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TV’s Out-of-Synch Name Syndrome

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By Nick Turner

Walk into any kindergarten in America and you shouldn’t be surprised to find kids named Olivia, Quinn or Harrison. Maybe you’ll come across an Owen, Jackson or Callie too.

The names are popular picks for parents in the 21st century, which is why you’re much more likely to encounter a toddler Owen than one who’s middle-aged.

But all those names are actually characters from Scandal and Grey‘s Anatomy, two shows from the prolific Hollywood producer Shonda Rhimes. And they’re portrayed by actors in their 30s and 40s.

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alaska baby names

by Angela Mastrodonato at Upswing Baby Names

By keeping my eyes and ears open, I have found name inspiration from many sources. One of these sources has been the Kilcher family, a prominent homesteading family from Alaska.

In recent years, this family has been featured in the Discovery Channel reality show, Alaska: The Last Frontier. This family’s notoriety doesn’t begin with a reality TV show, however. This family happens to be the family of folk/pop/country singer, Jewel.

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TV names from Girls

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The HBO show Girls is back, and whether you love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less, you’ve got to admit that it has probably the most interesting, eccentric, original roster of character and cast member names ever seen on TV.

First of all there are the four main characters, who each just happen to have a strikingly alliterative name: Hannah Helene Horvath, Jessa Johansson, Marnie Marie Michaels, and Shoshanna Shapiro, played by actresses named Lena, Jemima, Allison and Zosia. And guys named Adam and Ray and Elijah played by Adam and Alex and Andrew.

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Christmas Names: Special TV Special Names

Christmas names

Remember when holiday specials were really special–a much-anticipated, much-loved holiday event? When Christmas wasn’t Christmas without How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas? Well, times may have changed, but the names from those mostly animated old shows still can evoke some nostalgic memories, and some newer ones are creating future memories of their own.

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by Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names

Fifty years ago, a prime-time comedy launched on ABC. That show was Bewitched, and it put the name Samantha on the map. Here’s how the numbers pan out:

  • The year before the show, 1963, there were fewer than 100 born in the U.S.
  • By 1964, there were over 400 born
  • By 1965, there almost 2,000 born

That same year, 1965, Samantha hit the top 200 ranks at 179. Pretty impressive considering that only two years earlier Samantha didn’t even make the top 1000.

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