If you don’t have a beloved Gran of your own to name your baby after, how about looking for some outside inspiration from a pop culture Nana? Here’s a list of TV grandmothers, from the maternal to the monstrous (looking at you, Livia Soprano), the chic to the crotchety, whose names were seen as elderly at the time of their shows’ creation—from the 1950’s to the present—but which have become totally baby friendly today.
Here, the Nameberry picks of the 20 best Grandma TV baby names:
Thanks in large part to the single-named British singer, Adele popped into the Top 1000 last year at Number 627 and we expect to see it ranking considerably higher on the new list to be released next month. Molly Ringwald used it for her daughter in 2009.
Edith All in the Family
Sitting alongside husband Archie at the piano, the ditzy Edith, reminiscing about the days Glenn Miller played, was grandmother to daughter Gloria’s son Joey. Nowadays Edith, her dignity and elegance restored, is seen as much more Wharton than Bunker.
Estelle Family Matters
Esther The Waltons
Eudora—The Addams Family
Euphonious Eudora has a Greek mythological heritage, and has in recent times made appearances in films like The Princess and the Frog. Not to be confused with Endora, the witchy grandparent of Tabitha on Bewitched.
A common TV character name for women of a certain age, Evelyn is currently on a winning streak: in 2009, Evelyn jumped fifteen places to reach the Top 40 for the first time since 1939–and last year leaped even further to Number 24.
Livia The Sopranos
Lucille Arrested Development
Could cranky old Mother Jefferson have ever imagined that there would be 17,000 babies given her name in 2011?
Pearl Pebbles Slaghoople was the animated prehistoric grandma of Pebbles (her other grandmother being Edna Flintstone)—who was played in the 1994 live action film version by Elizabeth Taylor. Pearl is another revival story jump-started by Maya Rudolph, in 2005.
Sophie The OC
The name of the acerbic Granny of the Crawley girls, dressed in pale mauve silks and satin, is one of the great vintage name revival success stories, especially since used by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for their daughter in 2005.
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