There’s nothing like curling up with a good binge-worthy show, and nobody does binge-worthy shows like Netflix. It brings laughter, tears, suspense, and shock, and we don’t even have to get up from the couch … unless it’s to refill the popcorn.
But that’s not all: Netflix also presents us with some interesting baby name choices too. Remember, baby name inspiration can come from anywhere, including your living room.
Whether these are characters you love or the ones you love to hate, you’ve got to agree that at least their names have a certain something. If you’re expecting, or just coming up with a list of potentials for your future TV buddy, these unique and rarely-used Netflix-inspired baby names are worth a watch.
Linda Cardellini plays the free-spirited Judy Hale in “Dead to Me.” In 1944, the name Judy was as high as #12 on the popularity charts, but dropped off after 1998. Still, with similar-sounding names like Ruby regaining popularity — plus the option of the adorable “Jude” as a nickname — we can totally see Judy making a comeback too.
A member of “Queer Eye”‘s Fab Five, Karamo Brown is the culture expert, serving glow-ups to the lives and looks of those who need it most. And it’s only fitting, since his name is based on the Arabic name Karam, meaning “generous and noble.”
As the protagonist of “Orange is the New Black,” Piper Chapman (portrayed by Taylor Schilling) goes from a disillusioned former debutante to a prison-savvy inmate. Like Harper, the name Piper has a unisex feel that just borders on feminine, without being too frilly.
This one is inspired by another “OITNB” favorite, Dayanara “Daya” Diaz, played by Dascha Polanco. It rhymes with Maya, which is currently on-trend. As a stand-alone name, it stems from a Sanskrit word meaning “compassion and mercy,” but it can also be short for Dayana, which has a different meaning.
Ethan Embry plays former professor (and tiny-house owner) Coyote Bergstein on “Grace and Frankie.” His name is undeniably rugged and adventurous-sounding, and fits in perfectly with today’s love of animal names.
Tech expert Blue Coulson (Faye Marsay) is a character from the longest-ever episode of “Black Mirror” — season 3, episode 6. And names in shades of blue, from Indigo to Navy, are hot (er, cool?) right now, so why not the name Blue itself?
Dumplin’ introduced us to Danielle Macdonald’s character Willowdean Dickson, the Dolly Parton-loving daughter of a pageant queen, who sets out to prove you can be beautiful at any size. The name Willowdean definitely has a Southern flair, but if you want the sound without the sass, you could always go with the simpler Willow … or even Willa.
Accomplished scammer Maeby Fünke, from “Arrested Development,” is played by Alia Shawkat and has been called one of the most underrated characters in cult comedy. Her birth name is Mae, but we think Maeby is cute, and definitely unique.
Speaking of “Arrested Development,” Isla Fisher played Rebel Alley in nine episodes of Season 4. Even if you don’t want your kid to embody the “rebel” spirit, you’ve got to admit it’s one of those names with cool factor (and its connotations don’t seem to be hurting actress Rebel Wilson’s reputation, either!).
The object of an unhealthy obsession in “You,” Guinevere Beck — played by Elizabeth Lail — has a beautiful first name, but it’s her surname that’s a standout. It’s simple, can be unisex, and is a lot better (and more contemporary-sounding) than Becky.
Portrayed by Dylan Minnette, Clay Jensen is one of the main characters in the drama “13 Reasons Why,” telling the story from his perspective. His name can be short for the more-formal Clayton, though Clay by itself sounds approachable and earthy (we can’t imagine why).
Said to be based on real-life Colombian journalist Virginia Vallejo, the “Narcos” character Valeria Velez, played by Stephanie Sigman, has an ill-fated relationship with drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The “ia” ending makes it super-feminine, and its meaning — “to be strong” — makes it badass.
In the post-apocalyptic drama Bird Box, Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) navigates herself and her kids through a world where simply removing your blindfold can be life-threatening. Is it a coincidence that the writers chose this name, a spelling variation of Mallory, which means “unfortunate?” Despite its meaning, it’s still a good choice.
Played by Millie Bobby Brown on the sci-fi series “Stranger Things,” Eleven is a girl with strange psychic abilities. She was born Jane, which is a classic name, but we’re more intrigued by her alias. Number names are a thing — just ask singer Erykah Badu, whose son’s name is Seven Sirius, or David and Victoria Beckham, whose daughter is Harper Seven.
“Mindhunter” brought us FBI special agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), who works in the Behavioral Science Unit and teaches hostage negotiation. But Holden’s associations go far beyond Netflix; Holden Caulfield is a well-known literary character from J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye.
In “Russian Doll,” Natasha Lyonne plays software engineer Nadia Vulvokov, who keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party in an endless loop while trying to figure out how to, well, stop dying. The name Nadia means “hope,” which is pretty much exactly what keeps Nadia going.
Tom Hardy portrays volatile, unpredictable Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons in “Peaky Blinders.” And if you’re not a fan of that show, this name also has ties to “Game of Thrones,” where actor Alfie Allen plays a character named Theon Greyjoy.
From First Lady to Vice President to President, “House of Cards” powerhouse Claire Hale Underwood (played by Robin Wright) is the very definition of a strong female lead. Derived from the Latin name Clarus, this name means “clear” and “bright” — two qualities that every strong female lead needs.
In “Santa Clarita Diet,” otherwise-peaceful Joel Hammond (Timothy Olyphant) is forced by his wife’s sudden zombie transformation to participate in multiple homicides in order to keep her fed. Joel (meaning “Jehovah is God”) was actually a popular Puritan name, but we bet the Puritans would disapprove of its use by this character.
Blind adoptee Prairie Johnson disappears for seven years, then suddenly resurfaces and is able to see in the Netflix mystery drama “The OA.” But there’s nothing mysterious about the breezy, “open” feel of this name … except for maybe why people don’t use it more often.
For more inspiration, check out the thousands of names (and fun lists!) in the Scary Mommy baby name database!