NAMES OF THE NEW WEST

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Names from television and movie Westerns sometimes got a lot more adventurous than Josh and Jesse.In fact, Westerns are responsible for reviving scores of antiquated classics that might otherwise have disappeared completely, along with introducing unconventional animal and word names as firsts.Some Western character names from the classic shows and movies of the 50s and 60s that sound fresh and new, if a bit quirky, today:

ABELIA
ABIHU
ALBEN
AMELITA
AMOS
ARTOLA
ASH
AXEL
BARKER
BARN
BEAR
BO
BODIE
BOONE
CICERO
CLAY
CLEM
LAMBERT
LINUS
MOSS
NEWLY
PERCY
QUINT
RUFUS
THAD
WADE
ZEBULON

The newest Western names draw heavily on the place itself, or on Western-themed words.Some choices that have been used in the post-Bonanza world:

Boys

AUSTIN
DALLAS
DENVER
HOUSTON
MAVERICK
RIO
ROPER
RYDER
WEST

Girls

ARIZONA
CHEYENNE
NEVADA
SCOUT
SHILOH
SIERRA

Either

CANYON
DAKOTA
LARAMIE
PHOENIX
RENO

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rachelmarie Says:

March 24th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I love the names Denver and Ryder for a boy, and Sierra for a girl.
Arizona reminds me of Grey’s Anatomy, the spunky pediatrics doctor. Ha ha so that one is ruled out for me.

But Denver was on my favorites for a while, as a middle name to Charles, but it sounded so old-school. So, I’ve been trying to come up with a more modern first name to pair with Denver.
Ryder is also on my favorites, again, as a middle name. I paired it with Jackson and I think it sounds cool. I love Ryder for some reason! Ha ha it’s great.
Sierra was also on my favorites for a little while as a middle name (weird why that happens with these kind of names), for Evelyn Sierra Mae. But yeah, I think Sierra is very pretty!

Dakota is kind of annoying to me… I don’t know why, but it just is. And Canyon is strange too.

But other than those, I love these names. Ha ha

rachelmarie Says:

March 24th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I also forgot to say I love the name Austin. Lol

smitty Says:

March 24th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I have enjoyed these Western blogs – the kind of names that we like are kind of country sounding so this was very interesting!

Chris Smith Says:

October 26th, 2009 at 1:06 am

Canyon Edward ……

DiDi Says:

June 27th, 2010 at 8:06 am

My cousins have named their boys Colton(Colt) and Remington. Also I know a Chance and a Lance, Justin, and Logan, Clayton (Clay).

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