Disney Channel Names: Zora & Zeke

This week, Appellation Mountain’s Abby Sandel clicks us into the Disney Channel to check out their latest name possibilities.

First there was Bambi.  Then came Ariel and Jasmine and the rest of the Disney princesses.  I’ve yet to meet a baby Nemo, but Sebastian?  I know three.  The average animated Disney character has a pretty decent chance of making an encore appearance on birth certificates as well as a lunchboxes.

But what about all of those other Disney names?  The Disney Channel debuted in 1983.  The appellations from their original series and movies are no less inventive.  The latest Disney flick is Prom, opening nationwide at the end of April.

Not every name is novel.  Hannah had been in the US Top Ten for more than a decade before Hannah Montana arrived on the scene.  Cody, from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, was fading fast when the show premiered in 2005, but is a reasonable choice for a character born in the early 1990s.

Other choices border on the outrageous, like High School Musical’s Sharpay or The Cheetah Girls’ Aquanette.

With millions of tweens and teens tuning in to watch the Disney Channel, chances are that some of these names will inspire future parents.



CeCe – A nickname for Cecelia on new show Shake It Up.

CharlieShort for Charlotte, and the name that inspired the title Good Luck, Charlie.

DorindaAlong with Galleria, Chanel, and Aquanette, one of The Cheetah Girls.



JulietA teenaged vampire on The Wizards of Waverly Place.

LondonThe Suite Life’s resident heiress.




MileyHannah Montana’s alter ego was originally called Chloe.  The change happened after Miley Cyrus was cast as the lead.

Mitchie Demi Lovato’s Cinderella-esque character in Camp Rock





Sonny – In Sonny with a Chance, main character Allison answers to this unexpected nickname.


TeddyCharlie’s big sis.


Tru – Short for Trudy in 2002 original movie about an aspiring filmmaker

Veruca – A minor character from Lizzie McGuireHer character is nothing like Roald Dahl’s spoiled bully from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

WednesdayFrom a new series called Madison High, slated for a 2012 debut.






HarveyAnother name from not-yet-debuted Madison High.




JonasThe Jonas Brothers actually answered to the surname Lucas on their Disney Channel show.





MiloAn adventurous, adolescent, animated fish.


PhineasThe other animated character to make it onto the list, Phineas Flynn’s full name is seriously stylish.




TroyZac Efron’s character from the wildly successful High School Musical franchise.

Wen – Short for Wendell, a character from new Disney Original Movie Lemonade Mouth.


Do you recognize some of the characters?  Would you use – or avoid – a name because it has been on the Disney Channel?

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21 Responses to “Disney Channel Names: Zora & Zeke”

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Mary Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 1:00 am

I would definitely name my son after Phineas Flynn!
But I wouldn’t use or not use any of the other names because Disney Channel shows are usually fleeting in popularity. They’re there, then they’re gone. With few to no repercussions name-wise. I wouldn’t go for Miley or London, but those shows were different. They were more popular and stay around for longer.

Natalie Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 7:16 am

The only reason I’d use Wednesday would be if it was after Wednesday Addams. 😀
I love the names Juliet, Simone, and Milo, so I’m hoping they don’t become too popular…

ElsieK Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 8:21 am

I love the nickname “Sunny” on a girl. And while I’m not a huge fan of most girl’s names that end in “son” I do love the nickname idea.

purpleprose78 Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 9:30 am

Aquanet is a brand of hair spray that was popular among my grandma’s set when I was growing up. I see Aquanette and I’m picturing a big haired character.

That being said, I love Cecelia nicknamed CeCe. I think that is my new name crush for the moment.

Erin Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 10:54 am

Where is Zenon?? She had her own movie! Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century!! She was the coolest. I wanted to be her. 😛

I like a lot of the Disney Channel names. I doubt that the fact they were in something Disney would have any effect on me using them.

Nicole Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 10:55 am

I actually think Nova is a much better out of this world name than Stella. I also love girls: Juliet, Veruca and Wednesday.
Boys: Jett, Phineas and Zeke

Lola Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 11:43 am

Remind me to watch “Shake it Up” w/o the captioning on. Cece’s adorable but Cecelia makes me want to spork my eyes. Cecilia, please!

I also like Ivy, Mei, Tess & Zora. Anyone else noticing the short name thing?

