Ten (Five) Characters I’d Name My Child After

This week’s Broke and the Bookish topic is actually a real-life thing, as my partner and I are trying to procreate. So these five names are on our actual list of potential baby names.

 Aristotle. From Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I really like the nickname Ari. I think this was the first name on our list.

Oliver. This name was in a book I read not long after we did our shared audio-reading of Aristotle and Dante, but I can’t remember what the book was. Not Oliver Twist. If you’ve got books with characters named Oliver rolling around in your head, leave me a title. See if you can jog my memory.

Tamsin from Lost Girl (TV show). Tamsin was a valkyrie and was bad ass. T loves this name, and the more I look at it, the more I like it. 

Moya from Farscape. Moya is the name of the living ship, and she communicates with the ships pilot. She’s just super cool as a character. Interestingly, when I was in show choir in high school, there was a girl named Moya. Beautiful voice. 

Octavia. As in Octavia Butler. I know she’s not a character, but she’s T’s favorite author. What better way to pay tribute? 


Interestingly, I’ve named a few things (that are not my future progeny) after characters in books. My guitar is called Karou. I bought it for myself for my 31st birthday and named it Karou (from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor) because Karou means hope, and that birthday marked a turning point in my life – I hadn’t had much hope before that. 

I also own a violin bass guitar, whose name is Taeko (from Huntress by Malinda Lo). I’ve used this before in Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite/Unusual character names. 

What characters would you name something after? 


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