Disney Baby NamesDisney baby names are different.

Some are obvious. Think Mickey, Minnie, or any of the princesses.

Others are subtle – even obscure.

But once a baby name is associated with Disney, it has something extra – a sprinkle of pixie dust, a sense that the name will always have a positive, magical association.

I married into Disney. My husband’s family visited the Orlando theme park at least once a year while he was growing up. Now we take our kids to visit almost every year, too. I’ve fallen in love with the experience, and as we’ve visited, I’ve taken to cataloging my very most favorite Disney names.

Here are twenty of my very most favorite Disney baby names: a dozen for girls, plus eight for boys.

Twelve Favorite Disney Baby Names: Girls

Cleo/Clio – We decided to call our daughter Clio before I realized there were two Disney tie-ins. First, Pinocchio has a goldfish named Cleo. Second, Clio is one of the Muses in Greek myth, and It's A Small Worldthey narrate the 1997 animated Hercules.

Mary Blair Mary Blair was the artist behind the look of It’s a Small World, a giant mural in the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World, and a number of other significant Disney projects. She had significant input to the look of the early animated movies, too, including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella. I’m captivated by her style, and one of my favorite Disney memories is taking my then-18 month old son on It’s a Small World for the very first time. I’d cheerfully use Mary Blair or just Blair … except that there are so many people in our family who answer to Clare or Claire, I’m not sure we could ever have a Blair!

Elsa – Yes, I know. Frozen. Do you really want to name a kiddo after the Snow Queen, the face on thousands and thousands of licensed products. (I found shower curtain rings with Elsa’s face on them at Kohl’s the other day. The bath towels I expected, but the rings that you use to hold up your shower curtain? That seems excessive.) And yet, Elsa is a great name – a short form of Elizabeth that sacrifices none of the name’s classic style.

Daisy – Duck, of course! This is an interesting case. Name your child Mickey or Minnie, and chances are that someone will ask if you’re a Disney fan. Daisy is nearly as well-known, and yet it manages to be a name that’s just as associated with Downton Abbey as the Happiest Place on Earth.

Lilo – Lily, Lila, and Layla – pick your spelling! – have had a good run. And yet, the name of the Hawaiian heroine in Lilo and Stitch was given to just 18 girl in 2014. I’ve heard that it’s used as a diminutive in German, but in Hawaiian, it means “generous one.” Another reason to like the name.

Mabel – My kids – and my husband, actually – are obsessed with Disney XD series Gravity Falls. Mabel and Dipper are twins who come to stay with their Great Uncle Stan in the mysterious Oregon town of Gravity Falls. There are some great character names on the show, including poor little rich girl Pacifica Northwest. (The show debuted a year before Kim Kardashian named her daughter North West!)

Cover of "The Rescuers"

Bianca – One of the first movies I remember seeing in a theater was The Rescuers. I would have been 4 when the film was released in 1977, so that seems possible. I loved Bianca, the name of a brave and glamorous mouse sent to rescue the imperiled orphan Penny. Eva Gabor voiced Bianca. Yes, it’s a Shakespearean name. But for me, Bianca is forever a fearless white mouse with a purple hat and scarf.

Clarion – TinkerBell used to be Peter Pan’s sidekick, often reduced to little more than a glowing spark of light. But in recent years, Tink and her fellow fairies of Pixie Hollow have starred in adventures of their own. Queen Clarion is the powerful ruler of the Hollow, and the guardian of the seasons. I love Clarion as a bold update to all of the Claire names.

Ursula – 1989’s The Little Mermaid revived Disney animation, ushering in an era known as the Disney Renaissance. The studio had toyed with the story as far back as the 1930s. Now they brought it to life, with red-headed mermaid Ariel longing for a life on land, and part-octopus sea witch Ursula making her request possible – with strings. Yes, she’s memorably evil. But this name has roots that go far deeper than the malevolent sorceress, and I think Ursula could be a great clunky-cool name for a girl.

