Coffee Shop Talks -“Characters I’d totally name my Children after”

November 10th, 2014 Kimberly Event 79 Comments

10th Nov

I was invited by Danielle from Coffee and Characters, Misty from Addicted 2 Heroines and Traci from Mad Hatter Reads to be a guest for their weekly Coffee Shop Talks discussion post. Each week they tackle a bookish topic and discuss it on their blogs. Thanks for inviting me ladies! Today’s topic, “Characters I’d totally name my Children after.”  See the names I picked and why below, then go visit the gals and check out their picks.


At first I thought this would be such an easy topic.There are so many characters I adore and character names I love. As I began going through names I realized this wasn’t who made me swoon or was a total kick ass..these need to be charters whose traits I admire. Sure Charley and Reyes make me giddy, but do I really want a child who names her body parts and is a Reaper or the Son of Satan? Hmm..well maybe I do. After much contemplating here are the four characters I would name my children after and why.

Josephine March

-the main character in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Jo for short.

Little Woman


Jo is a tomboy, a writer and although she is quick to temper romance doesn’t make her lose her head. She thinks out of the box and envisions a world where woman are equal. Jo isn’t perfect by any means, but her bad traits are equally balanced by her passion and love of family making her a strong character.

Kate Daniels

-the protagonist in Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels urban fantasy series

Magic Strikes


Kate Daniels is kick-ass, snarky and yet compassionate. Far from perfect she has spunk and a tenacious need to do right. A child with Kate’s personality would have many friends, and make an impact in any cause that interests her.

Drew Evans

-protagonist in Emma Chase’s hilarious contemporary romance series Tangled.



I know what you are thinking Drew Evans makes so many mistakes. True, so true but Drew is wildly successful, confident and can learn and grow making him someone a parent could be proud of. Plus, the way he treats those he loves and his unending humorous outlook on life make him the real deal.

Derek DiMarzio

-hero in Hard to Come By by Laura Keyes and part of the Hard Ink series.

Hard to Come By


Derek is the kind of guy every mom wants for their daughter. He is compassionate, takes care of others, eases tension, and has the respect of his comrades. I adored Derek and would be proud to have a son who emulated him.

So there you have it, four characters I would name children after. It must be said though, that I have three beautiful children. Chelesa Vivian, Paul Matthew and Jessica Marie. As a mother I couldn’t be more proud of the adults they have become and would gladly love characters who are noble, true, strong and compassionate named after them.

Thank you ladies for inviting me for Coffee Shop Talks. Chatting about books and drinking coffee is my kind of gig!

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79 Responses to “Coffee Shop Talks -“Characters I’d totally name my Children after””

  1. Olivia

    Ooh I do love the idea of this post! There are so many book characters whose names I absolutely adore. I loved Little Women when I was younger, and I like the idea of Louisa as a name. I also really like Callie Rose from Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, and Naya from Carrier by Anne Tibbets.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love those names. It is so hard narrowing them down to a few..LOL

  2. Lark

    Josephine March, definitely! And Hermione from the Harry Potter books.

    My mom used to think I named our daughter after a character in a Campion mystery. (I didn’t, it was just coincidence, but it made a cute story.)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Love your story. I didn’t name my kids after any stories, but Chelsea came from a song called Chelsea Monday.

  3. Amber Elise

    When I was a kid I always wanted to name my son Derek!

    There is actually one book character that I want to name my child after. Aria from either The Never Sky or Pretty Little Liars. Even talked it over with the hubs and he is down!

    Great discussion idea ladies!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  4. Nicole

    This is a really fun question! I love the variety in your responses – lots of different types of characters represented here!

