Disney stole our hearts well before we had children of our own. It took us to far away lands, and told us tales of princesses and princes, magic, friendship, and love. We fell in love with Ariel's spirit, Chip's antics, and the never-ending youth of Peter Pan.
These movies and characters influenced all of us in some way, and some of the names have stuck with us through the years. But, it's so hard to just pick only 7 names from each gender to touch base on, so... these are the 20 Disney Names that have won Everyone's Hearts!
Names for boys
You've got a friend in me! The main human protagonist from the Toy Story series, Andy won everyone's hearts at the end of the third story when he grew up and passed his beloved toys on to a new generation who would love them like he did. The name means 'brave' in French, and a variant of the name Andrew.
Reindeers are better than people, Sven, don't you think that's true? Kristoff is the sweet yet smelly main male protagonist from the movie Frozen. He's blunt, to the point, and loves his reindeer BFF, Sven, but he's also lovable and has a good head on his shoulders.
Christopher has a biblical and English origin, and means Christ-bearer. Kristoff is Scandinavian in origin and is another variant of the name Christopher.
Chip n Dale
Sometimes, some crimes, go slipping thru the cracks, but these two, gumshoes, are picking up the slack! Part of the playful duo Chip and Dale, Chip is the more playful and fun loving of the two adorable chipmunks.
The name Chip makes you think of wild times and funny humor, and you can just imagine them being the life of the party! The name Chip is English in origin, and means 'chipping sparrow'.
There you see her, sitting there across the way. This swoon-worthy prince stole our hearts from the moment Ariel first saw him on his boat.
The name makes you think of the sea-air and warm breeze in your face, and you can't help but think of gorgeous black hair when you think of it, as well. The name Eric is Scandinavian in nature and means 'honorable ruler'.
Think of a wonderful thought, any merry little thought... He never wants to grow up! Peter Pan makes you think of innocence and childhood, and of never giving up on your dreams and happy thoughts!
And while he could be a bit immature (duh!), he was brave and he never gave up! The name Peter is English in origin, and means 'a rock', such as a 'rock-like, strong faith'.
Tee dum, tee dee, It's part of the game we play! If Peter made you think of innocence, little Michael was the personification of that innocence.
With his little stuffed teddy bear that went everywhere with him, he captured our hearts when he would look up with his big blue eyes at big sister Wendy. The name Michael is Biblical in origin, and means 'like God.'.
Oh, it's he, Prince Ali, Ali Ababwa! Who didn't love the scoundrel, diamond in the rough Aladdin! From that name, we get the Genie's nickname for him, Al! Smooth black hair and a suave, yet slightly clumsy demeanor, Al stole Jasmine's, and our, hearts like the thief in the night he is.
The name Al is Irish in origin, and means 'handsome' (because of COURSE it does.) The name Aladdin is Arabic in origin, and means 'faithful'.
Beauty and the Beast
Tale as old as time... true as it can be... This one is a bit more controversial, but not because anyone disliked the Beast. The troubled prince who had been cursed into a beastly, were-form was taught to love again by Belle. But, the name Adam does not come from the movie.
Trivia Time: It comes from the PC game and some of the books and toys. But that doesn't make the name any less endearing! The name is English in origin and means 'of the red earth'.
Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! How could we do a list like this, and leave off the most beloved mascot that this world has seen?
Mickey is recognized all over the world, and his romantic love with Minnie won all of our hearts, and we couldn't help but root for him! The name Mickey, in all of it's origins, Irish, English, Hebrew, and even American, are all forms of the name Michael.
Oliver and Co.
Why should I worry? Why should I care? It's just bebopulation, and I've got street savior faire! The cute little orange kitty in Oliver and Co, he's brave, handsome, caring, kind, loyal, and cute as a button!
He sticks to his morals no matter what, and does all he can to keep his owner Jenny safe! The name Oliver is English in origin, and means 'the olive tree', which symbolizes fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity.
Names for girls
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl, the girl who has everything? Her free spirit captured our hearts, and she's the girl who made us all imagine how awesome it was under the sea. Ariel was a trusting mermaid, to a fault since she ended up trusting the sea witch Ursula, who traded her fins for legs, with a hefty price: her voice. She was the tale of love without words.
