TV shows can spark creativity, but they can also spark another kind of brilliant brainstorming:聽unique聽baby names.聽Ranging from highly creative baby names聽to the more usable, there鈥檚 no shortage of captivating characters with equally captivating monikers.聽And the programs that have debuted during the past few seasons have been no exception. We鈥檙e sharing聽14聽of the best, newish TV character names from scripted shows, both scheduled and streaming, heroes and villains.


1. Astra: Supergirl herself has the relatively earthbound name of Kara, but her aunt has the more inter-galactic appellation of Astra, which might be just right for your own little superchild. The name was previously borne by Princess Astra on Doctor Who.

2. Bertie:聽Born Bertram 鈥 but known as Bertie 鈥 on the period medical show, The Knick starring Clive Owen, Dr. Chickering is a young and eager surgeon in training. Bertie, also a nickname for Albert and Herbert, as well as a longstanding royal nickname name in England (George IV), has also featured in literature as the hapless Bertie Wooster, and lately as Lady Edith鈥檚 husband on Downton Abbey. The name聽is currently seeing a British revival, now at Number 328 there, but has yet to make its mark in the US, where vintage girl nicknames are ahead of the boys.

3. Clary:聽The protagonist of The Mortal Instruments was christened Clarissa, but goes by Clary, a name that could certainly stand on its own, as it does in Sweden. Its relation to the popular Claire could give it a leg up.

4. Coyote:聽The name of Lily Tomlin鈥檚 adopted son on Grace and Frankie was no doubt chosen to boost her character鈥檚 hippie image. But with all the animal names finding their way onto birth certificates, is this one to add to the zootopia?

5. Crispus:聽Crispus Allen is a detective on Gotham, first seen in the DC comic universe, and now on the TV series that takes place before Batman鈥檚 arrival in Gotham City. The name may well be a tribute to black hero Crispus Atticks, the runaway slave who became the first colonist to die for independence in the Boston Massacre. It鈥檚 an interesting alternative to Crispin.

6. Dutch:聽It鈥檚 pretty remarkable that this unlikely nickname was given to not one, but two current female TV characters. In the horror thriller The Strain, beautiful blonde Dutch Velders is a British computer hacker. In Killjoys, lead character Dutch is a beautiful brunette bounty hunter whose real name is Yalena.

7.聽Iseult:聽Amazon series The Last Kingdom takes place in the year 872, when invading Danes are threatening the kingdom that would become England. Queen Iseult is a mysterious and cool Cornish character who can look into the future. Other character names on the show include Aelfric, Beocca, Brida, Ravn, Ubba and Leofric. Iseult is a haunting medieval name, a version of Isolde, familiar from the legendary romance of Tristan and Iseult.

8. Leith:聽Could Leith be the next Keith? It鈥檚 a smooth, sleek Scottish surname 鈥 also that of a river and town in Scotland 鈥 and dates back to the medieval era. In the historic CW drama Reign, Leith Bayard is first seen as an ambitious kitchen servant.

9. Mercy:聽This delicate Puritan virtue name, which figured in the Salem witch trials, is on the rise, as evidenced by its appearances on two period shows, Salem and Wolf Hall. It also gained 143 places between 2012 and 2013.

10.聽Pandora:聽Pandora has long been out of the mythological box in England, but it鈥檚 just beginning to get some attention here. Pandora is not a very nice character on Sleepy Hollow, but an antagonist of Ichabod Crane.

11. Pippy:聽A cross between the zippy Pippa and Poppy, Pippy might have been an inevitable smoosh name 鈥 one we haven鈥檛 heard since Pippi Longstocking. Miami cop show Rosewood features a crime-solving pathologist, whose gay younger sister is named Pippi. She鈥檚 depicted in a strong, positive relationship.

12. Ravi:聽In Aziz Ansari鈥檚 breakout hit show Master of None, there are several appealing and wearable Indian names, such as Dev and Anush. Ravi would be familiar to Western ears via influential musician Ravi Shankar (born Robindro), father of Norah Jones.

13. Titus:聽In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt, a Tina Fey-produced comedy, Titus Andromedon is Kimmy鈥檚 unlikely roommate, who just happens to be played by Emmy-nominated actor Tituss Burgess. The Shakespearean Titus could follow the recent success of Silas and Cyrus.

14. Turin:聽We鈥檝e encountered other Anglicizations of Italian cities as names 鈥斅Florence, Venice聽and聽Milan聽鈥 so why not Turin? This Turin is a character in the Canadian Killjoys series, a senior officer in the group of bounty hunters known as Reclamation Agents 鈥 aka killjoys.

What鈥檚 your favorite new baby name? Tweet us @BritandCo to let us know!

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