The movies from our childhood will live on forever, thanks to our obsession with Disney baby names.
According to a recent study, more than 1 million adults are named after Disney characters and plenty of parents-to-be continue to choose Disney-inspired names for their prince or princess.
But which Disney names are best? Ariel? Jasmine? Flynn? We rounded up some of the most popular Disney baby names as well as our very own favourites to help you decide.
The most magical place for baby names
Decade after decade, Disney continues to bring movie magic to our big and small screens. From the old classics to the new releases of today, every Disney movie is full of wonder and joy. Indeed, with every tale, there are classic characters, heroes, villains, princes and princesses with plenty of pretty, unique and interesting monikers.
But which Disney baby names are mums and dads especially digging? According to a recent study conducted by Florida4Less, here are the top choices. All of these names have seen a MASSIVE spike in popularity, most likely due to the characters in the films.
Most Popular Disney Baby Names
The number one most popular Disney baby name is Jasmine, which is a natural, elegant and feminine choice for any princess.
According to a recent study, the name Rex rose in popularity by an astonishing 767% between 2007 and 2017, possibly because of the lovable dinosaur Rex in Toy Story.
Esmerelda is a beautiful and elegant name choice for any little princess. It also happened to rise 400% after the release of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Go figure!
One of our all-time favourite Disney princesses, Belle is bold and beautiful and so is the name! No wonder it became a popular choice after the 1991 Disney release. Belle rose 335% over the past decade.
Another name possibly made popular by the Toy Story franchise, Jessie means “wealthy”. Woody also made the list for most popular, rising 62% in recent years.
Minnie and Mickey
The Minnie and Mickey trend all started in 1928 with Steamboat Willie, which I’ve never heard of, but hey, it must have been good because both Minnie and Mickey remain popular on the Disney baby name front.
She’s as sassy as they come and the name Tiana is also a goodie for your little firecracker. In fact, its popularity has risen – thanks to Princess Tiana in Princess and the Frog, 2010.
Before we met the Snow Queen in Frozen, most of us probably hadn’t even thought of the name Elsa. Now? It sits amongst the top 100 baby names – definitely the Disney effect!
It splashed its way into our hearts back in 1989 and ever since, the name Ariel is synonymous with the red-haired mermaid-princess. Since the release of The Little Mermaid, the name Ariel has risen 115%.
Sure, it may be the name of a lion, but she’s a pretty darned cool lion! Nala hails from The Lion King circa 1994.
Cinderella may be responsible for the hugely popular Ella, but it could also be the reason why the name Gus took off. After all, Gus was one of Cinderella’s loyal mice in the 1950 classic Disney film.
More Cute Disney Names to Consider
There are literally hundreds of Disney baby names to choose from. Below are just a few of our favourites from classic Disney and modern Disney right through to the most recent Disney/Pixar films.
- Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
- Abigail (Aristocats)
- Adella (The Little Mermaid)
- Amelia (Aristocats)
- Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
- Eudora (The Princess and the Frog)
- Charlotte (The Princess and the Frog)
- Evangeline (The Princess and the Frog)
- Bianca (The Rescuers)
- Willow (Pocahontas)
- Wendy (Peter Pan)
- Cleo (Pinnochio)
- Daisy (Daisy Duck)
- Hera (Hercules)
- Violet (The Incredibles)
- Merida (Brave)
- Flynn (Tangled)
- Simba (The Lion King)
- Eric (The Little Mermaid)
- Felix (Wreck-It Ralph)
- Sebastian (The Little Mermaid)
- Finnick (Zootopia)
- Dash (The Incredibles)
- Lilo (Lilo & Stitch)
- Kala (Tarzan)
- Coco (Coco)
Which is your favourite Disney baby name?
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