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30 Baby Names Inspired By Disney

For many couples, finding the perfect name for their baby can become an odyssey. The pressure in choosing a baby name is real and that's because it'll be one of the first things people learn about a child, and they will carry it for the rest of their life. Therefore, parents should take into account aspects such as pronunciation, abbreviations, meanings, origins, combinations with middle names and surnames, religious beliefs, and the opinion of loved ones, among other factors.

The truth is that there are too many considerations that parents should take into account until they find the perfect name, especially because they must also consider playground mockery. Let's remember that a given name represents the best qualities that any parent wishes to see on their child. So, how do mom and dad know that they've found the right name? 

One of the greatest sources of inspiration for many parents today has been Disney. The franchise over the years has captivated us with its characters and stories, reminding us of the importance of family, friendship, love, and belief in one's self. Disney represents the best qualities in humans and always tries to remind us to give the best we have to offer; that's why many parents look to movies or their favorite series for inspiration. 

Today's parents will find 30 names inspired by Disney characters who lined the silver screen with dreams and magical realities. 

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30 Adam -Beauty And The Beast

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Adam is a masculine name that has a wide range of roots, such as English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Catalan, Arabic, Georgian, Biblical, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. This name means " earthy," "red," and "son of the red earth," and has been common since the Middle Ages, and the name was also mentioned in the Old Testament.

But another of the beloved characters who accompanied us into our childhood bears this name. Adam, from the Disney classic the Beauty and the Beast. Beast's real name was Adam. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 56 in the popularity charts.

29 Ariel- The Little Mermaid

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Ariel is a feminine and masculine name that has diverse roots such as Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, Biblical, and Greek. This name means "altar," "light" or "lion of God," in fact, we can find this name in the Old Testament as another name for the city of Jerusalem, while in the English-speaking world it became more popular as a female name after Walt Disney launched the movie The Little Mermaid in 1989.

The name Ariel is lovely, and people tend to associate all the good qualities we see in the little princess Ariel with women who bear this given name. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 126 in the popularity charts.

28 Aurora- Sleeping Beauty

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Aurora is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Romanian, Finnish, and Roman Mythology. This name means "dawn" in Latin. And according to the Roman Mythology Aurora was the Roman goddess of the morning. It has occasionally been used as a given name since the Renaissance, but after the movie made an adaptation of the classic Sleeping Beauty in 1959 the name gained popularity again among expecting moms.

Aurora is a name worth of a princess, classic, elegant and combine quite well with almost any surname around the globe. The name is currently ranked in the position number 16 in the popularity charts.

27 Basil- The Great Mouse Detective

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Basil is a masculine name that has Greek, American, and English roots. This name means "royal" and " kingly". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name has come into general use in the Christian world, but the name reached popularity again after Walt Disney launched The Great Mouse Detective in 1986, , a movie that follows the adventures of Basil a clever mouse that solve diverse mysteries in London.

Basil is a strong masculine name that it's easy to write, spell, and pronounce. It also combines quite well with diverse surnames which is why this could be an ideal option for a baby boy. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 1.929 in the popularity charts.

26 Belle -Beauty And The Beast

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Belle is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as German, English, American, Latin, Hungarian. and Spanish. This name it's the short form of Isabella or names ending in belle. It is also associated with the French word belle which means "beautiful" while in Spanish it means "Devoted to God." The name gained even more popularity among girls, after Walt Disney released the movie Beauty and the Beast in 1991.

Belle is one of those feminine names full of grace, it combines perfectly with diverse surnames and middle names, besides it's short an easy to write, learn and spell. This name is currently ranked in the position number 418 in the popularity charts.

25 Daisy -A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

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Daisy is a feminine name that has diverse roots such as English, Anglo-Saxon, and American. This name comes from the English word that refers to the white flower, ultimately derived from Old English dægeseage meaning "day eye". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century. It's right pronunciation in English is DAY-zee .

Another famous bearer of this name is from A Mickey Mouse Cartoon, Daisy Duck, significant other of the character Donald Duck. Daisy is a classic name that represent all the good qualities we see in the Disney's character. This name is currently ranked number 261 in the popularity charts.

24 Eric -The Little Mermaid

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Eric is a masculine name that has origins such as English, Swedish, German, and Spanish. The name comes from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, derived from the elements ei "ever, always" and ríkr "ruler". This was also the name of several early kings of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Eric was first brought to England by Danish settlers during the Anglo-Saxon period. It was not popular in England in the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century.

