Baby name inspiration can sometimes turn up in the unlikeliest of places. Example? ’90s movies. Yep, that’s right. Despite the fact that you may be inclined to look further back in time than the ’90s for name inspiration, a look through this list will prove that when it comes to popular ’90s flicks, there are definitely a few gems in the midst of all the dated-sounding Kevins and Karens.
1. Mia — Uma Thurman played the role of Mia in 1994’s Pulp Fiction. She will forever be remembered in that movie for her jet black bob with blunt bangs, the infamous dance with John Travolta, and her super cool, yet timeless moniker.
2. Ellie — Who could forget Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler in the movie Jurassic Park? Her name was just as adorable then as it is now.
3. Malcolm — While Dr. Ellie Sattler may have been incredibly likable in Jurassic Park, I’ve always had a soft spot for the sarcastic mathematician, Dr. Ian Malcolm. Jeff Goldblum really knocked it out of the park with that character and borrowing his last name as a first name would really knock one out of the park too.
4. Murray — 1995’s Clueless will forever be one of my favorites, and I’m pretty sure I still have a good chunk of it memorized. If you loved it too, perhaps it would be a good spot to search for name inspiration. Murray (Donald Faison’s character) would be adorable for a little boy.
5. Forrest — In 1994, Tom Hanks sparked a catch phrase for a generation: “Run Forrest, run!” after his role in Forrest Gump. The name still has a cool quality to it all these years later and might be a great way to connect a love for ’90s movies with a love for nature in your baby naming.
6. Jack – Jack was the perfect name for the rough and tumble, ready-for-adventure character Leonardo DiCaprio’s played in 1997’s Titanic. It would also be perfect for a little boy. It’s such a cool and timeless name.
7. Rose — Even though Rose let go of Jack at the end of the movie Titanic, we couldn’t help but still like her. While her name has fallen out of popularity, it’s perfect for the “little old lady” baby naming trend. Rose has often been thought of as more of a middle name, but it feels new again when used as a first name.
8. Nala – Simba’s lady love in The Lion King has a name that would be just as adorable for a little human girl as it was for a lioness.
9. Andy — Toy Story is a Disney-Pixar classic and is a great place to get some baby naming inspiration. Andy is a good place to start and can work for a boy or a girl.
10. Durden — I’m a sucker for last names as first names and am really digging Durden — borrowed from the lead character, Tyler Durden, in 1999’s Fight Club.
11. Kate — In 1990, the movie Home Alone hit theaters and became and instant Christmas classic. While the characters in the movie have names that haven’t quite come back around yet (I’m looking at you, Kevin McCallister), Kevin’s mom Kate has a lovely name that is both timeless, but packs a bit of spunk. It’s an adorable, less-used alternative to Katie.
12. Simone — When looking to ’90s movies for baby name inspiration, don’t forget about Dazed and Confused’s Simone Kerr. Simone is such a lovely and slightly mysterious name for a little girl. I’m kind of obsessed.
13. Will — Borrowed from 1997’s Good Will Hunting, the name Will is a tried-and-true classic that you really can’t go wrong with.
14. Julius — The name Julius (borrowed from character Julius Levinson in 1996’s Independence Day) is pretty high on my current list of favorites. You don’t meet many little boys with the name and it is simultaneously sweet and cool… a tough balance to strike, but Julius does it perfectly.
15. Max — The 1998 movie Rushmore will forever be a personal favorite and also happens to be a treasure trove for baby name inspiration. Title character Max Fischer is a great place to start, but there’s also: Rosemary (Cross), Herman (Blume), Margaret (Yang)… the list goes on and on. Wes Anderson really does know how to name his characters.
16. Louise — The name Louise (borrowed from the movie Thelma and Louise) is perfectly on-trend for baby girl names, but definitely less-used than some of the other vintage favorites of late.
17. Edward — The name of Johnny Depp’s character in the 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands, Edward is a great option for a little man.
18. Connor — If the Terminator movies were your ’90s favorites, perhaps you may want to borrow the last name Connor from John and Sarah Connor. Fits perfectly with the trend of using last names as firsts.
19. Ryan — The name Ryan (inspired by 1998’s popular, Saving Private Ryan) may not be super unique when used for a boy, but when used for a girl, it’s a whole new ball game. Ryan as a girl’s name feels fresh, fun, and unexpected.
20. Ellis — The name Ellis feels altogether modern, as well as vintage, classy, and cute. It also happens to be shared with Morgan Freeman’s character Ellis Boys (“Red”) Redding in the acclaimed 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption.