Picking a good baby name is HARD work.
Our baby’s names were inspired by our favorite characters in a specific fantasy fiction book, and it’s something we definitely agonized over for days.
If you’re struggling with picking a name that’s somewhat unique but not outlandish, turning to names used in entertainment can be helpful.
Oftentimes, these names are not super popular, and I have to admit that Hollywood makes some good choices in regards to naming their characters. Below, you will find a list of names from numerous Netflix shows that’ll hopefully give you some ideas for a unique baby name.
All of these are Netflix original series or movies. I only chose ones that were uncommon, so you’ll have to search elsewhere for your Bob and Rachel.
FEMALE NETFLIX UNIQUE BABY NAMES
Eleven “El”: Stranger Things
A young girl with psychokinetic abilities, a strange appearance, and a limited vocabulary.
Kimmy: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The main character. She’s optimistic, displays a child-like sense of wonder, and is trying to navigate getting the life back that was taken from her. We LOVE Kimmy at our house.
Lillian: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy and Titus’ strange landlady. She has a complex criminal history but has a very big heart.
Xanthippe: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jacqueline’s pretty and popular step-daughter. She seems bratty, but just has a lot of problems stemming from her bad upbringing.
Maxine “MadMax”: Stranger Things
Billy’s younger step-sister and the tomboy of the group. Maxine is also the name of a character in Russian Doll, she’s the friend that throws Nadia’s birthday party.
Piper: Orange is the New Black
Main character inmate in maximum security – I kind of love her!
Jonas Kahnwald’s mother, who works as a massage therapist. Hannah is also the name of the girl who committed suicide and recorded the audio tapes that the show is based around in 13 Reason’s Why.
Ffion: Black Mirror
Ffion was the main female character in the episode “The Entire History of You”, where people must have “grains” recording everything they do, see, or hear so that they can play back their memories. I loved this episode and there’s been talk of making it into a movie.
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Miriam: Altered Carbon
Wife of the main character – with a questionable moral character
Lainie: 13 Reasons Why
Clay’s mother, who works as an attorney.
Reileen: Altered Carbon
Sister of the main character
(Head of the Psychology Department at Boston University and Wendy Carr’s partner)
Francesca: Master of None
A friend who is eventually a romantic interest of Dev. They meet in Italy and later visit in New York.
A nun that has strong opinions and speaks them loudly – she cares for Daredevil as he recovers from his injuries.
Ada: Peaky Blinders
The Shelby brothers’ only sister – she’s not initially involved with the Peaky Blinder’s but is later on in the series.
Maeve: Sex Education
A bad-girl social outcast who eventually becomes friends with Otis and begins the therapy clinic with him.
Misty: Luke Cage
A NYPD detective who is determined to learn about Cage. She is dedicated to protecting her community.
Emaline: Everything Sucks!
A dramatic junior who also happens to be in drama club. She’s also Oliver’s ex-girlfriend.
Tilda: Luke Cage
A holistic doctor who cannot stay out of trouble in Harlem.
The mother of Nolan Rayburn, who still has business with the Rayburn family.
A broke graduate student and aspiring writer living in NY. Main female character of the show
Violet: A Series of Unfortunate Events
The eldest Baudelaire sibling and an inventor who specializes in mechanics.
Penelope: One Day at a Time
A veteran and mother of Alex and Elena who struggles with anxiety and depression.
Elena: One Day at a Time
Activist and feminist daughter of Penelope, who later finds out she is a lesbian.
Nadia: Russian Doll
A software engineer who is reliving her 36th birthday party in an ongoing time loop where she dies and it starts over again.
A trans woman activist and blogger who lives in San Fransisco with her girlfriend.
Gillian: House of Cards
The leader of a grass-roots organization that provides clean water to developing countries.
Annette: House of Cards
A former childhood classmate of Claire’s who is the public face of Shepherd Unlimited, which shapes and influences U.S. policy.
