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Live from New York–it’s SNL baby names!

Mike Myers’ recent choice of the name Spike for his infant son got me to thinking.  Did other former SNL cast members make equally offbeat, out-of-the-box choices?

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.

In fact,  SNL has been around so long that it’snow  multi-generational–one of the current cast members, Abby Elliot, is the daughter of  early 1990s SNLer Chris Elliott.

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:

GIRLS

ALICE ZENOBIATina Fey

AUBREYVictoria Jackson

BELLA ZAHRAEddie Murphy

BELLE KINGSTONDan Ackroyd

BIRGEN – Phil Hartman

BRIAEddie Murphy

BRIDEYChris Elliot

CALEY LEIGHChevy Chase

CARA MIADamon Wayans

CYDNEY CATALENEChevy Chase

ELLA OLIVIABen Stiller

EMILY EVELYNChevy Chase

GITRID – Tracy Morgan

HANNAH KATHRYNBill Hader

HARPERDavid Spade

JAMISON BESSJim Belushi

KYLADamon Wayans

LENALaraine Newman

LILY ASTERGilbert Gottfried

LOLA SIMONEChris Rock

LUCILLEMaya Rudolph

MAE MAEChristine Ebersole

MIADarryl Hammond

MULAN–Julia Sweeney

OLIVIAJoe Piscopo

PEARL BAILEYMaya Rudolph

PENELOPE ATHENATina Fey

SADIE MADISONAdam Sandler

SCARLETVictoria Jackson

SHAYNE AUDRAEddie Murphy

STELLA IRENE AUGUSTDan Ackroyd

SUNNY MADELINEAdam Sandler

TESSJane Curtin

THOMASINAl Franken

ZAHRA SAVANNAHChris Rock

ZOLA IVYEddie Murphy

BOYS

ABEL JAMESAmy Poehler

ARCHIBALD WILLIAM EMERSONAmy Poehler

AXEL PAULINWill Farrell

CALEBBill Murray

COLINMichael McKean

COOPERBill Murray

DEXDana Carvey

DYLANNorm McDonald

ELIRachel Dratch

ELIJAHChristine Ebersole

FLETCHERMichael McKean

GABLE NESS – Kevin Nealon

HOLDENDennis Miller

HOMERBill Murray

INDIORobert Downey, Jr.

JACKSONJay Mohr, Maya Rudolph

JARED JAMESJim Belushi

LINCOLNBill Murray

LUKEBill Murray

MAGNUS PAULINWill Ferrell

MALCOLMTracy Morgan

MARLONDennis Miller

MATTIAS  PAULINWill Ferrell (all three Ferrell boys have their mother’s maiden name in the middle)

MEREDITH DANIELJay Mohr

MILESJoan Cusack

MYLES MITCHELLEddie Murphy

NOLANMolly Shannon

OLIVER PATRICKMartin Short

QUINLIN DEMPSEYBen Stiller

SPIKEMike Myers

ULYSSESAna Gasteyer

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5 Responses to “Live from New York–it’s SNL baby names!”

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moxielove Says:

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.

i.heart.nerds Says:

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.

Marginamia Says:

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!

authorintraining Says:

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.

ahappyrobot Says:

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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