Doctor Who is a British television cult science-fiction program produced by the BBC. The show originally ran for 26 years from 1963 to 1989 and was then resurrected to much acclaim in 2005.
The series follows the adventures of a Time Lord called The Doctor. He is an extra-terrestrial who appears in the form of a human being. He explores the universe in his time-traveling space ship called the Tardis.
There have been 14 Doctors to date played by some of the finest actors such as William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, David Tennant, and Matt Smith to name just a few.
From those decades of shows, you can be sure that there have been some great names as well. Here are some of our favorite Doctor Who inspired baby names.
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Dr. Who Baby Names For Boys
Adric – This name is actually an anagram of Dirac, the surname of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Paul Dirac. Adric is a companion of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors in Doctor Who.
Alistair – A great nerdy name that appears in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Dragon Age. It means to defend. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is a companion of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh Doctors.
Benjamin – Of Hebrew origin and means son of the south or son of the right hand. Ben Jackson was a companion of the first and second Doctors. He first appeared in the story ‘The War Machines’ in 1966.
Borusa – The meaning of this name is unknown. But it could come from Boris meaning short, wolf, or snow leopard. Or Borisa which is a medieval Romanian name meaning to fight. Borusa is a former teacher of the Doctor and is played by a different actor in each appearance.
Gallifrey – Related to an old Germanic name, Galafrid, meaning to sing peace, or Galfrid, an Anglo-Saxon version of Geoffrey meaning foreign peace. The Doctor comes from the planet Gallifrey.
Gordon – A name of Scottish origin and means spacious fort. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is a companion of the second, third, fourth, and seventh Doctors and a founder of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce.
Grant – Of English origin and means large or great. Jo Grant is a civilian in the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce assigned to the Third Doctor and becomes his companion.
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Harold – Scandinavian origin and means army ruler. Harry Sullivan traveled with the fourth Doctor and was played by actor Ian Marter.
Ian – Of Scottish origin and means God is gracious. It is also the Celtic version of John. Ian Chesterton is Susan’s science teacher and a companion of the First Doctor.
Ianto – A name of Welsh origin and means gift of God. It is also a diminutive form of Ieuan (John). Ianto Jones is a character in Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Jack – English in origin and means God is gracious. It was originally a nickname for the given name John. time traveler Captain Jack Harkness is the main character in Torchwood and works with the ninth and tenth Doctors.
Jamie – Means supplanter and is of English origin. Jamie McCrimmon was a companion of the second Doctor.
Michael – Of Hebrew origin and means who is like God? Mike Yates helped the third Doctor in the story Terror of the Autons.
Mickey – A diminutive of Michael, meaning who is like God? Mickey Smith is Rose’s boyfriend and a companion of the ninth and tenth Doctors.
Rassilon – The name is of unknown meaning. Rassilon was the founder and first Lord High President of the Time Lord society on Gallifrey.
Rory – Of Irish origin and means red king. It is also a diminutive form of Roderick. Rory Williams is a companion of the eleventh Doctor and fiance of Amy Pond.
Sabalom – Another name of unknown meaning. Sabalom Glitz is a rogue from a planet in the Andromeda Constellation called Salostophus. He has an encounter with the sixth Doctor and Peri Brown.
Steven – Greek in origin and means crown. Steven Taylor, who is played by actor Peter Purves is a companion of the First Doctor.
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Stewart – A name of Scottish origin and means steward of the estate or castle. Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is a companion of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh Doctors.
Vislor – The meaning of this name is unknown but it could come from the Albanian word for firefly. Vislor is a companion of the fifth Doctor.
Wright – Of English origin and means carpenter, worker. Barbara Wright is Susan’s history teacher and companion of the First Doctor.
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Amelia – A name of Latin origin and means work. Amy Pond is a companion of the eleventh Doctor and is played by Karen Gillan.
Ashildr – Of Old Norse origin and means battle god. Ashildr, also known as Lady Me, is a character in Doctor Who, portrayed by actress Maisie Williams.
Barbara – Greek in origin and means stranger. Barbara Wright is Susan’s history teacher and companion of the First Doctor.
Clara – A name of Latin origin and means illustrious. It is the Latinized form of the name Claire/Clare. Clara Oswald is a companion to the eleventh and twelfth Doctors and she has multiple lives.
Donna – Latin in origin and means lady, woman. Donna Noble portrayed by British actress and comedian Catherine Tate is a companion of the Tenth Doctor.
English – Means foreign and is of Old English origin. Barbara Wright the companion of the First Doctor.
Erisa – Of unknown origin but the name may come from the name Eris, who was the Greek goddess of discord. In Japanese, Eriza could mean picture or painting. Captain Erisa Magambo is a UNIT officer who works with Rose Tyler in Donna Noble’s parallel universe.
