Choosing a name can be tricky, for both first-time parents and those who already have plenty of kids. The pressure of choosing a name can be incredibly difficult, especially when you come to realize that this name can define your child's entire existence. Scary right?
Sadly, there is no answer for choosing the perfect name, but there are a large number of choices and numerous outlets to take inspiration from. Yes, from music, art, film, and television, the option of both male, female and genderless names are endless. So, to help you out a little, here are 10 names inspired by cartoon characters.
Mickey Mouse is best known for being the face of Walt Disney's magical world of Disney. The Disney franchise is probably one of the most well-known things in the world, with little Mickey one of the most iconic characters. Therefore, it seems obvious as to why so may Disney lovers choose the name Mickey as a name for their little one. In fact, although the name is mostly associated with boys, the name has become rather popular for girls in recent years. The name can also be used as a nickname for the longer name of Michael or shortened to just Mick.
Christopher Robin is best known for appearing in the classic A.A. Milne books, Winnie The Pooh. In fact, the character was based on the author's son who also named Christopher Robin. Sadly, Christopher Robin Milne was upset at the use of his name and claimed that his father had used him. However, despite the real Christopher Robin hating the name, a large number of parents across the world have used the character as inspiration for naming their child. For instance, many babies are named Christopher Robin or simply just Christopher after the beloved character.
Olive Oyl was created by E.C. Segar all the way back in 1919. She first appeared in the comic strip Thimble Theatre, which was later renamed, Popeye after one of the characters. Popeye quickly became one of the most popular characters in the series. However, Olive Oyl was the main feature for 10 years before Popeye even showed up.
Olive is usually portrayed as Popeye's girlfriend, but she always ends up irritated or annoyed at him for several things. As a result of Olive's popularity, the name is extremely common for baby girls and it is currently ranked at number 270 in the top English girl's names.
Spongebob Squarepants is one of the most popular kid's television shows of all time. The cartoon, which first appeared all the way back in 1999, lasted for a whopping sixteen years. Over the years, Spongebob has received critical acclaim from all over the world, with people mostly praising it for its appeal to all ages. Yes, from toddlers to the over 50's, Spongebob Squarepants has something for everyone. However, one character, in particular, has stolen the hearts of many, with pink starfish, Patrick Star one of the standout characters. In fact, Patrick is so well-loved, that parents are now naming their kids after him.
Rugrats, which first appeared back in 1991, was a firm favorite among tiny toddlers, teenagers, and even adults. The show mostly focused on the main character and good-hearted baby Tommy, along with his pals, the cowardly Chucky, and twins, Phil and Lil. However, Tommy's cousin, Angelica, would often make an appearance all while stealing every scene that she was written into.
That's right, Angelica, best described as spoiled, vain, devious and selfish, was one of the villains of the show and did her best to ruin the fun of her younger cousin and his friends. Nevertheless, despite her unlikeability, Angelica was still rather popular with audiences, with the name soon becoming common among baby girls.
Sylvester Jr. Pussycat Sr. is without a doubt most people's favorite fictional cat. Yes, he might not be one of the most well-known characters from the famed Looney Tunes franchise, but he is certainly up there with the best. Sadly, Sylvester is often painted as the loser of the Looney Tunes winner and loser storylines, mostly due to his obsession with the also memorable yellow bird, Tweetie Pie. Thanks to his distinctive lisp and hilarious catchphrases such as, "suffering' succotash" Sylvester is a well-liked character. The name Sylvester, which is usually used as a surname, is seemingly on the rise as a first name, something that Sylvester Jr. Pussycat Sr. will probably take credit for.
Betty Boop made her first appearance in 1930 in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes. Over the years, the inspiration for Betty has been debated. For instance, some suggest that the legendary Jazz Age actress Clara Bow was the inspiration for the famed character. However, some say that Betty was actually based on the singer Helen Kane or Baby Esther Jones. At the time, Betty Boop was rather scandalous and had to be somewhat toned down due to the Hays Code. Nowadays, the name "Betty" is now extremely common for babies across the globe and has been brought back into fashion after dropping off the radar for a while.
Peppermint Patty is one of the most well-loved characters to come out of the famed and popular, Charles M. Schulz' comic strip Peanuts. Patty, who lives across the town from main character Charlie Brown, is depicted differently from the other girls in the comic. For instance, Patty loves sports and ends up coaching a baseball team at one point. As a result of her popularity, her name has become a common name for baby girls, with Patty Smith also an inspiration. However, Patty isn't the only Peanuts cartoon to garner inspiration, with Charlie, Linus, Marcie, Lucy, Franklin, and Violet all common names.
Cartoon cats are very popular, from Sylvester to Garfield, to the Cheshire cat and the Cat in the Hat. Yes, those pesky felines are exceptionally loved all over the world, especially in the cartoon world. However, it is Felix the cat that has the pleasure of being the first cartoon cat to have existed. In fact, Felix was the first-ever cartoon character to capture the attention of the general public, with previous attempts failing to do so. As a result, the name Felix instantly became synonymous with cats, with people all over the world naming their feline friends after the beloved animation. These days, the name is not only used for cats but also for people, with the name usually used in wealthy and middle-class circles in the UK.
Everybody's favorite animated cowboy is one of the most beloved characters in movie history. Yes, the wonderful Woody, voiced by the equally amazing Tom Hanks, is one of the standout characters of the successful movie franchise, Toy Story. The name Woody is often used as the shorter version of the longer name, Woodrow. Woodrow was a popular name in the past, mostly due to its association with President Thomas Woodrow Wilson. These days, the name is often registered as just "Woody" and shortened to "Wood". In 2015 onwards, the name has peaked in popularity, with Woodys becoming more common every day.