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Soap Opera Baby Names

Baby names from soap operas, inspired by melodramatic characters, often appear on the popularity charts. If you're expecting a dramatic little one, a "soap" name may be right up your alley. Soap opera writers tend to choose names some may consider a bit over the top, ranging from long and romantic choices like Deveraux and Maximiliana to quirky and offbeat names such as Buzz and Cricket. For more names inspired by television, check out our list of TV character names.

  • Adrienne

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    A long-integrated French feminine form of Adrian, now overshadowed by the a-ending version, but still a valid option, with considerable substance and dignity—though these days more... Read More 

  • Alexis

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    Alexis, a one-time exclusively-boys’ name, was more popular than its sister Alexandra for quite a while, but last year Alexandra was the more Read More 

  • Althea

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    Althea is a poetic, almost ethereal name found in Greek myth and pastoral poetry, associated in modern times with the great tennis player Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win at... Read More 

  • Angelique

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    Angelique is on the rise, on the heels of sister names Angelina -- as in Jolie -- and Angelica, partly thanks to the Dark Shadows glamour girl played by Eva Green. After a long run of Read More 

  • Arianna

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    A smooth, exotic choice, Arianna's on the rise with both single and double 'r's and 'n's. Single 'r' double 'n' Arianna -- the second most popular version of the name -- is these days associated... Read More 

  • Arielle

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    While not as popular as the Ariel spelling of Little Mermaid fame, this rendition has achieved popularity in its own right.

    Arielle has been on a steady rise, perhaps helped by... Read More 

  • Aristotle

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    The great philosopher's name is commonly used in Greek families, and is one that could work for daring, exotically inclined American ones. Read More 

  • Artemis

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    Although it could well sound masculine, Artemis was actually the Greek goddess of the moon, the equivalent of the Roman Diana. Also spelled Artemas and Artemus, this name has a mythological,... Read More 

  • Babe

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    You can call your baby "babe," but don't name her that. Read More 

  • Beau

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    Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm—a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own. Beau... Read More 

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