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Tyler Perry-inspired baby names for boys and girls

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

You can't turn on the Oprah Winfrey Network without seeing a Tyler Perry promotion. The actor, director, producer and songwriter is one of the highest paid men in entertainment, and his enormous body of work inspires some fantastic baby name ideas, like these:

  • Tyler Perry:  The mogul's own name offers two options right off the bat. Use them alone or together in either order.
  • Emmitt:  Tyler Perry's given name is Emmitt Perry, Jr. He is the son of Willie Maxine Campbell Perry and Emmitt Perry, Sr.  Perry did not get along with his father (and later found out that Emmitt Sr. is not his biological father) and, at age 16, legally changed his name to Tyler.
  • Gelila: On Sept. 25, 2014, Perry announced that he is expecting his first child with girlfriend Gelila Bekele.
  • Madea:  The tough-old bird is the woman Perry made famous with his drag performances and subsequent plays movies.
  • Payne:  Perry's most successful TV show, House of Payne, ran for eight seasons on TBS.

Names from Tyler Perry's TV shows

Tyler Perry has enjoyed tremendous success on stage and the big screen, but is also well known for his television work on TBS and OWN.

Tyler Perry's House of Payne: broadcast on TBS, June 2007-August 2012

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: broadcast on TBS, January 2009-November 2011

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse:  broadcast on TBS, November 2011-February 2013 and on OWN September 2013-present

  • Angela
  • Marcus
  • Joseph
  • Leslie
  • Richard
  • Jennifer
  • Todd
  • Tina
  • Keisha

Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots:  broadcast on OWN, May 2013-present

  • Jim
  • Katheryn
  • Wyatt
  • Amanda
  • Veronica
  • David
  • Jeffrey
  • Candace
  • Hanna
  • Benny
  • Celine

Tyler Brown's Love Thy Neighbor: broadcast on OWN, May 2013-present

  • Hattie Mae
  • Floyd                       
  • Linda Mae
  • Danny
  • Marianna
  • Sam
  • Drew

Tyler Brown's If Loving You Is Wrong: premiered on OWN, September 2014

  • Brad
  • Alex
  • Kelly
  • Marcie
  • Esperanza
  • Natalie
  • Jackie
  • Joey
  • Travis
  • Randal
  • Julius
  • Eddie
  • Lushion

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