TV Baby Names: 15 best new character names

Pandora and Pippy, Titus and Turin all feature in recent TV shows

TV has long been the source of interesting baby names, ranging from the highly unusual to the more usable. And the programs that have debuted during the past few seasons have been no exception. Leaving aside some of the most obvious examples, here are 15 of the best newish TV character names from scripted shows, both scheduled and streaming, heroes and villains.


The Mortal Instruments started as a series of demon-filled YA fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare, coming to TV in 2013. The colorful male character names include Alaric, Magnus, Hodge and Valentine. This particular Alaric happens to be a werewolf, whose ancient Germanic name has been used by authors from P.G. Wodehouse to Steven King, and previously appeared on The Vampire Diaries-- though it sounds modern enough to form a quirky path to all the Al and Rick nicknames.

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lesliemarion Says:

March 11th, 2016 at 1:24 am

Some great names! Don’t think I’m up for most of the shows, but the names are good.

LoveBugsMama Says:

March 11th, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Alaric from TVD has made me fall in love with the name. He’s one of my all-time favorite characters.

Leith from Reign has also helped boost the name in my book.

Another one that wasn’t on my radar before: Marcel, from The Originals.

teacupsandtiaras Says:

March 11th, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Pinot Noir, Caviar, Myanmar, Mid-sized car.

ottertails Says:

March 12th, 2016 at 5:46 am

I love Alaric! I just wish it had better nickname potential than Al or Rick.

Myosotis Says:

March 12th, 2016 at 9:50 am

@ottertails: Maybe Alec? Ari?

I love Alaric, Pandora (doesn’t feel very original as an antagonists name though), and Astra (such a great meaning). Pippy’s interesting, but I prefer Pippi, Iseult is appealing too.

esita Says:

March 13th, 2016 at 3:17 am

I love Iseult and Astra too. Some others are Kenna from Reign and Dayanara from Orange is the New Black.

Iseult Says:

March 13th, 2016 at 9:52 am

I was just happy to see my forum namesake out there!

ottertails Says:

March 31st, 2016 at 3:50 am

@Myosotis Sorry for the late reply. I love Alec and Ari as nns for Alaric! Thank you for the great ideas.

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