Grey’s Anatomy is a steamy medical drama created by Shonda Rhimes that currently airs on ABC. The show is packed full of smoking-hot doctors that make viewers' knees weak and their hearts go pitter patter.
Where did Rhimes get the inspiration for the show that heats up living rooms all over the place on Thursday nights? She shared with Oprah, "My sisters and I would call each other up and talk about operations we'd seen on the Discovery Channel. There's something fascinating about the medical world — you see things you'd never imagine, like the fact that doctors talk about their boyfriends or their day while they're cutting somebody open. So when ABC asked me to write another pilot, the OR seemed like the natural setting."
The show has been a hit from the beginning, and it isn't difficult to understand why. Put the most attractive people on the planet in medical attire and turn up the drama and you've got a prescription for a healthy dose of great television. The casting of the characters may be the main reason it has been such a success.
Believe it or not, Dempsey thought Rhimes despised him during his audition for the part of Derek Shepherd. He shared at a Paley Center talk, "Oh my god, she's scary." After he met with her, he remembers calling his agent and saying, "It's not going to work at all — Shonda Rhimes hates me." Quite the opposite was true. Rhimes shared with Oprah, "When we were shooting the pilot, Patrick was seriously the most adorable man we'd ever seen on camera. We'd watch the monitor and think, 'Look at his dreamy eyes!' So we started calling him Patrick 'McDreamy' and it stuck."
The names of the men on Grey's Anatomy are certainly some of the dreamiest we've ever heard. Read on for 20 of the best baby names inspired by the beautiful boys on the scintillating show.
Jackson Avery, played by Jesse Williams, is a smooth guy with a great smile and killer eyes. He's charming and irresistible to more than a few ladies at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Avery joined the cast at the beginning of season 6. He's the grandson of the great Harper Avery, and has a lot to live up to. Jackson is a no-nonsense man who wears his heart on his sleeve, for better or worse. Did we mention his name is perfection?
Jackson is an effortlessly cool name of English origin that means son of Jack. Presently, it is the 12th most popular name for boys in the United States, up one spot since 2016. Jackson shot up the baby name ranks quickly, finding itself in the top 25 in 2010 and remaining near the top ever since. Adore the name Jackson? Similar choices include Mason, Parker and Dalton.
"I love everything about you, even the things I don't like-- I love." -Jackson Avery
Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey and also known as McDreamy, is simply every girl's fantasy personified. He's confident. He's calm under pressure. He knows when to smile and when to stay serious. He saves lives with the ease of a professional and he's never too busy to reassure a patient. What else can we say? Who cares if he's fictional? Name your baby after him, already!
Derek is a gorgeous, classic name of German origin that means ruler. At the present time, Derek is ranked as the 242nd most popular name for boys in the United States, up 20 spots in popularity since 2016. Those who love the name Derek may also wish to consider the similar choices Lucas, Aiden or Dylan.
"Hey, it's me...I know I just left, and I'm not even at the airport yet, but I just wanted to say... I love you. I love our family. And we're gonna keep doing this. I'll see you when I get home. I love you." -Derek Shepherd
George O'Malley, played by T.R. Knight, is quite possibly the most lovable of all the guys who have ever appeared on Grey's. His surgical internship gets off to a rocky start in the first season of the show, but George eventually proves himself as a wise, dedicated and talented surgeon. He lives life to the fullest and has a heart of pure gold.
George is a sophisticated moniker of Greek origin that means tiller of the soil or farmer. Currently, George is the 143rd most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. Fans of the name George may also love the named Edward, Peter or Theodore.
"I didn't know him long. But, he had tremendous potential as a trauma surgeon. He was very fast on his feet...He was good. And he was thoughtful and generous. I think in the end, I think he was heroic and noble. And I liked him very much. And I think he gave you a good reason to be very, very proud." -Owen Hunt speaking about George to Louisa O'Malley, George's mother
Mark Sloan, played by Eric Dane, joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy in Season 2 and caused no small stir when he did so. He soon became known to fans as McSteamy because, well, have you seen the guy? He starts out as the resident bad boy, but soon proves he has a softer side. He's one of those guys viewers love to hate and grow to love.
Mark is a dapper name of Latin origin that means warlike. It is ranked as the 226th most popular name chosen for boys so far in 2017. Adore Mark? Other names to consider include Luke, Daniel or Michael.
