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Baby Names Inspired by TV Characters

Since the moment you found out you were pregnant, your mind likely started churning with baby-name possibilities. After all, during one of the most exciting times in your life, choosing a name is an exhilarating decision! However, it's common for moms and dads to be a bit overwhelmed with all of the options. Do you want to go for something timeless and classic? Or would you rather choose something a bit more unique and modern?

If you're struggling to make a decision, find inspiration in your own life. One place many moms and dads look to spark some ideas? Television characters. Here's how to use your favorite characters to find baby name inspiration:

What's your favorite show?

Everybody has a favorite television show. Do you know every episode of "Friends" by heart? Do you have a big stake in every dramatic moment of "Grey's Anatomy"? Whatever the case, the characters in the shows you love already hold a special place in your heart, which means they're the perfect people to turn to for inspiration. Choose TV character baby names like Chandler, Rachel, Meredith or Owen to pay homage to these fictional personalities - just try to resist using a middle name like "McDreamy."

Who inspires you?

The TV characters who inspire you don't necessarily have to come from your favorite shows. Think about personality traits you admire and consider fictional people you've seen who've shown these characteristics strongly. For example, if you're looking for names that bring to mind strong and independent women, you could choose something like Olivia (from "Scandal) or Joan (from "Mad Men"). What characters have inspired you the most with their words, actions or personalities?

Go for something unique

The wonderful thing about coming up with baby names from TV shows is that there are tons of interesting and uncommon options from which to choose. Look to shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Battlestar Galactica" for distinctive choices that aren't quite as traditional. You could also try a gender-swapped name for a fresh and unique twist - for example, Chandler ("Friends") or Shane ("Weeds") could work for a girl's name.

TV names for boys

There are a multitude of TV characters who would make great baby names for boys. Here are a few to consider:

  • Jon, one of the most popular characters in "Game of Thrones."
  • Sheldon, an interesting and old-timey choice based on a character from "The Big Bang Theory."
  • Don, the intelligent and suave main character in "Mad Men."
  • Hurley, a likable fan-favorite from "Lost."
  • Rick, the courageous and quick-thinking survivor from "The Walking Dead."

TV names for girls

Having a daughter? You can look to television character to brainstorm girls' baby names as well. Take a look at some options to get you started:

  • Jess, the quirky and relatable title character in "New Girl."
  • Skyler, a favorite character from "Breaking Bad."
  • Arya, the gutsy and loyal half-sister of Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones."
  • Hannah, Lena Dunham's character in "Girls."
  • Elliot, a smart and bold doctor in "Scrubs."

Also don't forget to check out the last baby name trends for more inspiration, with our current top 100 boys names and top 100 girls names lists!

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