The name Ariel is Hebrew in origin, and means 'Sprite' and 'Lion of God'.
For the first time in forever, there'll be music, there'll be light! Anna captivated us with her innocence, her pure love for her sister, and her inner strength and determination. She learned the hard way that you can't fall in love with someone you just met, but she still had love in her heart.
A tragic family past didn't hold Anna back, and she grew in leaps in bounds. The name Anna is English in origin, and is a variant of Anne, and it means 'favor' or 'grace'.
A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep. Cinderella was the abused, but still optimistic dreamer, who's fairy godmother's grace gave her a chance to change her fate. She only had until midnight, but she stole the prince's heart, leaving behind her single glass slipper for him to find her with, and doing so purely by accident. Some things are just fate.
Cinderella is English in origin, and means 'little cinder girl', and an often used shortening of the name, Cindy, is also English in origin, and is a diminutive of the name Cynthia, Lucinda, and Cinderella,
Alice in Wonderland
I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late! Alice fell down the rabbit hole, and saved Wonderland. In every version of the tale, in every movie, although she is skeptical, she keeps an open mind, and she is incredibly brave.
Whether she was having tea with the Hatter, or standing up to the Queen of Hearts, Alice was always the one to think whimsically and look outside the box. The name Alice is English in origin, and means 'of the nobility'.
Everybody wants to be a cat! Because a cat's the only cat, who knows where it's at! Marie was the cute female kitten of the Aristocat trio! Sassy, yet smart, Marie knew when to tell it like it was, and when to hold her tongue. She was a lady, and prided herself on being as beautiful as her mother Duchess.
Her brothers may have picked on her, but she knew how to handle herself just fine! The name Marie is French in origin, and means 'bitter sea'.
I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid! The beautiful and alluring Jasmine won Aladdin's heart at first sight, and her refusal to judge a book by its cover endeared us to her.
All she wanted was more control over her own life, and to not have her choices made for her by the patriarchy, which I think everyone could relate to. The name Jasmine is Persian in origin and means 'a climbing vine that has fragrant flowers'.
Beauty and the Beast
There must be more than this provincial life! Her nose in a book, brains met beauty in the form of Belle. She wanted to be more than someone's housewife, and her love of books inspired us to learn and read.
She learned to love the Beast, despite everything he had going against him, including his temper, and in the end she broke the curse of the castle. The name Belle is French in origin, and like the song says, means 'beauty'.
R-E-S-C-U-E, Rescue Aid Society! Heads held high, touch the sky, you mean everything to me! The brave and cute little white mouse from the Rescuers, Bianca had infinite love and affection, and did everything in her power to help those who were in need.
She was selfless, and her love for her companion Bernard warmed your heart. The name Bianca is Italian in origin and means 'White, fair'.
I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss, and a prince I'm hoping comes with this... Bubbly, fun, and energetic, Giselle was the fish out of water, and when she finally found her true love, it didn't happen in quite the manner she had anticipated.
Giselle showed her courageousness and her smarts when she defeated the villainess at the end of Enchanted, and she showed us just how enchanting she could be. The name Giselle is French in origin, and means 'a promise'.
1 Tiana/ Tia
Princess and the Frog
I'm almost there! People down here think I'm crazy, but I don't care! She's tough and she takes care of herself! Tiana is ambitious and strong, and she has no problems letting people know that! She doesn't need a man to achieve her dreams, she can do it all on her own!
She refuses to take the easy way out, and she preaches the benefit and payoff of hard work. The name Tiana is Greek in origin, and means 'princess'. Tia is a shortening of the name Tiana.
So there you have it. These names are all unique and have their own meanings, but to us, they were simply symbolic. They were a sign of our times, and our culture. They were a reminder of our childhood, and a time of innocence and magic.
And while we pass this culture on to a whole new generation, which will pass it on even more, we still think back on it occasionally, whether it be while watching these older movies with our children, watching new releases with our kids, or watching all alone by ourselves, because adults can love Disney too!