Evelina – Means strength and is of Old Saxon origin. Evelina was a seer in Pompeii who was turned to stone.
Grace – Latin in origin and means charm. She was the companion of the Eighth Doctor.
Idris – A name of Welsh origin and means interpreter. A female avatar to house the soul of the Tardis and called The Doctor’s Wife.
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Jennifer – Of English origin and means fair phantom or white wave. Jenny Flint is part of the Paternoster Gang in Dr. Who. The gang works with both the eleventh and twelfth Doctors.
Katarina – A name of Italian origin and means pure. It is also a form of Katherine. Katarina is a companion of the First Doctor.
Leela – Indian in origin and means sport or play. Leela is a companion of the fourth Doctor.
Lilith – Means of the night and is of Arabic origin. She is a Karrionite daughter.
Liz – Of English origin and means God is my oath. This is a short form of Elizabeth. Liz Shaw helped the third Doctor in Spearhead from Space, which first aired in 1970.
Maisie – A name of English origin and means pearl. It is also a diminutive form of Margaret. Actress Maisie Williams plays Ashildr in Doctor Who.
Martha – Hebrew in origin and means lady. Medical student Martha Jones was a companion of the Tenth Doctor and appeared in Torchwood.
Melanie – Of Greek origin and means black. Melanie Brush was played by actress Bonnie Langford and traveled with the sixth and seventh Doctors.
Melody – Means song tune and is of English origin. Melody Pond is the daughter of Amy Pond and Rory Williams.
Nyssa – The name is of Hebrew origin and means signal or sign. Nyssa is a companion of the fourth and fifth Doctors.
Patricia – Of Latin origin and means noble. Martha’s sister was nicknamed Tish.
Peri – A name of English origin and means dweller by the pear tree. Peri Brown first appeared in Dr. Who in 1984 in the story Planet of Fire and traveled with the fifth and sixth Doctors.
Petronella – Of English origin and means rock. Petronella Osgood is a UNIT scientist and assistant who appeared in The Day of the Doctor in 2013.
Polly – Means great sorrow and is of English origin. Polly Wright traveled with the first and second Doctors.
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Rani – Hebrew in origin and means joyous song. The Rani is a renegade Time Lady and scientist in Dr. Who, played by actress Kate O’Mara.
Romana – Romana means Roman and is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey and a companion of the fourth Doctor.
Rose – A name of English origin and means rose. Rose Tyler is a companion of the ninth and tenth Doctors and is played by actress Billie Piper.
Sarah – Of Hebrew origin and means princess. Sarah Jane Smith is an investigative journalist and companion of the third and fourth Doctors.
Susan – Means lily and is of Hebrew origin. Susan Foreman is a companion and granddaughter of the First Doctor, played by actress Carole Ann Ford.
Sylvia – The name Sylvia is of Latin origin and means forest. Sylvia is Donna’s mother.
Tegan – Welsh in origin and means pretty or fair. Tegan Jovanka is a companion of the fourth and fifth Doctors.
Verity – A name of Latin origin and means truth. Verity is Joan’s great-granddaughter.
Victoria – Means victory and is of Greek origin. A companion of the First Doctor and Victori Waterfield is a companion of the Second Doctor.
Winifred – Of English origin and means peace friend. Brigadier Winifred Bambera is a commanding officer of UNIT and works with the Seventh Doctor, Ace, and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Zoe – A name of Greek origin and means life. Zoe Heriot is a companion of the second Doctor. She lived on a space wheel and was an astrophysicist.
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Ace – Of Latin origin and means highest rank. Ace is a companion who traveled with the seventh Doctor.
Bill – A name of English origin and means will-helmet. Bill Potts, a companion of the 12th Doctor.
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Jo – French in origin and means may Jehovah add. A civilian, Jo Grant who assists the third Doctor.
Nardole – The name has an unknown meaning but could be derived from the Norse name Mordahl, meaning north valley, or the German name Nordhilde, meaning north battle. Nardole is a companion of the twelfth Doctor.
Pond – Means an enclosed expanse of water and is of Southern English origin. The Doctor’s nickname for both Amy and Rory.
River – Of English origin and means the body of flowing water. River Song a time traveler and a companion of the 11th Doctor.
Tardis – A name of fictional origin and means time and relative dimension in space. It is a fictional time machine and spacecraft.
Taylor – Space pilot Steven Taylor is a companion of the First Doctor. This is an occupational name and means a tailor.
The Final Thought
The cult show has inspired some great baby names from the very traditional to some far more unique ones.
Our list has incorporated both of these and hopefully has provided you with some fantastic inspiration for a unique baby name.