Saturday Night Live Baby Names: Are they ready for prime time?

Saturday Night Live has been around for 34 years, and over its long run it 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 Senator Al “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough” Franken.

The question is: did they 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 the box, most recently Maya Rudolph with her choice of Lucille. Here are some others:

ALEXANDRA  —  Joe Piscopo


AUBREY  —  Victoria Jackson

BELLA ZAHRA  —  Eddie Murphy

BELLE KINGSTON  —  Dan Ackroyd

BIRGEN  —  Phil Hartman

BRIA  —Eddie Murphy

BRIDEY  —  Chris Elliot

CARA MIA  —  Damon Wayans

ELLA OLIVIA  —  Ben Stiller

FRANCES  —  Ana Gasteyer

GITRID  —  Tracy Morgan

HARPER  —  David Spade

JAMISON —  Jim Belushi

KYLA  —  Damon Wayans

LILY ASTER  —  Gilbert Gottfried

LOLA SIMONE  —  Chris Rock

LUCILLE  —  Maya Rudolph

OLIVIA  —  Joe Piscopo

PEARL BAILEY  —  Maya Rudolph

SADIE MADISON  —  Adam Sandler

SCARLET  —  Victoria Jackson

SHAYNE AUDRA  —  Eddie Murphy


SUNNY  MADELINE  —  Adam Sandler

THOMASIN  —  Al Franken


ZOLA IVY  —  Eddie Murphy





CALEB  —  Bill Murray

COLIN  —  Michael McKean

COOPER  —  Bill Murray

DEX  —  Dana Carvey

DYLAN  —  Norm McDonald

FLETCHER  —  Michael McKean

GABLE  —  Kevin Nealon

HOLDEN  —  Dennis Miller

HOMER  —  Bill Murray

INDIO  —  Robert Downey, Jr.

JARED  —  Jim Belushi

LINCOLN  —  Bill Murray

LUKE  —  Bill Murray

MAGNUS  —  Will Ferrell

MALCOLM  —  Tracy Morgan

MARLON —  Dennis Miller

MATTIAS  —  Will Ferrell

MILES  —  Joan Cusack

MYLES MITCHELL  —  Eddie Murphy

NOLAN  —  Molly Shannon

OLIVER PATRICK  —  Martin Short


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7 Responses to “Saturday Night Live Baby Names: Are they ready for prime time?”

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Salome Says:

December 7th, 2009 at 9:36 am

I’m heart-glad to see a Thomasin!!!

Overall, though, I think the boy’s list fared better.

Archibald William Emerson – Gutsy.
Fletcher – Glad to see one on this side of the pond.
Oliver – Always a winner.

names 4 Real Says:

December 7th, 2009 at 10:22 am

I love the names Gable, Quinlan Dempsey, and I love Alice Zenobia. Dan Akyroyd’s daughter Stella was mentioned, but I love his other daughter’s name – Belle Kingston.

linda Says:

December 7th, 2009 at 11:05 am

Thanks–that was inadvertently left out–Belle Kingston is now on the list.

Andrea Says:

December 7th, 2009 at 11:12 am

From what I remember Tina Fey named her daughter after the girl’s paternal and maternal grandmothers. One side of the family is Greek and Zenobia is a Greek name. It wasn’t chosen for style. You can’t get more traditional than that.

Dove14 Says:

December 7th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I see lots of names on this list that definitely do not fall into the “outside of the box” category.

I do however love some of the names: Lincoln, Holden, Cooper, Fletcher, and Harper particularly.
Definitely more interesting names on the boys’ side!

Emily Says:

December 7th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I’d like to see this list organized by person instead of by baby name. How interesting to see combinations like Maya Rudolph’s Pearl and Lucille and then Adam Sandler’s Sunny Madeline and Sadie Madison–seems awfully similar to me!

Jill Says:

December 7th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Great blog! Oh! I just thought of Will Ferrell’s sons, Magnus and Mattias.

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