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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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  • Muriel

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    Once poetic Celtic name now the grandma on the TV sitcom. literary cred via Edinburgh-born author Muriel Spark, author of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Read More 

  • Natalie

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    Natalie -- a Franco-Russian name -- became Americanized years ago, and now a new generation is reviving Natalie to join former canasta partners Sophie and Belle. Always well used, it entered the To... Read More 

  • Nora

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    Nora is a lovely, refined name that conjures up images of Belle Epoch ladies in fur-trimmed coats skating in Central Park, the independent Ibsen heroine of A Doll's House , and the female half of t... Read More 

  • Norma

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    Invented for Bellini's opera, Norma had some star quality in the silent-screen and Marilyn Monroe days, but at this point it's a graying grandma in baby name limbo.  Read More 

  • Olivia

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    Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is, like her popular sister names Isabella and Sophia, a megapopular baby girl name. Olivia is currently Nu... Read More 

  • Peg

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    Peg is a nostalgic turn-of-the-last-century nickname, sociable but slight. Like near-identical twin Peggy, Peg is in mothballs.  Read More 

  • Roseanne

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    Forever -- or at least for a while -- linked to the onetime "Domestic Goddess".  Read More 

  • Shirley

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    All Shirleys were born in 1937, when Shirley Temple was America's princess -- or at least sound as if they were. Shirley Temple almost single-handedly lifted the gloom of the Great Depression, an... Read More 

  • Winnie

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    This pet form of such names as Winifred and Edwina and Gwendolyn has loads of vintage charm, a la Millie and Maisie, with a decidedly winning vibe. And it just got celebrity cred as the baby daught... Read More 

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