15 Memorable Contemporary Names


Hey, young bloods!

If you're ANYTHING like me, you spend forever thinking of the perfect name for your characters. Almost as much time as you'd spend naming your firstborn - no, scratch that. Your characters are way more important than your firstborn.


One thing I'm always on the lookout for when choosing character names is how unique the name is - Hermione and Katniss are memorable characters in part because of their cool names. So here are a few of my favorite memorable contemporary names, guaranteed to give your character a unique twist.

















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Which name was your favorite? What are your favorite contemporary names? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

34 comments:

  1. Those names are super unique and beautiful! I love how you put them on images. My favroite name from that list is proably Azure. I have this thing for A names.

    Nabila // Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. Thank you!
      OMG I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE. Literally half of my characters have names that start with A, lmao.

      - Ellie

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  2. We had a dog called Echo cause we lived in the mountains :D

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  3. These are so clever! I like Echo and Phoenix. Great list!
    -Vivian

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  4. Ooh, these are so good! I love Azure and Echo. Actually, the moment I read the name Echo, I wanted to call a character that. Now I'm wondering if it's too late to rename people...This is such a great list though. Definitely pinning for reference later!

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  5. I really liked the name Phoenix. It has a lot of personality, but when I imagine a person with that name, I think of a cute and tough person whose past no one really knows... So yeah.
    Awesome names!

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  6. Really like quirky names! I recently visited the Cote d'Azur so Azure is really speaking to me! Also love Novah.

    Such a creative and inventive post.

    Katie xx ♥ La Coco Noire

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  7. I swear I saw "Calsey" and read it as "Halsey". LITERALLY LIKE HOW.

    I also saw "Phoenix" and I swear I screamed, "HEY YOUNGBLOOD!" (and like the rest of "The Phoenix") and my brother started staring at me like I'm some insane person lol.

    ~Izzy

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    1. THAT WAS ME WHEN I FIRST HEARD THE NAME HELP.
      We'll be insane together okay.

      - Ellie

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  8. YAS YAS YAS
    I love unique names. They're the best. And you literally thought of so many good ones thANK YOOUU.
    I personally love Trinidad, Kinley, Coltrane, and Azure. They're just so different and fABulous. :)
    ~ Suzy | Craftz'n'Craziness, Lookin' Good Designs

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    1. Ahhh, I'm glad you like them! :D

      - Ellie

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  9. These are really nice names. I love how most of them seem to work for different genders. Siobhan is a female name though is most certainly not pronounced siob haan xD I can't remember how it is exactly pronounced at the moment though.

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    1. I'm tempted to say it's pronounced shuh-vahn? Idk either though xD I'm glad you liked the post!

      - Ellie

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  10. I love the name Siobhan, it's absolutely beautiful! I prefer contemporary character names to that of fantasy. Typically they are always easier to say, so you don't have a character name you can pronounce so in your head you just call him Bob instead.

    I'd be interested in seeing how many readers rename characters in their heads actually :D Great list Ellie <3

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    1. Thank you! I love a good fantasy name, but I'm definitely guilty of renaming characters in my head all the time. xD

      - Ellie

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  11. Loved this post! I just discovered your blog and I find it so inspiring and creative, I simply adore it :D

    Lots of love from Mollie xxxx - http://www.theperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com

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  12. My favourite has to be Calix, because it's just so beautifully unusual. It makes me think of distant galaxies and constellations...

    By the way, did you get "Park" from the book Eleanor and Park? It's a really quirky name, and if it wasn't taken I'd probably use it myself.

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    1. Nope! I was just looking through lists of unusual boy names on my Pinterest and that one caught my eye. :) You're right, it is a great name! I'd love to see it used for a girl.

      - Ellie

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  13. OMG I LOVE THE NAME CALSEY. In fact, the I have a character named Calsey in my #secretsummerwritingproject.
    But all these names were beautiful, especially Echo, Kinley, and Kace.

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    1. Ahh that's so great! I'm glad you like them :)

      - Ellie

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  14. Wow. Every time you make one of these posts, I am always amazed at how beautiful the pictures and the images you use are. This is such a great post.

    Bridgette | A Bit of This and That

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  15. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who struggles to come up with creative and memorable names for characters...
    My favorite was Coltrane, I'm not sure why, I just like the ring to it. :)
    By the way...I enjoyed being a beautiful pickle.

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      I'm glad :D

      - Ellie

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  16. I LOVE THE NAME MARLEY SO MUCH AHHHH!!! I'm actually using that in a book. But like...I keep changing it from Marley to Marney. xD So I can't decide. BOTH ARE AWESOME. Choosing names usually absolutely kills me because I want them to be good! And also not too unrealistic? Like fantasy = absolutely easy. You can do whatever. But like in contemporaries I want to name all my characters Indigo and September and I have to remember to do SOME normal names too or readers are going to roll their eyes. 😂

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    1. It's my favorite on the list! Ooh, that's exciting.
      SAME FAM SAME.

      - Ellie

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  17. I like the name Echo pretty good. :) And Azure is pretty as well!
    ♥Megan

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