The ’90s were a magical time filled with all the Lisa Frank and Lip Smackers a person could ever ask for. They also had some pretty great music and even better TV shows. From Friends to The Rugrats, there was a show for any type of mood or age.
1990 was almost 30 years ago, and kids that grew up in this era are now becoming parents themselves. They are starting to bring little babies into the world, and these babies need names. Naming a baby is hard. Before mom and dad have even met this little person, they are challenged with picking out the name they will carry for the rest of their life.
A lot of the time, parents want to find a name that has meaning to them. A name that reminds them of something they love and admire. So, why don’t we all look at names that are inspired by the awesome TV selection of the ’90s? There are a bunch of really awesome names hidden in there, and the best part is the diversity available.
Ranging from the common to uncommon, and with meanings that will make them even better, we have 25 baby names that were inspired by all the after-school specials we'd run home to watch.
Buffy was one of the most iconic characters of the ’90s when she was the main character in the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fans tuned in every Tuesday night to watch her battle evil and vampires, with a little bit of romance thrown in there.
The name Buffy is unique, and it is of Hebrew origin. It is considered a diminutive of the name Elizabeth and it means “pledged to God.” According to Nameberry.com, the name is not ranked when it comes to popularity meaning that it is not in the top 1000.
Topanga is a name anyone would hear and would instantly think of the lovable girl from Boy Meets World. We watched every Friday night to see what this gang of friends was up to.
The origin of the name Topanga is actually Native American, and it means “where the mountain meets the sea.” A beautiful meaning. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity and it dropped another 14% this week. Your little one will certainly stand out with this name.
Dana Scully was from The X-Files, and while that may not have been a children’s show, many still tuned in to watch it. If they didn’t watch it growing up, they are certainly watching it on Netflix now. The show has even come back for a reboot.
The name is the feminine version of the name Daniel and it is of English origin. The name means “from Denmark.” In 2017, this name was ranked in at #940 when it comes to popularity, so it is on its way off the charts by the looks of it.
Laura is a fairly common name that has been used for years now, but it will always remind 90’s kids of Laura Winslow. Laura Winslow was one of the sisters from the hit show Family Matters. More importantly, she was the love interest of Steve Urkel.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “bay laurel.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #340 when it comes to popularity and it rose another 9% this week alone. Even though the name is super common it is still well-loved.
There were two main characters from the ’90s named Lisa that stand out. There was Lisa Turtle from Saved By The Bell and Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons. The Simpsons has become much more than a show- it has become a movement and it continues to be very popular.
Lisa is another name that is a diminutive of the name Elizabeth and it is the English version of the name Liza. The name means “pledged to God.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #884 when it comes to popularity.
Long before Melissa Joan Hart was Sabrina, she was Clarissa. Clarissa Knows Everything was another very popular show in the ’90s and it carries a name that you won’t hear very much now.
This name is an elaboration of the name Clara, and it adds a unique and classic spin on the name. The name means “bright, clear.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #678 when it comes to popularity, though it did drop 29% this week alone.
Angela is another character from Boy Meets World, but she didn’t come around until the show was near its end. In fact, she met the gang when they were all in college. She became the love interest of Shawn and she was known for being tough but loving.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “angel.” What a sweet and perfect meaning for a little girl. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #234 when it comes to popularity. That may seem pretty common, but the name did drop 24% this week alone.
We have to remember that a lot of the parents who grew up in the ’90s were still just little kids then and cartoons were a big hit. Angelica comes to us from The Rugrats, one of the most iconic and memorable cartoons of the ’90s. The character may have been a bit of a brat, but the name is pure gold.
The name is of Italian, Polish and Russian origin and it is their version of the name Angela. It also means “angelic,” which is ironic given the character. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #540 when it comes to popularity.
Synclaire is probably the most unique name on our list, and it is sure to make your little one stand out in a crowd. The name is inspired by the character from the hit show, Living Single. The name is more commonly spelled Sinclair, but this spelling makes it even more unique.
The name is of Scottish origin and it means “from the town of St. Clair.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity and it is dropping even further off the list.
The name Jessie can be used as a unisex name, so it works for either a boy for a girl. The name is inspired by the hit show, Saved By The Bell. This was a show that a lot of kids tuned into before school every morning, or at least I did.
The name is a diminutive of the name Jessica and it means “wealthy.” In 2017, when used for a little girl, the name was ranked in at #657 when it comes to popularity and it shows no sign of movement.
Kelly was another character from Saved By The Bell that we all loved, and a lot of us wanted to be like her. The beautiful and popular cheerleader was one of the highlights of the show and continues to be a 90’s icon.
The name Kelly is of Irish origin and it means “war.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #595 when it comes to popularity, showing that it is still a relevant and semi-popular choice for little bundles of joy in pink.
