Top 5 Weirdest Guy Names

I can see that an outwordly guy – whether a fallen angel, shapeshifter or fairy should have an outwordly name. I mean, it doesn’t sound right with: Hi, my name is Brad – if you’re a several centuries old fallen angel – right?

Yet, I’ve been amazed by the number of original (read weird) guy names that I have come across over the course of my reading journey in the YA paranormal romance genre. For a sample of these names, see the top 5 below:




1. Lend in Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Did anyone else react when Evie first laid eyes on her love interest, the shapeshifter Lend? Not because he was a shape-shifter, and a particularly strange one as such, but because of his name. Lend? Never heard anything even remotely like it before.


2. Patch in Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

When I first heard of this book, and read about the bad boy character Patch who enthralls Nora, all I could think of was..Patch? Really? Might as well have called the fascinating and dangerous love interest: band aid. Sounds the same to me. Then, as I actually began reading the book, all those thoughts evaporated as I got caught into the story. Now, do I care? Not at all!


3. Po in Graceling by Kristin Cashore


In the land of The Seven Kingdoms we meet prince Po, who is the love interest of Katsa. Granted, all the names in this fantasy land are not what you would call common – yet Po struck me as particularly weird.


4. Tamani in Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Tamani is one of the boys who is fighting for Laurel’s attention in Wings. He’s a fairy, and so I suppose that’s how he got is unusual asian-sounding name.


5. Valek in Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study

In Poison Study we meet Valek, the assassin and right hand of the commander. All though an unusual name I thought it fitted his strong and dangerous personality pretty well.

5 Responses to “Top 5 Weirdest Guy Names”

  1. jenika May 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    if I don’t get wrong, “Tamani” in Japanese means “rarely” … and he is my favorite character in the story, the character who made me want to read more!!!

    • tess May 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      I didn’t know that’s what it meant! Well, that explains his weird name! And don’t get me wrong, I adore Tamani!! And his name!

  2. jenika July 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I just finished reading a quite good YA book, Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon.
    The love interested of the main character (Renee) is called Dante… other than the Dante who wrote the Divine Comedy centuries ago I didn’t hear this name before…
    It is probably a weird name but it was very good for the character.
    Speaking of the book, it was quite enjoyable, a few things where a bit maybe not so well developed but surely in the general it was a catching story and a few things were very original and interesting…
    I just read there is a sequel but I really liked how the book ended so I am not sure I want to read the sequel…
    If I should give a mark, I would give 3.5/5 to the book.

    • tess July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve heard about that book, but never really thought about getting it. It definitely sounds interesting. Apart from the ending though, that you didn’t like. Maybe it’s best to just read the first book in the series and skip the rest. Thanks, t

  3. jenika July 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Here is the plot of the book (I copy it from goodreads)
    “On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she’d ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

    After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

    It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

    Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

    Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul”

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