Vanya: The Umbrella Academy
The main character – a violinest with no apparent supernatural powers. Eventually we find she possesses an incredibly powerful ability which her father suppressed with drugs to keep others safe.
Regina Tiedemann’s mother, who is the director of the nuclear plant in 1986.
A Columbian journalist who is also Pablo Escobar’s mistress.
Dinah: The Punisher
An Iranian-American Homeland Security special agent who was stationed in Afghanistan but returns to New York City for an investigation.
Frankie: Grace & Frankie
A hippie art teacher – one of the main characters.
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Mallory: Grace & Frankie
The younger daughter of Grace and Robert. She’s a wife and has four children of her own.
Casey’s enemy who eventually becomes a friend.
A forensic scientist that works for the LAPD.
Celia: The Perfect Date
Wealthy cousin of Brooks, paid him to pretend to be her boyfriend.
MALE NETFLIX UNIQUE BABY NAMES
Titus: Unbreakable Kimi Schmidt
Kimmy’s flamboyantly gay roommate who’s an aspiring artist. He’s very dramatic but very protective of Kimmy.
Clay: 13 Reasons Why
A friend of Hannah who is trying to find out what happened to her. Hannah left him with the tapes she recorded leading up to her suicide.
Ash: Black Mirror
He’s the main character in the second series of Black Mirror. He dies but his girlfriend makes an artificial Ash because she’s pregnant and wants him back.
Luther: The Umbrella Academy
An astronaut with super strength. His upper body is an ape because he was injected with a serum that saved his life, but had that unfortunate side-effect.
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Lewis: The Punisher
A young veteran attending therapy that’s struggling with his new occupation as a taxi driver.
A high-ranking member of the Medellin cartel in season one.
Remi: Sex Education
Otis’s dad and Jean’s ex-husband.
Antony: The Crown
A photographer who eventually marries Princess Margaret.
Malcolm: The Defenders
Jessica Jones’ neighbor and assistant at Alias Investigations.
Klaus: A Series of Unfortunate Events
The middle Baudelaire child, interested in books and literature.
Aidan: House of Cards
A data scientist and NSA contractor who is friends with LeAnn Harvey.
Matt Murdock: Daredevil
I know this isn’t a unique name – but I LOVE this character..plus, Matt is my husband’s name so I’m a little partial. Murdock would make a unique first name.
Takeshi: Altered Carbon
The main character, but we see him in many different skins.
A high school student that is struggling with his dad’s suicide.
Magnus and Martha Neilsen’s little brother.
Magnus, Martha, and Mikkel Neilsen’s father, who works as a police officer.
Bartosz Tiedemann’s father who works as the director of the nuclear plant in 2019.
A special agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.
Grayson: American Vandal
A student that was expelled for social media antics.
Dev: Master of None
A commercial actor whose best-known work was a yogurt commercial.
Brooks: The Perfect Date
The main character – high school senior with dreams of getting into Yale.
TIPS FOR PICKING A UNIQUE NETFLIX BABY NAME
If you’re going to choose a Netflix baby name, make sure that you know the character that you’re naming your baby after. While there’s nothing wrong with choosing a villainous character as your baby’s honored name, be sure that you’re at least aware of it.
With that said – I do want to add that if you hate the character but love the name, still give some serious consideration to using the name. You will associate the name with wherever you originally know it from – but this is temporary (I promise!)
For example, I was never going to have kids. I gave my cat my favorite name in the world because I didn’t plan on having kids of my own.
Then I had kids, so we changed the name of the cat. At first, it was hard to think of my daughter’s name without thinking of the cat, but I got there eventually.
Regardless of what baby name you decide, try not to stress it too much. It IS a big decision – but as long as you choose something you like, you’ll end up associating it with your baby and loving it (because you love your baby!)
I would love for you to tell me in the comments below if I missed one of your favorite Netflix character baby names!