Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.
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 by Lorelei James
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
Definitely hate this. Who would name their son after an old fashioned weapon?
Under Pressure by Lori Foster
I’m not a fan of this either.
Holding Strong by Lori Foster
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 by Susan Andersen
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 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 by Marie Harte
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 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 by Linda Howard
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.