TV Baby Names: 15 best new character names
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.
- 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." >
- Kara, but her aunt has the more inter-galactic appellation of Astra–which might be just right for your own little superchild. The name was previously borne by Princess Astra on Doctor Who." >
- Born Bertram but known as Bertie on the period medical show The Knick starring Clive Owen, Dr Chickering is a young and eager surgeon-in-training. Bertie, also a nickname for Albert, Herbert et al, and long a royal nickname name in England (George IV), has also featured in literature as the hapless Bertie Wooster, and lately as Lady Edith’s husband on Downton Abbey. It is currently seeing a British revival, now at Number 328 there, but has yet to make its mark in the US, where vintage girl nicknames are ahead of the boys." >
- Clarissa, but goes by Clary, a name that could certainly stand on its own, as it does in Sweden. Its relation to the popular Claire could give it a leg up." >
- Lily Tomlin’s adopted son on Grace and Frankie was no doubt chosen to boost her character’s hippie image. But with all the animal names finding their way onto birth certificates, is this one to add to the zootopia?" >
- Crispus Allen is an African-American detective on Gotham, first seen in the DC comic universe, and now on the TV series that takes place before Batman’s arrival in Gotham City. The name may well be a tribute to black hero Crispus Atticks, the runaway slave who became the first colonist to die for independence in the Boston Massacre. An interesting alternative to Crispin." >
- Yalena." >
- England. Queen Iseult is a mysterious and cool Cornish character who can look into the future—other character names on the show include Aelfric, Beocca, Brida, Ravn, Ubba and Leofric. Iseult is a haunting medieval name, a version of Isolde, familiar from the legendary romance of Tristan and Iseult." >
- Leith be the next Keith? It’s a smooth, sleek Scottish surname name, also that of a river and town in Scotland, that dates back to the medieval era. In the historic CW drama Reign, Leith Bayard is first seen as an ambitious kitchen servant." >
- Salem witch trials, is on the rise, as evidenced by its appearances on two period shows, Salem and Wolf Hall, and the fact that it gained 143 places between 2012 and 2013 and is now Number 599 on Nameberry." >
- Pandora has long been out of the mythological box in England but is just beginning to get some attention here. Pandora is not a very nice character on Sleepy Hollow, but an antagonist of Ichabod Crane." >
- Pippa and Poppy, Pippy might have been an inevitable smoosh name—one we haven’t heard since Pippi Longstocking. Miami cop show Rosewood features a crime-solving pathologist. Pippi is his younger gay sister, who is depicted in a strong, positive relationship." >
- Aziz Ansari’s breakout hit show Master of None, there are several appealing and wearable Indian names, such as Dev and Anush. Ravi would be familiar to Western ears via influential musician Ravi Shankar (born Robindro), father of Norah Jones." >
- Kimmy Schmitt, a Tina Fey-produced comedy, Titus Andromedon is Kimmy’s unlikely roommate --who just happens to be played by Emmy-nominated actor Tituss Burgess. The Shakespearean Titus could follow the recent success of Silas and Cyrus." >
- Florence, Venice, Milan—so why not Turin? This Turin is a character in the Canadian Killjoys series, a senior officer in the group of bounty hunters known as Reclamation Agents—or killjoys." >
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on 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.
on 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.
on March 11th, 2016 at 7:40 pm
Pinot Noir, Caviar, Myanmar, Mid-sized car.
on March 12th, 2016 at 5:46 am
I love Alaric! I just wish it had better nickname potential than Al or Rick.
on 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.
on 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.
on March 13th, 2016 at 9:52 am
I was just happy to see my forum namesake out there!
on 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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