Written by Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry

The names of TV characters have had an influence on baby naming since the era of must-see daytime soaps and Dallas and Dynasty, and more recently we've seen the effect of the "Mad Men" midcentury matrix and individual names like Finn and Dexter and Addison and Aria and Arya taking hold.

Things are a little different now, with fewer people glued to their TV screens -- or even their tablets or phones -- to watch "appointment" television. And yet, with the new season beginning, I can’t help wondering if any of the more distinctive names of the characters on debuting shows might catch on. The one freshman period program, "Reign," offers some possibilities, as do "The Originals" -- a spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries" and the sci-fi "The Tomorrow People."

With two hunky ex-models playing characters named Killian on two different new shows, I think I’d put my money on him.

So here are the promising names on new shows, bearing in mind that some of these series might be here today and gone tomorrow -- and a lot also depends on the appeal of the character.

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  • <big><strong>Astrid</strong></big> A sympathetic and supportive character on the sci-fi show "The Tomorrow People."

  • <big><strong>Aylee</strong></big> One of several interestingly (if anachronistically) named and gorgeous ladies-in-waiting to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, in "Reign," set in sixteenth century France. <em>Actress Jenessa Grant who plays Jenessa Grant on "Reign" is not pictured here with her cast mates. </em>

  • <big><strong>Clarissa</strong></big> A mysterious young woman in "Reign," a name not new to TV.

  • Davina

    <big><strong>Davina</strong></big> A 16-year-old witch with a dark side in "The Originals."

  • <big><strong>Freya</strong></big> One of the young generation of witches in "The Witches of East End."

  • <big><strong>Greer</strong></big> <em>See Aylee—</em> an Old Hollywood name beginning to be reconsidered. <em>Actress Celina Sinden who plays Greer in "Reign" is not pictured here. </em>

  • <big><strong>Ingrid</strong></big> <em>See Freya</em> -- another Old Hollywood name, this one with a Nordic touch.

  • <big><strong>Kenna</strong></big> <em>See Aylee</em> -- an original name with some potential as a successor to Jenna.

  • <big><strong>Lisette</strong></big> A non-Hispanic appellation for a Latina mom in "Welcome to the Family."

  • <big><strong>Lola</strong></big> One of Mary Stuart’s main ladies-in-waiting in "Reign." In sixteenth century France? Really?

  • <big><strong>Lulu</strong></big> An attractive "former trophy wife" in "Back in the Game."

  • <big><strong>Marika</strong></big> One of Rebel Wilson’s nerdy-ish pals in "Super Fun Night."

  • <big><strong>Samira</strong></big> A second-generation Pakistani immigrant character who's a talented musician, in "Lucky 7."

  • <big><strong>Sandrine</strong></big> A character named Sandrine played by an actress named Sandrine -- exotic model Sandrine Holt -- in "Hostages."

  • <big><strong>Sawyer</strong></big> Sawyer is a little girl on "Hostages" -- evidencing the growing gender-bending of the name. (Sara Gilbert, pictured, and Diane Farr both have daughters named Sawyer).

  • <big><strong>Violet</strong></big> The young daughter/granddaughter on "Mom." A name everyone already loves.

  • <big><strong>Alaric</strong></big> In "The Originals," he’s a dishy vampire hunter who goes by the nickname Ric.

  • <big><strong>Archer</strong></big> A somewhat intimidating ex-military guy in "Hostages."

  • <big><strong>Baxter</strong></big> A typical TV ex-husband type on "Mom."

  • <big><strong>Crawford</strong></big> A not so likable dad on "Dads," played by Martin Mull.

  • <big><strong>Dash</strong></big> On "The Witches of East End," yet another ex-model plays the brother of Killian.

  • <big><strong>Dudley</strong></big> An appealingly awkward pre-teen (not pictured) on "Back in the Game."

  • <big><strong>Duncan</strong></big> The rogue FBI agent played by Dylan McDermott on "Hostages."

  • <big><strong>Jedikiah</strong></big> An unusual twist on an Old Testament name, worn by a fierce, shape-changing robot in "The Tomorrow People."

  • <big><strong>Killian</strong></big> The two groovy guys bearing this name are in "The Tomorrow People" and "The Witches of East End."

  • <big><strong>Kives</strong></big> An unexplained offbeat name for a somewhat obnoxious chick-magnet type in "Hello Ladies." Guess we’ll have to watch for an explanation.

  • <big><strong>Kramer</strong></big> No, it’s not Cosmo Kramer but Kramer Delaney on "Hostages." Could Kramer be the next Cohen ? Doubt it.

  • <big><strong>Roscoe</strong></big> A cute Nameberryish-named child on "Mom."

  • <big><strong>Thatcher</strong></big> We may think of him as an up-and-coming baby boy name, but on Betrayal he’s an elderly father figure, just as Thatcher Grey was on Grey’s Anatomy.

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