TV Baby Names: Names from The Simpsons — Doh!
The Simpsons has been running for twenty-five years now (an all-time record for a TV show), with hundreds of episodes under its belt, episodes crammed with weird and wacky characters, often with names to match, making both regular and one-shot appearances. But it’s the show’s more normal names that make a rich source of TV baby names.
When it came to the lead characters, creator Matt Groening did what many of us do, which was to name them after family members: Homer and Marge Groening are his parents’ names and Lisa and Maggie his younger sisters’. As for Bart (full name Bartholomew Jojo Simpson), that was derived as an anagram of the word ‘brat.’ (Trivia note: Many of the last names were inspired by street names of Portland.)
Here are some of the most usable Simpsons-inspired names— (no Boobarellas here):
Alaska (last name Nebraska)
Birch (born Birchibald)
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Nook of Names Said
on September 23rd, 2011 at 4:24 am
I must be one of the few people on the planet who has never watched the Simpsons. Birchibald is magnificent — what a creation! I shall have to go look the character up now…
on September 23rd, 2011 at 8:26 am
That makes two of us! I have never watched an episode before. Surprisingly enough, this is a great list of gems– especially those boys.
on September 23rd, 2011 at 9:30 am
I’ve been a Matt Groening fan since 1982, when I stumbled across a paperback version of “Life is Hell”. Akbar & Jeff still make me laugh!
As for the Simpsons, even stupid but sweet Homer can’t ruin his name for me. I think Homer’s awesome.
The only one that’s out for me 🙁 is Otto. I hear “My name is Otto, I like to get blotto” from my OH everytime I mention Otto. Makes me weep.
But I adore simple, strong Rex, Anton’s fabulous, Lucius is awesome & Barney is sweet.
From the girls: Clarice & Clarissa; I toy with Clarissa and think Clarice might work as a nickname. Darn Lecter! I also like: Maud (no ‘e’ please!), Penelope & Zelda. Zelda’s my second long time love after Cleo, so beautiful that Zel sound. Lovely grounding -da. Awesome, awesome Zelda!
Love the Simpsons and will be a fan of that lovingly disfunctional family forever. 😀
on September 23rd, 2011 at 10:30 am
Just going to point out for starters that, Titania, is pronounced with TIT very strongly in the front on the show, because the character has a large set of them.
on September 23rd, 2011 at 12:18 pm
@Lola – I agree! I want the name Homer to come back. I think it’s really cool.
I’m really digging the boys’ names – Lionel, Cecil, Thelonius, I even like Birch! A ha, but I just accidently typed Bitch and now I see the downside to the name haha.
on September 23rd, 2011 at 1:59 pm
It never occured to me before, but as the show’s world gets bigger, the writers have to get more and more creative with names. What a cool benefit for us name nerds 🙂
The boys’ list is awesome!
on September 23rd, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Okay, could y’all imagine a set of twins named Boobarella and Titania? Sadly, I can. (But it’s still funny!)
I think Homer is awesome. Anne Heche has a Homer. And, Homer always reminds me of Jake Gyllenhaal’s wonderful character in ‘October Sky.’ Amazing. Adorable. (I love him.)
So many good ones! My fave, Eliza, is on this list – news to me! I just looked up Eliza on The Simpsons and found out she’s Eliza Van Houten (nee Simpson) – she’s adorable! She’s Lisa’s great-great-great-great-half-aunt or something ridiculous.
PS Lola, Zelda is amazing! Zel? Zelly? El? Dada? Zee?
on September 24th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
Eliza Simpson was the only noble Simpson in the entire family history. She was Lisa’s much-idolized great-great-great grandmother (not aunt – the wiki has it wrong!) who ran off to Canada with a runaway slave named Virgil, married him, and propogated the rest of the family tree. Although the rest of the family is “a long line of horse thieves, deadbeats, horse beats, dead thieves and a few alcoholics”, the discovery of Eliza gives Lisa hope that she can be a decent person despite her heritage.
There’s quite a few interesting names in the episode! http://simpsons.shoutwiki.com/wiki/The_Color_Yellow
on September 25th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
The Simpsons really gets on my nerves, honestly. I try to look past the show as much as possible. Homer was my great-grandfather’s name; just as I start warming up to the idea of Homer as a possible middle name for a son, I’m reminded of the stupid character. Hopefully Homer makes a comeback soon so he’ll be more usable by the time I start having kids. All that said, some of my favorite names are on this list. I love:
Anyone else thinking Matt Groening might be a name nerd?
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