The latest trend for an ultra-romantic date night in has become known as “Netflix and chill.” How does it work? Welp, it’s basically a binge-watch session of a Netflix program followed by some steamy time between the sheets. If you haven’t tried it, now is the time to become a fan of the ritual that’s causing couples around the globe to fall more deeply in love…and create babies.
It appears that all the folks out there getting some lovin’ after watching Breaking Bad’s Walter White blow something up or Orange is the New Black’s Piper Chapman get herself into trouble are using their show-watching foreplay as baby name inspiration.
Many of the names found on the most popular of Netflix shows have recently made a major climb in popularity, meaning parents may be finding ideas for their children’s designations on the shows many people are calling in sick just to get caught up on. Stranger Things, House of Cards and Narcos, as well as the two aforementioned programs, are known for being impossible to stop watching. The names of the characters found on these shows are just as compelling, and just as lovable.
So, put on some sweatpants, pop some popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy reading all about the 25 gorgeous names we’ve gathered, inspired by some of the hottest shows on Netflix. Spoiler alert: each and every one of the monikers that follow are edgy, cool and totally on point. Any parents-to-be who love a good Netflix marathon should most definitely consider the names below.
Piper is an English occupational name that means pipe or flute player. The name Piper first gained notice in 1999 when it was assigned to a character on the popular television series Charmed. Piper is currently ranked as the 65th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, and is up in popularity 7 spots since 2016.
Author Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black was the inspiration for the hit Netflix series of the same name. The show’s first season is built around Piper; although her name in the series was changed to Piper Chapman. Played by Taylor Schilling, Piper is a good girl with a bit of a wild past who finds herself in prison for a crime she committed years before. If you haven’t yet seen the show, we highly recommend you begin watching it the second you finish reading this article.
“In the morning when I wake up, there are these few seconds before I realize where I am, and then I do realize, and I can’t breathe. And I want to cry, and throw sh**, and kill myself. When does that end?” -Piper Chapman, Orange is the New Black
Saul is a biblical name of Hebrew origin that means prayed for or longed for. In the Bible, Saul is the name as the first king of Israel and the given name of Saint Paul, who changed his name from Saul to Paul after his conversion. It is currently the 899th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, well within the top 1,000, but still flying under the radar just a bit.
Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, is the name of Walter White’s slimy lawyer in the hit series Breaking Bad. The thrilling program originally aired on AMC, but has since found a home on Netflix where many have watched the whole damn show in one sitting because they Just. Can’t. Stop. Watching. Goodman’s character is so popular with fans, a spin-off entitled Better Call Saul centered around his character was created after Breaking Bad came to an end. Better Call Saul is currently airing on AMC, and receiving rave reviews of its own.
Zoe is a name that’s as cool as it is lovely. It’s a designation of Greek origin that means life. Zoe is up 8% in popularity since 2015 among Bounty.com users and currently ranks as the 56th most popular name for girls born in the United States. Though Zoe has been in the top 1,000 names for girls almost every year since 1880, it’s only recently skyrocketed to well within the top 100.
Zoe Barnes, played by Kate Mara, is a reporter hungry for a good story on the Netflix political drama House of Cards. She may be young and a bit naive, but she’s also bold and brave. Her strong will gets her into trouble at times, but she’s a character viewers can’t help but root for. We won’t tell you where her incessant drive takes her in the end.
Brenner is a unique and stunning name of German origin that means to burn. Presently, it’s ranked as the 2,360th most popular name for boy in the United States and has risen a whopping 1,679 places since 2016. Coincidentally, 2016 is also the year Stranger Things became available on Netflix and took the binge-watching world by storm as the coolest thing since E.T the Extra-terrestrial.
Dr. Martin Brenner, played by Matthew Modine, is pretty much the worst guy ever. He’s a total slimeball who hurts innocent children, but let’s face it: sometimes bad guys have the best of names. We won’t hold his bad behavior against your future child. Promise. His name is just too gorgeous to ignore.
“Shh, shhh. You’re sick. You’re sick but I’m going to make you better. I’m going to take you back home where I can make you well again. Where we can make all of this better. Where no one else gets hurt.” -Dr. Martin Brenner, Stranger Things
Stella is an exquisite name of Latin origin that means star. Since 2015, its popularity has risen 13%. It’s currently the 32nd most popular name for girls in the United States, up 4 places in popularity since 2016. This one is also a favorite in Europe, ranking 60th in Germany in 2014, 43rd in New Zealand in 2015 and 48th in Australia and 20th in Sweden in 2016.
Stella, played by the cool-as-can-be Ruby Rose, is a sexy bad girl who stirs things up at Litchfield Penitentiary after joining the OITNB cast for Seasons 3 and 4. Without giving too much away, she’s one of those rebels you just can’t help but admire, even as you watch her screw others over left and right. Her silky smooth Australian accent definitely doesn’t hurt her cause.
