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Nameberry Picks: 12 Best Bunny Names

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After we saw Elisabeths’s darling bunny products in the new nameberry style column last week,  our thoughts naturally hopped right over to the area of rabbit names.

Bunny rabbits—the cute and the caustic– have populated children’s stories and cartoons from Beatrix Potter’s Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail to Uncle Wiggily and B’rer Rabbit to Walt Disney’s first character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and then Thumper to Bugs Bunny to Runaway Bunny all the way to the voluptuous Jessica Rabbit in Who Killed Roger Rabbit, who was a rabbit in name only.

A lot of these characters didn’t have actual names, or if they did, they weren’t baby-appropriate, but we burrowed through books, comics and cartoons, movies, television shows, and video games, and came up with our Nameberry Picks of 12 Best Bunny Names:

Benjamin Bunny, a Beatrix Potter character

Cecily Parsley, from another Beatrix Potter story

Harvey, James Stewart’s imaginary six-foot friend in the eponymous movie

Hazel from Watership Down by Richard Adams–the gentle oldie that Julia Roberts jumpstarted interest in

Ivory Monroe, from the comic By the Tail

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Beatrix Potter Names: Jemima & Jeremy

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By Nephele
 
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is a beloved children’s picture book author and illustrator whose stories have an enduring charm that will no doubt continue to delight readers well beyond our 21st century.
Her popular stories have made their way from the printed media into animated adaptations for television (The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends), and ballet (The Tales of Beatrix Potter).  Films have also been made depicting her life, the most recent being the 2006 movie titled Miss Potter and starring Renée Zellweger.

Beatrix Potter was an early conservationist, and her stories of Peter Rabbit and friends reflect her great love of the British countryside and nature.  Her animal characters (with the exception of the American animals appearing in The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes) were drawn from life, revealing Beatrix Potter‘s eye for realism as well as whimsy.

Apparent in her stories is a Victorian delicacy of understatement and wit in describing unavoidable unpleasantries, such as death: “Your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”  In addition, the Victorian expectation of children to master vocabulary can be found in Beatrix Potter‘s use of the occasional “soporific” and “improvident” sprinkled among the more childish bobbitties and scrumplies in her books.

While many of Beatrix Potter‘s anthropomorphic characters bear whimsical names, such as the beloved hedgehog laundress known as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, there nevertheless can also be found a number of baby-worthy names among her characters.  These names will mainly appeal to those with classic naming tastes, representing names (and nicknames) that also appealed to the people of the British Isles living in the Victorian and Edwardian eras:

GIRLS

ANNA MARIA

BETSY

CECILY

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