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Back in 1995, Pixar introduced us to a gang of truly memorable characters in their first feature film, Toy Story. Now, 23 years and 19 movies later, the list of animated friends we've made through their stories is neverending! If you're a big fan of Disney movies, and let's be real, who isn't, finding inspiration from the characters for names for your baby-to-be is a great place to look. These movies are known for leaving a feel-good mark, and what better inspiration for the one who is about to change your world?
We've put together a list of baby names inspired by Disney Pixar to help you find the perfect name for your coming attraction. It's never easy to choose just the right name, especially if you're waiting for the big day to find out if you're welcoming a girl or a boy. Better to play it safe and start the narrowing-down process nice and early, right?
EVE stole our hearts, and a little yellow robot's, in WALL·E circa 2008, but this name is literally one of the oldest in the book. Eve means "life" and is Hebrew in origin. In the Bible, Eve is the first woman on Earth, which is why director Andrew Stanton chose this particular moniker for WALL·E's counterpart — the lonely yellow robot reminded him of Adam, waiting alone before Eve's arrival. In the movie, EVE stands for Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, but we understand if that's just a bit too long for your list of potential baby names. If you're looking for a variation you could go with Eva or Ava, or the Irish Gaelic Aoife (pronounced EE-fa) which means "beautiful" or "radiant".
Are you humming your favorite song from the loveable soundtrack yet? We still can't get those beautiful melodies out of our head since the release of Coco, Pixar's 19th feature film, in November 2017. This name is actually a French and Spanish pet name, made popular by Coco Chanel, whose full name is Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. There are a few stories as to why the nickname Coco stuck for the legendary fashion designer, but one is that it was a name her father had called her as a child. In 2004, Courtney Cox used the name for her daughter, Coco Riley.
ROAR! One of our favorite Toy Story characters, Rex, tries his very best to live up to the expectation of being a fierce, green Tyrannosaurus in the 1995 film, but his sweet nature and kind heart make him far too likeable to be considered at all frightening. The name Rex is Latin in origin, meaning "king", and is currently #597 on Nameberry's list of popular baby names. If it's the royal aspect that has you falling for this offbeat baby name, you might also like the French version, Regis, or you could go all the way by simply adding King to your list!
In Pixar's 8th feature film, Ratatouille, we were introduced to Colette, a hardworking, assertive chef who doesn't mess around in the kitchen. The name Colette can be a short form of Nicole or Nicolette, the French feminine variation of Nicholas — Greek for "people of victory", according to Nameberry. This name has been rediscovered in recent years. After dropping in popularity, in 2012 Colette climbed back into the Top 1000 and has continued to rise since then. There are a few different ways that you can spell this chic and sophisticated name, depending on your preference. Maybe Collette with both consonants doubled is more up your alley, or the short Colette, like the French mime, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. It's up to you!
Apologies in advance if thinking about the movie Up is making you feel like someone is cutting onions nearby, but we couldn't leave Ellie off our list! In the 2009 movie, Ellie's full name is actually Elizabeth Fredricksen, but the use of Ellie as a name on its own has become very popular in recent years. The name is of Greek origin, short for Eleanor or Ellen, and means "shining light". If you're starting to think that Ellie has a nice ring to it, you might also like these other short-yet-sweet names for baby girls: Ella, Lily, Milly, or Ali.
It may surprise you to learn that the name Merida, popularized by the first Pixar Princess in 2012's Brave, is not actually of Scottish origin, but is actually from the Spanish language. Merida is also the name of several cities and places around the world and translates as "one who has achieved a high place of honor". The name comes from the Latin "emeritus", meaning earned or merited. Merida spiked in popularity as a first name for baby girls after the success of Brave. Merida is the first red-haired princess since Ariel and the first to not have a love interest.
The name Dash may become a fast favorite for baby boys with The Incredibles 2 on the scene earlier this year — 14 years after the first movie. Dash's character is appropriately named, his power being super speed, and is short for Dashiell, an Anglicized form of the last name de Chiel. Some think de Chiel might be derived from the French word "ciel" which means "sky". If you've heard of the name Dashiell, it may be because you're a fan of Dashiell Hammett's detective novels. If it's not your style, but you like the nickname Dash, you might also like these quirky baby names: Ash, Cash, Dex, or Jet.
The name Dante means "lasting" or "enduring" and was an appropriate choice for the stray Xoloitzcuintle dog that Miguel adopts as both a pet and a friend in Coco. Dante is a loyal pal throughout the movie and is often portrayed with his tongue hanging out of the side of his mouth. This is because Xolo dogs are prone to losing their teeth, and as a result, their tongues tend to fall between the gaps. The name Dante is well known due to the poet Dante Alighieri, who described 'Dante's Inferno' in his work The Divine Comedy. If this name floats your boat, you might also like these similar monikers: Damian, Santiago, Damon, or Xavier.