  5. Berls

    LOVE this! You made me tear up a bit at the end – yes I’m emotional! LOL! I love Jo for a daughter – for all the reasons you listed. I haven’t read the other books (though I’m starting Kate Daniels next!) but your reason make perfect sense. I would probably add Elizabeth – Lizzy for short – from P&P. Its my favorite book – but in large part because of Lizzy’s character (the other part is Mr. Darcy). She’s intelligent, strong willed, cares deeply for her family, and not willing to accept less , just because society says she should. She’s not perfect – makes lots of judgement errors actually – but she’s not so proud that she’s unable to admit she was wrong and learn from her mistakes. So yeah, Lizzy 🙂

  6. Tyler H Jolley

    What a fun post. I think I’d go with Vin from the Alexandria from Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant Series. Alex was such a smart, strong character. I really liked her. 🙂

  7. Cyn

    This is an awesome discussion! I fell in love with the name Gareth after Julia Quinn’s It’s in His Kiss, haha. I still need to read the new Laura Kaye book! Happy to hear Derek is awesome ;). Your kids have lovely names!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I love the name Garth, and hope you love Derek. Thanks Cyn.

  8. Jess

    I love that you would name a child after Josephine March. Me too! I would also have to think about some names from the Harry Potter series. JK Rowling knows how to pick some names. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh yes..the Potter series is full of delightful names for children and pets

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you. My kiddos are wonderful and I like my fictional children too..LOL

  9. Angie

    I’ve never wanted kids… I don’t know what name I would pick. I do know someone with a daughter named Hermione. I love that one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have not met a Hermione yet..but love the character. I would love to name a cat Atticus

  10. Sophia Rose

    Fun topic, Kimba!

    I actually think you’re a great name picker for your kids. I love how you thought through personality too when choosing the book character names. LOL, yeah, Charley is great, but that girl definitely is a piece of work and I wouldn’t want to parent her.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Sophia, and I so agree Charley would make me completely grey..LOL Ooh you added your link..thank you!

  11. Mary

    My mom’s name is Josephine! And I’ve always liked it (so much more interesting than Mary. I’ve never felt like a Mary. *shrugs*). Always loved the name Gillian.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like Mary, every Mary I have ever met has been fun to hang with. Gillian is cute.

  12. Jo

    I’m named after Jo in Little Women! I was supposed to be a boy, and when I came out a girl (this is back in 1972), my parents didn’t even have a girl’s name picked out. So, they let my grandfather name me, and he named me after Jo March.

  13. Michelle

    What a cool discussion idea! I have so many book characters I would name my children after, but it has little to do with wanting them to be like the characters themselves. In fact there are several I wouldn’t want my kid to be like at all, lol! One is Dorian from The Picture of Dorian Grey, the character is not someone to imitate at all but the story is one of my favorites and I love the name. A few others would be Grayson and Quinn.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I totally love the name Grayson and in fact whenever my kids talk about baby names ..I through it out there. My oldest and her beau love the name Silas..but to me it will always be a serial killer name..LOL

  14. Rita

    How about Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, lol? I was only joking here, because I can’t think of a decent character name and I’m not having any more human kids or furkids to have to name, but Holly is a pretty name. My daughter named her girls unusual names, but since I have a gag order on sharing info on her kids publicly, I’ll just throw it out there– is it wrong to name your kids unusual names you like but aren’t popular??

    • kimbacaffeinate

      OMG..Holly what a trip she is. Never a dull moment with child like that! I don’t think it is wrong. Sometimes it may be hard on the child. Weird spellings are more of an issue for me. I understand the gag order..but think first names would be ok.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      He is Aurian. I am loving the audios of Kate Daniels. Two of my reviews are scheduled for December.

  15. Melissa (Books and Things)

    What a fun post. I would probably get the kid that names her body parts if I ever had any. LOL I wonder if anyone from Black Dagger Brotherhood fangirl club would name them after the characters in that book. LOL Poor kids.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I am sure there are many Black Dagger babies out their! Have you seen the tattoos?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well there ya go. Yep, this is one to stew over while sipping coffee!

