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One Life To Live Ends Its 43-Year Run With A Poignant Conversation About Baby Names

 One Life To Live Ends Its 43-Year Run With A Poignant Conversation About Baby Names
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It was the end of an era today when the soap opera One Life to Live ended after a 43-year-run. There were many sentimental moments during the one-hour finale, including the birth of a baby and the family coming together to name him.

The character Bo Buchanan, who has been part of the show since 1979, and his wife Nora watched as their son, Matthew became a first-time father with his girlfriend Destiny Evans. In a soapy moment, she went into the labor and couldn't make it to the hospital, so — with her extended family around — she gave birth in the living room. And the happy family (including grandparents) gathered together after that to powwow over baby names.

Mom Destiny said she thought she was having a girl, so she'd only thought of the name Yolanda. Then grandfather Bo suggested they name the baby after his other son (and Matthew's brother) David, who brought Matthew and Destiny together. Matthew said that he wanted the baby to have a family name, but he had another one in mind — Drew, after his police officer brother who had died in the line of duty before Matthew was born.

With lots of tears flowing, for the Drew who was no longer there and the one who now was, Bo told Matthew: "I think that would be a fine name, son."

The names of the Buchanans, one of the core families on the show always stood out during the show's tenure. When the character of Bo arrived on the show, the name — meaning "handsome" — had just cracked the Top-1000 popular names list. And it's consistently stayed there (though on the bottom of the list) in all the years the show aired — most recently it's at No. 834. The alternative spelling Beau has far surpassed Bo in popularity. It became popular in the late 1960s but shot up the charts and it's currently at No. 375.

Rounding out the Buchanan family were Bo's father Asa (another name that's been on the rise as long as the show's been on the air), mother Olympia (not popular--the last time it was on the list was 1925) as well as brother Clint (dropped off the list in 2000).

Some of the other more interesting named characters on the show through the years include:
Starr Manning
Gigi Morasco
Rex Balsom
Roxy Balsam
Talia Sahid
Echo DiSavoy
Flash Roberts
Dallas Jones

Our in-depth look at soap opera names when As the World Turns went off the air revealed that the daytime dramas introduced us to names like Schuyler, Colton, Kendall, Harley, Macy, Palmer, Chandler, Logan and Ridge. And The Young and the Restless, which has been the top soap for years, is generally credited for the massive rise in the name Ashley in the 1980s. You can read the full story here.

We want to know: What are your favorite soap opera names? Share some of them below--and don't limit it to One Life to Live. Talk about all soap names from all shows.

--S.B.

Comments

January 15, 2012 12:55 AM
By Blake (not verified)

OLTL has been on fire for years. ABC is stupid to cancel their # 1 soap. They have gained hundreds of thousands of viewers up from a year before and was named the best soap of 2011 by all of the soap media.

January 16, 2012 11:12 PM
By PJR (not verified)

Apparently Kayla was not even a name until it showed up on Days of Our Lives in the early 1980s.

January 17, 2012 12:55 PM
By Allison (not verified)

Why didn't AMC get a farewell post?

Soaps are great for name trends. I laughed when AMC came out with a 30-something Madison a few years ago. No girl would have been named Madison 30 years ago.

I do love many of the names - Kendall, Phoebe, Bianca, etc.

January 17, 2012 1:04 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I have a cousin named Kayla who is in her early 60s, so I don't think that Days of Our Lives can be given credit for that...

January 18, 2012 2:13 PM
By Rusty (not verified)

It's an oldie, but Amanda became popular and Marley became a girl's name because of characters on Another World.

January 20, 2012 5:54 PM
By jane (not verified)

too funny - there were a brother and sister who auditioned on American Idol called Schyler and Colton

September 14, 2013 5:27 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Definitely many people will missed this show but at least contrary to the to what other think it has a happy ending. - Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon

May 15, 2014 5:24 AM
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