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:
  • Gloria

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Gloria is beginning to move beyond its de-glamorized Grandma image, most recently thanks to glamorous young Hollywood parents Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who chose it for their second... Read More 

  • Greyson

    Gender: M Love Dislike

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

  • Hiro

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

  • Howard

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Howard, once hugely popular -- in the Top 50 from the 1870s to early 1950s, hitting Number 24 in 1920 -- has been stuck in Dad-Grandad limbo for decades, but is showing some signs of stirring back... Read More 

  • Hoyt

    Gender: M Love Dislike

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

  • Isaac

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the Top 35, where it's been for the past few years -- outrunning cousin Isaiah -- and showing signs of heading even higher. A favorite of... Read More 

  • Isobel

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

  • Jack

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Jack was, until 2011 when he was unseated by Oliver, for years the Number 1 name in England and is firmly in the Top 45 here, having returned to the Top 100 in 1996. Jack is a durable, cheery... Read More 

  • Jax

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Jax is the Dex-Jex-Pax type of x-ending cool -- possibly too cool -- variation of Jack or nickname for Jaxon or Jackson. Jax has shot up almost 100 places in the last two years.

    Jax was... Read More 

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