Great Character Names

This may become a series, since there are way too many great character names to post all at once.  And feel free to add yours!

I recently watched the series “Bleak House” on Netflix.  Do try to watch it if you can – a fantastic series based on the Dickens masterpiece.  It centers around Victorian London’s society and legal system, and features some marvelous characters:

Guppy, a lawyer’s clerk, prone to social awkwardness

Miss Flite, an eccentric who keeps birds – lots of birds

Smallweed, a greedy, disabled moneylender

Mr. Turveydrop – foppish owner of a dance academy

Now, here are photos of the characters in the series.  See how perfectly they fit!

Miss Flite
Mr. Turveydrop

What are some of your favorite literary characters?

8 thoughts on “Great Character Names

  1. Oh Martha, what a great subject! Ok, David Copperfield and Barkis ‘Barkis is willing’ are two. Kip in Great Expectations, and let’s not forget of course Miss Haversham. Fagan in Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger.
    I’m going to stay with English Lit right now so let’s move to Shakespeare and Twelfth Night and Falstaff. Shylock, Merchant of Venice, Caliban and Prospero in The Tempest and ALL the fairy characters in A MIdsummers Nights Dream. Titania, Puck, Oberon, Moth…………
    I could go on, and on, and on, and on, but alas it’s now bedtime 🙂


    1. Ha! This is why I need a series, Lottie – so many wonderful characters! It’s making me think a lot about the folks I’m putting in this new work-in-progress. I may even hold a naming contest!


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