TV Baby Names: A short history of telebabies

July 26, 2012 Linda Rosenkrantz

Ever since Little Ricky’s birth on I Love Lucy coincided with the birth of real life Desi Arnaz, Jr (aka Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV) —which was celebrated on the cover of the very first issue of TV Guide in 1953—audiences have been interested in the arrivals—and names, of course– of TV babies.

Some of these babies had names that were typical of their eras, while others were newer and more influential. Some of the newborns were allowed to grow up, while others remained babies, some were merely plot devices that quickly vanished. One of the names was important enough to be featured in the show’s title—Hope on Raising Hope.
Here, in rough reverse chronological order, are some of the most memorable TV baby names:


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Bewitched cast a spell on this name (originally spelled Tabatha), imbuing it with a hint of occult charm when it was given to Baby Stephens in 1966—the same year it –coincidentally, of course—entered the popularity list. Tabitha was picked, by the way, by Samantha’s wily mother, Endora. Tabitha recently came back in the spotlight when chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick for one of their twin girls.


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