Some of those characters eventually have fictional children of their own.Â Mad Men couple Pete and Trudy just welcomed daughter Tammy.Â 90210â€™s Jen has a brand new son called Jacques.Â In honor of the two new arrivals, hereâ€™s a look back at some notable small screen births.
Everyone was watching I Love Lucy when Ricky and Lucy welcomed Enrique Jr. â€“ Lilâ€™ Ricky â€“ in 1953.Â The show was a sensation, but Richard was already a Top Ten mainstay, and even Ricky was in the Top 100 before the babyâ€™s arrival.
The first influential television baby probably came from 1964â€™s Bewitched, a sitcom with a supernatural twist.Â Bewitching wife Samanthaâ€™s name caught on, as did daughter Tabitha, who arrived in the showâ€™s second season.
Thereâ€™s more than one way to add a child.Â The Brady Bunchâ€™s six kids became seven when Cousin Oliver came to stay during the showâ€™s final season.Â While his name is the height of fashion today, it didnâ€™t catch on until decades later.Â The character did lend his name to Cousin Oliver Syndrome â€“ the phenomenon of adding a younger child to revive a fading show.Â
Â It happened often in the 1980s and 90s:
- Â Family Ties siblings Mallory, Alex, and Jennifer were joined by Andrew in 1984.
- Too Close for Comfort mom Muriel also had a late-in-life son, also named Andrew.Â The name was already popular in the 80s.
- Growing Pains added a fourth Seaver sibling.Â Chrissy joined Mike, Carol, and Ben in 1988.
- A baby in a bar?Â Not exactly, but Cheersâ€™ Frasier and Lilith Crane welcomed son Frederick in 1988.
- The Cosby Show influence extends to baby names.Â Cliff and Clair Huxtableâ€™s granddaughter Olivia came to stay in 1989, and helped propel Olivia into the Top 100 a year later.
- Full House launched the careers of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson.Â The series also included twins Nicholas and Alexander, born in 1991, when both names were on the rise.
- Murphy Brown welcomed a son named Avery in 1992, named after Murphyâ€™s mom Avery.Â The name caught on for both genders, though it is wildly popular for girls right now.
- Even Roseanne caught Cousin Oliver Syndrome, though the 1995 arrival of Jerry Garcia Conner did not influence trends.
- The Nanny ends in 1999 with the birth of twins Jonah and Eve.
- The same year, Mad About Youâ€™s Mabel seemed an outlandish choice, even for a pair of stylish New Yorkers.Â Mabel remains uncommon, but the whole category of grandma chic names is quite fashionable.
Â More recent small screen small fry include:
- Â ERâ€™s Mark Greene and Elizabeth Corday welcomed Ella in 2001, and the name leapt into the Top 100.
- Sex in the Cityâ€™s Miranda welcomed Brady in 2002, another influential choice.
- Friendsâ€™Â Rachel and RossÂ welcomed a daughter Emma in 2004, but Emma was already at the top of the charts.
Â Newcomers Tammy and Jacques seem unlikely to catch on, but another currentÂ favorite could give us one more to add to the list of names propelled into wider use by a fictional baby:Â The Officeâ€™s Cecelia, daughter of Jim and Pam, though spelling Cecilia is more familiar.