"I want you to promise me something. If you love someone, you tell them. Even if you're scared that it's not the right thing. Even if you're scared it will cause problems. Even if you're scared it will burn your life to the ground. You say it. You say it loud. And you go from there." -Mark Sloan
Mark Sloan is proof that first impressions can be totally wrong. He seems all cool and aloof to everyone at first, but proves in time that he's just a big softy. We won't give too much away, but suffice it to say, those who watch the show will most likely shed some tear because of this guy at one point or another.
Sloan is a strong and stellar name of Celtic origin. It is a different form of the name Slone and means warrior. At the present time, Sloan is ranked as the 2,710th most popular name for boys in the United States. It is a gender neutral name that is often used for girls as well. Currently, Sloan is the 513th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, up 50 spots since 2016. Silas, Ronan and Cullen are other interesting names that may appeal to fans of the name Sloan.
"[The rain] Makes be wanna stay in bed all day." -Mark Sloan
Preston Burke, played by Isaiah Washington, is a bright, talented, no-nonsense guy with a goofy side. He's the head of cardio at Seattle Grace Hospital, and he's simply the best at what he does: fixing hearts. Unfortunately, he's pretty good at breaking them as well. He appears in Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 10 of the show. Every scene he appears is riveting and emotion-invoking. More than a few die-hard Grey's fans were heartbroken to see him go.
Preston is a stately, dapper name of English origin that means spiritual place. At present, Preston is ranked as the 210th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. Love it? Similar names include Liam, Gavin and Carter.
"You don't want to go out to dinner, you don't want to meet me in the on-call room and you sure as hell don't want to talk to me. I could pretend I know, but hey, I don't even have your home phone number. So tell me - what do you want?" -Preston Burke
Isaiah Washington was most definitely determined to perfect his role as Dr. Burke. In fact, he observed every surgery he pretended to perform on the show. Rhimes shared with Oprah, "I think if he [Washington] stopped at an accident on the street he'd know exactly what to do. He has pulled shifts at hospitals where he follows the surgeons around for 48 hours." Now that's some major dedication.
Burke is a rarely-used name of Teutonic origin that means castle. While it currently ranks as the 2,463rd most popular name for boys in the United States, it has risen 9 places in popularity since 2016, meaning it may be one to watch in the future. Miles, Hudson and Tate are similar names that may appeal to those loving the name Burke.
"I wasn't the most talented student in school. I wasn't the brightest. But I was the best. I practiced." -Preston Burke
Owen Hunt, played by Kevin McKidd, is the former chief of surgery and head of trauma at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital (formerly Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital). He joined the cast of Grey's in Season 5 after his character was honorably discharged from the army. He's a sensitive guy who longs to have a family and sometimes sacrifices his own happiness to appease others. Basically, he's a rugged, ruddy, lovely man.
Owen is a traditional Welsh name that means young warrior, well-born or noble. Currently, Owen is ranked as the 30th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. Fans of the name Owen may also wish to consider the similar names Wyatt, Oliver or Evan for their little lads.
"I can be selfish, and I can be scared, and I make things harder than I need to. I know I do. I make things hard for us." -Owen Hunt
Alex Karev, played by Justin Chambers, is often known to his friends and co-workers as Karev. He's been on the show from the very beginning and his character has worked his way up to the position as head of pediatric surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. His full name is Alexander, but fans know that's not ever a moniker he'd choose to go by. He's is a tough guy with a stony exterior. He's had a difficult past and struggles to let people past the metaphorical mile-high brick wall he's constructed to protect his heart. Luckily, more than a few characters are able to find their way to the other side of it.
Alex is a form of the name Alexander, a name of Greek origin that means helper and defender of mankind. This gender neutral choice currently ranks as the 96th most popular name for boys in the United States and the 547th most popular name for girls. Adore it? Similar names for tiny gentlemen include Max, Austin and Zachary.
"Change is a funny thing, and not everyone can handle it. It can sneak up on you...And there’s nothing you can do about it. You’re stuck. Your future is staring you in the face and you’re not sure you like what you see… I’m not big into change." -Alex Karev
Denny Duquette, Jr., played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, appears on Seasons 2, 3 and 5 of Grey's Anatomy. His full name is Dennison, an option for parents who may want a more sophisticated name to fill in for the light-hearted and simply adorable name Denny. Duquette is a heart patient who wins the heart of one of his doctors. He's witty, charming and adored by fans of the show.
