Category: Disney baby names
Disney princesses often influence the baby name charts. But what about Disney animals? Let’s see what effect they have had.
The Lion King movie, released in 1994, and still running on Broadway, was a Hamlet-influenced, coming-of-age story that focused on a lion cub named Simba. So it’s no surprise that Simba was the first Lion King-inspired baby name to debut on the charts.
The name Simba, which comes from the Swahili word for ‘lion’, first appeared in the data in 1994:
1995: 9 baby boys named Simba
1994: 5 baby boys named Simba [debut]
By Abby Sandel
The live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continues to dominate at the box office. The 1991 animated version is a classic; it looks like the update is every bit as loved.
There’s one question on our minds, of course: will the movie’s success impact names?
And why not? The Disney cinematic universe is huge, including Pixar, as well as the successful Star Wars and Avengers franchises. Plus, a movie isn’t just a movie in their world. It’s a line of merchandise, a theme park ride, and, potentially, sequel after sequel. The big screen blockbusters get most of the attention, but Disney Channel movies and original series can be every bit as influential, too.
Let’s take a look at nine Disney-inspired girl names we might hear much more of in the next few years.
Halloween is coming up, and that means costumes! If you’re thinking about being one of these scary Disney villains for the holiday, check out their names!
Our first villain has arguably the best name-oriented song in Disney history: he uses antlers in all of his decorating! He eats five dozen eggs a morning! Ev’ryone’s favorite guy! From the French for “foreigner,” Gaston has been recorded in US name logs since 1881. While the film didn’t show Gaston in a very positive light, the name stats weren’t changed much by the release of Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Twenty-seven boys were named Gaston last year .
Now is an exciting time for fans of The Jungle Book. The live-action remake of the classic Disney film has been a box-office hit, and there’s news that another film from Warner Brothers is due in 2018.
A few weeks ago I was up late, flipping through channels, when I stumbled across an old childhood favorite, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. I was flooded with warm memories and I was reminded of the great names in this film! Let’s explore the names used in Sleeping Beauty.
Princess Aurora’s features were modeled after the timeless beauty, Audrey Hepburn. A Latin name, meaning “dawn,” Aurora is also the Roman goddess of the morning. Aurora is a name that floats on and off my personal Top 10 baby names list. It can be a bit of a mouthful for young children to say. I love the spunky, unisex nickname “Rory” for this feminine and grand name. Aurora was Number 145 last year in popularity in the U.S.