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NAMES OF THE NEW WEST

NAMES OF THE NEW WEST

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:

ABELIAABIHUALBENAMELITAAMOSARTOLAASHAXELBARKERBARNBEARBOBODIEBOONECICEROCLAYCLEMLAMBERTLINUSMOSSNEWLYPERCYQUINTRUFUSTHADWADEZEBULON

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

AUSTINDALLASDENVERHOUSTONMAVERICKRIOROPERRYDERWEST

Girls

ARIZONACHEYENNENEVADASCOUTSHILOHSIERRA

Either

CANYONDAKOTALARAMIEPHOENIXRENO

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.