Movie Character Names

Movie character names may be the only names cooler than the names of the stars that play them. In fact, with the exception of Jack, which has long seemed to be the name of the male character in every other movie and TV adventure show, characters' names veer from the unusual to the outlandish. A few, such as Trinity from The Matrix, jumped right onto the popularity charts.

For more ideas, check out our lists of TV Character Names and Celebrity-Inspired Baby Names.

  • Akasha

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This Hindi name for the fifth element, related to the male Akash which means "open sky," was used by Anne Rice in her Vampire Chronicles.Read More 

  • Amidala

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    An attractive enough name, but for die-hard Star Wars fans only.Read More 

  • Amsterdam

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    City name less mellifluous than Paris, London, or even Trenton. It was the name of the character portrayed by Leonardo di Caprio in "Gangs of New York."Read More 

  • Amélie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    French favorite gaining notice here thanks to the charming film of that name. Although to the English-speaking ear it sounds more like Emily than Amelia, it derives from the latter which has a... Read More 

  • Arwen

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    Arwen is well known as princess of the Elves in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: a lovely name with an authentic Welsh ring. She was played in the film by Liv Tyler.

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  • Azrael

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This is the name of Angel of Death in Jewish and Muslim tradition, not a great start for an innocent child -- or a great role model for a teenager.Read More 

  • Bartleby

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Bartleby (that's his last name) the Scrivener is a famous Herman Melville character whose surprisingly powerful refrain was, "I would prefer not to." Or, in the immortal words of any two-year-old:... Read More 

  • Bellatrix

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    J.K. Rowling is a modern master of naming, but this appellation of one of the stars of Orion, used for the evil character played by Helena Bonham Carter, is not one you'd want to use for your child.Read More 

  • Bjergen

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Though Drew Barrymore played Bjergen Kjergen in "Wayne's World," any theoretical real-life use would be for a boy.Read More 

  • Bonanza

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    Wildly optimistic -- and unrealistic -- choice. Read More 

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