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 showâ€™s titleâ€”Hope on Raising Hope.
Here, in rough reverse chronological order, are some of the most memorable TV baby names:
When Pam and I wrote our first name book, Beyond Jennifer & Jason (back when Jennifer & Jason were still baby names), we had a little section called NAMES THAT ARE TOO MUCH TO LIVE UP TO, listingÂ examples that had such a potent image that whey would overpower an innocent babe–including such biblical temptresses and goddesses as Jezebel, Salome and Venus.Â Well, things have now changed to the point where those names and others equally powerfulÂ have slipped into Â the mainstream.Â Why?Â Partly theÂ current anything-goes atmosphere, partly some tipping point moments, such as:
JEZEBEL: WHY? Scheming, promiscuousÂ New Testament hussy; name came to mean hussy.Â DEFUSER? Feminists started to see her as a victim, became the name of a hot weblog.Â Name still means hussy.
LOLA: WHY? Sexy 19th century Spanish dancer/courtesan Lola Montez, sexy Marlene Dietrich character in The Blue Angel, sexy Pajama Game song ‘Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets’. DEFUSER? MadonnaÂ nicknames baby Lourdes Lola, Kelly Ripa mentions daughter Lola every mornining
SALOME: WHY? Deceitful dancing NewÂ Testament seductress, seen as even worse in Oscar Wilde play and Strauss opera; DEFUSER? Not sure, but it was defused enough for TV actress Alex Kingston to use it for her daughter.