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Top TV Character Baby Names

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Television writers get Emmys for the complex plotlines they develop, but some gold stars are in order for the creators who dream up these characters’ unforgettable names, setting the stage for who they become on screen. The TV shows with staying power leave behind legacies and characters forever associated with a certain time in your life, whether you were tuning in after school, at night or on the weekend. What better way to show off your telly tastes than by giving your baby a hum-dinger of a moniker? Check out our picks of the most popular TV character baby names.

Dashing divas and soap studs

Some people love their “stories,” and there’s no better place to pluck a name than from daytime soap operas. Here are a few of the stand-outs for our top pick of soap star baby names, whether past, present, comatose, dead, alive, presumed dead, cloned… you get the picture.

Ridge (The Bold & the Beautiful)
Gigi (One Life to Live)
Ferguson (Days of Our Lives)
Greenlee or Susan Lucci (pictured) as Erica (All My Children)
Cruz (General Hospital)
Dusty (As the World Turns)
Thorne (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Zander (General Hospital)
Drucilla (The Young & the Restless)
Lujack (Guiding Light)

They’ve got personality

Quirky, kooky, oddball – however you want to describe these characters, they are the folks who make their sitcom memorable with their eccentric ways. Whether it’s their dialog or expressions or the zany situations they manage to get themselves into, these standouts are the reasons shows develop a following. Check out these options for TV character baby names:

Barney (How I Met Your Mother)
Cerie (30 Rock)
Dwight (The Office)
Hilda (Ugly Betty)
Regina (Samantha Who?)
Niles (Frasier)
Homer (The Simpsons)
Lorelai (The Gilmore Girls)
Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)
Ari (Entourage)

A star is born

Tuning in to today’s most popular kid shows on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon will give you some ideas for the kind of name you want your future star to carry. With this celebrity baby name, your child is sure to be the next sensation.

Raven (That’s So Raven)
London (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody)
Harper (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Oliver (Hannah Montana)
Sharpay (High School Musical)
Drake (Drake & Josh)
Liberty (Degrassi, The Next Generation)


While even you might not be old enough to remember some of the classic gems that used to populate evening TV, dare to choose a classic TV baby name from one of these lineups and there will be no mistaking where you got your inspiration.

The Addams Family: Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch, Fester
The Beverly Hillbillies: Jed, Jethro, Elly May, Milburn
Leave it to Beaver: Ward, June, Wally, Lumpy
Murphy Brown: Murphy, Eldin, Miles, Corky
Cheers: Frasier, Lilith, Norm, Cliff, Woody
Sanford and Son: Sanford, Lamont, Grady, Esther
Gilligan’s Island: Gilligan, Ginger, Thurston, Lovey
Bewitched: Darrin, Tabitha, Endora, Esmeralda, Arthur
The Golden Girls: Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, Sophia

Drama, drama, drama

The medical dramas rival the number of legal mock-ups you see on TV, but there are also a few cult faves that spice up primetime programming. One thing is for certain, whether in a hospital, courtroom or cul-de-sac, these characters offer up some notable handles. If you see acting in your child’s future, these TV character baby names will fit the bill.

Grey’s Anatomy: Izzie, Lexie, Meredith, Miranda, Callie (Calliope), Addison
Heroes: Claire, Noah, Elle, Simone, Ando, Maya,
Desperate Housewives: Lynette, Preston, Porter, Parker, Penny, Bree, Orson, Rex, Gabrielle
Brothers and Sisters: Nora, Kitty, Saul, Justin, Kevin
Law & Order: Max, Lennie, Cyrus, Nina, Anita, Serena
Gossip Girl: Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck, Vanessa

On cable

You may or may not subscribe to the popular cable channels, but they’re cranking out original programming left and right, leaving in their wake names and characters that are hard to shake, even long after they’ve closed up shop.

The Sopranos: Carmella, Meadow, Silvio, Carmine, Janice, Livia
Big Love: Nicolette, Margene, Tancy, Roman, Wanda, Alby, Adaleen
Weeds: Celia, Silas, Conrad, Heylia, Dean
Sex & the City: Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha, Stanford, Trey, Aiden, Smith
Oz: Vernon, Tobias, Kareem, Burr, Cyril, Agamemnon, Jaz, Poet (Naming your kid after a prisoner? Kudos!)

Whatever your TV viewing tastes, keep your ears open for some name-dropping as your little one percolates. From old-school nicknames (Hoss, Hawkeye, Radar, Trapper, Fonzie, Chachi, Potsie) to modern reality stars (Paris, Kimora, Kendra, Bridget, Colby, Holly, Heidi) to popular news anchors (Anderson, Giuliana, Campbell, Stone), TV may just be better than any baby book you could ever find.

Just remember, you may be a devotee of a certain show but with great nostalgia comes a great possibility for error, and with current popularity comes the danger of an oversaturated market.

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