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Other names I hate:

Brady Black (DAYS)

Gigi (OLTL)

Carlo Hesser (OLTL)

Harmony (Y&R)

Frame (AW)

Georgie (GH)

I also loathe the trend of giving babies or young hot characters "old people" names. Someone mentioned Phyllis and Sharon upthread, and I have to agree that those are horrible names for young, hot characters. On AMC, I cringed when Dimitri told a pregnant Erica they should name their baby Mona Marick if it was a girl. No. Just... no. I also shook my head when Tad and Dixie's daughter Kate went the rest of the show as Kathy. I get that that was her name when Tad got her back, but really, who names a child born in the 2000s Kathy? On the flip side for me is adults running around with childish nicknames. I never understood why Jamie Martin continued to go by Jamie even into adulthood and never insisted on being called James or some other nickname.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE when young characters are given old people names, especially if the character is a bitchy villainess. PLL's Mona comes to mind as well as The Secret Circle's Faye.

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My brother named his son Trey, even though he wanst named after anyone. To be honest, before he did that, I planned on naming my first son Trey as well. My grandma was crazy though. She never could get over the fact that he named his child after a plate, in her words...lol

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE when young characters are given old people names, especially if the character is a bitchy villainess. PLL's Mona comes to mind as well as The Secret Circle's Faye.

Depends on how "old." Right now it's the names of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation that are being dusted off and given new life with tons of little Sophias and Henrys and Mabels and Olivers. It's the names of my parents' generation that seem kind of "stale" to me.

I think though that soaps have a unique ability to capitalize on naming trends by grabbing a name as it's beginning a steep ascent up the popularity charts, assigning it to a new character who is probably a bit old to have that name, and then contributing to the rise in popularity of the name as the character becomes more popular. Take Kendall for example. Kendall as a girl name did not break the Social Security name index top 1000 in 1970, which is when Kendall Hart would have been born. As a boy name, Kendall peaked in popularity about 1990. But as you get into the early 90s, the name begins to skyrocket in popularity for girls, and by 2012, it's ranked as the 116th most popular name for baby girls born that year. I believe AMC played a role in that.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE when young characters are given old people names, especially if the character is a bitchy villainess. PLL's Mona comes to mind as well as The Secret Circle's Faye.

Depends on how "old." Right now it's the names of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation that are being dusted off and given new life with tons of little Sophias and Henrys and Mabels and Olivers. It's the names of my parents' generation that seem kind of "stale" to me.

I think though that soaps have a unique ability to capitalize on naming trends by grabbing a name as it's beginning a steep ascent up the popularity charts, assigning it to a new character who is probably a bit old to have that name, and then contributing to the rise in popularity of the name as the character becomes more popular. Take Kendall for example. Kendall as a girl name did not break the Social Security name index top 1000 in 1970, which is when Kendall Hart would have been born. As a boy name, Kendall peaked in popularity about 1990. But as you get into the early 90s, the name begins to skyrocket in popularity for girls, and by 2012, it's ranked as the 116th most popular name for baby girls born that year. I believe AMC played a role in that.

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Depends on how "old." Right now it's the names of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation that are being dusted off and given new life with tons of little Sophias and Henrys and Mabels and Olivers. It's the names of my parents' generation that seem kind of "stale" to me.

I think though that soaps have a unique ability to capitalize on naming trends by grabbing a name as it's beginning a steep ascent up the popularity charts, assigning it to a new character who is probably a bit old to have that name, and then contributing to the rise in popularity of the name as the character becomes more popular. Take Kendall for example. Kendall as a girl name did not break the Social Security name index top 1000 in 1970, which is when Kendall Hart would have been born. As a boy name, Kendall peaked in popularity about 1990. But as you get into the early 90s, the name begins to skyrocket in popularity for girls, and by 2012, it's ranked as the 116th most popular name for baby girls born that year. I believe AMC played a role in that.

I credit the creation of Ashley Abbott in 1982 as the reason for skyrocketing popularity of the girls name Ashley in the early 80s.

There's a quite a few girls names that were popular during my generation (X) like Angela, Jennifer, Kimberly, Melissa, Sharon and Stephanie that aren't used that much at this time.

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Not to offend anyone with those names,but I can't understand why Bill Bell gave two major young characters old fashioned names like Phyllis and Sharon.

Similarly on Days we have Theresa and Bev for young characters.

Also,I have never found the surname Horton to be particularly appealing.

Bill Bell named Phyllis after Phyllis Diller, a longtime family friend of the Bells and a Y&R fan.

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As far as bad soap character names go, you couldn't do any worse than Jazz Jackson. You really couldn't.

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I take that back. You couldn't do any worse than "Valene." I mean, what, was the poor dear born at a filling station or something?

And thanks, slick and Soapsuds. :)

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What about those southern names over the years?

Rhonda Sue Huckaby (SFT)

Seabone Hunckle (AMC)

Lurlene Harper (TX)

Opal Gardner (AMC)

Elsie Mae Krumholtz (GH)

Beaufort Oglethorpe Buchanan (OLTL)

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