Disney Names: Happy Birthday, Donald Duck!

Today is Donald Duck’s birthday, so we thought we’d commemorate it by inviting a bunch of his oldest chums over to Nameberry to celebrate, characters like Mickey and Goofy and Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar. And though these cartoon creatures may not be the most appropriate of namesakes, their names are still worth considering.

Daisy Duck

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Of course the party wouldn’t be complete without Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy. She was first known as Donna Duck when she appeared in the 1937 cartoon Don Donald, making her name change in the 1940 Mr. Duck Steps Out. Her name was one of the first flower names to re-bloom and still hasn’t wilted, now at Number 166.

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15 Responses to “Disney Names: Happy Birthday, Donald Duck!”

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ErinLW Says:

June 7th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Daisy is adorable and I like Clara quite a bit, actually.

aunt_ning Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 6:42 am

I love the name Clara, it is one of my great aunts name. I always wanted a little girl named Clara Rose after Aunt Clara and Aunt Sis (real first name Rose)

I do love the name Dinah, but that girl would be tortured with the song lyrics “Dinah won’t you blow,” and I think that is too much for a teenager to handle. I had it bad enough when Christina Agulaira came out with her Genie in a bottle song, as my first name is Jeannie. Ugg.

roselang Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 7:41 am

There is a little girl named Dinah in my daughters preschool class! It is such a cute name, but I do think of the song…

nat108 Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 9:00 am

Maybe it’s a Southern thing but Minnie makes people think of Minnie Pearl. When I mentioned Minnie to my mom her response was “Howwwwww- Deeeeee!”

Love Olive Oyl, still can’t stand the name Olive

Dinah is a pretty name but Dinah of the Bible is known for being raped (although it’s debated). There are a few lovely biblical names that I can’t separate from their negative stories-like Delilah- so maybe that’s why people shy away from Dinah

Danni Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 9:57 am

Dinah is one of my favorites! I can’t figure out why it’s not used more, either…

penguin Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 10:26 am

Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, and Olive Oyl were NOT Disney characters!!! Better rename this article “CARTOON Names:”

miloowen Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 10:31 am

I love the name Dina(h) but in its original incarnation as a Jewish name, pronounced dee-nah. The real story of Dinah in the Torah makes for interesting reading, as you get the full rabbinical commentary.

I like Daisy and Clara, although I prefer Clare, as well as Felix, but Oswald is one of those iffy names for me. There was Oswald Bastable, intrepid adventurer and author (I’m probably the only person on this post who read the Bastables as a child) but there was also Oswald Mosley….

As people forget history, I guess Oswald might be ready for a comeback and a spiffier image for the name.

Could we do the same for Harvey and Horatio, I wonder?

UniqueNameLover Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 11:18 am

Daisy is my grandmother’s name. I also like Oswald and Felix. Olive and Clara are cute. I prefer Dena to Dinah.

linda Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

@penguin: Of course, you’re right. The blog was originally going to be all Disney, and the title never got changed.

jame1881 Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I’m pretty sure Dinah hasn’t been used because of “Dinah won’t you blow, Dinah won’t you blow, Dinah won’t you blow your horrrrnnnn!”

Sassy Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

While the title is a little misleading since these are not all Disney characters, I liked the cartoon characters. It would be nice to see more of these. 🙂
I like Daisy, Clara and Dinah but I can’t actually see me using any of them except maybe Clara but I don’t see Hubby going for it.
I had a Cabbage Patch Kid called Felix.

shinysarah11 Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

My great great grandmother was named Minnie and I think it’s positively adorable. I really love it. I also love Clara. It’s a perfect, old classic name that’s timeless. Yay vintage names coming back!! 🙂

Flick Says:

June 8th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I love Clara, Felix and Olive….Ferdinand is cool, too. Some of them are way too cutesy, though.

Scrambledmegs Says:

June 9th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I’ve always loved Dinah. She makes me think of Alice’s cat in Wonderland and Dinah Shore.

I also love Betty, Felix, and Olive. Delightful!

Marlz81 Says:

September 2nd, 2015 at 11:39 pm

I adore the name Daisy..such a happy bright sounding name.

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