Top Ten Tuesday: Character Freebie ~ 10 Matching Names

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

Today’s official topic: Character Freebie

With a freebie topic comes all sorts of fun! I have been keeping part of this list for a while now, since I noticed some favorite characters who happen to share names. Some of these are more “classic” names like Jane, others more innovative like the name Willow, but these characters ALL stand out in my mind for their names and personalities on the page. Plus, some of the names indicate a little of the spunk, fun, or determination the heroes and heroines have in finding their purposes or happy endings.

While we’re on the subject of names, here are some of the most unique of my favorites: Eisley, Tamsen, Aven, Sloane, Red Shirt, Jasper, and Griffin.

Character Freebie ~ 10 Matching Names

Quinn

Quinn Collins from Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh and Quinn Reilly from The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

Willow

Willow Bradford from Falling For You by Becky Wade and Willow from Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Eden

Eden Martelli from Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter and Eden Christiansen from When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

Jane

Jane Woodward from Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge and Jane from Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham

Evelyn

Evelyn Marche from High as the Heavens and Evelyn Wyatt from Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan

Paul

Paul Rustin from Reclaimed by Jennifer Rodewald and Paul Harris from Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood

Devin

Devon “Dirk” Godfrey from The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea Cobb and Devin Bressard from Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann

Seth

Seth Sloane from The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson and Seth Walker from Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg

Alex

Alex Kanin from The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano and Alex Murdock from Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Ben

Ben Delaney from The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner and Ben Price from After the Rain by Brandy Bruce

Your turn! Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite heroes and heroines who share names? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Fun Find Friday: What’s in a name?

As Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet,
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

For today’s Fun Find Friday, I want to share a unique and useful (especially to writers) website I found recently: The Baby Name Wizard.

You may be wondering about my Fun Find Friday choice – it sounds a little quirky, right? Well, it’s a really neat site that shows the popularity of a specific name for boys and girls over time, including the peak of its popularity, dating back to the 1800s. It also relates popular sibling names, name origin, AND a map of its popularity by state! On the home page, the current top ten most popular boys’ and girls’ names are listed.

I thought this would be a fun tool for writers and authors to utilize when researching character names – especially because it illustrates in which time period the name was most popular.

And, it’s just fun to learn about the origin of your own name. Or, if you’re considering baby names, this would be a great resource. So, check it out!

Baby Name Wizard- CourtneyHere’s the graph for my name. I have to say, I was born around the peak time for it!