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message 1: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (funlovinlady) | 113 comments Have any of you noticed that authors seem to use alot of the same names for there characters.

Ones that I have noticed lately:
Curran
Cassie, Cassandra
Roman
Christopher
Bella
Tomas
Luna
Dmitri

Also, I have noticed that alot of girls are given names that are generally use for boys.
Ex: Pete, Scout


message 2: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 326 comments I like girl/boy names on girls though for some reason- not entirly sure why though.
And I love ordinary/boring names that get spelled different:
Faith-Faythe


message 3: by Darcy (new)

Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3119 comments One I noticed and only because I thought it was so unusual was Crispin.


message 4: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 326 comments :P Hehe. Yeah, that is an odd name. But I loooove Crispin. :D


message 5: by Denell (new)

Denell | 17 comments and the surnames..like MacAlistiar why is the Mc surnames used so often?


message 6: by Melodie (new)

Melodie (melodieco) Denell wrote: "and the surnames..like MacAlistiar why is the Mc surnames used so often?"

Because everyone is supposed to be a "Highlander", I guess. Makes me nuts!


message 7: by Darcy (new)

Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3119 comments Melodie wrote: "Denell wrote: "and the surnames..like MacAlistiar why is the Mc surnames used so often?"

Because everyone is supposed to be a "Highlander", I guess. Makes me nuts!"


LOL Men in kilts are the in thing right now.


message 8: by Dawn, Desperately seeking new worlds (new)

Dawn (dawnv) | 4044 comments The one that annoys me is Isabelle or Belle...uggg


message 9: by Sam (new)

Sam It seems if he's Scottish/ Navy Seal/ ShapeShifter / Vamp that is your "alpha" hero.
Other than Barrons how many alpha "Irish Heros" can you find. . most are Scottish McKelters etc.

I agree Dawn that Isabelle or Belle drive me!!! :-)


message 10: by Carley (new)

Carley Thomas (xocarleyxo13) | 1 comments I love the names Mercy and Adam from the Mercy Thompson series, love the name Crispin and Spade from Night Huntress... I love Bastien, and Lucern from the Argeneau series


message 11: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (Savhage Temptrest) (savhagetemptress) | 85 comments I have noticed that a lot of authors are using the same names. It's sometimes hard to keep them straight! A few more are:

Gideon
Julian
Wolf/Wolfe
Grace
Sam/Samuel
Amanda
Sienna


message 12: by Sierra (last edited Feb 27, 2010 11:20AM) (new)

Sierra Ellen ♥ wrote: "I like girl/boy names on girls though for some reason- not entirly sure why though.
And I love ordinary/boring names that get spelled different:
Faith-Faythe"


I'm in total agreement! I also love Irish names.


message 13: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (funlovinlady) | 113 comments Carley wrote: "I love the names Mercy and Adam from the Mercy Thompson series, love the name Crispin and Spade from Night Huntress... I love Bastien, and Lucern from the Argeneau series"

Carley,
I agree with you. I love all those names too.


message 14: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (funlovinlady) | 113 comments I like the whole girl/boy name too. In theory, more than in true life.....
You see, my name is Leslie, and my husband's name is, Shannon.
So, I get called, Shannon, all the time. "Thanks for banking with us, Shannon" (you get it).


message 15: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (funlovinlady) | 113 comments Ok, I have noticed another name that seems to get used by our favorite PNR authors,

Elena


message 16: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (funlovinlady) | 113 comments Ok, once in a while a charater is named "Leslie". Not very often mind you, but we Leslies take what we can get.

Ink Exchange: main charater, Leslie
Zombies: A newly made zombie is named Leslie

"So, like, I got that going for me..." (Bill Murray, Caddyshack)


message 17: by Irene (new)

Irene Hollimon | 130 comments I've a lot of characters name Randall recently
Outlander
Prince of Wolves
Dark Lover


message 18: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (shyluck13) | 30 comments Elena is one I've noticed to be used a LOT. Vampire Diaries, Women of the Otherworld (both older series...)

