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Baby names inspired by arcade games

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Nostalgia parenting is totally a thing. You will find yourself thrusting your original My Little Pony and G.I. Joe toys at your children, sighing when they roll their eyes at your talk of games like Galaga and Pong. Maybe giving them a baby name inspired by arcade games will help head off that last part.

Did you know video games had a golden age? The golden age of arcade video games spanned from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. Graphics improved from one dot shooting another dot to, well, one dot shooting a lot of other dots. But it was amazing! A simpler time. Get off my lawn, etc.

So how to help your own offspring appreciate the halcyon days of Space Invaders and the Pac-Mans (regular and Ms.)? Give them a baby name that harkens back to the good old days, when getting your initials on the high score screen was the ultimate status symbol.

Baby boy names from the arcade

How many quarters did you spend with these video games growing up? Imagine the fun of taking your son to an old-school arcade and letting him play the afternoon away — as himself!

  • Ace: Ace Driver, Space Ace
  • Alex: Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
  • Ben: Ben Bero Beh
  • Bert: Q*bert
  • Buck: Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom
  • Buster: Buster Bros.
  • Charlie: Circus Charlie
  • Chase: Highway Chase
  • Darius: Darius Gaiden
  • Don: Don Doko Don
  • Duke: Dynamite Duke
  • Freddie: Fast Freddie
  • Gallagher: Gallagher's Gallery
  • Harry: Hammerin' Harry
  • Hogan: Hogan's Alley
  • Ivan: Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road
  • Jack: Aqua Jack, Bomb Jack
  • Jax: A-Jax
  • Joe: Joe & Mac
  • Kai: 1943 Kai
  • Leo: R-Type Leo
  • Lucky: Lucky & Wild
  • Mac: Joe & Mac
  • Mario: Mario Bros.
  • Mark: Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Max: MagMax
  • Nero: Johnny Nero: Action Hero
  • Ollie: Ollie King
  • Peter: Peter Pack Rat
  • Ray: NebulasRay
  • Regulus: Regulus
  • Rex: Dino Rex
  • Simpson: The Simpsons Arcade Game
  • Solomon: Solomon's Key
  • Sullivan: Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat
  • Teddy: Teddy Boy Blues
  • Zed: Zed Blade

Baby girl names from the arcade

We don't buy into the stereotype that the arcade is a boys-only pastime. We had no trouble finding feminine names in the titles of major arcade hits. In fact, we prefer the nerd cred of these girly monikers.

  • Angel: Angel Eyes
  • Athena: Athena
  • Birdie: Birdie King series
  • Calypso: Calypso
  • Cheyenne: Cheyenne
  • Deedee: D.D. Crew
  • Eden: Far East of Eden: Kabuki Klash
  • Fantasia: Fantasia series
  • Gaia: Gaia Crusaders
  • Halley: Halley's Comet
  • Harley: Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders
  • Juno: Juno First
  • Lane: Battle Lane
  • Lea: The Amazing Adventures of Mr. F. Lea
  • Niki: Kid Niki: Radical Ninja
  • Ozma: Ozma Wars
  • Pepper: Pepper II
  • Phoenix: Phoenix
  • Polly: Head Panic — Polly & Sally Adventure
  • Sally: Head Panic — Polly & Sally Adventure
  • Star: Star Fire, Star Force
  • Terra: Terra Cresta, Terra Diver
  • Veronica: Resident Evil Survivor 2: Code: Veronica
  • Willow: Willow

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