In the 1998 feature film, A Bug's Life, Francis is a ladybug who becomes increasingly frustrated when other insects mistake him for a female. Maybe he would be happy to hear that the Latin meaning of his name is actually "Frenchman". Another translation of Francis is "free man", which we think our little ladybug friend would be approve of as well. The list of famous Francises includes both Francis Ford Coppola and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who only uses the initial of his first given name. Other variations include François and Francisque for a baby boy, or Françoise or Francie for a baby girl.
He may be a cockroach, one of the least loveable insects in our world, but we had to include Hal, from WALL·E, in our list of baby names because he's just so sweet! Don't feel bad if you had no idea the bug's name was Hal — it was never actually mentioned in the movie, only in the credits. Hal was named after producer Hal Roach, and also gives homage to HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The name is short for Harold and Henry but is also being used as a first name all on its own. Hank Azaria used the name for his son, born in 2009.
Fans of the Cars franchise know Otis as the sweet "lemon" of a car who has plenty of flaws but doesn't let them get him down. Otis is a German name meaning "wealthy" and is seeing an upswing in popularity throughout England, Wales, and the Netherlands. In the United States, the name is starting to come back into favor, used by Tobey Maguire in 2009 for his son, and in 2015 by Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis for theirs. If the name Otis sounds a little too much like a pet name, circa 1986's The Adventures of Milo and Otis, you might opt for something like Otto, Orson, or Theo instead.
In one of Pixar's most underrated movies — and sadly the lowest-grossing — we meet Arlo the young Apatosaurus who ends up making friends with a tiny human. Since The Good Dinosaur hit theatres in 2015, the popularity of the name Arlo has technically doubled, but the percentage of use is so small — a mere 0.028% to 0.055% in 2017 — we can hardly claim that it's a trend. There are a few different meanings of the name Arlo. In Spanish, it means "barberry tree" while in Italian it's a short form of the name Carlos. Famous Arlos include American singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie and Arlo Bates, an American author, educator, and newspaper editor in Boston, Massachusetts. If you like names with the strong "o" sound, you might also consider Aldo, Nico, or Viggo.
Remy, the charming and dedicated rat from 2007's Ratatouille, is arguably one of the best characters in the Pixar universe. His drive to live out the dream of being a chef and his willingness to help his new friend, Linguini, is truly heartwarming. The name Remy is as small and sweet as the little grey rat, and comes from the Latin for "oarsman". It is currently sitting at #449 on Nameberry's list of popular baby names and can also be spelled Rémi. If your gut is telling you a name that begins with the letter 'R' is the right choice, you might also consider Rhys, Rex, or Remington.
Now here's a name that's sure to make you smile! If you loved the movie Inside Out, maybe you'll want to jot down the name Joy! According to Nameberry, the name Joy was at its peak from about 1930 to 1970, but as of 2017 we're seeing a popularity spike once again. Could it be because of Joy's character in the 2015 film? Inside Out is the fourth-highest-grossing Pixar film, so that has to count for something! With all the negativity in the world, we could all use a little more joy, don't you think? If word-inspired names are your jam, you might also like Hope, Faith, Belle, or Jewel.
"Fish are friends, not food." The unforgettable portrayal of Bruce by Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna, in Finding Nemo, has earned the well-meaning shark a place on our list. The name Bruce is of Scottish and English origin, meaning "from the brushwood thicket" and has enjoyed a steady popularity due to all the famous Hollywood Bruces in the spotlight. Bruce Willis, Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Lee. The name isn't widely used in Scotland, despite its origin, though many will know it by Robert the Bruce, the king who, in the 14th century, won the country's independence from England. If you like the name Bruce for its straightforwardness and strength, you might think about adding Kent, Hadrian, or Wayne to your baby name maybes.
The name Bailey has been popping up more and more on lists of popular baby names since the movie Finding Dory hit theatres in back in 2016. We enjoy the cheeky pun at play here — Bailey and baleen — even though her character is actually a Beluga whale, which is toothed. Either way, Bailey is a cute and playful name for a girl, though its origins come from the occupation of bailiff or law enforcer. A fun name with a powerful backstory is always a hit. Celebrities who have used this name for their kids include Stella McCartney and Scott Baio.
Choosing a baby name is one of the trickiest things you have to do as a parent. Sometimes you know what the perfect name will be right away — sometimes you think you've chosen the perfect name, but when you meet your little bundle it just doesn't feel right!
Hopefully, this list will help you find a name that clicks, but if not, at least it will help you narrow down your list a tiny bit.