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Nameberry 9: Top new TV names

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For this week’s Nameberry 9,  Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel got busy with her remote as she surfed for the most fascinating names from new TV shows.

The kids are back in school and there’s a chill in the air – must be time for the new Fall television line-up!  I’ve been listening for character names – bland, bold, and everywhere in between.  Last week we discussed Walden, the new roomie on Two and a Half Men.  The jury is still out on how the series will fare with Ashton as a co-star, but berries agreed – Walden is a winner of a name.

Even the most high profile shows today attract a fraction of the viewing audience that tuned in just a decade back.  That might be good news if you’ve been planning to name your newborn Walden, but it does make me wonder: are the days of television launching new names over?  So many great choices, from Allison to Xander, owe their popularity in part to a television character.

Or is the opposite true?  You couldn’t name a kid Jed in the 1960s without conjuring up The Beverly Hillbillies. Now that we’re all watching dozens of different shows, maybe it will feel less problematic to borrow a name from a favorite series.  Here are a few that caught my eye:

Anders – Comedy Central’s sophomore sitcom Workaholics follows three slacker friends – Adam, Blake, and Anders, known as DersAnders ranked #936 in 2010 – that’s pretty obscure, but it is also about the best the name has ever fared.  The evergreen Andrew might strike some parents as too ordinary.  The character’s nickname, Ders, works for Anders or Anderson.

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For this week’s Nameberry Nine, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel invades the blogosphere and finds some wildly creative names.

Huxley, Wolf, Ezra, August, Lochlan, Elsa, Emilia, Petra, Eleni, and Juniper all have something in common – they’re all names that I’ve come across on blogs, names that are unusual in real life, but familiar because I read what their parents write.

Move over supermodels and rock stars.  Lately bloggers are among the most daring of baby namers.

Heather Armstrong, a.k.a. Dooce, has girls called Leta Elise and Marlo Iris.  Design Mom Gabrielle Blair has six kids with charming, retro appellations: Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty, and June.

Then there’s Rebecca Woolf, the blogger behind Girl’s Gone Child and the memoir Rockabye.  I love her son’s name – Archer Sageand was blown away when she and husband Hal chose Fable Luella for their daughter.  Speculation about names for their twins had reached a fever pitch when the girls made their debut last week.

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