super-awesome character it totally fits her. Honestly, Serene is one of my favourite characters – she totally rules!
6. FitzChivalry from the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb
The names in this world are derived from particular attributes, Fitz got his name from his father Chivalry but because he was a bastard it became FitzChivalry. Being illegitimate is a source of struggle for Fitz but I have always loved his name. It suits him somehow.
7. Bitterblue from the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore
I’m not sure why but I just really love the name Bitterblue! It fits the character very well considering all of the sorrow she has experienced in her young life. Plus, it’s just pretty!
8. Mildmay from the Doctrine of Labyrinths series by Sarah Monette
Mildmay (actual name: Mild-May-Your-Sufferings-Be-at-the-Hands-of-the-Wicked) is a character who is very dear to me. I also love his name. Despite being a skilled assassin, Mildmay is perhaps one of the sweetest, most unassuming people in this series. He is my absolute favourite.
9. Phèdre from the Kushiel’s Universe series by Jacqueline Carey
Phèdre is such a beautiful and – dare I say it – sexy name so it totally fits her character! It is very unusual but Phèdre herself is very much not the norm.
10. Tyrannus Basilton (Baz) from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Baz is very much just Baz to me. However, his full name Tyrannus Basilton Grimm Pitch is definitely unusual and certainly owns a place on this list!