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  • Boidiva02
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    I’m curious what you all consider (or think) are the most common names for soap opera characters (first names only)…

    I’m trying to come up with a list of first names most often used on our beloved soaps…

    I’m certain that Carly has been used frequently…  I can think of three recent examples for that character (GH, DOOL and ATWT).

    What names come to mind—list examples when possible.

    You can cite examples from any soap that ever aired on daytime TV, so long as it last at least a year.

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    OliveAnn
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    Rafe. Days and GH have one. GL , PC and Y&R had them, too. What’s funny is that the Rafes on Days, Y&R and GL were created around the same time, as if that name was super popular with soap writers at that point. And I never understood why. I mean, does anyone know a Rafe in real life? Where did that name come from?

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    EmmyLoser
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    Good point about the Rafes.  As far as I know, it’s usually short for Rafael, but it’s kind of like an Anglicized nickname for a more exotic name.  The only real life Rafaels with nicknames that I know are called Rafa, not Rafe.

    Nick/Nicolas is a great example.  I like when a name can be from more than one proper name (like B&B’s Nick being Dominick versus most Nick’s being Nicolas).  I think a name automatically gets credit too if there’s more than one character with the name and they weren’t name after one another or the same person.  Like DAYS with Nick Fallon currently and Nick Corelli from like 20 years ago. 

    This also happened on DAYS with Susans.  I know there was a Susan forever ago, but there was also Susan Banks in the late 90s and then Susan aka Gigantor in the whole Last Blast crew just after that. 

    Katherines are incredibly popular.  There’s Katherine Chancellor on Y&R, Kate Howard on GH, Kate Roberts on DAYS, Katie Peretti on ATWT, Kay Bennett on PASSIONS . . .

    I was just having this conversation with my parents the other day!

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    Jw79bull
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    Shaboota

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    EmmyLoser
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    I forgot Katie on B&B!

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    Jw79bull
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    La’Quetta
    Bum’Quiesha 

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    eastwest
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    ^MESS! 

    Nick and Katherine along w/Jack and Carly are the John Smith’s of daytime.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    John (AW, DAYS, OLTL, Y&R)
    Julia (AMC, ATWT, GH)
    Lucy (GH, GL)
    Bridget (B&B, GL)
    Antonio (OLTL, PASSIONS)
    Jessica (ATWT, OLTL, PASSIONS)
    Jake (AMC, AW)
    David (AMC, ATWT, OLTL, PASSIONS) 

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    OLTLfan
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    Noah Mayer (ATWT)
    Noah Newman (Y&R)
    Noah Drake (GH)
    Noah Keefer (AMC)

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Rick Forrester (B&B)
    Rick Webber (GH)
    Ric Lansing (GH)
    Rick Bauer (GL)
    Rick Decker (ATWT)
    Ricky Garza (PC)
    Ricky Williams (Y&R)

    Bill Horton (DAYS)
    Bill Spencer Sr. & Jr. (B&B)
    Billy Abbott (Y&R)
    Billie Reed (DAYS)
    Bill Eckert (GH)
    Billy Lewis (GL)
    Bill Lewis (GL)

    Jack Abbott (Y&R)
    Jack Snyder (ATWT)
    Jack Manning (OLTL)
    Jack Ramsey (PC)
    Jackson Montgomery (AMC) 

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    The BC 2.0
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    Brooke English (AMC)
    Brooke Logan (B&B)

    Bob Hughes (ATWT)
    Bobby Warner (AMC)
    Robert Scorpio (GH)

    Alan Quartermaine (GH)
    Alan Spaulding (GL)
    Alan-Michael Spaulding (GL)

    Josh Landry (ATWT)
    Josh Lewis (GL)

    Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropolous (ATWT)
    Elizabeth Webber (GH)
    Elizabeth Spaulding (GL)
    Beth Raines (GL)
    Lizzie Spaulding (GL)

    Victoria Lord….. (OLTL)
    Victoria Newman (Y&R)
    Victoria Hudson (AW)

    Chris Webber (GH)
    Chris Hughes I & II (ATWT)
    Christian Vega (OLTL)

    Emily Quartermaine (GH)
    Emily Stewart (ATWT)

    Frank Andropolous (ATWT)
    Frank Cooper (GL)

    Edward Quartermaine (GH)
    Ed Bauer (GL)
    Eddie Maine/Ned Ashton (GH)

    Mackenzie Cory (AW)
    Mackenzie (Y&R)

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Bo Brady (DAYS)
    Bo Buchanan (OLTL)

    Hope Brady (DAYS)
    Hope Logan (B&B)
    Hope Thornhart (OLTL)

    Cassie Winslow (GL)
    Cassie Newman (Y&R)
    Cassie Brady (DAYS)
    Cassie Callison (OLTL)

    Matt Reardon (GL)
    Matt Hunter (GH)
    Matt Harmon (PC)
    Matthew Buchanan (OLTL)

    Julie Williams (DAYS)
    Julie Snyder (ATWT)
    Julie Camaletti (GL)
    Julie Devlin (PC)

    Will Horton (DAYS)
    Will Rappaport (OLTL)
    Will Munson (ATWT)

    Abigail Deveraux (DAYS)
    Abigail Blume (GL)
    Abby Newman (Y&R)

    Ryan McNeil (Y&R)
    Ryan Lavery (AMC) 

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Nicole Walker (DAYS)
    Nicole Love (AW)
    Nikki Newman (Y&R)

    Gwen Winthrop (PASSIONS)
    Gwen Norbeck (ATWT)

    Dylan Lewis (GL)
    Dillon Quartermaine (GH)

    Felicia Gallant (AW)
    Felicia Jones (GH)

    Lucas Horton (DAYS)
    Lucas (AW)
    Luke Spencer (GH)
    Luke Snyder (ATWT)

    Jennifer Horton (DAYS)
    Jennifer Munson (ATWT)
    Jennifer Rappaport (OLTL)
    Jenny Gardner (AMC)
    Jenny Eckert (GH)

    Adam Chandler (AMC)
    Adam Newman (Y&R)
    Adam Munson (ATWT) 

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    EmmyLoser
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    There were also Hope Thornhart (OLTL/GH) and Abigail Calrton/Newman on Y&R, as well as Abby the stripper on GH.  GH also had a Lucas in addition to Luke. 

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Holly Lindsey (GL)
    Holly Scorpio (GH)

    Eve Russell (PASSIONS)
    Eve Lambert (PC)
    Eve Guthrie (GL)

    Simone Russell (PASSIONS)
    Simone Torres (AMC)

    Sam McCall (GH)
    Sam Bennett (PASSIONS)
    Sam Rappaport (OLTL)
    Sami Brady (DAYS)
    Samantha Anderson (ATWT)
    Samantha Evans (DAYS)
    Samantha Vernon (OLTL)

    Olivia Winters (Y&R)
    Olivia Matthews (AW)
    Olivia Spencer (GL)
    Olivia Richards (SUNSET BEACH)
    Livvie Locke (PC) 

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