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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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  • Greyson

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    Greyson and GRAYSON, nephews of JASON, are both on the fast track. GRAY/GREY makes a nice nickname. Read More 

  • Hiro

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    Hiro is an apt name for a hero of the show Heroes -- and for our times. Widely used in Japan, sometimes also for girls. Hiroshi is a long form. Read More 

  • Horatio

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    Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A moder... Read More 

  • Howard

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    Howard, once hugely popular -- in the Top 50 from the 1870s to early 1950s -- is now a real dad-grandad name, with no sign of a revival in sight. To honor a relative, you might just drop the first ... Read More 

  • Hoyt

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    Most prominently borne by country singer Hoyt Axton, problematic because of the oy sound.  Read More 

  • Isaac

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    Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the Top 30, where it's been for the past few years--outrunning cousin Isaiah--and showing signs of heading even higher. A favorite of the Pu... Read More 

  • Isobel

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    The Scottish spelling of Isabel has a definite character of her own, the 'o' giving her an extra infusion of strength. Isobels have appeared on several high-profile TV shows: Isobel Crawley is Mat... Read More 

  • Jack

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    Jack was, until 2011 when he was unseated by Oliver, for years the Number 1 name in England and is firmly in the Top 50 here, having returned to the Top 100 in 1996. Jack is a durable, cheery every... Read More 

  • Jax

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    Jax is the Dex-Jex-Bix type of x-ending cool -- possibly too cool -- variation of Jack or nickname for Jaxon or Jackson. Jax has shot up almost 400 places in the last four years and is one of the f... Read More 

  • Jethro

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    Jethro, though the biblical father-in-law of Moses, has suffered for a long time from a Beverly Hillbilly image, but some really adventurous parents might consider updating and urbanizing it and tr... Read More 

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