Favourite Character Names

Five of our favourite character names.

There have been many characters with great names over the years. Who would not have a soft spot for a bad boy named Rupert Campbell Black? Or want to look after a boy called Pip? Here are five of our favourites. Which ones would you add? 


Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, MGM (1939.)

Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, MGM (1939.)

Scarlett O’ Hara (Gone with the Wind.) 

What can we say about the heroine of Gone With The Wind? It’s such a rich sounding name and it’s very recognisable with any book fan. Her name had to be on our list.


Julie Dawn Cole, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Warner Bros. 1971

Julie Dawn Cole, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Warner Bros. 1971


Veruca Salt/Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.) 

We really couldn’t decide between these two names. The characters themselves are complete opposite to each other. Veruca is such a horrible sounding name and yet so brilliant and suitable to the character and as for Charlie, well, he’s Charlie. He’s the hero.


Carey Mulligan, BBC. 2014

Carey Mulligan, BBC. 2014


 Bathsheba Everdene.

 She was an Everdene long before Katniss. It’s a wonderful name to say and so unusual. It rolls off the tongue. I say it and it sounds like a strong, female character.


Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's. 1961.

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 1961.


Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s.) 

How could Holly not make our list? When I think of the name, Holly Golightly, the beginning of Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn walking alone comes into the mind. It’s a lovely sounding, wonderful name. Very memorable.


Nicholas Lyndhurst, BBC. 1999.

Nicholas Lyndhurst, BBC. 1999.


Uriah Heep (David Copperfield.) 

Not a very nice character at all. He’s sneaky, sweaty and manipulative. For me, this name conjures up someone who is not very trustworthy. He’s one of literature’s greatest villains (in our opinion anyway,) and just his name is a little creepy. That’s why he’s in our list.



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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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