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TV Baby Names: The current coolest characters

TV baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Let’s face it—most TV character names are predictable and dull.  It’s almost as though the screenwriters close their eyes and stick a pin into a list of what seem like age-appropriate monikers—Jim for Grandpa, Jack for Dad, Jackson for Son or Betty for Grandma, Beth for Mom and Becca for Girl.

But luckily there are some exceptions, the creative minority that shine out from the others like glistening gems.  The names below are drawn from the character lists of current shows or those that have recently expired—running on a bewildering number of channels—network, cable and online.  Reality and animated shows not included.

I’ve starred the names that have already seemed to have had an influence in the real world.

GIRLS

Adalind—Grimm

*AmeliaPrivate Practice

*AriaPretty Little Liars

ArizonaGrey’s Anatomy

ArtemisIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

*AryaGame of Thrones

Astor—Dexter

AstridFringe

BedeliaHannibal

BaySwitched at Birth

*Cecelia/CeceThe Office (baby)

Cerie—30 Rock

CleaTouched

*CoraDownton Abbey

DaliaNew Girl

DorritThe Carrie Diaries

ElkaHot in Cleveland

GenevaThe Good Wife

GoldieThe New Normal

IrisaDefiance

IvyGood Luck Charlie, 90210, Smash

JossPerson of Interest

JulesCougar Town

KalindaThe Good Wife

KenyaDefiance

KenziLost Girl

LemonHart of Dixie

LennoxMelissa & Joey

*LylaSons of Anarchy

MaebyArrested Development

*MagnoliaHart of Dixie

MamieHot in Cleveland

Marigold1600 Penn

MellieScandal

MercedesGlee

MorningEpisodes

NellieThe Office

NikitaNikita

Quinn*QuinnGlee

ReaganUp All Night

RosamundDownton Abbey

Roya—Homeland

Saxa—Spartacus

Shoshanna—Girls

SookieTrue Blood

SummerThe Mentalist

SuttonThe Lying Game

TansyHart of Dixie

TeddyGood Luck Charlie

*TemperanceBones

VioletDownton Abbey

ZivaNCIS

BOYS

AlaricVampire Diaries

AlcideTrue Blood

AxlThe Middle

BrickHart of Dixie, The Middle

BjornVikings

CreedThe Office (also the name of the actor playing him)

*CrosbyParenthood

*CyrusScandal

DeaconNashville

*DeclanRevenge

*DexterDexter

Dixon90210, Vegas

DovRookie Blue

ElijahGirls

*FinnGlee

Fitch—Nurse Jackie

FitzgeraldScandal

Gob—Arrested Development

*GraysonCougar Town

HappySons of Anarchy

HoratioCSI: Miami

HuckScandal

LafayetteTrue Blood

LaneMad Men

Lip (nickname for Phillip)—Shameless

Lugo—Spartacus

McCall—Boss

MercEpisodes

Odafin ‘Fin’—Law & Order: Special Victgims Unit

Oleg2 Broke Girls

PercyNikita

Piermont—Sons of Anarchy

Rafe –Defiance

*RaylanJustified

RoeUnforgettable

RolloVikings

ThayerThe Lying Game

ThorNurse Jackie

TobiasElementary

Zane—Eureka

ZeekParenthood 

Do any of these inspire you?

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