Javier is a strong and exotic-sounding Spanish variation of the name Xavier. It’s also January in French. This splendid name is up 20% in popularity since 2015. At present, Javier is the 255th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, up 56 spots since 2016. Oscar-nominated actor Javier Bardem has helped bring notice to this name, but the Netflix series Narcos has likely been the main reason for its recent rise in popularity.
Javier Peña is played by the dapper Pedro Pascal, who gained fame with his stint as Oberyn Martel on Season 4 of Game of Thrones. Peña is a rough and tough Mexican DEA agent who doesn’t mess around. His character is based on an actual agent, responsible for helping take down one of Colombia’s most notorious kingpins, Pablo Escobar.
Tata is a short, sweet and darling name of English origin that means happy. The association the name has with a woman’s chest is one reason parents may steer clear of it, but we think it’s definitely adorable enough to overcome the one slight downside it possesses.
Tata is the nickname of Maria Victoria Henao Vallejo, Pablo Escobar’s wife. The real-life spouse of Escobar is played by Paulina Gaitan on the Netflix series Narcos. Tata’s character is graceful, loving and humble. She sees her husband’s many wonderful traits despite the things he does that aren’t so great. She is willing to do anything needed to protect her family, she loves fiercely and prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
“I fell in love with his desire to help people and his compassion for their hardship. We[‘d] drive to places where he dreamed of building schools for the poor. From [the] beginning, he was always a gentleman.” -The real Maria Victoria Henao Vallejo (on what made her fall in love with Escobar)
Walter is a vintage name of German origin that means army ruler or powerful warrior. It has risen 12% since 2015 and is presently the 279th most popular boys’ name in the United States, up 132 spots since 2016. The name, which first gained popularity in medieval England, was trendy in the U.S. from 1870 until 1940, after which it fell back into relative obscurity. Walter White, the lead character in the smash hit Breaking Bad, has changed all that.
Played by Bryan Cranston, White is a man who undergoes a metamorphosis from the first episode of the series to the last. He’s formidable and ruthless, but he’s also an anti-hero many viewers can’t help but root for. Why? It could be the fact that he represents the small part in each one of us that longs to break the rules. Many of his actions are as unforgivable as they are impressive…and somehow, no matter how low he goes, he’s still just a little bit awesome.
Gloria is a heavenly name of Latin origin that means glory. This melodious choice is up 16% in popularity since 2015. At the moment, Gloria is the 611th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, and is up in popularity 181 spots since 2016. Glory and Ria are two darling shortenings of this name. Gloria is the perfect name for a little angel.
Gloria Mendoza, played by Selenis Leyva, is a character on OITNB. She’s a surrogate mother to the Latina women of Litchfield Correctional Facility. It drives her crazy that she isn’t free to raise her own children in the ways she sees fit. She’s a sharp-tongued survivor who doesn’t back down to anyone. We love her fiery attitude and ability to stay strong in even the toughest of situations.
Remy is a dashing French from Latin name that means oarsman. It first gained popularity after being used in the 2007 Disney film Ratatouille, but House of Cards character Remy Danton has really helped give this one another boost. Remy is currently ranked as the 399th most popular name for boys in the United States, up 19 places since 2016.
Remy Danton, portrayed by Mahershala Ali, is one of those shady characters who lives on the border between what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s good and what’s bad. As a result, his life is a grey area that makes it impossible for viewers to determine if he’s a hero or a villain. His main goal in life seems to be to make as much money as he possibly can, regardless of who gets hurt along the way. Maybe his desires change, or maybe they don’t. We aren’t giving that away.
Nancy is a classic name of Hebrew origin that means grace. It was ranked in the top 20 names for girls from 1931-1962, and many of those years this magnificent moniker had a place in the top 10. In 1940 alone, over 20,000 bouncing American baby girls were given the name Nancy. Currently, it ranks as the 1,070th most popular name used for girls in the United States, and is up an impressive 142 spots since 2016.
On the series Stranger Things, Nancy Wheeler is a good girl with a crush on a boy she’s always assumed was way out of her league. The interest he’s suddenly showing in her is both flattering and terrifying, and she’s not sure how to handle it. She’s brave, strong-willed and heroic. Her character is reminiscent of the beloved character Nancy Drew, another renowned fictional heroine who refused to rest until a mystery had been solved.
Michael is a biblical name that’s also a modern day favorite. Mike is an English diminutive of the name Micheal, which means who is like God, and has been in the top ten names used for boys in the U.S. for quite some time. In fact, Michael was the number one choice for boys for nearly half a century. The nickname Mike stands on its own as a full name, and is up 11% since 2015, bringing it into the top 150 names used for boys in the United States.
