Onward Production BabiesTime for the Onward production babies!

Disney-Pixar’s latest big screen entry is Onward, a tale of two brothers on a quest to re-unite their family … if only for one day.

It debuted in theaters just weeks before everything changed. That means many families – including mine – saw it for the first time on Disney+.

Not my first choice, but hey – it made it easier to check out all of the Onward production babies.

What are production babies, you ask? Because it takes a long time to put together a Disney-Pixar production, many of the crew welcome children over the movie’s development. And those babies’ births are included in the end credits for every Disney-Pixar movie.

The tradition started at Pixar, but even straight-up Disney flicks like Frozen 2 include the lists now. And I’ve seen them in other studios’ animated movies occasionally, too.

At just 31 names, this makes for one of the shorter lists. But there are some true standouts here!


Disney-Pixar parents, like parents everywhere, tend to favor mainstream favorites. They may not count as classics, but they’re broadly recognized, and easy to spell and pronounce. In another forty years, we’ll forget that some of these names ever seemed novel.

Both #1 girl and #1 boy names from the US are represented, with production babies Emma and Liam.

For girls, the list also includes Chloe, Hazel, Lila, Luna, and Stella.

On the boys’ side, there’s Elijah, Oliver, Parker, and Wyatt.


The list begins with twins Aarav and Aavir. Aarav comes from a Sanskrit phrase meaning “peaceful melody.” I’m not sure about the origins or meaning of Aavir, but it seems likely to be similar to his brother’s name.


Two elaborated Ann- names made the list of production babies.

First up: Annalie, a sort of mash-up of Anna Lee and Rosalie. The German Anneliese has attracted attention in the US, though we’ve respelled it Annalise, Annelise, and Annalisa, depending on our preferred pronunciation.

German and Scandi Annika feels a little more familiar, but first appears in the US Top 1000 in the 1990s.


While production babies tend to receive more creative names, the opposite can be true, too. Every list contains a few quiet, understated classics.

For Onward production babies, that means Ben and Catherine.


Some choices feel just slightly different – the tiniest bit unexpected.

It looks like all six names in this category might belong to girls.

First up, Celia. The frillier Cecilia outpaces it by quite a bit. (Though technically, they’re separate names.) It’s also a Pixar name, thanks to Monsters, Inc. Shakespearean Celia still wears well today.

Speaking of Shakespeare, Juliette adds an extra -te to become to most popular spelling in the US as of this writing.

Miriam feels like one of the next wave of classic girl names, thanks to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It’s one of the girl names I’m watching for 2020.

Then there’s Waverly, which recently debuted in the girls’ Top 1000.

Slim, spare Rae and nickname-name Sammie round out the list. Along with Waverly, these last three lean a little more unisex, but are typically feminine in the US.


Three names struck me as especially stylish.

First up, Poppy. It’s a British favorite, a floral name quickly catching on in the US in recent years.

Thea, sister-name to Theodore, is among the hottest of traditional-ish girl names of our moment.

And then there’s Nola, with several possible origins, and an undeniably stylish vibe.


Liva probably comes from the Scandinavian Liv – life. It’s almost unknown in the US, but it’s big in Denmark.

I’ve added Erin to this list, mostly because it peaked in the 1980s. It’s surprising to see on a child today … but I think it still works with so many spare, tailored girl names.

Name enthusiasts adore Elodie, but the French feminine name is rare in real life. And Lynden surprised me, too. It fits with unisex, surname-style choices like Rowan.

But the prize goes to Balthazar. It’s old school and bold, a name with history galore. Legend tells us that one of the Wise Men who visit the newborn Jesus is called Balthazar. It takes long, elaborate boy names like Sebastian and Leonardo and turns it up to eleven.

That’s all for this list, but look below for links to even more production babies posts.

What do you think of the Onward production babies? Any favorites here?

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  1. I always enjoy reading about the names people give to their children, although knowing the stories behind the names is just as fun. I’m pleasantly surprised to see Balthazar on this list and just as surprised it isn’t more popular. It’s always struck me as a very cool kind of name.

    About Aarav and Aavir- I’m not an expert on Hindi names but I’ve always been fascinated by them and spent more than my fair share looking them up. Like I said, I’m not an expert so this is just a combination of research and guesswork on my part. It’s likely I’ve gotten one or more things wrong.

    Aarav is written as आरव in Hindi. The first part, a- (अ-), is a negative prefix, and rava ( रव) means “sound, cry, roar”, so Aarav basically means “noiseless, soundless”. The meaning of “peaceful melody” isn’t so far off.

    Aavir is a bit confusing. I’ve seen many sites listing it as meaning brave or courageous and I’m guessing that that comes from Hindi vīr ( वीर) which means “heroic, brave”. But like Aarav, the first part of the name is made up of negative prefix a- (अ-) so the name’s meaning would be the opposite of brave. Another possibility I’ve come across is “boundless” and my best guess is that it comes from viram (विराम) meaning “stop, ending, termination”; combine that with the negative prefix a-, it would essentially mean “continuous, unending”.

    I hope I haven’t overstepped myself. I just thought I’d put my two cents in.

    1. Thank you for the insight, apolla13 – and no, you haven’t overstepped at all! That’s just the kind of information I was looking for, so I’m grateful you took the time to share!

  2. Balthazar about made me squeal! It’s one of those names I’ll never get to use but love the idea of it. Taz strikes me as a perfect nickname for it too

    I’ve recently fallen for Miriam so I’m glad to see it on the list. Elodie sounds better me than Melody (which my husband prefers) and would fit better with our well-known musical last name.

  3. Oh wow! My daughter’s name- Annalie- finally! I was under the impression the name was more Swedish/Scandi? I do love her name. And she does too!