The Baby Name Buff: Sitcom Moms Edition

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, so this week’s blog treats some of TV’s most beloved sitcom moms to a unique-name makeover, courtesy of beautiful name variations from around the world.

Amada—for Amy Matthews, Boy Meets World
Amada (Uh-ma-duh) is the Spanish version of Amy, meaning “beloved.”  

Bibiana—for Vivian Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Bibiana (Bee-bya-nuh) is the Italian and the Spanish version of Vivian, which means “life.”

Carola—for Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch and Charlene, Dinosaurs
Carola (Ka-roll-uh) is an Italian and Germanic form of Carol, meaning “free man.”

Catriona—for Kitty Forman, That 70’s Show
Catriona (Cah-tree-oh-nuh), the Gaelic form of Katherine, means “pure.”

Chiara—for Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show and Claire Dunphy, Modern Family
Chiara (Kya-ruh), the Italian version of Clair / Claire, means “light” or “clear.”

Cissy—for Fran Fine, The Nanny
Cissy (Sis-ee) is an English variant of Fran, which means “from France” or “free man.”  

Elina—for Lena Foster, The Fosters
Elina (Eh-lee-nuh or Eh-lee-nuh) is a form of Lena, meaning “bright” or “shining light.”

Update: 5/15/19 – Elina is now a newcomer to the 2018 girls’ top 1,000, sneaking in at #998.

Etienne—for Stef Foster, The Fosters
Etienne (Ay-tee-en) is a rarely used feminine form of Stephen, meaning “garland” or “crown.”

Gloriana—for Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family
Gloriana (Glor-ee-on-uh) means “glory” in Latin.

Iekika—for Jessica Huang, Fresh Off the Boat
Iekika (Eye-uh-kee-kuh) is a Hawaiian variant of Jessica, meaning unknown.

Jindra—for Harriette Winslow, Family Matters
Jindra (Gin-druh) is a diminuitive of Jindriska, the Czech form of Henriette, which means “estate ruler.”

Juni—for June Cleaver, Leave it to Beaver
Juni (Yoon-ee) means “June” in Swedish and Norwegian.

Loida—for Lois Griffin, Family Guy
Loida (Loee-duh) is a Spanish version of Lois; the meaning of the name Loida is unknown.  

Margaux—for Marge Simpson, The Simpsons and Maggie Seaver, Growing Pains
Margaux, a French version of Margaret, means “pearl.”

Zanna—for Jane Villaneuva, Jane the Virgin

Zanna (Zah-nuh) is a Polish form of Jane, meaning “God is gracious.”

Photo credit: Virginia L.

Author: thebabynamebuff

Hi, I'm Vickie. I'm a baby name enthusiast, and I'm excited to share and discuss with others the unique baby names I find. Besides talking and writing about baby names all day long, I also enjoy spending time with family, hiking, astronomy, reading (mostly science fiction and dystopias), and all things Star Trek. (Are you noticing a theme?) I currently live in Champaign, IL with my husband, Kyle, and my son, Felix.

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