Top Ten Books with Unique/Interesting Character Names

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So, today’s prompt is Top Ten Unique Books. But I struggled with that, and thought I would highlight some unique character names I’ve come across in books that I’ve read. I’m focusing on contemporary romance, and only including books I’ve actually read. These were names that caught my attention because I’ve never met anyone with these. Some of them I like, some of them I dislike, and some of them I’m neutral on.

In no particular order . . .

just what i needed lorelei james

Just What I Needed by Lorelei James
Name: Trinity
My feelings for this name are neutral. I wouldn’t name my daughter this, but I don’t hate it. And I do like the nickname “Trin.” But that’s mainly because it makes me think of one of my favorite podcasts, Friendshipping.

no limits by lori foster

No Limits by Lori Foster
Name: Cannon
Definitely hate this. Who would name their son after an old fashioned weapon?

under pressure lori foster

Under Pressure by Lori Foster
Name: Leese
I’m not a fan of this either.

holding strong lori foster

Holding Strong by Lori Foster
Name: Cherry
Okay, so I know this can be pronounces “Sherry” but I can’t help but read it like the fruit. Lori Foster is definitely a fan of the unique character name, I think.

present danger susan andersen

Present Danger by Susan Andersen
Name: Aunie
I’ve never heard of this name before. But I like it. I wouldn’t name a daughter this, but I like it. It’s cute.

marry me at christmas susan mallery

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery
Name: Jonny Blaze
Obviously, Jonny isn’t an uncommon name, but with the surname, I don’t know. It’s a bit much, yes? And he’s an actor!

roadside assistance marie harte

Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte
Name: Foley
I think this is sort of a gender neutral name. In this book, the hero is named Foley. I don’t hate it or love it.

All Chained Up Sophie jordan

All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Names: Knox and Briar
Ugh, I don’t like either of these names. Okay, I like the name Briar if I’m reading a fantasy or maybe an historical, but for a contemporary. Nah. But I really dislike the name Knox. No offense if you like it, or know someone with that name, or even if it is your name. It’s just not for me.

Mackenzie's Magic Linda Howard

Mackenzie’s Magic by Linda Howard
Name: Maris
Maris is the heroine of this novella, and I like the name. Again, I wouldn’t name a child this, but it’s pretty.


So what are some interesting and/or unique names you’ve come across in books? I was sticking with contemporary romance, because I think sometimes a fantasy or historical can call for a more unique name, but I would love to hear some fun names regardless of genre.

13 Responses to “Top Ten Books with Unique/Interesting Character Names”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Nope on the Knox and Briar. Those are both just awful. And seriously Johnny Blaze? I can handle Johnny but Johnny Blaze sounds like a cartoon character. I had a great aunt named Annie though her actual name was Annie Belle which we all agreed was pretty bad. She went by Anne. I love your take on this subject! There are so many unique names – especially in romance novels!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Haha. I know, I felt the same way with Jonny Blaze. And it’s not even his actor’s name. It’s his real name, and his sister’s last name is Blaze, too.

  2. Sophia Rose

    I loved the 80’s for unique names in romances. They made me giggle. I think there was a Spaede or some such and I kept picturing the garden tool. And oh so many more. None of these really bug me, but like you, I wouldn’t name my kid that. 🙂

  3. anna @ herding cats & burning soup

    Foster has had some odd name choices lately. I don’t mind Cannon. She had one that now my brain won’t pull up but it was in one of her new ones and I was like really? Yeah, I’ll have to replace his name in my head as I read. Armie maybe? Not a fan of Maris though. For some reason it makes me think of something you would spread/smear on something else. lol

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      HAHA. It really is interesting how we all have our own name preferences. Someone else also likes the name Cannon. I like it as a last name, but for a first – well it doesn’t work for me.

  4. Natalija

    I prefer simple names. English isn’t my native language therefore I often have no idea how to pronounce some of the names, like Aunie for example. The last book that made me cringe when it came to character names was Sliding Home (Richmond Rogues #4) by Kate Angell. He was named Kason Rhodes ans she – Dayne Sheridan. Dayne just doesn’t sound like a female name to me and I often got confused and thought that the author was referring to the hero.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Oh no! So I have a similar story like your’s with Sliding Home. My name is Quinn, which can be a man or woman’s name. I read Neanderthal Seeking Human by Penny Reid and the hero of that novel is named Quinn. I also had to keep reminding myself that “Quinn” in that book the hero, not the heroine.

  5. Lover Of Romance

    I acually really like the more unique names although some of them tend to give me the ‘giggles’ at times. Maris and Trinity are pretty sounding names, but when it comes to naming kids I feel like you need to be careful because they have to live with it.

  6. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

    Jonny Blaze is SUCH an awesome name. I love it!!! Great list! I love names that you don’t see in other places often but I don’t like having to guess how to pronounce it (and then find out after the fact that I had it wrong all along! :))

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