Another name I find very popular is Sam. Boys and girls alike, are all named Sam...a completely ordinary name but still quite over used.


message 19: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (stephaniesanders) What bothers me is names that are prounced odd, such as clarie or pieter. I just feel that it is hard to keep rereading them when I don't like the sound of the name


Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide (metalgirl80) Stephanie wrote: "What bothers me is names that are prounced odd, such as clarie or pieter. I just feel that it is hard to keep rereading them when I don't like the sound of the name"


Thats funny, cause when I come across a name I can't pronounce or don't like I just kinda skip over it while I'm reading. I know that sounds crazy but I know in my mind who the character is so I just ignore the name. *shrugs* Weird, I know.


message 21: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea (vampirebookclub) | 7 comments Megan is used a ton -- in various spellings. I remember being a little startled when I started the Iron Fey series (The Iron King, etc.) when the character's name was Meghan Chase. I kept thinking, 'didn't I just read about a Megan Chase?" Yes, I had, in Personal Demons by Stacia Kane.


message 22: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea (vampirebookclub) | 7 comments Jessa *metalgirl80* wrote: "Thats funny, cause when I come across a name I can't pronounce or don't like I just kinda skip over it while I'm reading. I know that sounds crazy but I know in my mind who the character is so I just ignore the name. *shrugs* Weird, I know."

I always just make up my own pronunciation and go with it. The only time it's a problem is when you're discussing books verbally -- then I kind of sound like an idiot in those cases -- but I figure it's worth it to move smoothly through the book.


Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide (metalgirl80) I do that also, Chelsea. I'm sure I butcher the name but its all good.


Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide (metalgirl80) I like the name Lucian. Don't come across it much but it sounds like a good villian name.


message 25: by Irene (new)

Irene Hollimon | 130 comments I notice that a few books have a character named Adam that seems to be popular.


message 26: by MissSusie (new)

MissSusie | 54 comments I've mentioned these on a post on another site these names show up in more than 20 books in my library
John/ Johnny/Jonathan/Jack
Henry
Sam/Samuel/Samantha
James/Jim
Charlie
Ann/Anna/Anne
David
Edward
Claire

What I found surprising was only one book with a Heather and I know like 5 or 6 Heathers.


Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments Cade is a name I have seen in quite a few books lately....


message 28: by Irene (new)

Irene Hollimon | 130 comments Okay here's a strange one. I've just encountered my second book with lead character named Mercy
Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs Beg For Mercy (Mercy Hollings, #1) by Toni Andrews


message 29: by Cat (new)

Cat (dodger_thirteen) Irene wrote: "Okay here's a strange one. I've just encountered my second book with lead character named Mercy
Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs Beg For Mercy (Mercy Hollings, #1) by Toni Andrews"


Reading the synopsis, her friend's name is...Sukey? ...Like Sookie Stackhouse? *facepalm*


message 30: by Irene (last edited Dec 25, 2010 05:46PM) (new)

Irene Hollimon | 130 comments the last two books I've read the name was Grey
Miranda Grey and Nora Grey
Queen of Shadows (Shadow World, #1) by Dianne Sylvan
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick


message 31: by Lindsay (last edited Mar 25, 2011 08:05AM) (new)

Lindsay (lag28wa) Lucien/Lucian
Wrath/Wraith
Beth/Elizabeth

And if the character has an irish or scottish background his name is always decidedly irish or scottish sounding

I LOVE some of the Greek names in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter's
Soteria, Megeara, etc. I don't know if she made some of them up or they are standard Greek names, but they're pretty

Oh! Speaking of Sherrilyn Kenyon, I met a 6 year old boy the other day named Zarek! I wondered how the mom came up with that, but I didn't ask her. I don't really know her and am a little shy to come out with my shameless obsession with PNR right off the bat, haha.


message 32: by Sam (new)

Sam I'm thinking she must be a Kenyon fan, I haven't heard of Zarek outside of her books.

I named my dog Acheron, who we call Ash, but when we go to vet, kennels etc they always ask where we got the name from


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