Category: names from pop culture
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:
Today is officially Soap Opera Day (woo hoo!) and though this isnâ€™t as big of a deal in the baby name world as it once was, with a lot fewer sudsers on TV than there were when soap operas were the main staple of daytime programming, we have to acknowledge the influence that they did have in the pastâ€”just as powerful as reality show show TV names do today.
This is true both in terms of trends (as in sometimes condescendingly considered â€śsoap opera namesâ€ť on the order of Thorne and Trent, Blade and Brent, and also place names like Sierra and Egypt, boysâ€™ names for girls) and individual namesâ€”the classic example of which is Kayla.Â Itâ€™s highly doubtful that there would have been 16,000 baby girls named Kayla in 1996 if popular good girl Kayla Brady hadnâ€™t appeared on Days of Our Lives a decade earlier.Â And the same goes for all those Ashleys too.
What follows is a list of soap opera names across three decades that did have some influenceâ€”though it sometimes took as long as a decade or two to make an impact (and of course there could be other factors involved)â€”followed by the year in which they were at the peak of their popularity.