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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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  • Arya

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    Arya is an unusual and exotic name on the rise thanks to a popular book and television series. She entered the popularity charts in 2010 and then jumped 529 places the following two years -- now at... Read More 

  • Ash

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    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the "Pokemon" cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton,... Read More 

  • Astrid

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    Astrid has been a Scandinavian royal name since the tenth century--and more recently in Belgium-- but has never really assimilated into our culture the way Ingrid did. Many people associated it wit... Read More 

  • Atia

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    Atia Balba Caesonia was a Roman noblewoman who was the mother of Emperor Augustus. As was the practice at the time, she had two sisters also named Atia, Atia Prima and Atia Tertia. The real-life A... Read More 

  • Barney

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    This may be hard for American parents to believe, but the name Barney is hot among hip Londoners who are perhaps unacquainted with our purple dinosaur.  Read More 

  • Beck

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    The popular single-named alternative singer (born Bek) has moved this onetime shortening of Becky into male territory.  Read More 

  • Bernadette

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    Although feminizations ending in 'ette' are not particularly popular now, Bernadette is a pleasant, feminine, but strong name that doesn't feel prohibitively dated. And though strongly associated w... Read More 

  • Bree

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    A short, breezy name with a sophisticated yet upbeat image, that doesn't betray its Irish roots. Bree first came to notice here in 1971 via the complex prostitute character in the movie Klute , wh... Read More 

  • Britta

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    If you want a pan-Scandinavian name that sounds at once exotic and familiar, Britta may be a perfect choice. It's got energy and style but sounds a bit, yes, brittle. Read More 

  • Bryn

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    The attractive Bryn, well used for boys in Wales, sounds rather feminine here; There were only 7 boys named Bryn and 6 more given the Brynn spelling in the most recent year counted, versus over 350... Read More 

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