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Anyone else excited by the news that there's a new Veronica Mars movie in the works? Apparently, quite a few people are—producer Rob Thomas went on Kickstarter earlier this week to try to raise the funds to bring the whip-smart girl detective to the big screen—and managed to score the full $2 mil he needed within a few hours. (Check out the very funny video they created to sell you on their idea.)

I adored the show, which ran from 2004-2007—it was a smart, funny and very modern take on a Nancy Drew type, and featured future stars galore—most notably one of our current favorite pregnant ladies, Kristen Bell, and Amanda Seyfried. (If you haven't caught it, check it out on, which is showing the entire series for free.)

But I also like some of the naming choices that Rob Thomas made when he created his characters—and apparently, so did a lot of other people, as many of these names have hit the big time over the past few years. Check out the cast of characters for a few options for your son or daughter.

Veronica is one of the few from the cast that actually dropped lower after its run. It means true, and currently sits at #284 on the list, after reaching the top 100 in the 1970s and 1980s. It comes with nicknames like Ronnie, but I like that she always used her name in full.

Logan is her on-again, off-again bad-boy boyfriend's name, which means "small hollow." It hit the top 20 in 2006, right as the show was ending. It's still a huge hit, and a nice alternative to some of the other -an names out there.

Duncan is her other on-again, off-again boyfriend, who has a few dark secrets of his own. The name, which means dark warrior, is currently sitting right around the top 800 names.

Wallace, Veronica's right hand man and best bud, hasn't had his name in the top 1000 U.S. names since 1990. Maybe the Veronica Mars resurgence will bring it back around?

Lilly, Veronica's former best bud and Duncan's sister, was already dead when the series premiered, but Amanda Seyfried popped up to play her in flashbacks and visions well into season two. The more common Lily spelling was already near the top when the show hit the air, and it's #15 on the list now.

Bad boy biker Eli had a name that's seen the biggest upswing since the show began—it's currently #58 on the list, and it means uplifted.

Let me know if you've put some money into the Kickstarter campaign—and if you'd consider any of these names for your child.

Image: Kristen Bell by Featureflash /