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Category: Naming Characters, Pets, and Other Non-Babies

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Every TV season or so we scan the video landscape to see if any particularly interesting character names have popped up.  And each time it becomes more and more daunting as the number of new and newish shows on network, cable and streaming platforms has gone through the roof.  But we try.

This year it was nice to see so many Namberryesque names appearing—Camille, Celeste, Elsa, Hermione, Lavinia, Maeve, Marisol, Nova, Prudence, Trixie and Thea, for example. Also, as you’ll see below, a lot of scriptwriters have picked up on the boy-name-for-girls trend.

Focusing on the girl names, here are almost two dozen of the most intriguing TV character names.

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Dog Names: Don’t Name Your Dog Duke!

by Sophie Kihm

It’s a common name-nerd conundrum—wanting a name that’s stylish and familiar but under-the-radar. We hear this request all the time.

This extends beyond baby names. People are looking for unique names for their pets, too. Now that there’s data on the most common names for dogs and cats, pet owners can check their choices’ popularity before making a final decision. Rudy may have seemed like a creative name at one time, but what do you know—it’s ranked #71! 

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Pet Names: Bye-bye Bella!

by Sophie Kihm

Naming a dog and naming a baby, while similar in some respects, are two totally different tasks. We have different requirements for our pet names and our baby names. Children need names that can serve them in multiple contexts over the many stages of life. Dogs don’t.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you like the idea of using a literary namesake inspiration for your little girl, there’s no reason that you have to go all the way back to Shakespeare or Dickens, or even Atticus and Scout.  There are some really cool character names to be found in the pages of 21st century novels. They range from vintage treasures like Clementine and Winifred to boyish Cayce and Merrick.

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by Sophie Kihm

Jupiter has given birth to lunar quintuplets!

That is, five new moons have been discovered on Jupiter and they are currently nameless. The Carnegie Institute and International Astronomical Union are holding a Twitter contest to name the moons. Each of the lunar names nominations must meet their criteria:

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