Because we all know baby name inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere, let’s look at the strong candidates from our favorite Disney•Pixar flicks!
Name meaning: Purple
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
Princess Merida is one of the most recent Disney Princesses — and the first Pixar princess — from the 2012 movie Brave.
Name meaning: Flower
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
Pearl is Nemo’s octopus friend from his new school, and just about the cutest thing ever.
Name meaning: Lovable
Mabel isn’t exactly a “good” character, considering her main goal is to get rid of the lovable rats in Ratatouille, but it’s the perfect example of “Granny” names coming back into fashion.
Name meaning: Life
EVE — pronounced Eve-ah by WALL-E — is the lovable lead character from WALL-E.
Name meaning: Gift of God
The absent-minded fish from Finding Nemo — and the focus of the 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
Celia — Mike’s girlfriend in Monsters, Inc. was a minor character with a big personality.
Name meaning: Nature name
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
Also known as Elastigirl in The Incredibles.
Name meaning: Beautiful and cheerful
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)
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?
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
The town attorney from Radiator Springs, Sally is Lightning McQueen’s lady from Cars.
Name meaning: Bitter
We watched Molly grow up through the Toy Story movies as Andy’s little sister.
Name meaning: Diminutive of Andrew, which means “strong and manly”
Andy represents the best parts of childhood — the imaginative, playful boy who loves his toys deeply.
Name meaning: Oarsman
Remy is the food-loving main character from Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille.
Name meaning: King
Of course Rex is the lovable plastic Tyrannosaurus Rex from the Toy Story series.
Name meaning: Steep-sided valley
The H20-intolerant seahorse in Finding Nemo.
Name meaning: From the south meadow
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
The fastest little “Super” there ever was.
Name meaning: Majestic, venerable
“Auguste” is the head chef from Ratatouille, but August is a little more modern.
Name meaning: Great hill
You might remember Gordon from Disney/Pixar’s 2012 Brave.
Name meaning: Italian variation of “Louis,” which means “renowned warrior”
Your brain might first go to Mario, but kids will probably associate Luigi with Cars and Cars 2.
Name meaning: From the glen
The curious clownfish who is energetic, adventurous, and super friendly.
Name meaning: Variation of “Marlon,” meaning unknown
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”
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
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
Bruce — the scary-looking shark from Finding Nemo — battles his inner instincts to be a kinder, friendlier creature.
Name meaning: Dark, black-haired
You’ll remember Nigel as the helpful pelican who serves as a link between Marlin and Nemo.
All name meanings via Nameberry.com.