Dinah – I started this list with a goldfish. Let’s end with a kitten! Lewis Carroll gave Alice a pet cat in Alice in Wonderland, and she appears in the 1951 animated classic. Dinah doesn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but is there when Alice awakes. It’s a great Old Testament name with just enough pixie dust to earn a place on this list.

Cover of "Finding Nemo"

Dory – I loved Finding Nemo. Dory was the Ellen Degeneres-voiced blue fish – a regal tang – who helped clownfish Marlin rescue his son, Nemo, in the 2003 hit movie. Dory suffered from memory loss in Nemo. Now we’re about to see Dory remember her past in Finding Dory, a sequel due out in 2016. I love Dory as a nickname for Theodora, Isadora, or any other name with the -dor sound. In our age of Sadie, I even think Dory could stand on her own.

Briar – I’ll never forget stumbling on Briar Rose in a book in second grade. I liked the name Aurora, but I loved Briar. Disney makes Briar Rose an alias for Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, but the Brothers Grimm only called her Briar Rose in their 1812 adaptation. Others have called the sleeping princess Talia and Rosebud. Actors Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson named their daughter Briar Rose in 2014, but I prefer Briar on her own.

Eight Favorite Disney Baby Names: Boys

Peter – There is no version of the Peter Pan story that I don’t love. My daughter agrees. (Even though the story is really quite strange – something I didn’t realize until I re-watched it with Clio in recent years.) Disney first adapted JM Barrie’s enduring tale in 1953. There’s a healthy dose of Mary Blair in the animation. The phrase “Second star to the right, and straight on till morning” describes how to get to Neverland – and is one of my favorite lines from any movie, ever. I think Peter is an underused classic, saintly and regal and deserving of more attention.

Rufus – Alright, I just plain like the name Rufus. It’s indie and saintly and clunky-cool. Plus, there’s a cat called Rufus in Penny’s orphanage in The Rescuers. He is kind to Penny, and helps Miss Bianca and Bernard when they’re looking for clues as to Penny’s whereabouts – despite the traditional cat/mouse divide.

Cover of "Ratatouille [Blu-ray]"

Remy – I always think Ratatouille is one of the less appreciated of the Disney movies. The names are great: Auguste, Django, Colette, and of course, Remy. Remy is the rat who wants nothing more than to be a chef. But a rat in the kitchen? It’s a health inspector’s nightmare! But this is Disney, so all ends happily. The name Remy was inspired by director Brad Bird’s dog.

Dashiell – While we’re talking about Brad Bird films, I love The Incredibles, another of Bird’s movies. The family consists of Mr. Incredible – Bob, his wife Elastigirl – Helen, and their kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack. Dash’s full name is Dashiell Robert, and appropriately, his super power is super-speed. It’s a split-personality name, part-literary and sophisticated, part-energetic and modern.

Hugo – Speaking of literary names, if you’re going to reinvent Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame as a musical, complete with a happy ending and singing gargoyles, well … the least you can do is name two of them Victor and Hugo. The 1996 movie passed me by – I was 20-something, and the only gargoyles I wanted to see were attached to historic buildings in European capitals. Though I really love the idea of gargoyles with lives of their own. And Hugo? From Bye, Bye Birdie to Hugo Boss, there are dozens of reasons I think this name deserves to be on more shortlists.

Phineas – Phineas and Ferb always strikes me as Disney at its best. The characters are imaginative, generous, and bold. And Phineas is a great, underused name, one of the names profiled earlier this week.


Flynn – Flynn is a double Disney name. First, it’s the last name of Phineas. But it’s also the name of Tangled’s Flynn Rider, a thief with a rebellious streak. It’s a nice change from the usual fairytale prince. We also learn that Flynn isn’t Flynn at all. He’s actually Eugene Fitzherbert, a name that Rapunzel eventually convinces him to keep.

Sullivan – Monsters Inc. gave us Mike and Sulley, a top scare team at Monsters Inc. We learned more about Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan in prequel Monsters University. Sullivan is a Disney surname, but since Sulley uses it, I think it qualifies for this list. It’s also a great, underused surname name for a boy in 2015.

