The Most Interesting Character Names I’ve Read

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I found the most interesting combination of character names in Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels which I read more than a year ago.

In the book, we find characters with the following names: Big Angel, Little Angel, Perla, Minnie, La Gloriosa, Paz, Ookie among others. Most of these names like Perla and Gloriosa are actually words in Spanish.

Perla means pearl in English, La Gloriosa means the glorious one, and Paz means peace. Ookie sounds like the name of someone child-like. Ookie turns out the be a grown man with child-like qualities. La Gloriosa is known for her beauty. And Paz has an ironic name because she isn’t all that peaceful.

As for Big Angel and Little Angel, I admire the connection the names have with the topic of death that is present in the book. It’s also an interesting way to represent the son-father relationship.

What’s the most interesting character you ever read? Why do you find it interesting?