In preparation for welcoming a little baby, a lot of parents will start doing ‘parental’ things. This means that they may even start reading some stories to their little one while they are still in the womb. There are a lot of benefits to doing this, and to continue doing this once the little one’s born. They won’t understand the words, but it introduces the baby to language and lets them get to know their parent’s voice.
It turns out, reading stories to a little one can have one other large benefit. It can give mom and dad some great inspiration for a baby name. Assigning a name to another person, that they will have to carry the rest of their life is no easy challenge. It can be one of the hardest things two people will have to do.
Fables and fairy tales are perfect places of inspiration for little ones and it will always incite a great conversation when a child finally asks why they have the name they do. Families can read stories together as a way to bond and explore the name together.
We have compiled a list of 30 absolutely perfect baby names that are inspired by some of the best-loved stories and tales of all time. There is something here for everyone, and they range from common to never heard of before.
We are going to start our list off with 15 names that are perfect for the little ladies out there. Alice is a classic name that is perfect and feminine. It is inspired, of course, by the tale of Alice in Wonderland. A story of a curious and heroic young woman who gets trapped in Wonderland with the Queen of hearts.
The name Alice is of German origin and it means “noble.” According to Nameberry.com, the name ranked in at #70 in 2017 when it came to popularity. It also rose another 8% this week alone.
The name Belle is a beautiful name and it needs no introduction on where it is inspired from. The story of Beauty and the Beast was not always just a Disney movie, it is also an old fairy tale. The story of a heroic woman who loved a man hidden behind a ghastly beast.
The name Belle is a short form for the name Isabelle and it is French of origin. The name means “beautiful.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #808 when it comes to popularity, but it did drop 17% this week alone.
Briar is the first name on our list that is considered a unisex name, so it can be used for either gender. The name comes to us from the tale of Sleeping Beauty. The story of a cursed princess doomed to sleep forever until she is awoken by true love’s kiss.
The name Briar is of English origin and it means “a thorny patch.” Many may assume that this name is not very common, but it did rank in at #718 in 2017.
Gerda is not a name that will be immediately recognized, and neither will the fairy tale it is from. It is inspired by The Snow Queen. The Snow Queen is the inspiration behind the well-loved Disney movie Frozen.
The name is of Scandinavian origin and it means “enclosure, stronghold.” This name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, which means that it is not in the top 1000 of baby names. It did rise 32% this week though so it may be on its way up.
Gretel is obviously inspired by the tale Hansel and Gretel and it is one of the most known fables out there. The tale of a brother and sister who get lost in the woods and end up having to battle a witch has been told for years.
The name is actually considered a version of the name Greta and it is of German origin. The name means “pearl.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is perfect for parents searching for a one-of-a-kind name.
Jasmine is an exotic sounding name that may be perfect for your little princess. The name is inspired by the tough, yet elegant princess from the tale of Aladdin. Aladdin is about to become popular again with the upcoming release of the Disney live-action movie.
The name has no formal place of origin or meaning, and it is just listed as a Persian flower name. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #130 when it comes to popularity. It also dropped 7% this week alone, but we have a feeling it won’t be staying there.
Marion is also considered a unisex name though it is mostly heard being used for little girls. The name comes to us from the tale of Robin Hood. The man who robbed the rich to give to the poor is one of the best known and loved characters and has been made into many movies.
The name is of French origin and is actually the medieval variation of the name Marie. It means “bitter.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 10% this week.
In today’s world, when we hear the name Penny, we probably think about the character from The Big Bang Theory. However, this name is actually from an older tale, The Rescuers. This tale was also made into a Disney movie, as so many of them are.
This name is of English and Greek origin and is actually derived from the name Penelope. In 2017, the name ranked in at #772 when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 12% this week alone.
This name is definitely an older name, but it still has a lot of charm left to it. The name comes to us from the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never wanted to grow up. Wendy was the friend he made and took with him to Never Never Land.
The name Wendy is considered a literary name, as it was invented by Sir James Barrie in 1904 for the sole purpose of this story. This means the name has no meaning or place of origin. It is also not currently ranked when it comes to popularity.
Anna is a name that a lot of parents already know and that is because of the movie Frozen. The movie may be centered around Elsa, but Anna is the one who saves the day and is a favorite among fans. The name can be pronounced the traditional way, ANNE-a. It can also be pronounced the way it is in the story, ON-a.
The name is of Hebrew origin and it is a variation of the name Hannah. The name means “grace.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #53 in popularity, so it is one of the more popular names on our list.
Up until now, all of the names on our list have been after heroines from stories, but we are about to meet our first name inspired by a nemesis. The name Anastasia comes to us from the story Cinderella and it is the name of one of the evil stepsisters.
The name is of Greek origin and it means “resurrection.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #169 when it comes to popularity. Even an evil inspiration cannot stop this name from being a hit with parents.
Ariel is one of the more recognized names from a fairy tale and that is thanks to the Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular Disney movies that was based on an old fairy tale. The true story of Ariel is a lot darker than Disney made it out to seem, having the princess turn into sea foam at the end.
The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “lion of God.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #142 and it rose another 26% this week. This name is a hit.
Bianca is another name from The Rescuers, but it is so unique sounding that it is perfect for this list. The name is of Italian origin and it means “white.” Names with Italian roots are very popular because it makes the name sound exotic and romantic.
The name was ranked in at #375 when it comes to popularity in 2017. The name is also experiencing a slight drop in popularity, so it is perfect for parents searching for a unique name to pass on.
The name Daria may not be the most recognized name right from the start, but we have all heard the story. The name is inspired by The Princess and the Pea. This tale is one of the most common stories that parents will tell their children.
