TV Character Names: So what’s new?

TV Character Names: So what’s new?

Every new TV season or so we like to check out the recently launched shows, as well as those still running, for any interesting names that have emerged since the last time we looked. Most scripters continue to come up with the obvious and the formulaic, giving their characters names like Jessica and Jeff and Rick and Robin, Amy and Andy.

But there are some who do think out of the box—though usually for not more than one character per show.  The list below steers clear of reality shows, so no Khloes or Kourtneys, and no cartoon characters or kiddie shows.


  • Astrid —  Fringe

  • CalleighCSI Miami

  • ChastityTen Things I Hate About You

  • Chima – The Philanthropist

  • CricketThe Starter Wife

  • Divya – Royal Pains

  • EffySkins

  • ElkaHot in Cleveland

  • FelixWaking the Dead

  • Fiona —  Burn Notice

  • JinxIn Plain Sight

  • LavenderThe Starter Wife

  • Lyla —  Friday Night Lights

  • NessaGavin & Stacey

  • PandoraNCIS

  • PetraMinder

  • Remy — House

  • RiaLie to Me

  • RoxyArmy Wives

  • SantanaGlee

  • SookieTrue Blood

  • Tangie – Just Jordan

  • TemperanceBones

  • WillaminaHuge

  • ZivaNCIS

  • BOYS

  • ArloJustified

  • AshHustle

  • Auggie —Melrose Place

  • BeckVictorious

  • BrickThe Middle

  • BrynGavin & Stacey

  • CreightonTreme

  • DavisTreme

  • DaxThe Philanthropist

  • DovRookie Blue

  • DuncanCity Homicide

  • HoratioCSI Miami/ In the Motherhood

  • HoytTrue Blood

  • Ianto –Torchwood

  • JethroNCSI

  • JoaquinJust Jordan

  • KaleRubicon

  • LafayetteTrue Blood

  • Landry –Friday Night Lights

  • LawsonRush

  • MalikThe Game

  • MathLife Unexpected

  • Maxxie – Skins

  • Miro —The Guard

  • Nucky–Boardwalk Empire

  • Odafin — Law & Order: SVU

  • PiusBoardwalk Empire

  • Puck (Noah)– Glee

  • Rajesh —The Big Bang Theory

  • Raylan — Justified

  • Ruxin —The League

  • Seeley–Bones

  • SinjinVictorious

  • WarrickCSI

  • WolfgangScoundrels

  • About the Author

    Linda Rosenkrantz

    Linda Rosenkrantz

    Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.