Naming a baby is hard and it is one of the hardest things anyone ever has to do in their lives. Parents want to give their children a worthy title they will have to carry with them for the rest of their lives. They want it to be strong, have a great meaning and be a name that will carry well into adulthood. Why not look to some of the greatest Disney heroines of all time?
It makes sense that parents may want to use Disney as a great source of inspiration for baby names. There are some of the greatest hidden gems hiding among Disney movie characters and they would make wonderful names for any little baby coming into the world soon.
The ’90s was a wonderful time to be alive. I should know, I am a 90’s kid. What I remember the most about growing up in this decade is that some of the best Disney movies were released between 1990 and 1999. Disney is one of the biggest corporations in the world, and they have released movies that have won awards and brought in record-breaking amounts of money. They are loved around the world and also have some inspiring names that can be used as baby names now.
From Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin, we have found 28 of the most perfect baby names from movies only a 90s mom would love.
Bianca is a name that is from a Disney movie that did not shine as bright as some of the others. The movie is Rescuers Down Under and it is a story of two mice on a great adventure. Bianca was the name of one of the heroine mice.
The name Bianca is from Italy and it means “white.” According to Nameberry.com, the name was ranked at #375 when it comes to popularity. The name is perfect for parents who want a name that is unique, but one that is still fairly common.
If we are going to include one half of the pair from Rescuers Down Under, then we have to include the male counterpart as well. Bernard was the other half of the mice duo and it is a classy and cute name for a little boy.
The name is of German origin and it means “strong, brave as a bear.”
In terms of popularity, the name Bernard hasn't made it into the top 1000 list. However, it rose by 54% this week alone, so this name is definitely one to watch!
This name needs no introduction as it is from one of the most well-known Disney movies of all time, The Beauty and the Beast. Belle was the unique heroine and a very strong one at that. She was able to see the beauty that was within the beast and taught us all to love books.
The name Belle is a short form of the name Isabelle and is French in origin. It means “beautiful.” In 2017, the name was ranked at #808, so it is a lot less common than people may believe it to be.
Adam is also another name from Beauty and the Beast, but it may not be easily recognized. That is because everyone else knows Adam as the Beast. Disney released a statement that this was, in fact, the prince’s first name.
The name Adam is of Hebrew origin and means “son of the red earth.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #77 so it is quite popular. The name also has strong mention in the Bible, being the name of the first man on earth.
Jasmine is a name that a lot of people love as it comes to us from the classic movie Aladdin. The female heroine was tough and got what she wanted, including the boy. The name has no official place of origin and no meaning. It is simply listed as a Persian flower name.
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #130 when it comes to popularity. This name that this name is slightly more popular than many would guess. Your little one is bound to stand out with a name like this and she will sparkle just like the flower she represents.
Iago was also from Aladdin, but he wasn’t the main character or even a popular one. Sometimes we can pull inspiration from villains, and Iago was the name of the parrot who sat on bad-guy, Jaffar’s shoulder.
This name is actually the Welsh variation of the names James and Jacob and it means “supplanter.” Although the name doesn't rank on the lists of top baby names, it does have a unique pronunciation, which is E-ago. Admittedly, the name's pronunciation may be the only downfall if you have to constantly correct everybody.
The Lion King is a classic, and it is in the news now more than ever because the live-action movie being released next year. Nala was the sweet and strong female heroine who convinced Simba to come back and claim his spot as king. It is also a sweet name for a little lady.
The name is of African origin, but the meaning of the name is unknown. In 2017, the name was ranked at #768 when it came to popularity, but it did rise 23% this week alone.
If we have Nala on this list, then we need to have Simba as well. Simba went from being a lovable cub who just couldn’t wait to be king, to turning into a strong adult lion who defeated his not-so-nice uncle and took claim over the pride lands (told you I was a 90’s gal).
The name Simba is not one you will hear often, especially since it hasn't ranked since 2017. It is on the rise though, thanks to the new release of the movie, and may be on the charts soon. The name is of Swahili origin and means “lion.”
It seems like The Lion King is a great source of inspiration for baby names. Timon was a meerkat who was a great friend to Simba and taught him all about Hakuna Mutata, which means "No worries for the rest of your days."
The name can be pronounced one of two ways, either tee-MONE or TIE-mon.
The name is of Greek origin and it means “reward, honour.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it rose 60% this week alone.
This is our last name inspired by The Lion King, and it comes to us from a villain. Ed was the name of one of the hyenas who did a lot of Scar’s bidding.
Ed may have been the name of a bad guy, but it is still a super-cute name for a little boy.
The name is the short form for the name Edward and means “wealthy.” We are starting to see a lot of nicknames take center stage to stand on their own, and Ed is no different. It is also unique, as the name is not ranked when it comes to popularity.
Jack is a name from one of the most popular Disney movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas. We are still unclear whether this is a Halloween or Christmas movie.
Jack is a great choice because it is not immediately clear that this name may have taken inspiration from a Disney movie.
The name is of English origin and is considered another version of the name John. It means “God is gracious.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #35, making it one of the more popular names on our list.
James is one of the most common names out there for little boys, which may deter some parents from choosing it. In 2017, the name sat at #4 when it comes to popularity and it is now starting to show a slight decline in popularity. The name is Hebrew origin and means “supplanter.”
The name comes to us from the movie James and the Giant Peach, a Disney movie that was based on one of the most well-loved books of all time.
Esmeralda is a unique and exotic sounding name that any little lady would be proud to call her own. The movie is inspired by the strong female lead in the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
She was definitely a woman who could hold her own, and she wasn’t scared of anyone.
The name means “emerald.” In 2017, the name was ranked at #380 with regards to popularity. Every week, it rises in popularity more and more. It seems like a lot of moms have been re-watching the classic movie.
