TV Baby Names: Quirky new girl names from the new shows
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Every TV season brings its own few unique character names, some that make interesting baby names, some that are just weird curiosities. Lately we’ve had the Game of Thrones crew, and from the futuristic The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred, Ofglen, Ofsamuel and Oferic stepped from the pages of Margaret Atwood’s novel onto the small screen.
With 450+ original series in production in 2017, (and, it seems, almost as many network, cable and streaming platforms), each show with a full cast of new characters, it’s almost impossible to keep up. But here are some of the quirkiest girl names we found.
Amara De Escalones– on Get Shorty, she’s the casino boss, and Amara is also an immortal character on The Vampire Diaries. Stylish Amara is a multi-cultural name now ranked at #300 nationally and 11 on Nameberry, making it one of the most usable names on this list.
Boo-In the British comedy Fleabag, Boo is the protagonist’s (yes, she’s called Fleabag) dead but still present best friend. A male character name in To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo is also the adorable little girl in Monsters, Inc.
ColandreaConners, aka Coco, is one of a group of African-American students on Dear White People. Colandrea is an interesting extension of Andrea; Coco is growing in popularity as a stand-alone name, used for their daughters by Courtney Cox, Sting, Kim Gordon, Diane Farr and Tony Kanal, ranking at #402 on Nameberry.
Duke– In Better Things, all the female characters have boyish names: Sam, Max, Frankie and Duke (The cast list also includes a Trieste and a Sorrow). Duke is one of the rising noble names for boys–now at #557—used by Diane Keaton, Justine Bateman and Giuliana Rancic for their sons.
Eleven—(shown) A preteen with psychokinetic powers who plays a big part in Stranger Things, she was born with the name Jane, and is usually known as El. Could she usher in a trend for number names, which we haven’t heard since Six on Blossom, Seven on Married with Children and on Seinfeld, and Erykah Badu’s real-life son Seven.
Tulip O’Hare, played by rising star Ruth Negga on the AMC series Preacher, is based on a comic book character. Tulip could be a flower name waiting to blossom; Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell used it as a middle for their twin daughter.
Zilpha Geary. Period drama Taboo features several colorful character names, including this one, played by Oona Chaplin— an actress with a historic and colorful name herself. Zilpha is a vintage name yet to be reclaimed.
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on August 24th, 2017 at 11:48 pm
Lenny Busker was actually written with a middle aged man in mind. They only decided to go for a younger androgynous character when the creator of the show met Aubrey Plaza. No relation to Lena Dunham, as far as I know. Love the name Lenny for a girl though (and huge fan of Legion lol)!
on August 24th, 2017 at 11:50 pm
@nic_blondie: That is so interesting! You know Lena Dunham’s website is called Lennyletter.
on August 25th, 2017 at 4:40 am
These are actually really cool names! I dig Fiji for a pet. Awesome post xx
on August 25th, 2017 at 10:01 am
Great list! I don’t watch the show, but all those Midnight, Texas names make a cool collection. I love Larin too—that’s a new one for me.
Amara, funnily enough, was also an immortal character on Supernatural.
on August 25th, 2017 at 11:14 am
Issue with the handmaid’s tale. Those are not their names! It’s almost seen as a derogatory title on the show, so in no way would I recommend any of those for babies.
Offred = Of the house of Fred (the owner’s last name)
Ofglen = Of the house of Glen
It essentially a SLAVE name
on August 25th, 2017 at 12:30 pm
@linda: I did not know that Lena Dunham’s website is called Lennyletter. Lenny totally makes sense as a nickname for Lena. What I meant was I didn’t see how Dunham’s name would have had an influence on Lenny Busker’s since it was intended to be a male character.
on August 25th, 2017 at 12:43 pm
@nic_blondie: Of course, you’re absolutely right!
on August 25th, 2017 at 12:59 pm
Fun list! I find hearing a new name in a show makes it feel more wearable than if you just read about it.
On number names, the Novogratz family has a boy named Five. He was fifth in the birth order.
on August 27th, 2017 at 4:32 pm
Lenny definitely doesn’t come from Lena Dunham lol
And why suggest names from Handmaids Tale when it’s based off of oppression, slavery and misogyny? I would hope no parent would be foolish enough to name their child Ofglen, Offred etc
on August 27th, 2017 at 6:12 pm
@Annilee There was no suggestion that anyone should use those names from the Handmaids Tale.
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