And one famous bearer of the name is Prince Eric from the Disney movie  The Little Mermaid. This is a masculine name that has certain charming in each of it's letters, and it's beauty comes in its simplicity. Eric is one of those names that are difficult to forget and combine quite well with diverse surnames. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 160 in the popularity charts.

23 Ella- Cinderella

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Ella is a feminine name that has origins such as German, American, French, and English. This name is a variation of the Germanic name Alia, which was a short form of names containing the Germanic element alja meaning "other". Ella was introduced to England by the Normans and used until the 14th century, but it was later revived in the 19th century. It's right pronunciation in English is EL-ə.

But what many people doesn't know is that Cinderella's real name is Ella, not Cinderella. This girls name is short, easy to learn, write, and spell, and if Cinderella was one of your favorite childhood movies, Ella could be the perfect name for that little princess that is about to come to your life. The name is currently ranked in the position number 15 in the popularity charts.

22 Esmeralda- The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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Esmeralda is a feminine name that has diverse roots such as Spanish, Portuguese, and English. This name means "emerald" in Spanish and Portuguese, and we can find this name in the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo in 1831, in which Esmeralda is the Gypsy girl who is the love interest of the main character Quasimodo. Disney, time later brought this story again through one of its animated movies in 1996. Esmeralda has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the release of Victor Hugo's novel.

Esmeralda is a name full of grace. In fact, the famous couple Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling named one of their daughters Esmeralda. This name is currently ranked in the position number 214 in the popularity charts.

21 Elsa- Frozen

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Elsa is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as English, German, Swedish, Icelandic, Finnish, and Italian. This name is the short form of the name Elisabeth and among its meanings, we can highlight " truth," "my God is bountiful," and "God of plenty." The name gained more popularity after Walt Disney launched in 2013 the animated movie Frozen, considered until now one of the highest grossing animated movies from the franchise. Currently, the movie is ranked in the sixth position.

Elsa is one of those name that we usually find in classic baby girl lists due to the strong personality that comes along with the name, but as Elsa, in the movie, this name represent the power of believe in yourself and be an independent woman who breaks paradigms. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 580 in the popularity charts.

20 Flynn - Tangled

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Flynn is a masculine name that has English, and Irish roots. This name comes from an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Floinn which means "descendant of FLANN". It's right pronunciation in English is FLIN and it's more common to hear among boys in countries like Australia, England and Wales, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States.

Flynn was a thief known for his charm and quick-wit in the Disney movie Tangled who fell in love with Rapunzel. He was born as Eugene Fitzherbert, but he decided to change his name to Flynn Rider, a fictional character from the book The Tales of Flynnigan Rider that he used to read to the rest of the kids in the orphanage when he was younger. This thief stole our hearts with slyness in the movie due to the nobility of his heart. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 731 in the popularity charts.

19 Ferdinand - Snow White

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Ferdinand is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as German, French, Dutch, English, Czech, Slovene, and Ancient Germanic. This name comes from Ferdinando, the old Spanish form of a Germanic name composed of the elements fardi "journey" and nand "daring, brave." According to Behind the Name, the Visigoths brought the name to the Iberian Peninsula, where it entered into the royal families of Spain and Portugal, which is why it became popular among royalties in the 16th century.

But what many people don't know is that the real name of the charming prince in Snow White was indeed Ferdinand. The name is currently ranked 4.947 in the popularity charts, and it could be a great option for parents who love old names and are looking for something classic, but at the same time rare to hear today among boys.

18 Giselle -Enchanted

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Giselle is a feminine name that has French, American and German roots. The name comes from the Germanic word gisil meaning "hostage" or "pledge." According to experts in language and names, Giselle may have originally been a descriptive nickname for a child given as a pledge to a foreign court. It became known in the English-speaking world due to Adolphe Adam's ballet 'Giselle' in 1841, but it was not regularly used until the 20th century.

In 2007 Disney released its new movie called Enchanted that tells the story of the princess Giselle ( Amy Adams) who is just about to get marry with the prince, but suddenly she is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey). Giselle is a girls name worth of a princess, currently is ranked in the position number 4.933 in the popularity charts.

17 Henry- Cinderella

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Henry is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as German, English, and American. This name means " rules the home" and it was popular among continental royalty, being the name of seven German kings, while the Normans introduced the French form of the name to England, eight kings carried this name. The last one was Henry VIII in the 16th century.

But another well-known Disney's Prince is the proud bearer of this name, Prince Henry from Cinderella. Today Henry is more common to hear among baby boys in the English-speaking world, and the name is currently ranked in the position number 22 in the popularity charts.

