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20 Baby Names For Buffy The Vampire Slayer Fans

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For years, legions of fans have watched Buffy Summers fulfill her destiny of slaying vampires and demons in the small town of Sunnydale. She attends Sunnydale High School after burning down her old school's gym to escape her duties as a slayer. There, she meets a cast of characters who help her prevent vampires from opening the Hellmouth festering under their school.

Rupert Giles is the school librarian and also happens to be her new “Watcher” who mentors Buffy as she fights evil. Two classmates, Xander and Willow, join in the the fight to keep supernatural phenomenons from overtaking their town. All the while, everyone is dealing with normal teenage struggles. Throw in a sexy vampire named, Angel, who has the hots for Buffy and you've got yourself enough drama to keep viewers coming back for years to come.

The show has seen a resurgence beyond it's cult following due to Netflix offering all 7 seasons. Fans have been able to binge watch their favorite slayer protect human kind from vampires. Although, rumor has it that Netflix’s current license to stream Buffy in the US is about to expire, and the company hasn’t announced any plans to renew it. Don't panic, though. What better way to get your slayer fix than to name your child after one of it's awesome characters? Here is a list of 20 Baby Names For People Who Love Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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20 Buffy

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Buffy Summers is the beloved heroine of the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was a normal girl until the age of 15, when she started dreaming about vampires and demons. Little did she know that she was destined to protect the residents of Sunnydale, California from evil escaping from the Hellmouth, located under the local high school. This name would be perfect for any girl who likes to kick butt. Talk about girl power!

The name "Buffy" is of American origin, and means "Possibly from Elizabeth". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration recorded 3,269 babies born with the name Buffy in the US. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1951 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Buffy" was in 1972 with a total of 319 babies. It is rated number 4,516 in 2017.

19 Willow

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Willow Rosenberg is a student at Sunnydale High. Known for being smart and a bit of a computer whiz, she becomes a useful member of Buffy's evil-fighting gang. She is shy, socially awkward, and not the best dresser. She makes up for her lack of fashion sense by doing important research and making crucial connections to ward off demons and vampires. Willow is a loyal friend who eventually transforms from a bookworm to an avenging witch.

The name "Willow" is of English origin, and it means "From the Willow Grove". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 21,052 babies born with the name Willow in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1890 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Willow" was in 2015 with a total of 2,776 babies.

18 Faith

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Faith is a slayer who fled to Sunnydale from Boston after witnessing her watcher die at the hands of a vampire. She came in search of Buffy, the only person powerful enough to keep her safe. Her arrival causes some friction and her methods often take her down dark paths. She is free spirited, sexy, and tough as nails. When asked how she is, Faith is fond of using the military response "Five by five."

The name "Faith" is of English origin, and it means "Faith". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 128,208 babies born with the name Faith in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Faith" was in 2003 with a total of 5,592 babies. It is ranked #537 of all time.

17 Cordelia

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Cordelia Chase is a student at Sunnydale High School. She is a mean cheerleader and the queen bee of the popular clique. She's beautiful, fashionable, and torments nerds, including Willow and Xander. At first she is welcoming to Buffy but soon makes it her goal to make Buffy a social outcast. That is, until Buffy rescues her from imminent danger and she learns of the secrets of the slayers and the Hellmouth. She then reluctantly joins the gang.

The name "Cordelia" is of English origin, and it means "daughter of the sea". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10,488 babies born with the name Cordelia in the US. It was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 58 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Cordelia" was in 2015 with a total of 284 babies.

16 Xander

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Xander Harris is a student at Sunnydale High. Willow Rosenberg has been his best friend since they were 5-years-old. He has a huge crush on Cordelia, who doesn't give him the time of day. When it is discovered the the newly arrived student Buffy Summers is vampire slayer, he and Willow team up with Buffy to fight the demons of Sunnydale. He is clever and witty. Xander is a loyal friend and proves himself to be a valuable member of the gang.

The name "Xander" is of Greek origin, and it means "Defender of the People". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20,491 babies born with the name Xander in the United States. The highest recorded use of the name "Xander" was in 2015 with a total of 1,912 babies. According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Xander" ranks #1624 of all time.

