since Little Ricky
’s birth on I Love Lucy
coincided with the birth of real life Desi
(aka Desiderio Alberto
Arnaz IV) —which was celebrated on the cover of the very first issue of TV Guide
in 1953—audiences have been interested in the arrivals—and names, of course– of TV babies.
Some of these babies had names that were typical of their eras, while others were newer and more influential. Some of the newborns were allowed to grow up, while others remained babies, some were merely plot devices that quickly vanished. One of the names was important enough to be featured in the show’s title—Hope on Raising Hope.
Here, in rough reverse chronological order, are some of the most memorable TV baby names:
since the first American baby was christened Washington Smith
, there has been a tradition here—just as the Brits honor their Royals–to draw inspiration from the surnames of U.S. presidents, with Grant
, and now Jackson
landing high on the hit parade. So here, for President’s Day
, are some examples drawn from our history that still resonate—even if the connection to the Commander-in-Chief isn’t always immediately apparent.