16 John - Pocahontas

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John is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Biblical. According to Behind the Name, John was initially more common among Eastern Christians in the Byzantine Empire, but it raised in popularity in Western Europe after the First Crusade. In England, it became extremely popular: during the later Middle Ages it was given to approximately a fifth of all English boys, and nowadays is considered one of the most common masculine names in the English-speaking world.

Another beloved John Smith from the Pocahontas movie release in 1995. John is a classic name very charming, that means "the grace or mercy of the Lord" and it could be the perfect option for that little prince that's about to come to their life. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 58 in the popularity charts.

15 Jasmine - Aladdin

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Jasmine is a girls name that has diverse origins such as English, French, and Persian. According to Behind The Name, the word Jasmine refers to the climbing plant that has fragrant flowers that are usually used to make perfumes. Jasmine is derived from the Persian word yasamen.

Moreover, this name reminds us of the classic film by Disney, Aladdin (1992), where the main character Aladdin, will do everything to win the heart of princess Jasmine. After the Disney movie came out, this name for girls remained in the Top 50 of popular names from 1992 to 2009. The name is currently ranked in the position number 333 in the popularity charts.

14 Jessie- Toy Story 2

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Jessie is a feminine name that has Scottish, English, Hebrew , and American. This name was originally a Scottish diminutive of the name Jean, even though language experts believe that the name is a feminine form of the name John. In modern times Jessie is also used as a short form of Jessica. Among its meanings, we can highlight "God has been gracious," " Fair and yielding."

With the sequel to Toy Story, Disney introduced to us new characters, among them the cowgirl Jessie, a friend of Woody and significant other of Buzz Lightyear. The name is currently ranked in the position number 647 in the popularity charts.

13 Kristoff - Frozen

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Kristoff is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Scandinavian. This name is a variation of the name Christopher, and in the pop culture, today is best-known thanks to Kristoff Bjorgman, the love interest of Anna in the animated movie Frozen. It's right pronunciation in English is KRIS-tawf, or KRIS-tof.

Kristoff is a rare name to hear nowadays among baby boys, but we can't denied its charm. This name remind us all the good qualities from the Disney character, hard-working, and kind. Kristoff also combines quite well with English-speaking surnames which is why it could be a great option for a baby boy. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 810 in the popularity charts.

12 Li -Mulan

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Li is a masculine name that has Chinese roots. This name can be carry by girls or boys as well and it has diverse meanings in this culture such "reason, logic," "stand, establish," "black, dawn," "power, capability, influence" and "beautiful." It's right pronunciation in English is LEE.

Li Shang was the significant other of the main character, Fa Mulan, from the animated Disney movie Mulan. This name could be an ideal option for parents who love foreign and short names. Li can work perfectly as a middle name or first name, besides it combines quite well with diverse surnames around the globe. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 980 in the popularity charts.

11 Milo -Atlantis

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Milo is a masculine name that has origins such as Greek, English, and Ancient Germanic. This name is an Old Germanic form of the given name Miles. The first register of the name in official documents was during the Middle Ages, and it has been used independently since the 19th century. Its right pronunciation in English is MIE-lo.

Disney also brought another lovely character that stole our hearts. Milo James Thatch the main character in the movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire ( 2001), a linguist and cartography expert who was trying to find the lost city. Milo is a perfect name for a baby boy, usually men who bear this name are curious, have a hard-working nature and love being surrounded by people. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 123 in the popularity charts.

10 Moana- Moana

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Moana is a name that can be used for both genders as well, so it works perfectly for boys and girls. This name has diverse origins such as Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian, and it means "ocean, wide expanse of water or deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian.

And this name was the inspiration for the Disney movie of the same name in 2016. Moana is a young teenager who loves the sea and enjoys adventures, but it is thanks to her courage that she achieves save her community from the forces of evil. Moana wasn't a name that common among kids, but after the Disney movie, it gained popularity again. This name is currently ranked in the position number 1.519 in the popularity charts.

9 Megara -Hercules

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Megara is a feminine name that has Greek Mythology roots. This name means "fury" but in Greek mythology, it refers to Megara the oldest daughter of Creon, king of Thebes. In reward for Heracles' defending Thebes from the Minyans at Orchomenus in single-handed battle, Creon offered his daughter Megara to Heracles. She bore him a son and a daughter. And the name was also used in the Disney animated film "Hercules" in 1997, Megara also called Meg, is a young woman who was a pawn for the Lord of the Underworld, Hades.

Megara is a strong name full of charm that could be the ideal option for a baby girl. Currently, the name is ranked in the position 19.788 in the popularity charts.

