Sunday, June 14, 2009

Getting It Right

Remember when I complained about shows and movies that name 40-ish characters Connor?

Well, we started watching "Dexter" and I was wondering if this was a similar case of unrealistic naming. Michael C. Hall, who plays the titular character, is 38.

Well, it turns out the name "Dexter" peaked in popularity in the 1960s and '70s — as you can see from this Baby Name Wizard chart.



So a person that age is actually the most likely to have that name.

In other words, this is a case of very realistic naming. Kudos to the writers of "Dexter" — you guys nailed it.

UPDATE: Probably should have given credit to novelist Jeff Lindsay, who invented the Dexter character.