Sizzling Names from True Blood 28212

True Blood begins its fifth season this weekend—and Bontemps, Louisiana is crawling with more than vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies—it's literally jam packed with some intriguing names to consider. Here are a few of my favorite name picks from the series.

Sookie Author Charlene Harris chose this variant spelling of Sukey, a nickname for Susan, for her heroine—a beautiful blonde waitress with a heart of gold who falls in love with vamps and has telepathic powers. Susan means "lily," which makes this a roundabout way to follow the floral name trend.

Sam The owner of local hangout Merlotte's Bar & Grill and one of Sookie's best friends has this short and sweet handle, a nickname for Samuel, an Old Testament name that means "told by God."

Tara Sookie's tough-as-nails best friend sports a regal Irish name that comes from a hill where Celtic kings once resided. It's currently on a downward trend after a streak of popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, but could be worth brushing off for your daughter.

Hoyt This English name means "long pole," and has a sweet, old-fashioned vibe—just perfect for the gentlemanly Hoyt Fortenberry, a former mama's boy who was a true-blue boyfriend to young vampire Jessica. Hoyt hasn't broken the top 1000 names in decades, so you're guaranteed your boy would be the only one sporting the name.

Russell The formidable vampire king may be a brunet, but his name, which means "red head," says otherwise. This classic name falls just around the top 400 names, so it's popular without being overdone.

Ginger The lovably ditzy cocktail waitress at vamp hangout Fangtasia is named for the spicy ginger plant. It hasn't ranked in the top 1000 in over two decades, which means it might be ripe for a comeback.

Daphne The ill-fated shapeshifting girlfriend of Sam, Daphne has a classic Greek name that means "laurel tree." It's currently ranked in the top 500 names in the U.S.

Alcide The hunky werewolf with a heart of gold gets this Spanish name, which means "viceroy." It's a very unique name that lends itself nicely to less exotic nicknames (like Al).

What names do you like from True Blood? And what do you think the series has in store for this season?

Photo: Joe Manganiello (Alcide) from True Blood by Helga Esteb /