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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  • 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 

  • Jinx

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    Jinx, a James Bond heroine name has an ominous meaning but kinetic energy. In the film "Die Another Day," the actual first name of the character played by Halle Berry is Giacinta. Read More 

  • Joaquin

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    Actor Joaquin Phoenix (brother of River, Rain, Liberty and Summer) highlighted this one, then Kelly Ripa began talking about younger son Joaquin on her daily TV show, and presto-- it's now one of t... Read More 

  • Kale

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    Whether you think of it as Cale with a K, or a pet form of Kalen or Kaleb, this is just the kind of short, synthetic name finding a lot of favor now, but remember -- it's also the name of a vegetab... Read More 

  • Khaleesi

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    Khaleesi is an invented name introduced to the world by inventive and prolific author George R. R. Martin for his wildly popular "Game of Thrones" series -- it's Dothraki for "queen" and is one of ... Read More 

  • Lafayette

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    Foppish name with a distinguished forebear, French general Marquis de Lafayette, who fought in the American Revolution. It accounts for the L in L. Ron Hubbard. Old-time short form: Fayette or Fate. Read More 

  • Lana

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    Lana, sexy sweater girl name of the 1940s via Lana (born Judy) Turner, doesn't retain much power to attract today; Lane would be a stronger choice for a modern girl.  Read More 

  • Landry

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    Landry may be redolent of laundry, but it's rising as a baby name for both sexes though more for boys over the past year. Dads may favor this as a sports hero name, after Dallas Cowboys coach Tom ... Read More 

  • Lavender

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    Lavender lags far behind sweet-smelling purple-hued sister names Violet and Lilac, but is starting to get some enthusiastic attention from cutting-edge namers. It does have a history as a name, goi... Read More 

  • Lawson

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    Appealing way, à la Dawson, to honor an ancestral Lawrence.  Read More 

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