Worst fictional character names ever!

Last night my husband and I decided that there are some truly terrible names in fiction. Our top four were
  • Bilbo (JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings)
  • Renesmee (Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn)
  • Katniss (Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games)
  • Slartibartfast (Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

Please vote on which of these is the worst on the poll to your right. If you have any other similarly terrible names, please feel free to list them in comments. Also note that we love all of these books. But that doesn't mean we can't heartily laugh at the characters names! (*stifled chuckle*)

Update: The poll has long since been closed, but still feel free to comment below! Other fun lists you might like:
The best princes in print,
Book clubs I would love to be in,
Books that bring back happy memories.


  1. I had to choose Slartibartfast, although Renesmee is a very close second.

  2. No, Slartibartfast is supposed to be a terrible name, and it does the job very well. "Bilbo" also has a really hobbitty sound to it, even if you should never name your kid that. (In fact, I believe the other hobbits also have hobbitty-sounding names that have been translated into more englishy-sounding names for the books, and you can read all about it in one of the appendices.)

    Renesmee, on the other hand, is supposed to be a baby name. Bad plan, king.

  3. I agree that Slartibartfast is supposed to be a terrible name--and is very funny. I have no problem at all with Bilbo, especially when you say the full name Bilbo Baggins. Katniss would be a strange name if she lived in our world, but she doesn't. No, the only bad name on the list is Renesmee.

  4. Arguably, Katniss does live in our world; albeit many years into the future.

  5. I love the name Bilbo. The rest of them, not so much.

  6. I actually like the name Renesmee. I would never name my child that, but I do like it.

  7. "Katniss" is way, way too close to "catnip" in my opinion ...

  8. Though, actually, we edited a book at my company full of characters with names with double OO's in them. For example, Goodoo, Roodoo, Dooroo, Goocoodoo, and one of our favorites, Swoomoows. Good luck keeping those characters straight!!

  9. Renesmee is growing on me I admit it. It doesn't bother me anymore, and I've even stopped reading it as resume'
    Katniss on the otherhand is very confusing. Especially since I listened to the Hunger Games on audio book before I read it and I could never blog about the main character because I could not for the life of me remember what it was let alone spell it. I like the above comment about catnip though LOL!
    Haymitch, now that's a terrible name.


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