Disney has been around since what feels like forever, so it's no surprise that so many children are named after some of the more memorable characters from the famous film franchise. Disney is a firm favorite in a number of countries and is adored by both children and adults alike. In fact, people have been naming their children after famed Disney heroes (and villains) since Mickey Mouse first graced our screens all the way back in 1923, and it looks as if the trend is set to continue well into the future.
Here are 10 names inspired by Disney movies.
Toy Story first captured the hearts of the world back in 1995 and has since gone on to spawn four sequels and a whole load of cash. The movie is famed for introducing characters such as Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Woody (Tom Hanks), as well as numerous other well-liked creations and personas.
However, not only has the film entertained audiences across the globe but it has also inspired parents to name their children after the beloved characters. Yes, the name, Buzz, has become extremely popular over the last few years and it looks like that will continue.
Aladdin, which was released in 1992, quickly cemented itself as one of the standout feature films of the Disney back catalog. One of the best things about the movie is the character, Genie, voiced by legendary and (sadly) late actor Robin Williams.
These days, the movie still continues to inspire and influence audiences all over the world, with parents also naming their daughters after the beautiful and luxurious, princess Jasmine. In 2019, the movie was remade as a musical fantasy, starring real-life actors rather than a cartoon. However, sadly, the movie just didn't quite compare to the original.
The Lion King is often named as the best Disney movie to have ever been made and is continuously praised for its storyline, characters and of course that jaw-dropping soundtrack. As a result of its success, the numerous characters have inspired parents across the globe to name their children after their favorite personality. For instance, the main character, Simba, has now become a popular name for newborns all over the world.
In 2019, The Lion King, much to everyone's distress, was remade with real-life actors. However, despite the outcry, the movie was actually pretty good and won over those who doubted it in the first place.
Beauty and the Beast is known for its amazing characters as well as the epic soundtrack. Yes, the soundtrack is often considered as one of the best soundtracks to have ever come out of the Disney canon and is still praised to this day.
The character of Belle is often regarded as one of the best Disney protagonists and is also deemed as one of the most beautiful. As a result, the name, Belle, has become extremely popular and still continues to be to this day. In 2017, the movie was remade into a full-length feature film starring Emma Watson as Belle.
Let's face it, The Little Mermaid undoubtedly has one of the best Disney songs in the world as well as one of the best characters. Yes, Sebastian singing, "Under the Sea" is one of the standout features in the whole of the Disney back catalog and something that will be quite difficult to beat.
However, it is Prince Eric that has gone down in the history books, with the dashing prince still inspiring parents to this day. That's right, the name continues to be one of the most popular Disney inspired names of all time, and is also popular for cat and dog names.
There is no denying that Disney was at their best during the eighties and nineties, with movies such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King raking in the big bucks. However, during the early 2000s, for some reason, Disney wasn't able to recreate the magic they had created previously.
Then, in 2013, Disney released the highly anticipated, Frozen, with critics praising it as Disney back at their best. The movie, which stars two sisters, Elsa and Anna, was an instant hit, especially with young children and also inspired parents across the globe to name their kids after the main character, Elsa.
Disney's Robin Hood is probably one of the most underrated Disney movies of all time, especially with regards to its characters, voice actors and incredible soundtrack. The movie follows the famed plot of the legendary character of Robin Hood, along with his merry men and, of course, Maid Marian.
Sadly, the movie is often overlooked with regards to its predecessors such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast and is often forgotten as a result. However, the name Robin still inspires parents today and remains as one of the most popular boy names of all time.
Finding Nemo was the movie that proved to the world that Toy Story wasn't just a one-off. Yes, the fish-friendly film, which stars the likes of Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres, quickly became the highest-grossing animated movie of all time upon its release and is still regarded as one of the best Pixar movies ever made.
As a result of its success, many parents began naming their children after the characters, with Nemo, Marlin, Nigel, and Bruce all becoming popular after its release. However, it was the name, Dory, that really took off, and continues to be a popular girl's name to this day.
Tangled, which is loosely based on the popular fairytale, Rapunzel, was a moderately successful Disney movie and still remains a favorite with youngsters today. As a result, the name, Flynn, has shot up in popularity over the last few years, which has mostly been credited to the movie.
In fact, Flynn Rider, the quick-witted swashbuckler who steals the heart of the main character, Rapunzel, is one of Disney's most favored anti-heroes. Interestingly, the character was actually based on fictional characters such as Han Solo and Indiana Jones. However, it was later revealed that he was also based on the actor Errol Flynn, hence the naming of the character.
The Princess and the Frog, which was released in 2009, was Disney's 49th animated feature film and also featured Disney's ninth Disney princess. The movie is based on the two well-known fairytales, The Frog Prince and another famed novel, The Frog Princess. However, the movie is mostly noted for having the first African-American Disney princess, much to the delight of many.
As a result, the name has inspired a number of parents across the globe to name their children after such a positive role model, with Tiana one of the most popular female names of the last decade.