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Unusual Names from YA Lit

December 12, 2016
Sarah Jane Abbott
Riveted Editorial Board

People used to look to celebrities for unusual and amusing baby names (my personal favorite, magician Penn Gilette’s daughter’s name, Moxie CrimeFighter). But here at Riveted, we say you need to look no further than the books on your shelf.  YA literature provides us with names to rival the creativity of any celebrity parent. Here, for your future reference, is a list of excellently strange and original names drawn from the pages of literature.

Have another favorite YA name? Let us know in the comments!

Witherby Lauren DeStefano

Rhine: It’s not just a river in Europe anymore.

Wakeby Lisa McMann

Cabel: Need to think of a name? Look no further than the cable box on your media center. Or is this a mash up of Cain and Abel? Either way, fabulous.

The Hunger Gamesby Suzanne Collins

Peeta: Here I’ll reference a fabulous song parody video that declares: “A pita is a pouch of bread, but that’s his name!”


Breaking Dawnby Stephenie Meyer

Renesmee: Combining your mom and mother-in-law’s names seems like a nice gesture in theory….

Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Oneby Daniel Kraus

Here we have Zebulon Finch and Cornelius Leather and Kip McKenzie and Biff Futterman and Mercy St. Johns. Oh my!

Divergentby Veronica Roth

Four Eaton: Can’t think of a name? Take a number!

Compulsionby Martina Boone

Eight Beaufort: Or a different number!

Throne of Glassby Sarah J. Maas

Chaol Westfall: But how to pronounce it?

The Raven Boysby Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent: Taking a page from Beyoncé’s book…

Gracelingby Kristin Cashore

Some awesome ones here: Lady Katsa, Prince Po, and Bitterblue!