Boys: Dean, Frank, Harvey, Hugo, Marcus & Marco as well as Phineas. I like Ferb better but Phineas has the best name on the show short of the platypus: Perry.

You mentioned Zeke but not Luther? There’s a Disney name I’d use! Luther’s got some serious cool goin’ on. *swoon* (there’s my newest name crush!) Even though Luther’s not the brightest crayon, he usually means well. And being Disney, tthings usually work out well in the end for him. Go Luther! Go Luther!

Kristen Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 11:52 am

I actually like that some of the names… such as Harvey, Grady, Dean, Lloyd, Frank… might become a little fresher in the mainstream public’s eye so they are accepted more! Harvey is my grandmother’s maiden name and I want to put it on the list but it has definitely felt maybe a little too vintage.

Jennie Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Erin, yes! Zenon was my idol. I do wish some of the names were more usable though. A lot of these are the current Disney channel shows; if you go back a little ways, there were some really good names. There was a show called So Weird a while back where the main characters were Fiona, Jack, and later Annie. They even had a boy character named Carey, which I thought was really cool.

Megan Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

They also had a show call The Famous Jett Jackson. Super cool name.

Nora Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I love the nickname Sonny for one of my favourite names, Sonata, but I don’t know whether or not I could ever use it thanks to the stupid Disney Channel. Thanks, Disney.

Kittyn Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Some of my favorite names are on this list! Wednesday, Marco and Jett are the ones that stand out to me. I’m okay with sharing them, but I really hope that when it is due time for me to have kids that they’re not outrageously popular or associated with Disney.

Also, ditto on Zenon and Luther being some very cool names!

Kerren Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

We named our great dane Keely from Disney’s Phil of the Future. I think it would make a lovely girl’s name.

Names4Real Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I just saw a preview for a new Disney show. It’s about genius kids around 11 entering high school. Their names – Olive, China, & Fletcher.

Abby Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Olive, China & Fletcher – that’s fabulous!

I’m really curious to see if the Disney names have an impact over time. Jett Jackson debuted in 1998 – it is very possible that some of the kids who watched the show are having kids of their own now – and thinking of Jett as a perfectly normal name, and possibly an option for them.

Lisa Says:

April 26th, 2011 at 12:38 am

We used Simone for our daughter’s middle name, but I didn’t even think about the Raven Symone connection (assuming that’s the Disney-Simone connection mentioned above). We also considered Mathis (French pron., like Matisse) for a boy, should she have been a he. And we loved Milo for a boy when our first son was born in 2005, but the grandparents hated it.

spotlightstarlit Says:

April 26th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I would not avoid a name on the DC.

I am one of the first DC babies, in fact, tuning in when DC had two really weird shows on at night and I watched it grow from there. In fact one show I LOVED as a toddler was about otters and the mother otters name was Opal, which I think is really pretty! The three kids were named after peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches. HAH!

I love Zora, it’s a family name, what show is it on?

garnet Says:

May 24th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I’m pretty sure that Sonny is short for Allison.

You forgot:

Phil of the Future:

The Thirteenth Year:

And more!

tess magnolia Says:

June 30th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I love The Thirteenth Year!!! I’m still waiting to turn into a mermaid 🙂 it’s the reason I will ever consider the name Jess

chapitaism Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

@Lola that’s true!! it seems like a pattern with short names.

There is also Zoey from Zoey 101. I’m starting to see another pattern like Z-plus 3 letters (like names in the subject Zora, Zeke, Zoey) or Z-plus 4 letters (like in Zenon). I noticed it because my new lastname follows this pattern also.

CaliRN4kids Says:

December 7th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I’m a pediatric nurse (hence, my user name) and I come across A LOT of “bizarre”/uncommon names (Ether & Serendipity are currently the most unusual I’ve come across so far). However, in response to your comment about having never come across a baby names Nemo, I have – he was the cutest little thing and his mother was totally down-to-earth & really quite awesome, in my opinion. He was born around the time that Finding Nemo had just come out and his big brother was a huge fan. He wanted to name the baby Nemo. Being the cool mom that she is, she decided to compromise and use it as the baby’s middle name, which quickly became his nickname. I thought it was adorable. I can see where some might not agree though, but when you’re constantly surrounded by such a diverse population, and hence uncommon baby names, as I am on a daily basis, I thought this was one of the cuter ones (especially having learned the story behind it). So now you can say that you’ve HEARD of a baby named Nemo. 🙂

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