"Hunger Games" Baby Names
Peeta The blond-haired, blue-eyed Peeta Mellark (Katniss' partner and love interest) is as classically dreamy as his almost classic name. Peeta is super-similar to Peter, which has been popular with parents for decades!
Primrose This earthy, off-the-beaten-path name was plucked straight from the rosebush for Katniss' younger sister, Primrose Everdeen.
Gale Gale Hawthorne is Katniss' hunting partner and BFF. Interestingly, Gale was a common boy's name before it was a common girl's name. It was on male baby name charts from the early 1880s until the late 1960s!
Haymitch OK, so Katniss and Peeta's mentor and trainer Haymitch Abernathy is a teensy bit of a lush. But his ruggedly awesome moniker bears a striking similarity to the Celtic-tough-guy-cool name Hamish, another form of Seamus.
Rue Suzanne Collins is really awesome at finding infrequently used, "green" names for her female characters. We're just glad she chose Rue for Katniss' friend and ally rather than Stinkweed Dandelion or something.
Cato & Clove Katniss and Peeta's main opponents from District 2 in the Games have competitively cool names. Cato has big-time appeal with its trendy "O" sound, and Clove is an underused nature name with some serious spice.
Madge The district mayor's daughter and Katniss' friend, Madge is a shortened form of the hip and happenin' 1950s-inspired name Margaret.
Hazelle, Rory, Vick & Posy Suzanne Collins totally embraced names with vintage flair, coupled with references to nature—and Gale Hawthorne's entire family is proof!
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