Hugo is another name that is inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and it definitely sounds pretty unique. The name is not as popular as Esmeralda, as it only sat at #418 in 2017. However, that is more popular than even I would have thought it would be.
The name is the Latinized form of the name Hugh and means “mind, intellect.”
There are some who hold a lot of value in the meaning of names so this may be very important to them.
Laverne is one of the cheerful gargoyles from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and it is one of the older names. Spelled either Laverne or Leverne, it is considered a name that can be applied to either gender.
The name is of French origin and means “springlike,” which is a sweet meaning.
In 2017, the name was not ranked when it came to popularity, but it did rise 39% this week alone. It may become popular once more if this trend continues. This name, though old, may be too unique for a lot of parents.
Meg is a great name that comes to us from the sassy female heroine from the movie Hercules. She was so sure she would never fall in love but just couldn’t resist the strong male lead for very long.
The name is actually considered a diminutive of the name Margaret, which means "pearl."
In 2017, the name was not ranked when it comes to popularity, and it dropped another 23% this week alone. It is perfect for those parents who want a name that will stand out in a crowd.
Hercules is a strong name, and it is one of the more obvious Disney-related names. The name is of Greek origin and means “glory of Hera.” The name did not rank in 2017 when it comes to popularity and dropped even further this week alone.
This name is considered a synonym for power and strength and is sure to give any little boy the confidence he needs to get through life.
You can always remind him of the strong man who he shares a name with.
The name Jane may seem very plain, but it is anything but! Much like its Disney counterpart from the movie Tarzan, Jane is a strong name that carries well with time. When we name our children, we must consider that they will be grown adults one day who need a strong name.
The name is of English origin and it means “God is gracious.” In 2017, the name ranked at #282 when it comes to popularity. This name continues to be well-loved by many people.
Mulan is probably one of the best names out there for a little girl because it is based off of one of the strongest characters Disney has ever created. Mulan was a girl from China who wanted to join the army but had to pretend to be a man in order to do so. Needless to say, she proved that she belonged there.
The name's literal translation is “wood orchid.” This name is not ranked when it comes to popularity which will mean your little one will definitely stand out in a crowd.
We all know the classic Disney characters, Mickey, Minnie and Pluto and they continue to be just as relevant today. Goofy was one of the main characters and in the 90’s, they released The Goofy Movie, which featured his son named Max.
Max is of English and German origin and it is considered a short form for the name Maximilian and Maxwell. It means “greatest.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #128 when it comes to popularity. A bonus with this name is that it is considered a name that is suited for either gender.
Some of the Disney movies from the 90’s has kind of faded away and lost their charm. One series of movies continues to be popular and that is Toy Story. This is a loved story that continues to enthral children, who now wonder what their toys do when they are not home. Andy was the young boy who owned Buzz and Woody.
The name is of Greek origin and means “strong and manly.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #376 but it did see a slight drop of 23% this week.
Jesse was another character from the Toy Story franchise, but she didn’t come around until the second movie. She was a part of Woody’s group of toys and the world fell in love with her spirit for adventure and her unending loyalty.
A name that can fit either boys or girl, Jessie is considered a diminutive of the name Jessica. Although Jessie started off as a nickname, it has since earned enough status to stand on its own. The name was ranked at #657 in 2017 when it came to be used for little ladies.
You may be scratching your head trying to figure out where the name Marnie comes from in terms of being used in a Disney movie. The name Marnie is from the made-for-TV movie, Halloweentown. She was the main character who loved everything and anything spooky. The movie has gotten incredibly popular over the years.
The name is of Hebrew origin and means “rejoice.” In 2017, the name was not ranked when it comes to popularity, which makes it perfect for parents who don’t want their child to share their name in the classroom.
Our next two names are from the same movie, The Parent Trap, a film that starred a young Lindsay Lohan as twins who find each other at a camp and decide to swap lives to get to know the other parent.
The name Annie is a classic name that is cute with just the right amount of sass.
Annie is of English origin and is a version of the name Anne, which means “grace.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #297 when it comes to popularity but rose another 25% this week alone.
Hallie was the name of Annie’s twin in the movie, and it is a name that is just as sweet, so it needed to be on this list. Hallie is not as popular as Annie, as it only ranked in at #525 in 2017 when it comes to popularity. In fact, it drops more and more in popularity every week.
The name is of English origin and means “dweller at the meadow by the manor.” It is a perfect name that has a perfect nickname within it. Parents may choose to just call their daughter ‘Hal’ as a short form.
I am going to bend the rules here for this name. Ariel is, of course, the name of the lead mermaid from The Little Mermaid. The reason I'm bending the rules is because The Little Mermaid was actually released in 1989, but it is close enough that anyone who grew up in the 90’s still has a soft spot in them for this movie.
The name is of Hebrew origin and means “lion of God.” In 2017, the name was ranked at #142 when it comes to popularity, so it turns out the name is just as loved as the movie.
Willow is not a name that screams Disney and that is because it was a character that was well-hidden within a Disney movie. Willow was the name of the grandmother from Pocahontas.
A tree in appearance, she gave words of wisdom to our female heroine.
The name is considered an English nature name and means “willow tree.” It is a name that is very trendy right now, and the rank proves it. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #81 when it came to popularity.
One of the lesser known Disney movies is A Bug’s Life. One of the characters from this movie was named Dot, and it is a sweet name for any little lady. It has a sound to it that makes people think the name is old. As it turns out, it really is old-fashioned.
The name is of English origin and is related to the full name Dorothy. It means “gift of God.” The name was also not ranked when it comes to popularity, though it did spike 24% this week alone. It is the perfect name for the little princess in your life.