15 Dawn

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Dawn Summers is Buffy's younger sister. She can be pesky in that she both worships and resents Buffy. Dawn is jealous of her sister's awesome vampire killing skills. She's a junior member of the gang and is always trying to tag along during their night patrols. She idolizes Willow for her witchy ways and has a huge crush on Xander. She is bubbly and smart but often finds herself in need of rescuing. She is a typical annoying little sister.

The name "Dawn" is of English origin, and it means "Sunrise". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 289,733 babies born with the name Dawn in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Dawn" was in 1970 with a total of 15,679 babies.

14 Spike

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Spike is a British vampire who was “sired” in 1880, so he's been around for over 100 years. He is a bad boy in that he is a womanizer who smokes, drinks, and feeds indiscriminately on human blood. Spike is very hotheaded, impulsive, self-destructive and in many way self-loathing, which is uncommon for a vampire. He is determined to destroy Buffy, being that she's a slayer and all. The two become sparring partners throughout the series.

The name "Spike" is of American origin, and it means "Long, Heavy Nail". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 111 babies born with the name Spike in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1942 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Spike" was in 1958 with a total of 10 babies.

13 Oz

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Oz is a student at Sunnydale high school. He strikes up a romance with Willow. He is the guitar player for a band called, Dingoes Ate My Baby. They often perform at the premier nightclub of Sunnydale, Bronze. He can be sarcastic and has a dry humor but has a warmth to him as well. He is smart and handy with a computer. His full name is Daniel "Oz" Osbourne.

The name "Oz" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Strength, Courage". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 314 babies born with the name Oz in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Oz" was in 2014 with a total of 28 babies. The name "Oz" ranks #20554 of all time.

12 Joyce

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Joyce Summers is Buffy's mother. She moved to Sunnydale from Los Angeles after Buffy found herself in trouble. She knows that Buffy isn't like other teenage girls her age but doesn't accept that her daughter is a vampire slayer. They have a normal mother/daughter relationship in many ways, often butting heads over grades, boys, and the fact that Buffy sneaks out late at night to kill demons. Joyce runs an art gallery in Sunnydale and is divorced from Buffy's dad Hank.

The name "Joyce" is of English origin, and it means "Little lord". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 509,338 babies born with the name Joyce in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given to 7 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Joyce" was in 1942 with a total of 16,726 babies.

11 Angel

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Angel is a vampire originally from Ireland. He is over 200 years old and after circling the globe, settled in Sunnydale. He meets Buffy shortly after she moves to town and appears out of thin air at crucial points. At first he seems like a very mysterious and helpful guy but it turns out that he's a vampire. Lucky for Buffy, he is a good vampire. He's been around forever and seen all sort of freaky vampire things. He is clever, skilled, and determined to overcome his tortured past.

The name "Angel" is of Greek origin, and it means "Messenger of God". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls. From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 308,679 babies born with the name Angel in the US. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in 1888 when it was given to 8 babies.

10 Rupert

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Rupert Giles is an English librarian as Sunnydale High. His family has worked within the Council of Watchers for at least three generations and he is Buffy Summer's Watcher. He trains Buffy to slay vampires and ward off evil in the library, which serves a sort of command center for the gang, as it sits right above the Hellmouth. He has polite sensibilities but can kick serious butt when needed. He and Buffy form a strong bond over the years.

The name "Rupert" is of French origin, and it means "Bright Fame". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,377 babies born with the name Rupert in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Rupert" was in 1920 with a total of 156 babies.

9 Anya

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Anya is a former human turned vengeful demon. She is summoned by angry people to take vengeance on those who did them wrong. In her first human lifetime, after she desired vengeance on her drunken boyfriend Olaf, she was turned into a demon in 880AD. Anya comes to Sunnydale after an angry Cordelia Chase vehemently wishes that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. Anya is beautiful, cranky, and funny. She is afraid of bunnies.

From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,704 babies born with the name Anya in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1943 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use was in 2007 with a total of 895 babies. According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name ranks #91 in popularity in District of Columbia.

8 Glory

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Glory is a super powerful god from a hell dimension who is hellbent on getting home no matter what the cost. She is also known as “The Beast” but her human form is quite beautiful. She is a fashionable and more crazy version of Cordelia. She's cranky, bores easily, and is determined to destroy Buffy. She can become unhinged at the drop of the hat and (spoiler alert) eventually kills Buffy.

