I'm reading A Feast for Crows (the 4th book of A Song of Ice and Fire) and if you still don't know what i'm talking about: Game of Thrones.
I don't know what to think of some of the names in it:
Brandon (nn Bran)- I've always liked this name a bit, and I think it suits the character
Rickon- For some reason I love it. Pronounceable, a little bit offbeat.
Eddard (nn Ned)- No. Good for the character though
Jon-Too common for me
Jaime-not a fan
Theon- love it, because i've always liked Theo, except it seemed incomplete but with the n it's perfect
Samwell- Kind of like this
Tommen- kinda cute
Davos-better than David to me.
That's most main ones, here's some minor characters with interesting names:
Sansa- I really love this
Arya- Cute , but has a trendy feel that I don't like
Cersei-A really pretty name with a better spelling than Circe
Myrcella-not a fan
Brienne-like it better than Brianne
Lysa-not for me
Alayne-like Elaine better
Nymeria-interesting as well
Ygritte- really like the character, not her name
Daenerys-Hard to spell, but I find it rolls of the tongue
So i mixed major and minor female character's names and there's more names I haven't mentioned...but yeah, interesting names there George.
Just finished a book called "The New Moon with the Old", which is full of lovely names...
Mavis (a name Merry uses to disguise herself)
Meriella (always called Merry)
Andrew Evelyn (Drew)
The Berrybender Narratives, by Larry McMurtry. Hilarious, heart-wrenching, thrilling stories about a noble English family, dragged into the Western frontier in 1842.
Tasmin, nn Tassie, Tess
Bess nn Buffum
some of their offspring:
Montgomery nn Monty
Elphinstone nn Elf
Randall nn Randy
twins Petey and Petal
Jim Snow aka the Sin Killer
Venetia Kennett, nn Vicky
Jupiter nn Juppy
Prince Talleyrand, a parrot
The Hairy Horn
There are literally dozens more names in the four books, these are what I can recall at the moment. If you like Westerns in the slightest, do yourself a favor and start on this series.
Currently the only books I'm reading are the ones for my English Literature exam this week.
Clarissa - I used to love this so much but I don't think I'd use it now
Joe - I don't really like it, it seems quite common now
Jed - I don't like it at all
John (Logan) - I don't like John, but I really love Logan as a middle name
The Great Gatsby:
Jay (or James) - I don't like Jay, but James is a favourite for middle slot
Gatsby - I would so name a dog this! Not a child's name, but a pet would be adorable
Daisy - I don't really like this, it seems quite 'little girlish', especially for a grown woman
Jordan - I don't like this for a girl or boy
Tom - Too common for me, I think
Wilson - I don't like this, maybe because a friend of mine has a dog called Wilson, so I can't see it on a child
Myrtle - It's not a name I would use nowadays
Christina (the poet) - This is quite a nice name, but NMS to actually use. I used to love Christiana
Maude Clare - I would never use Maude today because I think it's past its time and won't be resurrected (at least not by me). Clare is nice but I prefer Clara
Jessie - I like Jessica, with Jess for short (or Jesse for a boy), but I don't think I'd just use Jessie
Currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird and City of Fallen Angels
To Kill a Mockingbird:
Jean Louise (Scout)
Jeremy or Jem
City of Fallen Angels:
Clarissa or Clary
Lilith or Satrina or Talto
Jonathan or Sebastian
I'm reading the third book in a series, so these are the names of new characters: (can anyone guess the book :P)
I'm reading Anna Karenina (after seeing it got so much love on a Nameberry thread about books, haha), so lots of Russian names that are super hard to pronounce and spell... What I find interesting (and sometimes confusing) is how the characters get referred to in so many ways. Some are always referred to by their surnames and weren't given first names.
siblings Anna and Stepan (Stiva)
sisters Darya (Dolly), Natalya (Natalie) and Ekaterina (Kitty)
brothers Sergei, Konstantin (Kostya) and Nikolai