That’s my list. I’m sure the second I press “post,” I’ll be reminded of another dozen that I’ve overlooked! Do you have favorite Disney baby names? Any you would consider for a child?

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  1. Disney names I like

    Amelia aristocats
    Alanna little mermaid
    Attina little mermaid
    Serafina lion king

    Arthur sword and the stone
    Eric little mermaid
    Figaro Pinocchio only for a pet though
    Jacques Cinderella
    Maurice beauty and the beast
    Otto Robin Hood
    Philippe beauty and the beast
    Richard Robin Hood

  2. I ❤️❤️❤️ the name Bianca. I wanted to use it as 1st name for my daughter, hubby was ok with it as one of our final choices at the time, but we didn’t go with it and we already had her middle name picked out.

    I immediately I said if we have another daughter she will be Bianca and now he is only ok with it as a middle name.☹️ I could totally see myself with an Alina and Bianca though. And If we had a third girl we’d probably choose Cecilia. Alina Sofia, Bianca Emilia, and Cecilia Isabella.

    But we decided on Alina Sofia and Emilia Bianca for now.

    Since we’re having 3 babies. This could be all in vaine but is fun! I’m exploring names for a third girl. Looking at I, O, U names. These are so much harder for me. I could name a soccer team of A name girls. King Triton ‍♂️ much!! Especially since there are so many I can’t use as a first name: Isla, Isabella, Iva, Ivanna, Olivia or just aren’t for my hubby or me.

    I like the name Ursula if we have a third girl. I like all the sounds, the spelling, the -ula ending, 3 syllables, it’s more European (is it Pan European also?) ..than American but is recognizable and easy to read and say in the USA, and the meaning little bear …but not a fan of the world famous evil Disney witch connection lol and there is no “e” sound with the letter I like Alina, and Sofia, and Bianca, and (Emilia, and Isabella) with our accent pronunciation anyways. I might need a name help in the future!!

  3. Isn’t Clarion a surname? And a hotel? I think I read somewhere, maybe under Clarimonde, notw, on Elea site on which was male and which was distinctly female spellings. And that’s why it came to mind as a surname. And Clarion strikes me as all boy with Clare for short which is also all boy. The boy vs. girl spellings are too obvious for me. I think it is because they are not commonly given names. So your still able to tell what is what, unlike Kimberly (M) and Kimberley (G). Its still fresh on our minds, or at least the older generations as they were exposed to thee names and practises back then unlike the younger generation. I like Clarion if it weren’t for the hotel. I live in a vacation capital. If it weren’t for that I would use on a boy.

  4. We have ‘Alana’ who is one of Ariel’s sisters. ‘Philip’ is our first choice for a boy. Love ‘Elsa’ but too Frozen at the moment. It might be useable in a few years once a new Disney film is out.

  5. My favourites:

    Aurora – sweet and sunshine-y, yet not TOO giddy or saccharine.
    Iridessa – One of Tinkerbelle’s new fairy friends. I sorta love this one and I have no child in the age-bracket to justify this. I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to use it as it has no non-Disney backstory.
    Bianca – this one feels perfectly balanced between familiar and not-popular, classic in its way. On the other hand, I am torn as I also love another Rescuers name, Penny.
    Briar – I think this one is my overall favourite, as it has the Disney princess aspect but also the thorny wildflower aspect.
    Esmeralda – or maybe my favourite is this gleaming gem.

    I love Alice but it might be TOO tied to Alice in Wonderland, and I love Dinah but I think of that as a primarily Biblical name.

    Philip – Philip was by far my favourite of the Disney Princes when I was growing up.
    Hudson – Hudson of Disney’s Gargoyles was a huge old warrior.
    Gideon – always a villain in Disney (two separate ones I can think of) but I like the name.
    Basil – Great Mouse Detective.
    Alan – was a rooster who could play a lute. Voiced by the singer who did King of The Road. It’s amazing. But in any case, Alan is a nice name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2dImprgiB8

    I’d think any of those boys’ names could be used. Though Hudson would feel much more modern than the rest. Gideon isn’t really a ‘disney name’ I just liked it and wanted to wedge it in.