The Doctors are in and they have some fabulous names!
Just what the doctor prescribed! Let’s explore great names of famous TV doctors past and present for a healthy dose of name inspiration!
Dr. Jack Shephard was a spinal surgeon on Lost played by Matthew Fox. Jack may sounds like an all-American kid, but it is actually derived from the English name John, meaning God is gracious. There are numerous wonderful associations to Jack, from author Jack London to actor Jack Nicholson. Jack is currently Number 41 in the U.S, but is popular worldwide, ranking in the Top 5 in Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
Michaela Quinn “Dr. Mike”
Michaela Anne “Dr.Mike” Quinn, M.D. was a doctor on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman played by Jane Seymour. Michaela is a feminine form of Michael meaning who is like God. Currently ranked at 478, Michaela peaked in the late 1990s. Other spelling variations including Makayla, Mikaela, and Mikayla also rank within the US Top 1,000. Dr. Quinn’s character went by the nickname Mike. A few other fun nicknames for Michaela include Mickey, Mika, Millie, Kaylie, Kayla, and Kay.
Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, B.S., M.D. was a doctor on M*A*S*H played by Alan Alda (TV) and Donald Sutherland (film). I bet a lot of little boys would enjoy the nickname Hawkeye, but let’s look at Benjamin, this characters given first name. Benjamin is a wildly popular Hebrew name meaning son of the right hand. Benjamin is currently the most popular it has ever ranked at Number 12. If you love Ben names like I do, you may also consider Bennett, Benedict, or Benson.
Douglas “Doogie” Howser, M.D. was a teenage physician on Doogie Howser, M.D. played by Neil Patrick Harris. Douglas comes from the Scottish name Dubhglas meaning dark water. Douglas originated as a river name and is also the name of a Scottish clan. Currently Number 598 in popularity, Douglas has been used as a first name since the 16th century. George Clooney played another famous doctor named Douglas in his role as Dr. Douglas “Doug” Ross on the hit show ER.
Frasier Winslow Crane M.D. Ph.D. was a Psychiatrist on Cheers and Frasier played by Kelsey Grammer. Frasier is a spelling variation of Fraser, a Scottish surname meaning strawberry. Although rarely used in the US, Fraser is Number 67 in Scotland and Number 220 in England and Wales. Frazier is another spelling variant, which you may recognize as the surname of TV host Kevin Frazier and former basketball player Walt Frazier.
Dr. Addison Adrianne Forbes Montgomery was a neonatal surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice played by Kate Walsh. Addison is a unisex English surname meaning son of Adam. Addison is a Top 100 girls name in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US where it currently ranks at Number 24. Addison first entered the Top 1,000 in 1994. It has a similar sound to the popular Madison, the 9th most popular name. Addison also shares the same beginning sound as Adelaide and Adeline, both of which are rising in popularity. We’re sure to hear more little Addie’s/Addy’s on the schoolyard.
Gregory House, M.D. was a doctor on House M.D. played by Hugh Laurie. Currently number 316, Gregory is steadily declining in popularity. A Greek name meaning watchful and alert, Gregory peaked in 1963. Gregory was a popular name among early Christians and was used by several popes and saints. If you’re looking for a new twist on this old name you may consider Gregor or Greer, both of which share the same roots as Gregory.
John Michael “J.D.” Dorian, M.D. was a doctor of internal medicine on Scrubs played by Zach Braff. It doesn’t get more timeless than John, a Hebrew name meaning God is gracious. Currently Number 26 in popularity, John has never dipped below Number 28. Several celebrities, including Mira Sorvino, Steve Carrell, Denzel Washington, and Julie Bowen have used this classic name for their sons. Johnny, Jack, and Jay are popular nicknames for John.
Dr. McCoy “Bones”
Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy was a doctor on Star Trek played by DeForest Kelley. Leonard peaked in 1923 when it was Number 37 in popularity. Leonard is much less popular now, though it is still used at Number 662. A German name meaning brave lion, Leonard was introduced to England by the Normans. Another fun TV tie to the name Leonard is the character Leonard Hofstadter, on the show The Big Bang.
Meredith Grey, M.D. is a general surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy played by Ellen Pompeo. Meredith originated as a male name and is now more commonly used for girls. Meredith peaked in the early 1980s and is now Number 606 in popularity. Meredith is derived from the Welsh Maredudd or Meredydd, meaning sea lord or great ruler. Other notable Meredith’s include journalist Meredith Vieira and singer Meredith Brooks.
Marcus Welby was a doctor on Marcus Welby, M.D. played by Robert Young. Marcus is a Latin name most likely derived from Mars, the Roman god of war. Marcus is a name with staying power. Never dipping in the charts below the 300’s, Marcus peaked in 1984, and currently sits at spot 158. Marcus is in the Top 100 right now in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, and Norway. Michael Jordan used the name Marcus James for his son in 1990.
Sean McNamara was a plastic surgeon on Nip/Tuck played by Dylan Walsh. Sean is a popular Irish form of the name John, meaning God is gracious. Sean was in the Top 100 from 1965 to 2009 and currently sits just out of the Top 200 at spot 193. Several actors share this handsome name, a few of which include, Sean Penn (Thomas) Sean Connery, Sean Astin, and Sean Hayes. I have a soft spot for Sean as it is my little brother’s name.
Some other famous TV Doctors include…
Ben Casey from Ben Casey played by Vince Edwards
Christian Troy from Nip/Tick played by Julian McMahon
Christopher Duncan Turk from Scrubs played by Donald Faison
Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy played by Sandra Oh
Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy played by Patrick Dempsey
Doug Ross from ER played by George Clooney
Elizabeth Corday from ER played by Alex Kingston
Heathcliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show played by Bill Cosby
James Kildare from Dr. Kildare played by Richard Chamberlain
Jeffrey Geiger from Chicago Hope played by Mandy Patinkin
Joel Fleischman from Northern Exposure played by Rob Morrow
John Truman Carter III from ER played by Noah Wyle
John “Trapper” McIntyre from Trapper John, M.D. played by Pernell Roberts
Kathryn Austin from Chicago Hope played by Christine Lahti
Leanne Rorish from Code Black played by Marcia Gay Harden
Mark Sloan from Diagnosis Murder played by Dick Van Dyke
Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy played by Chandra Wilson
Paul Lochner from Medical Center played by James Daly
Phillip Chandler from St. Elsewhere played by Denzel Washington
Steve Hardy from General Hospital played by John Bernadino
Who are your favorite TV Doctors?