No list of baby names from '90s TV would ever be complete without a couple entries inspired by the show Friends. Friends is one of the most iconic shows, and not just of the ’90s but of all time. Monica Gellar was one of the leading ladies, and she was very popular.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “advisor.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #626 when it comes to popularity. It is experiencing a slight drop in popularity right now.
Phoebe was another character that we loved from Friends and she was one of the more eccentric characters. She was always a bit out there, but she loved the world and saw nothing but joy in everything around her. She was the perfect inspiration.
There is not a lot of information on this name, such as meaning or place of origin. We do know that the name is not ranked when it comes to popularity. Even more, the name dropped 29% this week alone further off the charts.
We are now onto the men of 90’s TV to try and find some inspiration and we are starting with no one other than Cory from Boy Meets World. Cory was the main character, and he was adorable and funny and grew into one of the most-loved characters.
The name Cory is of Irish origin and it means “from the hollow.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #467 when it comes to popularity. The name also rose another 38% this week alone.
Shawn was Cory’s best friend in Boy Meets World and we all watched this rebel grow throughout the show. Shawn went through some struggles and challenges, but he always made it through with the help of his friends.
The name can be spelled Shawn or Sean, but it means the same. The name means “God is gracious.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #387 when it comes to popularity. The name is experiencing a slight drop of 4% this week.
Ross was one of the three main men from Friends, but he was a lot of people’s favourites. He was considered a bit of a ‘nerd’ on the show and he made us laugh and feel. The world loved to watch his relationship with Rachel grow.
The name is of Scottish origin and it means “upland, peninsula.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, and it is dropping even further off the charts. This is definitely a name for parents who want a unique name that doesn’t sound too odd.
One of the most iconic phrases from the ’90s is, ‘Did I do that?’
These were the words often spoken by Steve Urkel from Family Matters. This lovable geek from the hit show stole everyone’s heart and made them laugh, so of course, he is on this list.
The name Steve is a diminutive for the name Stephen. It means “garland, crown.” In 2017, the name was nowhere to be seen on the popularity charts. This week alone, the name dropped 11% when it comes to popularity.
Full House was one of the best shows of the ’90s and it introduced us to the Tanner Family and the Olsen twins. It also introduced us to Danny Tanner, the father of the household who was always seen cleaning or giving great advice to his children.
The name Danny falls somewhere in the middle of the pack, coming in at #504 when it comes to popularity in 2017. The name may see a spike thanks to the Netflix original show, Fuller House, that is being loved all over.
Will Smith may be a Hollywood star right now, but he started his career by appearing in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This show was a hit, and everyone loved to watch this family make their way through a lot of struggles and triumphs.
Will is, of course, short for the name William and it means “resolute protector.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #896 when it comes to popularity, so it is not as popular as people probably assume it to be. Be careful though, the name did rise 10% this week alone.
Carlton was the cousin of Will in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and he may have seemed like a bit of a ‘dork’, but he was loved. Will loved to tease him, but at the end of the day, Carlton always had his back. We can also never forget the famous ‘Carlton dance.’
The name Carlton probably started as a last name and then got first name status. It has no official place of origin or meaning. It is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, and it is dropping rapidly more and more each week.
Xander is the only male on our list from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was one of Buffy’s best friends and he went through a lot with the gang throughout the show. This name is unique because even though it starts with the letter X it is pronounced ZAN-der.
The name is of Greek origin and it is the short form for the name Alexander. It is a trendy take on the name. The name means “defending men.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #163 when it comes to popularity.
Who can forget one of the first roles for actor Tim Allen in Home Improvement? He was a handy family man who always made us laugh when his projects never quite turned out the way they were supposed to.
The name is short for the name Timothy and it is Greek in origin. The name means “honoring God.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #164 when it comes to popularity and it is experiencing a slight drop in popularity right now.
We are going back to the world of cartoons for the last time with the name Tommy. Tommy was the main lovable baby from The Rugrats. He was the leader of the gang and he was precious and adorable.
This name is, of course, derived from the name Thomas, but it doesn’t sound so professional. It is a playful variation. The name means “twin.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #709 when it comes to popularity, so it is still a hit.
Now, we are not talking about Dr. Phil with this name, but rather Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This uncle may have seemed tough at times, but he always had the best interest of his children at heart and he turned out to be a big teddy bear at heart.
The name is the short form of the name Philip and it is of Greek origin. The name means “lover of horses.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #425 when it comes to popularity. It rose another 17% this week alone.
Oh and there's also a Phil in Rugrats, too!
Our last name comes to us from Saved By The Bell and it is inspired by Zack Morris. Zack was the main character of the show and was always getting into some sort of trouble. We loved watching this character grow and evolve throughout the years.
Zack, or Zachary as in its original form, is of Hebrew origin and it means “the Lord has remembered.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #103 when it comes to popularity and it dropped 4% this week alone.
References: buzzfeed.com, Nameberry.com