What’s in a name? Have you ever noticed TV actors have some of the coolest fictional names around? I wish had a cool name like “Paris Summerskill,” but of course this is television we’re talking about and these characters can have any name they like. Here are just a few TV characters that have been blessed with amazingly sweet names.
1. G. Callen
In addition to being portrayed by the ever so good looking Chris O’Donnell, G. Callen on “NCIS: LA” is one badass dude. He’s pretty good at catching the bad guys, but what also makes him cool is his name. His first name is one letter! When the show first started, both the audience and Callen were left in the dark about his true identity. As a little boy, Callen grew up without parents and he never knew what “G” stood for. In Season 3, fans were finally let into his complicated history, but have yet to learn Callen’s true name. If I were him, I would forever go by G.
2. Sookie Stackhouse
Anna Paquin plays protagonist Sookie Stackhouse on the HBO hit “True Blood.” Sookie is a human/fairy hybrid who can hear others thoughts. The TV show is modeled after Charlaine Harris’ book series, “The Sookie Stackhouse Novels.” Harris named her lead character after her grandmother’s best friend and Stackhouse just flowed right after it. Harris doesn’t consider the name “weird,” but “unusual enough to stand out.” I have to agree. She picked a great name.
3. Stringfellow Hawke
Talk about a unique name. Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) is a character from the ‘80s show “Airwolf.” Stringfellow was a freelance agent for the Firm, a division of the CIA. He also was the pilot for the prototype supersonic attack helicopter called “Airwolf.” There can’t be another person on the planet with that name. It’s so great that even Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) from “NCIS” used it as one of his aliases.
4. Paris Summerskill
Kim Raver’s “NCIS: Red” character, Paris Summerskill, has only made two television appearances, and I’m already obsessed with her name. Doesn’t it have a nice ring to it? Paris is one tough NCIS Special Agent who is in charge of the mobile Red team. In one “NCIS: LA” episode that aired recently, Callen commented on her unusual name. Paris told him she was born in Paris. Her first name isn’t that out of the ordinary, but that isn’t so for her last. Don’t let the cool name fool you, because she will put you down if necessary.
5. Alaric Saltzman
Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) is one of many characters from “The Vampire Diaries” that fans miss immensely. We didn’t know if we could trust him at first; after all he was a vampire hunter. Eventually, he grew into a fan favorite and one of the coolest characters on the show. Speaking of cool, so was his name. It’s so freaking awesome that he went by several different names. Strangers called him Alaric; friends called him Ric; and his history students called him Mr. Saltzman.
6. Dr. Lance Sweets
Dr. Lance Sweets’ name is so sweet it even has the word “sweet” in it! John Francis Daley, who most people remember from “Freaks and Geeks,” portrays the adorable psychologist to Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) on “Bones.” He provides comic relief during cases, and is the butt of the jokes at times with both Booth and Bones. With a name like Sweets, it doesn’t get any sweeter.
7. Liz Lemon
Who doesn’t want to have a fruit as their last name? Liz Lemon, played by the hilarious and talented Tina Fey, is the protagonist of the NBC comedy “30 Rock.” Sadly, the show is no longer on the air, so we don’t get to see Liz Lemon in action, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire her awesomely sour name.
8. Jasper Jacks
We can currently watch Ingo Rademacher sweep across the dance floor on “Dancing with the Stars,” but the actor first graced our televisions as Jasper “Jax” Jacks on ABC’s soap opera “General Hospital.” His character’s name has some great alliteration and flows so nicely. With that accent and those good looks, every time both his real and fictional names are uttered fans scream with excitement.
9. Hiro Nakamura
This might be a mouthful, but it’s worth it. Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) was everyone’s favorite space-time manipulator on NBC’s fantasy drama “Heroes.” He might not have been your typical hero, but it’s no coincidence that you can transform his name into “Super-Hiro.” Thankfully, we can now watch Oka continue to save lives and fight crime as Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Max Bergman on “Hawaii Five-0.”
10. Leroy Jethro Gibbs
“NCIS” fans call him Gibbs, but that’s not his only name. He was born Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), and no, his parents didn’t come up with that on their own. Gibbs was actually named after his father’s friend Leroy Jethro Moore, played by the legendary Billy Dee Williams. I don’t know if the world can handle two Leroy Jethro’s, but one thing does remain known. There will only be ever one true Leroy Jethro in the hearts of “NCIS” fans.
If you were on TV, what would your name be?