The Simpsons have a habit of naming their characters after their favourite cartoon character.
Here’s a list of the five best Simpsons character names, sorted by how popular they are in the US and their overall popularity.
Homer Simpson (1951-1953) The Simpsons name for Homer Simpson, a character played by the late comedian David Arnold, was chosen for its similarity to the popular character.
“I’ve got this little thing called the Homer Simpson character and we named our house after him,” Simpsons co-creator Matt Groening said in an interview with the Washington Post in 1991.
“It was a big inspiration for the house, and the Simpsons decided to call it after him.”
The Simpsons’ Simpsons house in Springfield, California.
Homer-Lisa (1956-1964) Lisa Simpson is the younger sister of Homer Simpson.
Her name was also chosen for her resemblance to Lisa, a fellow character in the series, who died in 1969.
“We thought it would be nice to get a little Homer-like character named after a little Lisa Simpson,” Groening told the Washington Times in 2011.
“Lisa Simpson is a very special character, and that character had a very important role in the Simpsons and I think that’s one of the things that I wanted to do with this character.”
Bart Simpson (1963-1967) Bart Simpson is Bart Simpson’s twin brother.
Bart is a character with a deep friendship with Homer, and was named after Homer’s great-uncle, Mr. Burns, a famous character from the animated series The Simpsons.
Bart was also named after Bart and his great-grandfather, who both died of heart disease.
Bart the Great (1965-1969) Bart the great was an evil scientist who turned the Simpson family into a race of robots.
Bart’s name was chosen after the great-great-grandson of Homer’s best friend, Bart Simpson.
“Bart the Great was a character who was very, very, close to Homer Simpson and that was part of the reason we chose him for this name,” Groen said in 2011 in a profile on the character on the Simpsons Wiki.
“He was a very dear friend of Homer, his family, his friends and also his family was really important to him, so we thought it was important to give him a name that had that sort of feel to it.”
Homer’s Monster (1969-1971) Homer’s monster is the titular character from The Simpsons, a recurring character played for a brief period by the actor James Earl Jones.
His name was originally chosen for his resemblance to the character, played by actor James Cagney.
Marge Simpson (1973-1977) Marge’s name is derived from the surname of her late father, Marge Gunderson, who was a producer on the sitcom The Simpsons and who also worked on The Flintstones and The Muppet Show.
M-G-D was played by Robert Horry.
“She’s very much an extension of my father, so it was just very fitting for her name,” Horry told the Los Angeles Times in 2008.
Mabel Simpson (1977-1982) Mabel is the second name chosen for the character Mabel, who is a female character played primarily by Anna Faris.
MABEL is an anagram of the name of a character in a children’s book by Lewis Carroll.
Mrs. Simpson (1982-1987) Mrs. Mabe is a family name that comes from the name Mary Jane, a fictional character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Mr. Simpson(1987-1994) Mr. Springfield is a male character in The Simpsons that is played by Craig T. Nelson.
Ned Flanders (1994-1997) Ned Flander is a fictional fictional character that was played for the first time by David Schwimmer in the 1995 episode “A Little Help From My Friends.”
Miss Simpson(1997-1999) Miss Simpson is an actress who was cast as Miss Springfield in the first episode of the animated television series The Lisa Lamp Show.
Bart Simpsons (1999-2001) Bart is an animated character played with a musical theme by actor Chris Noth.
Bart-Lisa(2001-2002) Bart’s younger brother is Lisa Simpson, who appeared in the 2001 episode “The Littlest Hobo.”
Bart’s sister is Lisa’s mother, Mrs. H. Simpson.
Moe Simpson(2002-2004) Moe is an American actor and comedian who also appeared in The Littles, The Simpsons Movie and The Simpsons Holiday Special.
Lisa Simpson(2004-2006) Lisa is a recurring female character who appeared on The Simpsons from 2005 to 2008.
Lisa’s parents, Mrs and Mrs. Flanders, are played by John Slattery and Anna Farris.