SAY MY NAME!
I have recently been reading a contemporary fiction where the main character's name is True. This has alerted me to the fact that I do not like character names that are homophonic with words we use often in speech. "True, but if we go to the store now there will be less traffic." Is the speaker addressing True or agreeing with a statement while suggesting an alternative. More than once I have gone back to re-read a sentence because True or her son Guy's name have shown up in a way that confused me. Maybe I should stop reading late at night.
I also don't like names that try too hard to assign a personality trait. I smile at heros who are named Falcon or Rake or Python. If I met a man with one of those names I'd just feel sorry for him. Heroines can be just as bad with their flowery names, or heaven forbid, Chastity. As if! I did write a very feminine younger sister named Loulou in an American historical but that is about as far as I will go.
What names have really turned you off in a book?