The name is of many origins. It is Persian, Latin and Greek and is the feminine version of the name Darius. The name means “kingly or possesses well.” The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity so your little one is bound to stand out.
Lisa is another name that may have you wondering which story it could possibly be from. Lisa is a name inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. This is another older tale that is told to children all over the world.
This name is of English origin and could be considered a diminutive of the name Elizabeth. It means “pledged to God.” In 2017, this name was ranked in at #884 when it comes to popularity and it is dropping. This name is about to be very uncommon.
We are now on to the names for the little boys in our lives, and Arthur is a great place to start. Arthur comes to us from the story of The Sword in the Stone. The tale of a young boy who is able to remove a sword from a heavy stone, pronouncing himself king.
The name is of Celtic origin and it means “bear.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #244 when it comes to popularity. It dropped 11% this week though, so this classic name may be on its way off the charts.
Bertie is definitely a name that you won’t hear very much, and it comes to us from the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker. The story of the tiny elves who came in at night to help the old shoemaker is a crowd favourite.
This name is actually a diminutive of the name Albert and it is of German origin. The name means “noble, bright.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is perfect for the parents who don’t want this child to have to share their name.
The name Conrad is from a story that many people may not know about. It is from the story called The Goose Girl. A lot of fables and fairy tales are very old, and they can be forgotten as time goes on and they are not being told as often.
The name is of German origin and it means “brave counsel.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #577 when it comes to popularity, so it falls in the middle. The name did drop 26% this week alone though.
Edward has always been a classic name, and it has always been a crowd favorite. The name comes to us from the tale Enchanted, which a lot of people know from the movie starring James Marsden.
The name is of English origin and it means “wealthy guardian.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #169 when it comes to popularity. It did experience quite a big drop this week, 21% to be exact. This name has a long history of being used by royal families as well.
Eric is another name that comes to us from The Little Mermaid. It is the name of the Prince that Ariel falls in love with. When depicted in the Disney movie, he is one of the most loved princes. The name is an Old Norse name and it means “eternal ruler.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #143 when it comes to popularity. The name jumped another 11% this week alone so it may be on its way to breaking into the top 100.
Figaro is definitely not a name that you will hear very often and that is because it is not even a common name among baby name websites. The name brought up no place of origin or meaning when entered into a search engine. This also means the name is not ranked at all when it comes to popularity.
The name is brought to us from the story Pinocchio. This is the tale of a wooden puppet who wanted nothing more than to be a real boy. He also had a nose that would grow whenever he told a lie, a neat hack all parents wish their children had.
Finn is a name that is considered unisex, but it is most often heard being used for little boys. The name is inspired by The Snow Queen, the story that was the inspiration behind the movie Frozen. It is also a name that is growing rapidly in popularity. As of 2017, the name was sitting at #167 on the popularity charts.
The name is of Irish origin and it means “fair or white.” It is a sweet name for a sweet little boy.
Florian is a name from one of the oldest fairy tales, and it is not so widely known. Florian is inspired by Snow White. Snow White was the first animated movie produced by Disney, which we know took a lot of their movies from older stories.
If mom and dad want a name that will start conversations, this is the one. The name is of Latin origin and it means “flowering.” It is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so your little one may be the only one in his whole school with this name.
Gulliver’s Travels is another story that is almost older than time, and it does not have the same amount of hype as some of the other more common stories. This means your little one will definitely stand out in a crowd with this name.
The name is of Irish origin and it means “glutton.” This may not be the best meaning, so as long as this doesn’t matter to parents, it is a wonderful choice. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity as well.
Jack is a name that is so common it won’t automatically be associated with a fable. It comes to us from the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The story of a young, poor boy who traded a cow for some magic beans. These beans grew a mighty beanstalk which led him to a battle with a giant in the sky.
The name Jack is of English origin and it is considered a diminutive of the name John. It means “God is gracious.” The name is ranked in at #35 as of 2017, so it is quite common and popular.
We have a lot of names on our list that are inspired by The Snow Queen and that is probably because a lot of them sound incredibly exotic and sophisticated. Kai is another name that is taken from this tale, and it is being used more and more.
The name Kai is of Hawaiian origin and it means “sea.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #127 when it comes to popularity. However, it did jump 54% this week alone so it is climbing the charts rapidly.
Hans is another name that we are taking from a bad guy. Hans was the suitor in Frozen who tried to steal Anna’s love for his own selfish reasons. He took advantage of Anna’s need for love and planned to take over the crown.
The name is of German, Dutch, Scandinavian and Estonian origin and it is their version of the name John. It also means “God is gracious.” This name is not ranked when it comes to popularity in the western world.
If we have Gretel on this list, then we need to include her brother Hansel. Hansel and Gretel may appear to be two very mischievous little children who got themselves into quite the pickle. However, they worked together to outsmart the old witch and escape.
The name is the German version of the name Hans which we have previously talked about. The name means “God is gracious.” This name is also not ranked in the western world, so it is a perfect choice for parents looking for a truly unique name.
Some names take a special kind of child to work. Merlin is a name that may need some brave parents in order to give this name to their child. The name will truly make them shine and have people asking questions. Merlin comes to us from The Sword in the Stone as well.
The name is of Welsh origin and it means “sea fortress.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but that is not altogether surprising. It is also not showing any signs of improving its rank.
Sebastian is the last name on our list, and it is a good one. Sebastian comes to us from The Little Mermaid. It is the name of the lobster who is always trying to follow Ariel around to make sure she doesn’t get into too much trouble.
The name is of Latin and Greek origin and it means “person from the ancient city of Sebasta.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #22 when it comes to popularity. It is not showing any growth right now, but it appears to be doing just fine on its own.
References: Nameberry.com, babyology.com