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picklesmama February 12th, 2007 10:56 PM

What do y'all think of names from trendy TV shows? Lately I have heard so many people wanting to name their kids names like Meredith (Grays Anatomy character) and Evangeline (actress from Lost). Do you think your name preferences are influenced by the shows you watch? I named my daughter Sydney. My first choice for a boy was Vaughan. My favorite TV show (when it was on) was Alias and those are names of the main characters - I didn't even realize I was choosing names from the show (actually Sydney was hubbys choice)! I guess it was subconcscious. I still like Vaughan should I have a boy, and it never got popular, but then Alias was never near as huge as Grays Anatomy. Would you be more or less likely to choose a name from a popular TV show?

***Andrea February 12th, 2007 10:59 PM

I would be less likely to choose a name that was popular for being on TV.

Miss.Tee February 12th, 2007 10:59 PM

Ummm... probably less likely, unless we totally adored it beforehand. We just dont like popular names.

Acadia February 12th, 2007 11:06 PM

If it was a less popular show that I adored, I think I'd be more likely to use it than a name that had no pop culture connection at all!

But for the trendy shows like Grey's Anatomy and all, I'm less likely to consider using a name from it even if I love it. I'm just not the kind of person who would deal well with hearing "Oh, like ---- from that TV show?" every day.

Oh, yes. Just wanted to add that this is totally the kind of thing I had in mind.

chlodoll February 12th, 2007 11:08 PM

Less likely unless as mentioned previously I loved it before the show was around.

I like the name Phoebe but I think the friends relation is to strong still!

Acadia February 12th, 2007 11:09 PM

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Less likely unless as mentioned previously I loved it before the show was around.

I like the name Phoebe but I think the friends relation is to strong still![/b]
I never even watched Friends! I love Phoebe. :wub:

chlodoll February 12th, 2007 11:10 PM

You have never seen Friends! Now that is astonishing! lol

Thanks I think its so pretty!

Melanie. February 12th, 2007 11:45 PM

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I would be less likely to choose a name that was popular for being on TV.[/b]
Andrea, I totally bit you!

Anyway, I don't think I would choose anything based on TV.
I'm not really a fan of it, but I'm sure other people do.

Kellyf0506 February 12th, 2007 11:54 PM

I wouldn't do it intentionally but If I loved a name, it being a name from a Tv show, or actor/ actress wouldnt make me not use it either!

Side note: After Rachael on Friends named her baby Emma, the names popularity shot through the roof!

Elysia February 13th, 2007 12:08 AM

Well some of my favourite names are from TV shows but not ones that are too popular anymore

Maeve and Bryn(n) - Maeve is a character from the old series (1997-98) Adventures of Sinbad and she was my childhood heroine, I've been lucky enough to even email the actress and have a quick conversation with her. After that character was pretty much killed off in the second season a new lead character...Bryn...came onto the scene. I never liked the character but loved the name.

Gabrielle, Hope, Eve - I used too (like many girls) be in love with the show Xena Warrior Princess...Xena's sidekick was Gabrielle, Hope was Gabrielle's daughter and Eve was Xena's daughter. GP's also came from that show, Callisto and Solan (though in the show I think it was spelled Solon)

So while I wouldn't choose a name just because it's on a show I do get some ideas from TV...never would have heard of Bryn if it wasn't for the Sinbad series...It is a good source of ideas

greatmom February 13th, 2007 12:14 AM

I know TV names are most popular names .... But would not choose any name from The television show... I will choose name which is uncommon ....
Thankx ! :unsure:

alieygater February 13th, 2007 01:11 AM

I agree that if I loved the name before, it became a popular name on TV I would most likely name my child that, but I would not pick a name from TV and say oh I HAVE to name my kid that....People have name associations, I LOVE the name Mallory, DH refuses the name because of Mallory Keaton on Family Ties...and how long ago was that show on???

Katzchen February 13th, 2007 06:12 AM

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I agree that if I loved the name before, it became a popular name on TV I would most likely name my child that, but I would not pick a name from TV and say oh I HAVE to name my kid that....[/b]
:ditto: While I shy away from most of the super popular names, there are a few that I will use no matter what!

bluebutterfly February 13th, 2007 08:08 AM

I don't like common names or over used ones, but if I like the name I'm going to consider using it whether it's on TV or not.

Hey There February 13th, 2007 08:33 AM

I think it has to do a lot with the 'awareness' factor. Meredith is a name that seemed to have disappeared and now that it's on tv people are like hmm...that's a nice name that isn't overused. I personally don't like names that are popular or have the potential to get popular so I'd shy away from them but that's just me. I wonder how many Dawson's popped up after that show aired.

~Danielle~ February 13th, 2007 08:46 AM

I would be less likely to use it. I just wouldnt want people to think of the tv show everytime they hear the name.

Jen25 February 13th, 2007 08:55 AM

It depends. My dh got the idea for Lincoln from a movie that used to be a tv show (mod sqaud). He heard it and fell in love with it. Obviously it wasnt super popular. He also got the name Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (tv series). As long as it wasnt over the top trendy/popular and I loved it, I would do it :smile:

Acadia February 13th, 2007 09:02 AM

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I agree that if I loved the name before, it became a popular name on TV I would most likely name my child that, but I would not pick a name from TV and say oh I HAVE to name my kid that....People have name associations, I LOVE the name Mallory, DH refuses the name because of Mallory Keaton on Family Ties...and how long ago was that show on???[/b]
I love Family Ties! :lol:

I would definitely think of the show if I heard the name Mallory, but I wouldn't say anything because it was so long ago!

Niamh ૐ February 13th, 2007 02:50 PM

I'm more likely to choose a name from a book I'm reading, lol. Like my second daughter (if I have one) will be Morgaine and my second son (if I have one) will be Galahad... both are from The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

suthernWVswthrt February 13th, 2007 09:33 PM

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What do y'all think of names from trendy TV shows? Lately I have heard so many people wanting to name their kids names like Meredith (Grays Anatomy character) and Evangeline (actress from Lost). Do you think your name preferences are influenced by the shows you watch? I named my daughter Sydney. My first choice for a boy was Vaughan. My favorite TV show (when it was on) was Alias and those are names of the main characters - I didn't even realize I was choosing names from the show (actually Sydney was hubbys choice)! I guess it was subconcscious. I still like Vaughan should I have a boy, and it never got popular, but then Alias was never near as huge as Grays Anatomy. Would you be more or less likely to choose a name from a popular TV show?[/b]

I still find it funny that my Sydney was going to be a Vaughn too. :P I was also a big fan of Alias...but as you said it was completely subconcious. I think that if you hear a name over and over again you're eventually going to like it...or at least be able to tolerate it. I also see it as...if you like the character then you associate the name with that particular character.

In the case of Meredith...it's my cousin's name and my great grandmother's name was Mary...which is a variation of Meredith. It just kills me that the name is now going to be popular due to the show...I mean I'm a big fan of the show...and I don't mind if people associate my daughter's name with the show. I will admit...her character's name did pretty much solidify my daughter's name. Had the character been a total #####...I probably would've reconsidered the name because I would associate it with a ######y person.

I don't see anything wrong with it...


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