Category: pop culture names
By Abby Sandel
Fall means sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and a long list of debut television series.
It’s true that television characters – even the most memorable – often come with unremarkable names that they share with others. Think Emily and Liz, Jack and Sam. Vox recently surveyed character names from movies, demonstrating that Jack and John were favorites for male characters on the big screen; Mary and Sarah for women.
And yet television has launched dozens of names. From Peyton Place’s Allison and Bewitched’s Samantha to Phoebe and Chandler from Friends, Xander and Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, popular shows of every genre and decade have boosted baby name trends.
If one of Fall 2016’s new series is the next big thing, these are the character names poised to rise.
If you live under a rock, or in a dark cave away from civilization, you probably haven’t noticed the hordes of Pokémon Go players who’ve flooded the streets in the past weeks. This virtual reality game has gotten virtually everyone playing – 100 million downloads, last I heard – and it’s hard not to get into it once you start playing. I myself am a level 19 on Team Mystic, and I’m not sure where I found the time.
There are a few hundred Pokémon types currently, with names ranging from Squirtle to Charmander to Bulbasaur. It got me thinking – are there any kids with Pokémon names?
Based on the original 150 Pokémon – I found the list here – I’m going through to see which Pokémon names have been deemed worthy enough to bestow on children. Of course, not all of these names were chosen for their connection to the franchise!
I’ve got a little naming dilemma. A favorite family name, and one that goes well with my daughter’s name, is used in the new Star Wars movie … for one of the bad guys.
The Name Sage replies:
Although the new name data for 2015 won’t be announced till May, I’ve seen a lot of name blogs and websites making predictions for what the new top names are going to be. We’re certainly not the first writers to imagine names from the future! Below I’ve included some of the most well-known sci-fi books about the future, and the names chosen for their characters.