by Linda Rosenkrantz
The names of TV characters have had an influence on baby naming since the era of must-see daytime soaps and Dallas and Dynasty, and more recently we’ve seen the effect of the Mad Men midcentury matrix and individual names like Finn and Dexter and Addison and Aria and Arya taking hold.
Things are a little different now, with fewer people glued to their TV screens—or even their tablets or phones—to watch ‘appointment’ television. And yet, with the new season beginning, I can’t help wondering if any of the more distinctive names of the characters on debuting shows might catch on. The one freshman period program, Reign, offers some possibilities, as do The Originals—a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries and the sci-fi The Tomorrow People.
And with two hunky ex-models playing characters named Killian on two different new shows, I think I’d put my money on him.
So here are the promising names on new shows, bearing in mind that some of these series might be here today and gone tomorrow, and a lot also depends on the appeal of the character:
Astrid—a sympathetic and supportive (and attractive) character on the sci-fi show The Tomorrow People.
Davina—a 16-year-old witch with a dark side in The Originals.
Greer—see Aylee—an Old Hollywood name beginning to be reconsidered.
Lulu—an attractive ‘former trophy wife’ in Back in the Game.
Violet—the young daughter/granddaughter on Mom. A name everyone already loves.
Archer—a somewhat intimidating ex-military guy in Hostages.
Baxter—a typical TV ex-husband type on Mom.
Dudley—an appealingly awkward pre-teen on Back in the Game.
Jedikiah—an unusual twist on an Old Testament name, worn by a fierce, shape-changing robot in The Tomorrow People.
Kives—an unexplained offbeat name for a somewhat obnoxious chick-magnet type in Hello Ladies. Guess we’ll have to watch for an explanation.
Roscoe—a cute Nameberry-named child on Mom (shown in illustration).
Wade—an LA-based best friend character on Hello Ladies.