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Live from New York, it’s SNL baby names

Mike Myers’ recent choice of the name Spike for his infant son got me to thinking. Did other former SNL cast members make equally offbeat, out-of-the-box choices?

Saturday Night Live is at this point a certifiable institution. The show has now been around for 36 years, and over its long run has featured many of the funniest, most creative, offbeat comic talents in America-some of whom have gone on to become so iconic that we’ve almost forgotten they were ever regulars on the show. As in Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Martin Short and now-Senator Al “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough” Franken.

In fact, SNL has been around so long that it’s now multi-generational: One of the current cast members, Abby Elliot, is the daughter of early 1990s SNLer Chris Elliott.

So the question is did these guys apply their quirky creativity when it came to naming their babies?

The answer is: not so much. For example, Billy Crystal named one of his daughters Jennifer, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Brad Hall have a Henry and a Charles, Dana Carvey a Thomas, Al Franken a Joe, and Jim Belushi a Robert.

But there are some who did- to lesser and greater degrees-think outside that aforementioned box, most recently Maya Rudolph with her choice of Lucille, and Amy Poehler’s Archibald and Abel. Here are some others born to cast members who span the history of the show:

GIRLS

ALICE ZENOBIA - Tina Fey

AUBREY - Victoria Jackson

BELLA ZAHRA - Eddie Murphy

BELLE KINGSTON - Dan Ackroyd

BIRGEN - Phil Hartman

BRIA -Eddie Murphy

BRIDEY - Chris Elliot

CALEY LEIGH – Chevy Chase

CARA MIA - Damon Wayans

CYDNEY CATALENE – Chevy Chase

ELLA OLIVIA - Ben Stiller

EMILY EVELYN -Chevy Chase

GITRID - Tracy Morgan

HANNAH KATHRYN – Bill Hader

HARPER - David Spade

JAMISON BESS - Jim Belushi

KYLA - Damon Wayans

LENA-Laraine Newman

LILY ASTER - Gilbert Gottfried

LOLA SIMONE - Chris Rock

LUCILLE - Maya Rudolph

MAE MAE-Christine Ebersole

MIA – Darryl Hammond

MULAN - Julia Sweeney

OLIVIA - Joe Piscopo

PEARL BAILEY - Maya Rudolph

PENELOPE ATHENA – Tina Fey

SADIE MADISON - Adam Sandler

SCARLET - Victoria Jackson

SHAYNE AUDRA - Eddie Murphy

STELLA IRENE AUGUST – Dan Ackroyd

SUNNY MADELINE - Adam Sandler

TESS-Jane Curtin

THOMASIN - Al Franken

ZAHRA SAVANNAH - Chris Rock

ZOLA IVY - Eddie Murphy

BOYS

ABEL JAMES – Amy Poehler

ARCHIBALD WILLIAM EMERSON - Amy Poehler

AXEL PAULIN – Will Farrell

CALEB - Bill Murray

COLIN - Michael McKean

COOPER - Bill Murray

DEX - Dana Carvey

DYLAN - Norm McDonald

ELI – Rachel Dratch

ELIJAH-Christine Ebersole

FLETCHER - Michael McKean

GABLE NESS - Kevin Nealon

HOLDEN - Dennis Miller

HOMER - Bill Murray

INDIO - Robert Downey, Jr.

JACKSON – Jay Mohr, Maya Rudolph

JARED JAMES - Jim Belushi

LINCOLN - Bill Murray

LUKE - Bill Murray

MAGNUS PAULIN - Will Ferrell

MALCOLM - Tracy Morgan

MARLON - Dennis Miller

MATTIAS PAULIN- Will Ferrell (all three Ferrell boys have their mother’s maiden name in the middle)

MEREDITH DANIEL – Jay Mohr

MILES - Joan Cusack

MYLES MITCHELL - Eddie Murphy

NOLAN - Molly Shannon

OLIVER PATRICK - Martin Short

QUINLIN DEMPSEY - Ben Stiller

SPIKE – Mike Myers

ULYSSES – Ana Gasteyer

Nameberry.com is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.”

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