Nameberry Picks: 12 Best Bunny Names

With Easter upon us,  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

January Q. Irontail in TV movie Here Comes Peter Cottontail–a name no longer exclusive to Ms. Jones

Kiko, a rabbit on television’s Winx Club–a possible smoosh of Kiki and Coco

Lola Bunny from the film Space Jam

Luna, the bunny from the Sanrio Jewelpet series–and a moonstruck name on the verge of mega-popularity

Niccolo, a merchant rabbit in the game Sword of Mana–and an exotic path to Nick

Peter Rabbit and Cottontail—the classic bunny name

Sheba Jones, an executive rabbit on Life in Hell

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Lola Says:

April 19th, 2011 at 9:37 am

Oh,Cecily! I forgot about Cecily bunny. Another plus, maybe a theme for Cecily’s nursery? 😉

Harvey, Lola! and Sheba all are meaningful to me. Harvey’s probably my favorite Jimmy Stewart movie of all time. And my Mother used to ask me “Who do you think you are, the Queen of Sheba”? So Sheba, while not super child-friendly, makes me smile. 😀 Thanks for the memory this morning!

pdxlibrarian Says:

April 19th, 2011 at 10:16 am

I don’t know anything about Winx Club, but Kiko sounds Japanese — similar to Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service or like the common names Kioko and Keiko.

Sara Says:

April 19th, 2011 at 11:25 am

And there is Jessica and Roger from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”

These days I am liking Roger. Solid dependable name with an ancient history.

And last but not least, there is Ricochet Rabbit. I tried to name a cat that once, but he ended up Booster Rocket instead. Ricochet, what a great nickname – maybe for Roger!

Johanna Says:

April 19th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Beatrix Potter has a lot of meaning to me since my bedroom in my British grandparents home (where I spent my summers) was Beatrix Potter themed and I was obsessed with the books and characters. She had such amazing character names!

Claire Says:

April 20th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

And of course, there’s always just Bunny.

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Angela Says:

June 23rd, 2011 at 6:27 am

I love the Beatrix Potter stories and B’rer Rabbit.

Three names to add to the list though not very child friendly:- Bugs, Buster and Babs (this one would be okay). From Looney Tunes and Tiny Tunes.

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