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Eight Baby Names Ruined by TV Characters

Don, Gustavo and Enoch have all been spoiled

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men, Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson on Boardwalk Empire

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on 'Mad Men,' Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on 'Breaking Bad,' Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson on 'Boardwalk Empire.'

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The golden age of television is alive and well with programs like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. But is that enough of a reason to name your first-born after a George R. R. Martin character? With the news that 146 girls were named Khaleesi last year – a 450 percent jump from 2011 – here are eight more traditional monikers that have also been corrupted.

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Breaking Bad
Sure, it’s common among Swedish monarchs and South American footballers. But after Vince Gilligan attached this tag to Walter White‘s adversary, well – no one aspires to have their kid’s face blown off.

Boardwalk Empire
On the plus side, your male offspring gains isntant street cred at the docks. But that’s only if he dodges the near-constant assassination attempts (damn you, Gyp Rosetti!).

We get it – Mandy Patinkin is a national treasure (have you seen The Princess Bride?). But bullies are malicious these days, and no one wants to be associated with the CIA before they can even spell.

Mad Men
Moderately acceptable, so long as adultery and drug use are permissible under your roof.

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The Bible. The Disney Channel. Strong incentive, right? Wrong. Neurosis and a fondness for nudity plague this namesake, as evidenced by Lena Dunham’s Golden Globe-winning performance.

Original and feminine, but the “where’s Coach,” Friday Night Lights references are guarenteed to annoy your little princess.

The Walking Dead
Apologies to all Missing Persons fans, but once we witnessed Jeffrey DeMunn’s death, new wave will just never sound the same again.

The Newsroom
It’s associated with one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But Allison Pill’s frantic turn tanked this English moniker so much that even a Rod Stewart croon can’t sway us back.


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