Live from New York–it’s SNL baby names!
Saturday Night Live is at this point a certifiable institution. The show has now been around for 36 years, and over its long run has featured many of the funniest, most creative, offbeat comic talents in America–some of whom have gone on to become so iconic that we’ve almost forgotten they were ever regulars on the show. As in Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Martin Short and now-Senator Al “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough” Franken.
So the question is did these guys apply their quirky creativity when it came to naming their babies?
The answer is: not so much. For example, Billy Crystal named one of his daughters Jennifer, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Brad Hall have a Henry and a Charles, Dana Carvey a Thomas, Al Franken a Joe, and Jim Belushi a Robert.
But there are some who did– to lesser and greater degrees–think outside that aforementioned box, most recently Maya Rudolph with her choice of Lucille, and Amy Poehler’s Archibald and Abel. Here are some others born to cast members who span the history of the show:
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on November 10th, 2011 at 3:10 am
Lola Simone is a FANTASTIC name! I usually don’t go for Lola as a proper first name but I absolutely love Lola Simone, You go, Chris Rock.
Thomasin (should this be Thomasina?), Gitrid and Birgen are all very intriguing to me. I actually really like Gitrid — it has the same feeling as Astrid, Sigrid and Ursula but b/c I’m not familiar to with it, it lacks any “baggage”. Plus, bonus points for any name that can have Gigi as a nickname.
I also really like Gable with it’s cute nickname Gabe even though it’s not a style I tend to favor. And I have a feeling that Bill Murray’s kid IS actually cool enough to pull off the name Homer.
on November 10th, 2011 at 9:15 am
The oddest sub set goes to Bill Murray:
Caleb, Cooper, Homer, Lincoln and Luke. Homer just seems sweetly out of place in the mix of biblical and last name first names.
Some really cute names here. I bet they are more normal than expected because their parents know how easy it is to tease someone about their names.
on November 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am
What a list! I have so many favorites. I think Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolf, Amy Poehler,RD Jr., Eddie Murphey (esp his Zola Ivy), and Dan Ackroyd are most after my heart with their choices!
on November 10th, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Most are intruiging or beautiful, but I wouldn’t call Caylee Leigh outside of the box. Cara Mia seems a bit cheesy to me.
on November 16th, 2011 at 10:07 pm
I like a lot of these… Abel, Zahra, Alice, Penelope, Fletcher, Holden, Lily Aster. Nice!
I’m pretty sure Maya Rudolph’s daughter is actually Pearl Minnie (after her mother, singer Minnie Riperton, though.
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