  16. Trish

    Interesting topic. Josephine March is one of very favourite characters but I don’t think it’s a name I’d use personally as it feels somewhat dated (huge apologies to any Jo’s reading :O). Naming kids after characters is tricky like you said. Hermoine?!! Love what you had to say about your own grown up children 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think names come around again. I wanted to name our first Vivian, and my husband thought it was too old fashioned..but there are now two Vivian’s in the pre-school around the corner.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL..I kept contemplating. Hubs kept telling me we already named our kids..but this is serious business I told him..LOL

  17. Heidi

    What a tough question. I agonized over my kids names especially my sons. I named my daughter RIsa Jo, because Risa is latin for laughter and Jo was my grandmother’s name. I adore Jo in Little Women, she is one of my all time favs and I could totally relate to her as I was a tomboy, I still think she should have married Laurie though.

  18. Terri M.

    What a great post! I would have to pick Claire from Outlander for a girl because she is strong and independent–a rule breaker. And for a boy, Bill, after Bill Compton from The Sookie Stackhouse series. He was always a gentleman and always had Sookie’s best interests at heart.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh yes Claire and Jamie would be delightful for a boy and girl!

  19. Candace

    What a great discussion! My daughter Phaedra is named after Phedra from the Kushiel’s series by Jaqueline Carey. She does some dark things (she has no choice really) but is SO strong and able to deal with whatever comes her way. Mostly I just loved the name though.

  20. Sarah

    Josephine is such a pretty name, and I totally love Kate! I’m with you, I love Charlie, but she’s far too like me (in regards to her attention span) than I’d want in my own kids. LOL I enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, yeah I adore her too but the girl gets into way too much danger!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks, I was delighted they asked and so glad they were willing to work with me. *since they had to agree to a date 3 months in advance* LOL

  21. Lily

    Oh I love these nicks Kimba! I especially love Drew lol! I feel like that would be a nice name to give a child and I love how Drew was a successful and loving character too. I also love the name Jo for a girl. It’s a nice nickname and Josephine is beautiful!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Lily, it was so hard picking them, and of course now I can think of 100 more,,LOL

  22. Christine

    I love the idea of characters from a book as inspiration for baby names! Actually being in a position where I need to choose names soon, I am finding it very hard. My husband & I both love Harry Potter, so his suggestions for a girl name were Hermione or Minerva (his two favorite female characters) which I promptly shot down, LOL. I guess we still have some time to figure it out 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo picking a name is hard, but I am sure you will figure it out

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you. It was hard, and as people comment I think oh yes..that is a wonderful pick too. I would need a herd of kids to use all the names I like 🙂

  23. Nick

    Oh man! This is a really hard question. I don’t know what I would have answered had I had to answer this question, Kim. Like you said, these are traits you want your kids to have, not someone you are going to swoon over. 😀
    But if you ever had a kid like Drew Evans, I would totally build a time-machine so I could be with him! 😉
    Fun post, Kim!

  24. Bookworm Brandee

    LOL Great choices! I would have picked Jo as well, because I love her. Kate is kick-ass, too. I’ve yet to meet Drew or Derek, but I’ve heard things… 😉 I always wanted to name a boy Bennet after Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice. And I wanted to name a girl Harper or Scout after Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. (can you tell I majored in Eng Lit?) I didn’t get to though. Eh, maybe I’ll get to name future pets after my favorite literary characters…someday. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You and I would get along just fine. P&P and To Kill A Mockingbird is are some of my all time favorite books. I have read them both so often I can quote whole scenes.

  25. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Definitely Kate Daniels! But I’d name a daughter Georgia after Georgia Mason, obviously, and if I had a son, I’d name im Sean after Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races. I think my reasons for George are obivous, but Sean because he is quiet and incredibly caring.

  26. Christy

    I named my son after a bull rider. 😀 If I had had a girl I’d name her something that can be shortened with a tomboy sounding nickname like Jo. I definitely like Charley. I like more masculine names for females.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like both of those names, although I do like more feminine names

  27. alreem

    I don’t know any of these character, but i do want to read Tangled .. for me the Characters I’d totally name my Children after will be Katy from Lux series, she so what i would like my childern to be like 🙂