“Mommy, if you named me after Grandma Jane, why did Grandma Jane name you Skyler?” “Well, sweets, a long time ago there was a television show called Breaking Bad on a channel known for its interesting dramas. It was about a daddy and a mommy who needed money to fund the daddy’s cancer treatments, so the daddy — unbeknownst to the mommy — started cooking and selling methamphetamine. The daddy’s methamphetamine was soooo yummy that everybody wanted it, and he was making a lot of money. Eventually the mommy found out about that the daddy was in the drug trade because the daddy had two cell phones — ah, well, you know — it’s kind of a long story, honey, but the mommy was named Skyler. Everyone on the Internet hated her because she was a strong woman who stood up for herself and for her family.” Scene. (People are naming their babies Skyler, and also names from Homeland and Game of Thrones, which sounds JUST like people.) From The Independent:

Breaking Bad and other hugely popular TV shows have inspired more baby names this year than the royal family, according to the latest lists released by website BabyCentre. …

Breaking Bad’s Skyler and Jesse increased in popularity by 70 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

From Homeland, the name Brody was up by 40 per cent and entered the top 100 for the first time (despite actually being the surname of the lead male character played by Damian Lewis). The names of the show’s female characters also shot up, with Carrie and Dana rising by 200 per cent and 66 per cent respectively.

The name Arya from Game of Thrones was a new entry to the top 100, up by 183 per cent, and the first baby Sansa was also registered with BabyCentre this year.

At the very least, they can all basically pass for real names. We at least did not see a 300% rise in the name “Draper” for both boys and girls. (“Her name is Draper Dawn Kenning, but we call her Dawn Draper. … Dooon’t we? Doooon’t we my sweetie widdle Dawn Draper?”) YOU’RE WELCOME, BABIES. YOU’RE BETTER OFF THAN SOME!

Comments (35)
  1. I’m looking forward to all the fat kids named Skinny Pete.

  2. There are only four acceptable TV-related names: Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia.

  3. I actually love both names Arya and Maisie but of course could never name a baby that now. Stupid pop culture ruining cool baby names for my imaginary future children.

    • Arya is a pretty popular Hindu name for males. It means just what you’d think it means, something like descended from the Aryans…
      #themoreyouknow

  4. Can’t anyone think up any new baby names, like Twerk or Hashtag or Lil’ Twitter or Diane in 7a?

  5. I’d name my kid “Brody’s Wife,” not gonna lie.

  6. It’s odd that they would choose a name based on a controversial character like Skyler whose most famous scene is using infidelity as leverage instead of one of the many other strong female characters on the show.

    Of course there is Holly but that’s a silly name and would get confusing around Christmas time.

    *not a Skyler hater, i’d probably do questionable things to if i was Marie to a psychopath and she was pretty great in the last season.

  7. It’s going to be pretty dope when all the baby Ichabods are born this year.

  8. I’m going to name my baby “Mark L. Walberg, host of the popular PBS staple Antiques Roadshow, and not Mark Wahlberg, Funky Bunch leader.”

  9. Also: Sansa is REALLY annoying. Why name your kid after a fairly useless character who is more plot device than anything else? At least Arya’s a badass. I don’t understand parents these days.

      • I’m going to have to MAJORLY disagree with y’all about Sansa. LIKE FOR REALZ. Sansa is not a useless plot device! She is a young girl in an insanely difficult position trying to stay alive using the very few things at her disposal – her youth, beauty, and status as one of the only remaining living Starks. HOWEVER, all those things that save her also put her at an INCREDIBLE risk of being raped and murdered. It’s like having a bargaining chip covered in knives that are trying to stab you or something (v. good metaphor.)
        Please to read this for a much better defense than I am able to articulate: http://the-toast.net/2013/10/25/femslash-friday-sansa-brienne/

        • We will have to agree to disagree. By the 5th book, she is nothing but someone who basically gives certain characters someone to talk to, IMHO. (Being REALLY vague because I’m really against spoilers.)

        • I don’t have a problem with Sansa’s behavior – I mean, she is what she is. A highborn girl who loved chivalry and lemon cakes and dreamed of one day marrying a handsome prince. She’s doing her best to stay alive by keeping her head down and putting as much trust in Littlefinger as she reasonably can.

          But she doesn’t really do anything, ya know?

          • Things could change by Book 6 … but, yeah. In “Dance of Dragons” she really, really doesn’t add (or subtract) anything. She becomes very milquetoast … almost to the point of not mattering. But, to be fair to her character, she’s not the only one from what I remember.

          • I will admit that she doesn’t have much agency because she’s constantly being jerked around by Cersei/Joffrey and then Littlefinger, but how many women in that world *would* have agency? We have these awesome female characters like Dany, Arya, Asha Greyjoy, Ygritte, the various Sand Snakes, who DO a lot. But it makes sense to me to balance that out with female characters who are stuck with very little agency by their circumstances/the patriarchy.

            But yes,her story has become a little boring since she became mostly an observer, but I was really thinking more of her time in King’s Landing when I wrote that. I’m hoping she gets some cool stuff for Book 6. I blame George RR Martin for not properly planning this shit out properly in advance, which has left quite a few characters with very little to do.

  10. You know what I can’t wait for? The inevitable day all the Bellas, Jacobs, and Edwards start marrying the Peetas, Gales, and Katnisses. I sincerely can’t wait to get my first invitation to the wedding of Katniss Primrose Smith to Edward Cullen Jones.

    • I’m only attending that wedding because you KNOW the mother of the bride and mother of the groom are going to have it out at some point.

      • YES. Mother of the Bride will say something flippant about vampires or Stephenie Meyer at the reception and the Mother of the Groom will respond with a catty remark about Catnip and Pita Bread and before you know it someone’s tires have been slashed and someone else has spit in the champagne glasses and the two will have to be physically separated.

      • How old are the women naming their kids after Twilight and Hunger Games stuff? I assume they’re all teen moms. Barely literate teen moms. They were probably between Nevaeh and Brayden but wanted something with a little more panache.

  11. I know this is about children and all, but who here agrees with me that Jesse would be a killer name for a dog? Maybe a golden retriever or an unusually friendly Yorkie? Everybody here WITH A SOUL, that’s who.

  12. Eh, there are more offensive things in the world to me than parent’s naming their kids after book characters. I’d rather see a kid named Katniss or Bella than Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo. Let’s not forget who the real enemy is.

    Sidenote- when is the Videogum 20 year Reunion? I can’t wait for you all to meet my kids Gabe Kelly, Hugh Jackman and Trampoline Accident.

    • I generally agree with you, but I still reserve the right to mock anyone naming their kid Renesmee, because that’s just a horrible name regardless of its origin.

  13. Isn’t Brody the last name of Lewis’s character? And let’s be real, “Homeland” isn’t the phenomenon that “Breaking Bad” became. This season has sucked.
    That annoying Brody Jenner is probably the reason people started naming their kids and pets that name.

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