 

8 Merida- Brave

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Merida is a feminine name that has Spanish roots. This name comes from the third word of the Latin name colōnia Augusta Ēmerita, from the feminine of ēmeritus "veteran", but according to language experts, the name also refers to the Iberian city being founded as an imperial veterans’ colony.

Moreover, we can find this name in the Disney animated film 'Brave' (2013). The movie tells the story of Merida a rebellious teenage daughter of the King and Queen of a Scottish kingdom during an unspecified time in the early Medieval era. This name is currently ranked in the position number 2.656 in the popularity charts. It could be a great option for parents who seek something different, not that common, and wild for a little girl.

 

7 Naveen -The Princess And The Frog

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Naveen is a given name that can be used for girls or boys as well, but it’s more common to hear it as a masculine name. Naveen has diverse roots such as Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. It's also a variation of the given name Navin which means " beautiful" and " pleasant."

This name can also be found in the Disney movie from 2009 The Princess and The Frog. The film tells the story of Tiana a waitress, who wanted to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince named Naveen back into a human being. This name is rare to hear among children in the English-speaking world, adding what makes it more unique. Naveen is currently ranked in the position number 2.813 in the popularity charts.

6 Oliver-Oliver And Company

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Oliver is a baby boy name that has various origins such as English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Czech, and Slovak. And it means "olive tree."

According to Behind the Name this name was a common medieval name, however, it became rare after the 17th century because of the military commander Oliver Cromwell, who ruled the country following the civil war. The name was revived in the 19th century, perhaps in part due to the title character in Charles Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist' (1838), which was about a poor orphan living on the streets of London. Time later Disney made an adaptation of the novel with the movie  Oliver & Company from 1988 that tells the story of Oliver an orphaned kitten taken in by a gang of thieving dogs. The name is currently ranked in the position number 3.303 in the popularity charts.

5 Phillip- Sleeping Beauty

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Phillip is a masculine name that has Greek and English roots. This name is a variation of the surname Philip, but time later it started to be used as a given name. Its right pronunciation in English is FIL-!p.

Phillip is a classic name that it's usually associated with royalties, that's why we found this name in the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty from 1959. Phillip is the charm prince who breaks the spell Aurora carries when he kisses her. Phillip could be the ideal option for parents who seek for elegant names, besides this name it's easy to write, learn and spell and combines quite well with any surname. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 980 in the popularity charts.

4 Robin- Robin Hood

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Robin is a name that was initially used exclusively for males but in our last decades, it began to be used as a feminine name as well. This name has different roots such as English, Dutch, and Swedish, it's the diminutive of the name Robert, and among its meanings, we can highlight "bright fame".

According to Behind the Name, this name is usually associated with the iconic character Robin Hood, who was a legendary hero and archer of medieval England who stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern times it has also been used as a feminine name, and it may sometimes be given in reference to the red-breasted bird. In 1973 Disney launched an adaptation of the medieval character with the animated movie Robin Hood.

3 Sofia- Sofia The First

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Sofia is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Slovak, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian. This name means "wise" and is a variation of the name Sophia.

Sofia The First is a TV movie by Disney Channel that follows the adventures of Sofia a little princess who was a normal girl until her mother marries the king. Sofia is the first princess Disney brought to the screen that is a kid. This name is ideal for a little girl because each of its letters come along with certain grace, this name combines with diverse surnames and middle names, and it's impossible to forget. Currently, Sofia is ranked in position number 22 in the popularity charts.

2 Theodore "T.J." -Recess

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Theodore is a masculine name that has Greek and American roots that means God-given. One of the things I love about this baby boy name it’s that kids who carry this name are often nicknamed Theo.

According to Behind the Name, Theodore was a common name in classical Greece, and, due to both the saints who carried it and the favorable meaning, it came into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. This can be the ideal option for a baby boy, it's a charming name and easy to combine with diverse middle names and surname.

But we can find the name in one of the most successful animated series of Disney Channel, Recess that follow the adventures, Theodore, best know as "T.J", and his group of friends during their recess at their school.

1 Tiana- The Princess and The Frog

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Tiana is a feminine name that has English roots. This name is a variation of names like Tatiana and Christiana, the name also means "fairy queen." Its right pronunciation in English is tee-AN-ə .

We can find this name in the Disney movie from 2009 The Princess and The Frog that follows the adventures of Tiana. This movie was quite a big deal for the franchise because they brought to the screen the first color princess in their movies history, making a statement that they believe in equality. Tiana is a lovely name for a girl and currently, it is ranked in the position number 245 in the popularity charts.

References: behindthename.com, babycenter.comsheknows.com

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