19 TV-inspired baby names

By ParentsCanada staff on August 03, 2018



He’s the hunky English teacher on Pretty Little Liars, but the oldfangled name has biblical roots. In the Old Testament, Ezra was a prophet.

Pacey It’s an old English surname and one of our fave characters from Dawson’s Creek.


Toby He wasn’t the most popular person on The Office, but Toby is a fine Hebrew name that was in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It also can be a nickname for Tobias.

Marshall Traditionally, Marshall is an occupation name meaning horse-keeper. It’s also a surname (popular in Scotland) that means ‘love of horses’. If you’re a music fan, like Marshall from How I Met Your Mother, it’s also a pretty well-known amp manufacturer.

Zack He’s the prankster who always had a trick up his sleeve on Saved by the Bell, but Zack, a derivative of Zachary, means ‘the Lord remembered’.

Jack Even before This Is Us swept us off our feet and made us ugly cry, this old-timey name has been making a big comeback. It means ‘God is gracious’ and is often a nickname for John.

Ziggy Did you know that this one is short for Siegfried and Sigmund? We sure didn’t. It’s the alter ego of our favourite starman, David Bowie, and also the son of Jane in Big Little Lies.

George This one is a classic that’s been spiking care of royal cutie Prince George. But how could we leave Seinfeld’s George Costanza off the list? #summerofgeorge In Greek, it means 'farmer'.

Elijah Here’s another Bible name coming at you. But Elijah wasn’t just any Old Testament prophet, he was whisked up to heaven in a chariot of fire. That’s pretty cool. We think Hannah’s BFF Elijah in Girls is pretty cool, too. Shorten it to Eli, if you’re feelin’ it.  

Danny Daniel is a Hebrew name that means ‘God is my judge’. We’re big fans of it shortened to Danny, like the head of the Tanner family in Full House and the crusty-but-lovable doctor in The Mindy Project.

Sawyer It’s an English moniker that means ‘woodcutter’. It’s also the last name of Mark Twain’s titular character and the brooding and usually shirtless character on Lost.



Daphne Who can forget sassy Daphne Moon from the ‘90s sitcom Frasier? The name is rooted in Greek mythology with virtuous Daphne turning into a laurel tree to protect herself from a well-known god named Apollo.

Aria An Italian moniker meaning ‘melody,’ in Game of Thrones it’s the name of the youngest Stark daughter. You know, the one who is resilient and won’t take no for an answer. She spells it Arya.

Piper Another cute title based off of a surname, in England, a Piper is a flute-player. We’re fond of it as the name of sweet-but-stands-her-ground Piper Chapman from Orange is the New Black.

Millie In German, Millie means ‘strength and determination’. It can be the shorthand of Millicent, too. Millie Kentner was the earnest girl-next-door we eye rolled but secretly rooted for in the cult classic Freaks and Geeks.

Lorelei The mile-a-minute verbiage mom Lorelei Gilmore makes the list, duh. The German moniker’s meaning is a mouthful, are you ready for it? It’s a temptress who lures men into destruction with her singing voice.

Meredith The Welsh name means ‘magnificent chief or protector,’ which checks out in Dr. Meredith Grey’s case.

Penny A short form of Penelope, name your baby this for luck, or because you’re a big fan of the nerdy sitcom Big Bang Theory.

Phoebe Phoebe is the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology. The name, which is also from Shakespeare’s As You Like It means ‘sparking, the shiny one’. It’s also the name of spacey songstress Phoebe Buffay in Friends.

By ParentsCanada staff| August 03, 2018
Keywords:  baby names

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