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.
Brookeâ€”All My Childrenâ€”2003
Kylieâ€”Search for Tomorrow–2003
Calebâ€”As the World Turnsâ€”2011
Haleyâ€”As the World Turns–2000
Holdenâ€”As the World Turns–2011
Jacksonâ€”All My Children– 2011
Jasmineâ€”As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives-1993-94
Jonahâ€”Days of Our Livesâ€”2008
Kaylaâ€”Days of Our Livesâ€”1995-96
Kendallâ€”All My Childrenâ€”2011
Lexieâ€”Days of Our livesâ€”2010
Savannahâ€”Days of Our Lives–2006
Taylor (girl)â€”As the World Turnsâ€”1994-96
Azureâ€”The Cityâ€”not yet, but a color name that could pop
Bradenâ€”All My Children–2005
Bradyâ€”Days of Our Livesâ€”2007
Connorâ€”The Bold and the Beautifulâ€”2004
Cooperâ€”Days of Our Lives–2010
Larkâ€”The Bold and the Beautifulâ€”not yet, but definitely on the rise
Mateoâ€”All My Childrenâ€”2011
Do you know of anyone who was named for a daytime drama character? Â Or any other TV character for that matter.