Denny is a darling name of Greek origin that means wine. It's still widely unused, currently ranking as the 4,286th most popular name for boys in the United States, but has risen 1,533 spots since 2016. Fans of the name Denny may also adore the similar choices Vincent, Cooper or Levi.
"Turns out, sometimes you have to do the wrong thing... Sometimes you have to make big mistake to figure out how to make things right. Mistakes are painful, but they're the only way to find out who you really are. I know who I am now. I know what I want. I've got the love of my life, and a new heart...Everything's going to be different now." -Denny Duquette, Jr.
Andrew DeLuca, played by Giacomo Gionniotti, is easy-going, confident and good with the ladies. He's a former EMT who is currently a surgical intern at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. He isn't well-liked by many of his co-workers due to a misunderstanding that took place soon after he began working at Grey Sloan Memorial. However, lucky for him, his fun-loving personality ensures he isn't on the outside for long.
Andrew is a biblical name of Latin origin that means strong, manly or courageous. At the present time, it is the 48th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. Andy and Drew are two adorable shortenings of this name that are never going out of style. Love it? Similar names include William, Nicholas and Samuel.
"I know you want to keep things professional, but my feelings… my feelings for you are not professional, not at all." -Andrew DeLuca
Benjamin Warren, played by Jason George, joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy at the beginning of Seasons 6. He started out in anesthesiology, but changed the focus of his career and is now a surgical resident. He's suave, cool, collected and confident. He claims to have a running whip stitch technique that is very impressive. Ben is more of a secondary character, but whenever he's in a scene, things heat up quickly.
Benjamin is another biblical name of Hebrew origin that means son of the South or son of my old age. It is presently the 10th most popular name for boys in the United States. Those who adore it may also wish to consider the names Jacob, Micah or Joshua.
"Now, woman, I am naked and I look good. Are you going to sit there and lecture me or are you going to let me take you into my bedroom and have my way with you?" -Ben Warren
Ben Warren's character is also one who inspires viewers to never give up on their dreams. He did a few unorthodox things during his first go as a surgical resident. One example? Operating on a pregnant woman without the proper equipment, or her consent. He was placed on probation and went back to anesthesiology, but was eventually reinstated into the surgical residency program. Another reason to love Warren's character, and his name? He's got swagger.
Warren is a name of German origin that means defender. It's currently the 449th most popular name given to boys in the United States. Those who adore this charmer may also wish to consider the names Nolan, Wesley or Everett.
Jason George shared the scoop on his Grey's character with People magazine in 2016. He dished, "I think they originally envisioned Ben showing up for three or four episodes. But I guess Shonda just decided to not get rid of him.”
Richard Webber, portrayed by James Pickens, Jr., is the former Chief of Surgery and current Residency Program Director at Grey Sloan Memorial. He's dealt with his share of demons, and come out on top. He's lovable, hard working, compassionate and wise. He's like the cool grandpa to everyone on staff. We don't blame viewers for wishing that he was their real-life grandfather. He's that awesome.
Richard is a timeless name of German origin that means strong ruler. It has fallen out of the spotlight in recent years, but is still ranked as the 241st most popular name for boys in the United States. Rich, Rick and Ricky are three possible shortenings of this expensive-sounding name. Fans of the name Richard may also love the names Franklin, Robert or Randall.
"We reach into people's bodies and hold their lives and their futures in our hands. There's nothing more personal than this job, in how we treat a patient, in how we raise our doctors and teach them how to do this work. Every decision that you make should be a personal one. If it isn't, then you have no business being chief." -Richard Webber
Charles Percy, portrayed by Robert Baker, joined the cast of Grey's in Season 6 and came to Seattle Grace as a result of the merger with Mercy West. He's large in stature, meaning he's often summoned to help with jobs that require heavy lifting. Fun fact: his favorite movie is Blood Zombies From Saturn. He's brave and dedicated to doing a good job. His stint on the show ends tragically. We won't elaborate in case not everyone is up to speed on what happens to poor Charles.
Charles is a stunning name of German origin that means man or strong. Currently, Charles is ranked as the 135th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. The common shortening of this one, Charlie, currently ranks as the 82nd most popular name for little lads. Similar names include Noah, Isaac and Caleb.
