Disney/Pixar is having (yet another) big moment right now — first with the upcoming Monsters University (a prequel to Monsters Inc, out this year) and the VERY EXCITING announcement of a Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. (Eeeeek!)
And because we all know baby name inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere, let’s look at the strong candidates from our favorite Pixar flicks:
Disney-Pixar Baby Names
Check out some of the best baby name ideas from our favorite Pixar movies…
First up, Pixar names for baby girls…
Name meaning: “Purple.”
Pixar connection:Violet is one of the “Super” kids from The Incredibles — a young girl who, although shy and self-conscious at first, turns out to be a strong girl who can produce life-saving force-fields.
Name meaning: “one who has achieved a high place of honor”
Pixar connection:Princess Merida is one of the most recent Disney Princesses — and the first Pixar princess — from the 2012 movie Brave.
Name meaning: Flower
Pixar connection:You probably associate the name Flora with a different type of Disney film, but Dr. Flora is the cute little doctor from A Bug’s Life.
Name meaning: Pearl
Pixar connection:Pearl is Nemo’s octopus friend from his new school, and just about the cutest thing ever.
Name meaning: Lovable
Pixar connection:Mabel isn’t exactly a “good” character, considering her main goal is to get rid of the lovable rats in Ratitouille, but it’s the perfect example of “Granny” names coming back into fashion.
Name meaning: Life
Pixar connection:EVE — pronounced Eve-ah by WALL-E — is the lovable lead character from WALL-E.
Name meaning: Gift of God
Pixar connection:The absent-minded fish from Finding Nemo — and the focus of the upcoming sequel, Finding Dory. She might have short-term memory-loss, but she’s loyal to the end, with an infectiously sunny personality.
Name meaning: Heavenly
Pixar connection:Celia — Mike’s girlfriend in Monsters, Inc. was a minor character with a big personality.
Name meaning: Nature name
Pixar connection:She may be in only a few minutes of Finding Nemo, but the death of Marlin’s wife (and Nemo’s mom) Coral is at the center of the movie. She’s brave and selfless, giving her life to protect her babies — which ultimately saves Nemo’s life.
Name meaning: Bright, shining one
Pixar connection: Also known as Elastigirl in The Incredibles.
Name meaning: Beautiful and cheerful
Pixar connection:Bonnie is the imaginative little girl from Toy Story 3 — a little girl who personifies the magical essence of childhood — and who ends up as the new owner of Woody and the gang when Andy goes off to college. With recent Bonnie characters in Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games, and The Vampire Diaries, are we ready to move on from the Bonnie and Clyde association?
Name meaning: A modern variation of Eleanor (which means bright, shining one)
Pixar connection:Queen Elinor is Princess Merida’s mother in Brave — a strong, graceful woman with both stubborn and caring qualities. (Fun fact: Katie Couric’s daughter is named Elinor.)
Name meaning: Traditionally a boy’s name meaning “father,” could Atta be a unique spin on Ada or Etta? Or a nickname?
Pixar connection:Merida may have been the first human Pixar princess, but let’s not forget Atta: the Princess of the Ant Colony from A Bug’s Life.
Name meaning: “Princess” in Hebrew
Pixar connection:The town attorney from Radiator Springs, Sally is Lighning McQueen’s lady from Cars.
Name meaning: Bitter
Pixar connection:We watched Molly grow up through the Toy Story movies as Andy’s little sister.
And here are some Pixar-inspired names for baby boys…
Name meaning: Diminutive of Andrew, which means “strong and manly”
Pixar connection:Andy represents the best parts of childhood — the imaginative, playful boy who loves his toys deeply.
Name meaning: Oarsman
Pixar connection:Remy is the food-loving main character from Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille.
Name meaning: King
Pixar connection:Of course Rex is the lovable plastic Tyrannosaurus Rex from the Toy Story series.
Name meaning: Steep-sided valley
Pixar connection:The H20-intolerant seahorse in Finding Nemo.
Name meaning: From the south meadow
Pixar connection:The Cars character “Sulley” was based on a DIFFERENT Pixar character: James P. Sullivan, or “Sulley,” from Monsters Inc..
Name meaning: Diminutive of Dashiell, meaning unknown
Pixar connection:The fastest little “Super” there ever was.
Name meaning: Majestic, venerable
Pixar connection:”Auguste” is the head chef from Ratatouille, but August is a little more modern.
Name meaning: Great hill
Pixar connection:You might remember Gordon from Disney/Pixar’s 2012 Brave.
Name meaning: Italian variation of “Louis,” which means “renowned warrior”
Pixar connection:Your brain might first go to Mario, but kids will probably associate Luigi with Cars and Cars 2.
Name meaning: From the glen
Pixar connection:The curious clownfish who is energetic, adventurous, and super friendly.
Name meaning: Variation of “Marlon,” meaning unknown
Pixar connection:Thanks to Finding Nemo, the name Marlin is associated with the best type of Dad. He’s a little overprotective, sure, but he’ll battle the biggest obstacles and scariest predators to find his son.
Name meaning: “Priceless one”
Pixar connection:Anton may not be the most attractive example for a baby — he’s a serious, grim food critic from Ratatouille — but it’s certainly an interesting name choice.
Name meaning: Unknown/modern nickname
Pixar connection:None other than Buzz Lightyear — the fearless, noble space ranger who will always step up to save a friend.
Name meaning: From the brushwood thicket
Pixar connection:Bruce — the scary-looking shark from Finding Nemo — battles his inner instincts to be a kinder, friendlier creature.
Name meaning: Dark, black-haired
Pixar connection:You’ll remember Nigel as the helpful pelican who serves as a link between Marlin and Nemo.
What’s YOUR favorite Pixar name?
All name sources via Nameberry.com.