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TV Baby Names: The current coolest characters

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Let’s face it—most TV character names are predictable and dull.  It’s almost as though the screenwriters close their eyes and stick a pin into a list of what seem like age-appropriate monikers—Jim for Grandpa, Jack for Dad, Jackson for Son or Betty for Grandma, Beth for Mom and Becca for Girl.

But luckily there are some exceptions, the creative minority that shine out from the others like glistening gems.  The names below are drawn from the character lists of current shows or those that have recently expired—running on a bewildering number of channels—network, cable and online.  Reality and animated shows not included.

I’ve starred the names that have already seemed to have had an influence in the real world.

GIRLS

Adalind—Grimm

*Amelia—Private Practice

*Aria—Pretty Little Liars

ArizonaGrey’s Anatomy

Artemis—It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

*Arya—Game of Thrones

AstorDexter

Astrid—Fringe

BedeliaHannibal

Bay—Switched at Birth

*Cecelia/Cece—The Office (baby)

Cerie—30 Rock

Clea—Touched

*Cora—Downton Abbey

DaliaNew Girl

Dorrit—The Carrie Diaries

Elka—Hot in Cleveland

Geneva—The Good Wife

Goldie—The New Normal

IrisaDefiance

Ivy—Good Luck Charlie, 90210, Smash

JossPerson of Interest

JulesCougar Town

Kalinda—The Good Wife

KenyaDefiance

Kenzi—Lost Girl

LemonHart of Dixie

LennoxMelissa & Joey

*Lyla—Sons of Anarchy

Maeby—Arrested Development

*MagnoliaHart of Dixie

Mamie—Hot in Cleveland

Marigold—1600 Penn

Mellie—Scandal

Mercedes—Glee

Morning—Episodes

Nellie—The Office

NikitaNikita

Quinn*QuinnGlee

Reagan—Up All Night

Rosamund—Downton Abbey

Roya—Homeland

Saxa—Spartacus

Shoshanna—Girls

SookieTrue Blood

Summer—The Mentalist

Sutton—The Lying Game

TansyHart of Dixie

Teddy—Good Luck Charlie

*Temperance—Bones

Violet—Downton Abbey

Ziva—NCIS

BOYS

Alaric—Vampire Diaries

AlcideTrue Blood

Axl—The Middle

BrickHart of Dixie, The Middle

Bjorn—Vikings

Creed—The Office (also the name of the actor playing him)

*Crosby—Parenthood

*Cyrus—Scandal

Deacon—Nashville

*Declan—Revenge

*DexterDexter

Dixon—90210, Vegas

DovRookie Blue

Elijah—Girls

*Finn—Glee

Fitch—Nurse Jackie

Fitzgerald—Scandal

Gob—Arrested Development

*GraysonCougar Town

Happy—Sons of Anarchy

Horatio—CSI: Miami

Huck—Scandal

LafayetteTrue Blood

Lane—Mad Men

Lip (nickname for Phillip)—Shameless

Lugo—Spartacus

McCall—Boss

Merc—Episodes

Odafin ‘Fin’—Law & Order: Special Victgims Unit

Oleg—2 Broke Girls

PercyNikita

Piermont—Sons of Anarchy

RafeDefiance

*Raylan—Justified

Roe—Unforgettable

Rollo—Vikings

Thayer—The Lying Game

Thor—Nurse Jackie

Tobias—Elementary

ZaneEureka

Zeek—Parenthood 

Do any of these inspire you?

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

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