"You were always my favorite doctor. I thought you should -" -Charles Percy
Shane Ross, played by Gaius Charles, is a surgical resident on Seasons 9 and 10 of Grey's. He's dedicated to being the best of the best, and he's willing to work as hard as he must to achieve his goals and aspirations. At times, he comes across as a bit overbearing, and is given the nickname "Sharky" by Cristina Yang due to his drive to succeed, but he's really just a big sweetheart who passionately wants to be the most amazing doctor who ever lived.
Shane is a stunning name of Irish origin that means God is gracious. It is currently the 404th most popular name for boys in the United States. Fans of the name Shane may also appreciate other one-syllable choices such as Blake, Cole or Kyle.
"I want to be in charge of my education, and I choose you. You can say no, but I will badger you until you say yes." -Shane Ross
Nathan Riggs, portrayed by Martin Henderson, is a recent addition to the Grey's Anatomy cast, joining the show for Seasons 12 and 13. He's a cardiothoracic surgeon who has spent time working as in the Middle East. This sometimes causes him to overstep boundaries and make impulsive decisions. Despite all this, he's a nice guy with a crush and has been nicknamed "McKiwi" by fans.
Nathan is a lovely Hebrew name that means He gave. In the United States today, Nathan is the 41st most popular name choice for boys. Nate is a friendly shortening that still sounds sophisticated. Love it? Similar names to consider include Noah, Joseph and Tyler.
"I'll tell you what I think. I think about you. A lot. Okay? I can't stop. I'm telling you I'm in, if you are. I'm in this. I'm just gonna ask you out, right. What do you think? Actually, don't answer. Until you know. When you do, just give me a call." -Nathan Riggs
Jason Myers, portrayed by Charles Michael Davis, is an obstetrics and gynecology resident who joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy for Season 9. He rocks his pink scrubs and his smile is just the dreamiest. He also has a bit of a dark, broody and, sorry to say it, violent side. Sure, that's not great. But the fact remains that his name is a wonderful option for parents to consider.
Jason is a designation of Greek origin that means healer. Mason, Kason and Carson are other variations of this name that have grown in popularity in recent years, but Jason is still a handsome staple that many parents adore. Currently, Jason is the 111th most popular name for boys in the United States. James, Justin and Jordan are similar names fans of the name Jason may wish to consider.
Charles Michael Davis once mused of his Grey's character, "On Grey's, [my] character is kind of a douche."
Finn Dandridge, played by Chris O'Donnell, is a veterinarian and love interest of Meredith Grey who appears in Seasons 2 and 3 of the show. He had a rough childhood, just like Meredith and was widowed after his wife tragically died in a car accident. He's nicknamed "McVet" and is nothing but a wonderful guy. His downfall? He's not Derek, a.k.a. McDreamy.
Finn is a suave title of Irish origin that means fair or white. It currently ranks as the 116th most popular choice for boys in the United States and is up in popularity 21 spots since 2016. Asher, Hudson and Sawyer are similar names that may appeal to those who love the name Finn.
"I just try to get from sun up to sun down. That's as far into the future as I can handle, and I've been fine with that, I have. But right now, looking at you, damn. I have all kinds of plans." -Finn Dandridge
Parents-to-be who can't get enough of Grey's Anatomy are in luck if they are expecting a boy. The men on the show are dreamy, steamy, sensitive, intelligent, hilarious, sweet and charming. And so are their names. If a mother or father is a Grey's super-fan with a little man on the way, what better way to pay homage to one of the greatest television dramas of all time than to give the tiny guy the gorgeous name Grey.
Grey is a gender-neutral color inspired name that currently ranks as the 552nd most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. It is up 23 places in popularity since 2016. Those who adore this somber, smoldering choice may also love the names Grayson, Graham or Rowan.
Shonda Rhimes shared in an interview with Oprah how the whole wonderful world of Grey's Anatomy came to life. She said, "The idea for the series began when a doctor told me it was incredibly hard to shave her legs in the hospital shower. At first that seemed like a silly detail. But then I thought about the fact that it was the only time and place this woman might have to shave her legs. That's how hard the work is. I wanted to create a world in which you felt as if you were watching very real women."
May we add we certainly wish the men of Grey's were as real as they seem? Naming your child after one of them will, in a way, bring these magnificent men to life. and a little man would be lucky to be blessed with any one of the names listed above.