The name "Glory" is of English origin, and it means "Glory". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,883 babies born with the name Glory in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Glory" was in 2014 with a total of 95 babies. The name ranks #4293 of all time.

7 Tara

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Tara is a student at University of California at Sunnydale. She is Willow's girlfriend and slowly integrates into the gang. Tara is a witch who inherited her powers at the age of 20. She is shy and nervous around new people and sometimes speaks with a stutter. She helps the gang fight evil often and her encouragement gives Willow more confidence as a witch. She owns a cat named "Miss Kitty Fantastico".

The name "Tara" is of Irish origin, and it means "Tower, Hillside". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 173,859 babies born with the name Tara in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1939 when it was given to 7 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Tara" was in 1972 with a total of 7,230 babies. It ranks #409 of all time.

6 Harmony

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Harmony is a student at Sunnydale High and a member of the mean girl clique led by Cordelia. She is pretty, shallow, and can come across as insecure. She looks down on Buffy and the gang and is jealous of Cordelia's relationship with them. Everything changes on graduation day when in order to stop the Mayor from devouring the entire class of 1999, the gang enlists the help of most of their classmates, including Harmony.

The name "Harmony" is of English origin, and it means "Musical Combination of Chords". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 21,122 babies born with the name Harmony in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Harmony" was in 2015 with a total of 1,740 babies.

5 Kendra

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There can only be one slayer at a time but when Buffy dies momentarily another is 'activated.' Kendra, a slayer from Jamaica, sees Buffy kiss Angel in vampire form and she believes Buffy may be a vampire as well. The two fight but in the end the girls work together to save Angel's life. Kendra is strong, determined, and tough as nails.

The name "Kendra" is of English origin, and it means "Water Baby, Magical". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 93,358 babies born with the name Kendra in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1936 when it was given to 8 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Kendra" was in 1987 with a total of 3,841 babies. According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name ranks #79 in South Dakota.

4 Riley

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Riley is one of Buffy's love interests. He is a student at University of California Sunnydale. He is cute, athletic, and somewhat conservative. He serves as a loyal teacher's assistant to psychology Professor Walsh. He defends Buffy’s honor and decks Parker Abrams for his misogynistic comments about the Slayer. Riley is a stand up guy with good old fashioned values but can seem boring compared to Buffy's mysterious ex-boyfriend, Angel.

The name "Riley" is of Irish origin, and it means "Descendant of Roghallach". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 176,932 babies born with the name Riley in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 41 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Riley" was in 2008 with a total of 5,763 babies. It ranks #402 of all time.

3 Darla

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Darla is an ancient and powerful vampire who “sired” Angelus, who later becomes known as Angel in Sunnydale. She serves as an anti-Buffy, as she shares a sordid and intertwined past with Angel. Their love and betrayal goes back for generations. Together, they have a child name Connor. Darla is petulant, demanding, and super evil.

The name "Darla" is of English origin, and it means "Dear, Loved One". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 41,724 babies born with the name in the US. It was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1924 when it was given to 7 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Darla" was in 1963 with a total of 2,389 babies. According to the 1967 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name ranks #90 in popularity as a girl's name in Wyoming.

2 Cassie

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Cassie is a student at Sunnydale High School. She is a friend of Dawn Summers who has physic abilities. She tells Buffy that she's destined to die before the end of the week. Buffy becomes determined to save Cassie, and tries to prevent her death by saving her from a group of students intending to sacrifice Cassie to a demon.

The name "Cassie" is of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Cassandra". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 45,131 babies born with the name in the US. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 33 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Cassie" was in 1982 with a total of 2,193 babies. According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name ranks #100 in popularity in Wyoming.

1 Jenny

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Jenny Calender is a computer teacher at Sunnydale High. She considers herself to be a techno-pagan and is a member of a cyber-coven. She serves as a female role model for the girls in Buffy's gang and takes a special interest in Willow. She helps the group ward off vampires. She is also Rupert Giles' love interest. Later it is revealed (spoiler alert) that she's a member of a gypsy tribe sent to keep an eye on Angel.

The name "Jenny" is of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Jennifer". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 90,832 babies born with the name in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 13 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Jenny" was in 1977 with a total of 2,687 babies.

Sources: names.org, imdb.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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