TV Names: Who’s the Next Khaleesi?
The new TV shows are bursting with amazing new name possibilities!
Agatha – Granted, this character name in Minority Report is not new, flashy or creative, but it brings up the question of whether an attractive contemporary actress—in this case Laura Regan, with another actor as Agatha as a child) can rejuvenate the image of a fusty Great-Great-Aunt name, which has been off the Top 1000 since 1940.
Dazzle – It’s not often that a non-Disney animated character name catches on, but the new Moonbeam City has some doozies. This parody of 80s cop shows features the voices of Rob Lowe as Dazzle Novak, Elizabeth Banks as Pizzaz Miller, Kate Mara as Chrysalis Tate andWill Forte as Rad Cunningham. All too far out?
Diver – The LA-based true crime procedural drama, Wicked City has conventional character names—except for this one. Evan Ross plays crime scene paparazzo Diver Hakes, and I can see this as a new occupational name possibility.
Jessamy – The Bastard Executioner, from the creators of Sons of Anarchy, is the kind of action-packed, swashbuckling historical drama that is also usually packed with some fascinating names, #1 of which here is the totally usable Jessamy. But there’s also main hero Wilkin, plus Milus, Calo, Toran, Ash, Annora and Petra.
Kara – Supergirl is the first female superhero since Wonder Woman in 1975 and so Kara Zor-El, a cousin of Superman, has a lot of strong role model potential resting on her toned shoulders. Kara, also a Valkyrie in Norse mythology, was a Top 100 name in the mid-80s, but now has fallen to 442. Can this power heroine bring it back?
Leofric – The Last Kingdom is a new testosterone-heavy historical BBC series set in the 9th century, whose characters have a mix of Saxonand Norse and invented names, such as Ravn, Beocca, Alferic, Guthrum, Ragnar, Halig, Ubba, Storri and Beocca (male), and Brida and Thyra (f). Some Leo-loving namer might pick up on the novel Leofric.
Lowry ‘Love’ – I couldn’t resist a separate listing for this The Bastard Executioner, name, as it looks to be one of the most promising. Worn in the show by Baroness Lowry Aberffraw Ventris, known as “Love,” Lowry is a Welsh surname more often used for males, but here with a decidedly feminine nn.
Nimah – Quantico, about young FBI recruits training at the Quantico, Virginia base, features a multi-cultural cast and some multi-cultural names, including the sweet Arabic Nimah, which means ‘blessing,’ and is also spelled without the final ‘h.’
Veil – Into the Badlands is a martial arts series based on a classic Chinese tale, complete with feudal barons and great warriors—and some extraordinary names, including a male named Bale, a beguiling beauty named Veil and a female Zypher. I can see any of them attracting some fans—if the series does.
Wolfgang – The name of the hero of Canadian spy thriller The Romeo Section has gone from long-haired German composer to scary animal name and now to spymaster character Professor Wolfgang McGee. Used by Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen for their now grown son, Wolfgang in now Number 508 on Nameberry.
Zayday – Scream Queens, a campy horror show set in a college campus sorority house, which managed to snag the original ‘scream queen,’Jaime Lee Curtis,’ also has a fantastic mix of names. Emma Roberts as Chanel, Keke Palmer as Zayday, Lea Michele as Hester (seeAgatha, above), and Tavu Gevinson as Feather.
[Originally published on Nameberry – the expert baby name resource. Search thousands of baby names by letter, ethnicity, gender, and more!]
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