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Cool Name of the Week: Hershel

Cool Name of the Week: Louisa 28210
I'm sure you've probably figured out that I'm a big fan of the zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead. I've picked several names from the series—like Michonne and Dixon—to highlight some of the coolest characters on the show. And this week's pick highlights the heart of the little band of survivors left—heroic former veterinarian Hershel Greene.

He's been risking his life tending to those afflicted during a deadly flu outbreak, trying to save lives with his meager supply of elderberry tea and unwavering optimism—even in the face of odds that'd make me just give up and let a zombie bite me already. And then, of course, he vanquished a set of his former patients turned zombies, all with a missing leg and a remarkable lack of weaponry.

In other words, he kinda rocks. But does he rock enough to bring his name back from obscurity? (It hasn't seen the top 1000 list since the 1960s.)

Hershel is a Hebrew name that means deer. It reached its peak of popularity in the early 1930s, when it broke through into the top 400 names. (That'd be right around the time when The Walking Dead's Hershel was born.) Its alternate spelling was used for two other notable people, factual and fictional—NFL great Herschel Walker, and The Simpsons' Krusty the Clown.

I'd probably pair Hershel with something equally traditional—this isn't a name that goes with Jett. Try it with James, Frederick, or Theodore.

What do you think of the name Hershel? Still too old-fashioned, or ready for a comeback? And don't forget to find your own perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder.

 

 

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