Beyond Mowgli and Minnie–Animated Disney Baby Names

The poor Simpson-Wentzes caught a lot of flak last week for their baby name choices–not only for first name Bronx, but for Disneyesque middle name Mowgli as well, to the point where Pete Wentz felt called upon to defend the choice on the people.com website.  In a story headlined PETE WENTZ: WHY WE NAMED OUR SON MOWGLI, his explanation was “The Jungle Book was something me and Ashlee bonded over.  It’s a cool name.”  Well, whether or not we agree, we shouldn’t dismiss the whole genre of Disney names–there are a few treasures buried in that vault.

In the beginning, the Disney folks were big on silly, often alliterative names for their cartoon creatures–Horace Horsefeather, Clarabelle Cow, and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Donald and Daisy Duck.  When they moved on to feature films in the 1930s, they began to draw on already created and named characters from fairy tales and children’s books, from Snow White to Peter Pan.  Curiously enough, the one early character name that caught on with parents was Bambi–a male deer in the movie that became a popular namesake for girl babies.

The real winners, though, have been the Princess names from more recent Disney films–The Little Mermaid’s Ariel reached #66 two years after its release date and Jasmine from Aladdin has been as high as #23.  Other Disney heroine names like Belle (Beauty and the Beast) and Violet (The Incredibles) have also been boosted by their Disney connection.  Here are some other good Disneyfied options:

GIRLS

ANASTASIA Cinderella

AURORA Sleeping Beauty

BIANCA The Rescuers

BRIAR ROSE Sleeping Beauty

CELIA Monsters, Inc

COLETTE Ratatouille

ESMERALDA The Hunchback of Notre Dame

EVE Wall-E

FIONA Shrek

LILO Lilo & Stitch

NALA The Lion King

THALIA Hercules

BOYS

CLAUDE The Hunchback of Notre Dame

DEMETRIUS Hercules

DJANGO Ratatouille

GIDEON Pinocchio

GUS Cinderella

JULIEN Madagascar

NEMO Finding Nemo

PHOEBUS The Hunchback of Notre Dame

REMY Ratatouille

REX Monsters, Inc

RICO Madagascar

ZEUS Hercules

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Emmy Jo Says:

November 28th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Disney is “stealing” all my good names! I have Violet, Eve, Celia, Anastasia, Thalia, Gideon, and Demetrius on my list. I knew Anastasia was a Disney name, but I hadn’t realized the connection with the others. I hope they don’t become too popular, though I know Violet is heading in that direction. (I’d attributed it mostly to Jennifer Garner’s daughter, though.)

My husband and I both loved “The Rescuers” growing up. I asked him about using Bianca for a daughter, but he didn’t seem too keen.

linda Says:

November 28th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

I don’t think you have to worry–Disney used most of those names a long, long time ago, and they haven’t caught on yet. I do agree about Violet Affleck having a greater influence.

Pencils Says:

December 12th, 2008 at 12:39 am

We just named our baby daughter Aurora, and to be honest the Disney connection didn’t occur to us until months after we made it our #1 choice. We named her that in spite of the Disney film. We think it’s a gorgeous name, and we appreciate the Classical origin as well as its scientific use.

linda Says:

December 12th, 2008 at 2:45 am

Aurora is a very beautiful name, and I wouldn’t even give the Disney connection a thought!

chas gragg Says:

December 21st, 2008 at 4:35 pm

I have always loved the name Koda from the Disney movie Brother Bear.

vansandlily Says:

May 19th, 2009 at 9:52 am

Madagascar and Shrek are definitely not Disney…

linda Says:

May 19th, 2009 at 10:07 am

You’re so right! Sorry.

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