TV Character Names

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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  • Buster

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    An old-fashioned nickname in the Bud/Buzz/Biff mold; this one's kind of belligerent. Michelle Hicks and Jonny Lee Miller moved outside the box when they used it for their son--given the safer middl... Read More 

  • Callie

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    This Hallie-esque nickname name is starting to dip, while the sleeker, more nouveau Cali is rising.  Read More 

  • Cece

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    Cece, all by itself, is gaining notice as the nickname of Jim and Pam's baby on television's The Office. On the show as in real life, Cece is often short for Cecelia or even Cecilia, but it can al... Read More 

  • Chastity

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    One of the original so-weird-it's-cruel starbaby names doesn't sound quite so impossible with the resurgence of virtue names. But be charitable and choose Charity instead. Variations: Chasa De... Read More 

  • Conrad

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    Conrad has a somewhat intellectual masculine image, a solid name that has been consistently on the popularity lists, especially well used in the 1920s and 30s, and given a pop of rock energy by the... Read More 

  • Cricket

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    Nickname name from the era of Father Knows Best , though we can see it making something of a comeback, a la Clover and Pippa. Especially since it has recently been chosen by Busy Philipps. Read More 

  • Cyril

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    A British-accented Greek name with an intellectual image that has been off the U.S. charts since 1966, but was a Top 300 name at the turn of the last century. Cyril is the name of several saints, ... Read More 

  • Daenerys

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    Daenerys is yet another girls' name invented by "Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin that is beginning to gain some traction in real life. Daenerys was used for 67 baby girls in 2013 while... Read More 

  • Dax

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    The appealingly energetic Dax, with its trendy X-ending, has been on the popularity list for the past four years. Its somewhat sci-fi vibe emanates from his appearance as a fictional being in the ... Read More 

  • Desmond

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    Desmond is a sophisticated and debonair name, with noble ties to 1984 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Desmond Tutu, and with some great nicknames--Des/Dez, Desi/Dezi. It is beginning to catch on i... Read More 

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