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By Sarah Douglas of  Names4real.

What would our significant others name our children if we left it totally up to them?  Well, according to this blog on Nameberry, Joss (born Joseph Hill) Whedon is a big inspiration.

And no wonder.  When perusing his shows, the character names range from the classics to the bold.

Here’s a list of some of the most interesting character names and which show they were featured on.

ANGEL 

Angel:  A vampire with a soul; at least on most episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her spinoff show, Angel Angel’s real name (pre-vampirism) was Liam. His vampire without a soul name is Angelus.

ConnorAngel and Darla’s son.  Yes, apparently vampires can reproduce.

Cordelia:  The spoiled cheerleader Cordelia Chase on Buffy became a main character when she followed Angel to Los Angeles.  Cordelia is played by the interesting named Charisma Carpenter.

Darla

Doyle

Gunn:  Actually Charles Gunn, but he goes by his last name.

Harmony

IllyriaFred in blue, i.e. an ancient demon that possessed Fred’s body after she died.

Lindsay (boy)

Lorne

Wesley

WinifredFred

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

Buffy:  If cool, tough vampire slayer Buffy Summers couldn’t bring back this old-fashioned nickname, it may be gone for good.

Drusilla

Faith

Giles

Kendra

SpikeDon’t try this one at home.  Spike’s real name was William.

Willow:  If there’s a Whedon success story when it comes to names, Willow would be the star. The TV show debuted in 1997 and Willow entered the chart for the first time at #853. She is now at her highest at #171.

Xander

Other interesting names from the series include Anya, Dawn, Forrest, Glory, & Oz.

DOLLHOUSE

Adelle

Boyd

Echo:  Real name Caroline

FIREFLY

Hoban Washburne “Wash

Inara

Jayne: Interesting because Jayne is a guy in the series.  What do you think about the name Jayne for a boy?

Kaywinnit LeeKaylee”:  Kaywinnit is a first.  Any Firefly fans know anything about her name?

Malcolm: “Mal

River TamSimon’s sister

Serenity:  This is not the name of a character, but the name of the spacecraft.  Serenity is ranked at #58 for 2012.

Shepherd

Simon

Characters aren’t the only people Joss Whedon gives interesting names too.  Whedon and wife Kai Cole named their children Arden Cole (boy) and Squire Cole (girl).

What is your favorite Whedon- inspired name? 

Sarah Douglas is the author of Bold Baby Names and shares her finds from birth announcements on her name blog, Names4real.

 

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