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TV Mom names take their inspiration from the perfect (and sometimes highly imperfect) television mothers who typically vacuumed in heels and cooked their children hot lunches. Names that honor these paragons of domesticity range from Alice to Winnie, with detours to Peg and Roseanne.
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  • Abby

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    Gently old-fashioned stand-alone nickname that owes its popularity to Top 10 Abigail. Read More 

  • Alice

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    Alice is a classic name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. In the past three years alone, Alice has jumped from #258 to #127! ... Read More 

  • Amy

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    Amy was second only to Jennifer for the whole decade of the 1970s and, though far less used for babies today, remains a short, sweet Little Women -style classic. When asked which seventies name mig... Read More 

  • Angela

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    Widely used through most of the twentieth century, but now seems terminally dated. Angelina and Angelica are the preferred versions now. Read More 

  • Ann

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    Ann, the name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls' names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around 1970... Read More 

  • Barbara

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    Can the lively young Barbara Bush erase or replace her grandmother's white-haired image? We doubt it. Like other Baby Boomer favorite names -- Patricia, Susan -- Barbara was hugely popular through ... Read More 

  • Carol

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    A Caroline abbreviation that was wildly popular with Mom's generation...or Grandma's. At one time it was given to girls born around the holidays because of its association with Christmas carols. Read More 

  • Caroline

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    Caroline is a perennial classic, in the Top 100 since 1994. It is now at Number 80--roughly the same position it held in 1885. Caroline has an elegant patina, calling to mind the Kennedy Camelot ye... Read More 

  • Clair

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    This simplified spelling of Claire does not improve on the more popular version. Read More 

  • Debra

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    When Deborah seemed too formal in the laid-back sixties, Debra stepped in as a pared-down alternative, but the pendulum is about to swing back.  Read More 

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