So what if you’re not at all ready to be a parent? That doesn’t mean you can’t brainstorm the names of your future children! Instead of Googling “Interesting Baby Names” for inspiration, why not turn to the quirky names of characters from your favorite YA books? Not only will your kids have awesome original names, but they will be inspired by characters you love.
Quirky Names from YA Novels That Are Perfect for Your Future Child
1. Citra – Scythe by Neal Shusterman
At the beginning of Scythe, you are quickly introduced to one of the series’ main protagonists, Citra. At first, her name strikes you as unusual, but as you become immersed in the story, you realize how perfect it is for her character. Citra immediately reminds you of “citrus” and there definitely is tartness in Citra’s personality. She is undeniably blunt, and she is never afraid to speak her mind.
Citra is one of the best characters in the Arc of a Scythe series as she is intelligent, capable, bold, and kind. She never compromises her morals or her beliefs, and she should be a role model to all. Her name is quirky, yet beautiful and strong, and would be perfect for your future child.
2. Nimue – Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller
Cursed, is a powerful, thrilling, and feminist retelling of King Arthur, with Nimue, the Lady of the Lake at its center. Nimue is an ethereal Welsh name that has originated from the original King Arthur tales. In Cursed, Nimue is an incredible warrior and sorcerer, who fights to save her people from the armies of a corrupt king, and seeks to learn the truth about her destiny.
Nimue is an incredible female character that shows strength and vulnerability, and whose name should inspire future generations. Nimue is definitely a quirky name, and has a sense of magic and strength that shouldn’t be overlooked.
3. Silas – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
If you’ve read Sorcery of Thorns, you know that Silas is the best character. While Elisabeth is compassionate, fierce, and brilliant, and Nathaniel is charming, loyal, and determined, neither compares to the genius creation of Silas. While both Nathaniel and Elisabeth are human, Silas is a demon and his complicated relationship with both of these characters is truly the heart of the story. They are partners in crime and unbelievably loyal to each other. Silas is the only family Nathaniel has, and even though he has taken years of his life, it doesn’t change the unique strength of their relationship.
Silas is smart, funny, loyal, understanding, and patient. Although he is a demon, he has more humanity than most characters possess. Name your child Silas, as it is an original and different name that represents this incredible character.
4. Zebulon – The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus
Zebulon Finch is not someone to be trifled with. After being gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan, he is mysteriously resurrected and lives a second life full of adventure. From traveling as a sideshow attraction in a circus-like medicine show to fighting in the trenches of WWI, Zebulon’s second life is never boring. Zebulon is a great name for your future child, because it will inspire them to be brave, and to live a life full of adventure. You simply can’t be ordinary with a name that awesome!
5. Cabel –Wake by Lisa McMann
Cabel is a perfect quirky name for your future child if you’re looking for something a bit more subtle than Zebulon. Cabel is definitely a unique name, but it sounds like other names we’ve heard before like “Caleb” or “Abel.” In addition, Cabel is a great character to name your future child after, because he isn’t afraid to do what’s right, even if it tarnishes his reputation. In Wake, everyone thinks Cabel is a drug dealer, but in reality, he is working undercover with the police to help them bust a major drug ring. Cabel knows that his undercover work affects his reputation, but he does it anyway. Cable is an amazing character who you definitely want your kid to look up, and has a name worth considering.
6. Rhine – Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Rhine is a beautiful name, but it also evokes a feeling of strength and resiliency. In a world in which all females have a lifespan of 20 and males have a lifespan of 25, Rhine is sold as a bride at 16. She vows to do everything she can to escape, but her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and makes things complicated. But despite her situation, Rhine never loses her fortitude, and her resolve is one of her greatest qualities.
Rhine is a perfect quirky name for your future child, because although it is a unique name, it has a certain quality to it that makes it seem familiar. In addition, Rhine Ellery is a dynamic female character, and one that any of your future child would be happy to emulate. Rhine should be at the top of your list since it’s quirky, gender neutral, and simultaneously evokes beauty and strength.
7. Maren – Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Maren is an interesting take on a very common name, Karen, which makes it less overtly quirky than some of the other names on the list. This is perfect if you still want to give your future child a unique name, but one that isn’t so unusual.
In addition, Maren is an incredible character to name your child after. When her girlfriend Kaia is abducted, Maren must steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons to rescue her. Maren is brave, determined, and loyal, and an incredible hero. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Maren represents someone who isn’t often shown in YA literature, and naming your child after her would be so important for representation.
8. Athena and Artemis – Slayer by Kiersten White
Sure, if you name your daughters Athena and Artemis, people will think you named them after Greek goddesses. Those people would be wrong. Nothing against the Greek goddesses, they are totally badass and powerful, but if these names are inspiring you, then you’re definitely a Scooby.
Athena and Artemis are great names to honor your love of Buffy because they represent an incredible entry in the fandom: Slayer. Plus I’d argue that they are both way better than the name Buffy. Let’s be honest. Also, not everyone will immediately associate these names with Buffy, which makes the inspiration even better.
9. Magnus – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
If you love YA, and you want to name your future child after one of your favorite characters, there’s a good chance you love The Mortal Instruments. If so, then Magnus is the perfect quirky name for your future child.
Magnus is a name that just evokes bad-assery. It’s old fashioned and different, and perfect for your future kid if you’re someone that is wise beyond your years. Magnus is an amazing character to name your child after, as he’s fun, eccentric, and also a great representation of a bisexual character. In addition, it’s not obvious that Magnus is inspired by The Mortal Instruments, so it could be an awesome fun fact for your future kid to have.