Choosing a baby name is one of the most important decisions that a parent will make for their child. It's something that stays with you for your entire life, so parents-to-be spend a good portion of the pregnancy thinking about what name they will select for their bundle of joy.
Parents look for baby name inspiration in a variety of places, like their favorite television shows, books, music albums, and movies. A lot of unique names can come from these source materials. We're going to look at some unique baby names based off of popular film characters!
10 Juno: Juno MacGuff
Juno is an Oscar award-winning film written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Ellen Page as the title character and Michael Cera as Paulie Bleeker, the film follows the life of Juno in Minnesota after she finds out she's pregnant in her junior year of high school.
When Juno is asked about her name, the quirky character tells people she was named after Zeus' wife because of her dad's obsession with Roman and Greek mythology.
“I mean Zeus had tons of lays, but I’m pretty sure Juno was his only wife. And apparently she was supposed to be super beautiful but really mean… like Diana Ross.”
9 Home Alone: Kevin McCallister
The Home Alone movies have become classics! The first two Chris Columbus films Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York star Macaulay Culkin as curious and caring 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the unsophisticated "wet bandits." The films revolve around the intelligent young boy, Kevin, as he deals with being on his own when his family accidentally leaves him home alone when they leave for vacation.
The movies show that Kevin is smart, compassionate, independent and incredibly family-oriented. In the end, he comes out on top and is able to outsmart the bad guys every time. The Home Alone movies are the ultimate Christmas comedies for the family! And they also breathe a new life into the name Kevin.
8 PULP FICTION: MIA WALLACE
Mia Wallace is a fictional character portrayed by Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 hit film, Pulp Fiction. The character of Mia became one of the most iconic female film roles of the 90’s - and the name Mia descends from words meaning "beloved." In Italian and Spanish, Mia means "mine."
Mia is confident, fun, talkative, and knows exactly what she wants. It's an appropriate name choice for this character, because Mia means 'rebellion' and 'a wished for child.' Mia likes to dance and have a good time. Tarantino's films are known for having empowering female leads, and the character of Mia fits the bill.
7 PALO ALTO: TEDDY
Teddy or Teddi is a cute name for a boy or girl. It means "happy" and "wealthy," which match perfectly with Palo Alto's Teddy, played by Jack Kilmer. In the book and in the movie, Teddy is a sweet soul – he just gets himself into trouble, sometimes by surrounding himself with troubled people and situations.
Teddy is shy, curious and creative. But most importantly, he has a big heart. The name can also be used for a girl, and the perfect example is that rockstar John Mellencamp’s daughter’s name is Teddi Mellencamp. She stars on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Teddy/Teddi is the perfect name for a child that brings happiness to those around them.
6 SUICIDE SQUAD: HARLEY QUINN
Fans of comic books and superhero movies really love the name Harley Quinn. Some choose the full name in its entirety, while others opt for either Harley or Quinn. Harley means "meadow" and Quinn means "wisdom, reason, and intelligence." After the 2016 film Suicide Squad, the popularity of Harley Quinn blew up when she was portrayed by actress Margot Robbie.
Many parents have selected the name Harley Quinn, or some variation of it because of it's savviness and sweetness. Harley Quinn first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and was later in DC Comic’s Batman comic books. Harley Quinn is the lover and accomplice of the Joker, but she's often outshined him thanks to her charm and complicated personality. If you’re a fan of this genre, this name could be for your baby!
5 JAMES BOND: JAMES
The name is Bond, James Bond! The James Bond series was created in 1953 by Ian Fleming, and it revolves around a smart and successful secret service agent named James Bond. The franchise has become very popular, as is the masculine name James. Some parents choose the name James as a first name, while others opt to select it for a middle name. It can be used for a boy or a girl. Some prime examples include iconic actor, James Dean, and country singer, Jessie James Decker.
James Bond, also known as 007, has been played by a handful of charismatic actors including Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. It’s been turned into multiple films, and many of them are box office hits. Because of these films and their likable leads, the name James is associated with many positive character traits, like intelligence, hard-working, generous, sophisticated, and adventurous.
4 THE SPECTACULAR NOW: AIMEE FINECKY
Life is all about living in the moment! The Spectacular Now is a novel written by Tim Tharp that was turned into a movie starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller as the lead characters, Aimee Finecky and Sutter Keely. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. The romantic comedy is a coming-of-age story, that revolves around sweet and shy Aimee and the free-spirited Sutter as they complete their senior year of high school.
The name Aimee means "dearly loved" and "beloved." Aimee and Sutter have big hearts and good senses of humor. Aimee is a sweet name for a girl who is down-to-earth, intelligent and caring. The good nature of the character is what truly stands out so vividly in both the book and the film. This is a loving name choice!
3 VACATION: ELLEN GRISWOLD
National Lampoon’s Vacation from 1983 has become a cult classic film. It stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, as the loving married couple Clark and Ellen Griswold. The box office hit revolves around Clark and Ellen, as they take their family on a vacation across the United States.
The name Ellen means "bright, shining light," and that's what Ellen is for her family. The comedy film is nonstop family-filled fun. The name Ellen for a girl has become a popular choice with parents. It’s sweet, wholesome, fun and witty. Clark and Ellen continue the fun with the sequels European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation.
2 JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE: JOHN TUCKER
The 2006 romantic comedy John Tucker Must Die stars Jesse Metcalfe as the title character, John Tucker. John is the high school heartthrob and star of the basketball team. John is handsome, athletic, confident and social.
Three girls who go to high school with John realize that he’s been secretly dating all of them, at the same time. So they unite to take down the player. By the end of the film, John becomes less greedy and much more gracious, which is actually what the name means! John is a super popular baby name, for both a first name and a middle name. John is also notably a biblical name. The significance of the name John is that it's meaning is “God is Gracious.” It’s a classic name choice for a kind, humble, smart and caring child.
1 STAR WARS: LUKE SKYWALKER
May the force be with you! Star Wars fans can get behind naming their children after Luke Skywalker. He’s the main protagonist of the original Star Wars trilogy created by George Lucas. Luke means "light giving" and Luke Skywalker, portrayed by Mark Hamill, is a shining star.
Luke is a lovely name for a boy. Luke represents intelligence, strength, and courage. This name is what sci-fi dreams are made of. Luke is a humble character, and the name has become a popular choice for a first name or middle name.