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The names of television characters, from the days of the Western and early soap operas, have always been influential, with life imitating the small screen and vice versa. Among the current inspirations for baby names:
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  • Serena

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    Serena, a name used since Roman times, was given fresh life by tennis star Williams, and then again with the leading character on Gossip Girl , Serena van der Woodsen. There have also been Serenas... Read More 

  • Sharpay

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    This name of the glamorous mean girl in "High School Musical" is a euphonic spin on the dog breed Shar Pei, a brilliant name joke skewering the practice of picking a name for its sound without cons... Read More 

  • Sheldon

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    Like Marvin and Melvin, Sheldon is about as far out as you can get, though there are very pretty towns in Devon and Derbyshire that inspired it. Sheldon Lee Cooper is the lead nerd character on the... Read More 

  • Silas

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    Silas, once a folksy-sounding, rural New Testament name associated with George Eliot's Silas Marner , is definitely beginning to be reevaluated, a la similar flavored Caleb and Linus, and becoming ... Read More 

  • Sinjin

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    The name St. John is much more usable and exotic in its phonetic spelling--similar to the way St. Clair evolved into Sinclair. St. John has some literary cred--St. John Rivers is a cool character i... Read More 

  • Sookie

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    This spelling seems to be taking off as a result of media appearances as characters in first "Gilmore Girls" and then as Sookie Stackhouse, the Anna Paquin character in "True Blood," based on "The ... Read More 

  • Sterling

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    A name with some sterling qualities, but a slightly pretentious air, it rose 96 spots between 2012 and 2013. Read More 

  • Tancy

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    This adorable name of the young daughter on "Big Love" might be thought of as a variation of Tansy, an obscure flower name whose star may rise on the heels of such current favorites as Lily and Daisy. Read More 

  • Temperance

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    Temperance lost whatever appeal it might have had during Prohibition. Unlike Hope, Faith, Amity, and even Prudence, this is one colonial virtue name we don't ever expect to see again. On the TV sh... Read More 

  • Teyla

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    It may have been made up for a futuristic television show, but this name would not be out of place among such present-day trendies as Kayla and Taylor. Read More 

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