Mike Ehrmantraut is simply the coolest bad guy that ever lived. Plus, he’s more good than he lets on, keeping viewers pondering on his motives from the first time Mike appears in the series Breaking Bad until the last. Those who can’t get enough of Mike may be pleased to learn that his character also makes an appearance on the show’s successful spin-off Better Call Saul.
Claire is a charming name, a French form of the name Clara, that means bright, clear. At present, Claire ranks as the 56th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen 20% in its use since 2015. Another popular spelling of this name is Clare.
Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright in the Netflix hit series House of Cards, is a woman who never wears her heart on her sleeve. In fact, some viewers may wonder if she even has a heart at all, or if she’s actually an alien robot. She isn’t afraid to do whatever is necessary to get what she wants. It’s up to viewers to figure out what in the heck that actually is. One thing is certain: her name is as stunning as her impeccable wardrobe on the show.
The name Gustavo can be effortlessly shortened to the friendlier Gus, but either way, this name is a captivating keeper. It’s a name of Spanish origin that means leader of the tribe. Presently, it ranks as the 423rd most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, up 127 places since 2016. It’s use has risen 9% since 2015.
Gustavo Fring is a supporting character on the series Breaking Bad who definitely makes his name stand out. We don’t want to give too much away. Suffice it to say this guy is a piece of work, and he’s got many facets to his personality. Some aspects of his character are more disturbing than others. One thing is for sure: many viewers adore this guy even though he’s pretty messed up at-times.
Barb is a shortening of the name Barbara, a name of Greek origin that means foreigner or stranger. Barbara was ranked in the top 100 most popular names for girls in 1913. Less than two decades later, it had made its way up the ranks and was the 2nd most popular name chosen for girls from 1937 until 1944. Currently, Barbara is the 862nd most popular name for little ladies in the United States. It has risen an impressive 939 spots since 2016. Does the Netflix character Barb have anything to do with this name’s meteoric rise? Stranger things have happened.
Barb is a secondary character at best. In fact, all of her lines in the series Stranger Things fit quite nicely into one BuzzFeed listicle. Despite this fact, the nation has fallen hard for Barb. Not sure why. It could be her blue eyeshadow, or, spoiler ahead…that everyone is worried as f*** about what in the hell actually happened to her that night by the pool. Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say Barb is a beloved character. So much so that more than a few babies may be named after her.
Will is a diminutive of the name William which means resolute protector. Will has become a stand-alone name in recent years, largely thanks to the many celebrities who go by this name. Will Ferrell, Will Smith and Will Arnett are just a few of them. It’s currently the 329th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States.
Will Byers, the character who gets the plot moving in the pilot episode of Stranger Things after he goes missing, is giving this name another push into the spotlight. He’s a good kid with great friends and a mother who loves him fiercely. All of them will stop at nothing to save him from…wherever he is. Will doesn’t appear in the series much, but his name is spoken in nearly every scene, constantly reminding expecting parents what a wonderful choice it is for a baby boy.
Skyler is a lilting variation of the Dutch designation Schuyler, which means scholar. Skyler ranked as the 285th most popular name chosen for girls in 2015, the highest it has been since it was at its peak back in 2003 at 276. Currently, Skyler is the 446th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States.
Skyler White is played by Anna Gunn in the edge-of-your-seat thrill ride known as Breaking Bad. Gunn won back-to-back Best Supporting Actress Emmy Awards for her performance. She’s most definitely a victim, but many view her as a villain as well. If you haven’t watched this one yet, you’ll have to decide for yourself how you feel about her. Whatever you decide, one thing is certain: she’s a strong woman who isn’t afraid to fight for her family or what she feels is right.
Jonathan is a lovely biblical name of Hebrew origin that means God gives or gift of Jehovah. It has risen in popularity 18% since 2015 and currently ranks as the 85th most popular name for boys in the United States. Jon and Johny are appealing and friendly shortenings of this stellar choice.
Jonathan Byers, portrayed by Charlie Heaton, is a painfully shy young man with a major crush on a girl he feels is completely unattainable. He’s a talented photographer, a great brother and a loyal son. He’s also brave-as-can-be. His character is one viewers are rooting for from the very first time they see him. Most everyone loves an underdog who isn’t afraid to fight back against the forces that threaten him, and Jonathan is just that. He’s surprisingly strong in some pretty terrifying situations, making him a true hero.
Sophia is a sophisticated and beautiful name of Greek origin that means wisdom. It currently ranks as the 5th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, continuing its climb from its place at number 9 in 2015. We musn’t fail to mention that it ranked number 1 from 2011 to 2013. Orange is the New Black’s beloved character Sophia Burset is undoubtedly helping to keep this one at the top.
Played by Laverne Cox, Sophia is a transgender inmate who endures her share of discrimination. She’s a fierce, sassy fighter who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She loves her wife and her son and is doing all she can to make things right after finding herself locked up. Basically, we adore her character. And her name.
