Name Decoder - Dystopian Heros/Heroins

2767052Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

meaning: Katniss Everdeen is the main character of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss is an edible aquatic plant belonging to the Sagittaria family and more commonly referred to as "duck potato" or "swan potato". Sagitarria means "of an arrow" and the plant species was likely named this due to the pointed shape of the leaves. 

11614718Magdalena "Lena" Ella Haloway-Tiddle from Delirium by Lauren Oliver

meaningFrom a title which meant "of Magdala". Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament, was named thus because she was from Magdala - a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew. She was cleaned of evil spirits by Jesus and then remained with him during his ministry, witnessing the crucifixion and the resurrection. She was a popular saint in the Middle Ages, and the name became common then. In England it is traditionally rendered Madeline, while Magdalene or Magdalen is the learned form.

6186357Thomas from The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of the apostle who initially doubts the resurrected Jesus. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.

11235712Linh Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer

meaning: The name Linh is originally from Vietnam and its meaning is spring. It is usually given to girls. There is no enough recorded information on the name and therefore is challenging to determine whether the name is popular.

16101128Cassie Sullivan from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

meaning: It is of Greek origins. Its meaning is Purity; unheeded prophetess. In Homer's 'The Iliad' Cassandra's prediction of the fall of Troy was unheeded

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