Okay, I *am* enjoying this book but I find it that the abundance of 'angelic' names (Raphael, Seraphina, Celestine, Gabriella, Angela, Evangeline...) feels too contrived. I guess it's plausible that a secret society of angel slayers would name their children after angels, assuming that 'membership' is passed on to each successive generation. I mean, if I were a vampire slayer, I would totally name my son "Vlad". I'm just saying... (*Yes, I know that Dracula was not named Vlad nor was Vlad Dracul really a vampire)
And what about the ludicrous French surnames? We have one Clochette, as in the Fée Clochette (Peter Pan's Tinkerbell), and a Clémentine (which is usually a first name, and a mutated tangerine in real life). The Clochette character showed up first, to yank me straight out of my dear suspension of disbelief... I enjoyed the read, despite the book's numerous (numerous!) flaws, but I winced each time I read one of the family names.
I became severely annoyed by the names in this book too, mostly because I felt that the writer had spent more energy upon coming up with creative names than knitting together her story. They felt like sequins to hide a faltering show. Neither was there any explanation to the use of odd names, or the background to them. For instance the the Japanese angelologist with the Greek name - Saitou! Was she married Saitou or was she a Greek immigrant to Japan. Or was she an American with one foot in each culture? None of it is said, although a few words of Saitou's background would've turned her from a carboard silhuette to a real person in the book. A good writher shouldn't miss such an obvious chanse to flesh up her character.
Ok, I have to agree that the name usage in this book is annoying. In addition to the Evangeline-Gabriella kind of thing (and these are basically the same exact character at different ages) ... there is also the annoying Grigori name. One of the names for the kind of angels who fell was "Watcher". Yep got it. In Greek they were called the "Grigori". Its kind of like your last name being "Human", and it is just as silly as that vanity plate in the story.