Jesse is a biblical name of Hebrew origin that means gift. Jesse has risen 20% in use since 2015, and currently ranks as the 219th most popular name for boys in the United States. Jesse is the name of King David’s father in the Bible, Jesse Owens is a respected Olympic athlete and Jesse James is a notorious outlaw of the Wild West.
Jesse Pinkman may be fictional, but he’s just as awesome as the other badass boys who have born his name before him. Played by Aaron Paul in the Breaking Bad saga, Pinkman is a character viewers are rooting for from start to finish. He’s hilarious, hard-nosed and relatable. Plus, he’s always trying to do the right thing, even when it’s impossible. Without giving away too much, he’s the character that will have you reaching for the Kleenex on more than one occasion.
Alexandra is an elegant name of Greek origin. It’s the feminine form of the name Alexander and means defending men. Presently, Alexandra is the 178th most popular name for girls in the United States. Its most popular shortening, Alex currently ranks as the 104th most popular choice for little ladies. Other popular nicknames for this one include Allie and Lexie.
Alex Vause, played by the sultry Laura Prepon on OITNB, is a complicated character. At first, many viewers aren’t sure if they should love her or hate her. She’s conniving at times, but she’s also effortlessly cool and unapologetic. All-in-all, she makes prison a bit more bearable, just as much for viewers as for her fellow inmates. Plus, her name is the perfect blend of hard and soft.
Dustin is a strong name of Norse origin that means brave warrior or Thor’s stone. While Dustin enjoyed its height of popularity in the 1980’s, when it was in the top 50 names chosen for boys, it’s still a classic, understated choice that definitely packs a punch. Dusty is an adorable shortening of this one that is sure to fit a handsome little lad quite perfectly. At present, Dustin is the 826th most popular name used for boys in the United States.
Dustin Henderson, played by Gaten Mazzarado on Stranger Things, may be the most beloved Netflix character of all time. Maybe it’s his lisp; maybe it’s his courage, it also might be his mop of chestnut locks. Whatever the reasons, fans around the globe are rooting for him from the second he utters his first line.
Frank is a diminutive of the name Francis which means Frenchman or free man. Presently, Frank is the 443rd most popular name used for boys in the United States. Possibly thanks to cool cats of the past like singer Frank Sinatra, hipster parents are loving this one. Frank is an all-American choice parents of the future should definitely consider.
Francis (Frank) Underwood, played by the uber-talented Kevin Spacey in the popular series House of Cards, is another anti-hero viewers love to hate. He makes his ruthless nature known in the very first scene of the show when he snaps the neck of a dog who has just been hit by a car without even flinching. Is her merciful…or psychotic? That is the question. You’ll have to watch the show to find out.
Polly is an English variation of the name Molly with charm to spare and a peppy, fresh feel that maintains an old-timey charm. Currently, Polly is the 4,429th most popular name for girls in the United States. It’s a rare beauty that may not stay in obscurity for much longer thanks to the OITNB character reminding moms and dads-to-be how adorable it is.
Polly Harper, played by Maria Dizzia is Piper’s business partner and best friend. She’s supportive, loyal and wise despite the fact that many fans of the show find her annoying. You’ll have to watch the series to find out if she remains worthy of the BFF title after Piper enters the slammer. However viewers feel about her character, there’s no denying the fact that her name is flawless.
“Maybe next time you decide some deranged declaration of love to an emotional zombie with a blocked milk duct and a husband who recently purchased an Aleutian hunting spear, you could consider calling first?” -Polly Harper, Orange is the New Black
Larry is a diminutive of the name Laurence and means from Laurentium. Sure, at first glance, Larry may seem like a name reserved for the HR guy at the office or your creepy next door neighbor, but upon closer inspection, Larry possesses an understated debonair quality. It is currently the 1,256th most popular name for boys in the United States. Just like Walter and Frank, we feel Larry is one to watch. Why not use it before it’s cool and become a trendsetting parent everyone is envious of?
Larry Bloom, portrayed by Jason Biggs, has been called the most hated character on OITNB. Once again, we can’t tell you why. If you’re a fan of the show, you know. If you aren’t, throw on a Snuggie and become one. You won’t be disappointed.
“This is only temporary.” -Larry Bloom, Orange is the New Black
Spokeswoman for Bounty.com Lisa Penney put it best when describing the Netflix baby name craze. She stated, “Netflix characters are strongly influencing parents’ choices for names this year. It seems parents can’t get enough of settling down with their favorite Netflix boxset, so much so their favorite characters are living on in their children’s names.”
Sources: HuffingtonPost.co.uk, HullDailyMail.co.uk, Nameberry.com, BabyCenter.com, IMDB.com