There are many places where new parents go for inspiration
for their baby's name: old family names, characters from
classic literature or top baby names (to embrace or avoid). Actress Rachel Bilson and actor Hayden Christensen went to the 1959 Disney classic "Sleeping Beauty" for a name for their newborn daughter,
Briar Rose. That's the name the fairies used for Princess Aurora while they kept
her hidden in the woods.
These two aren't the only celebrities who have opted for
Disney-esque names. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes named their daughter Esmeralda, perhaps a nod to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Reality TV
star and Playboy playmate Holly Madison (known to be a huge Disney fan) gave her daughter
Rainbow the middle name Aurora (in honor of "Sleeping
Beauty"). And the rock star Pete Wentz and his ex, Ashlee Simpson, gave their son Bronx the middle name Mowgli (for "The Jungle Book").
This got us thinking: What other Disney names
would be viable options, and how popular are they now?
Elsa – "Frozen" is everywhere, even in maternity wards. Elsa may not have
been a popular name in the past (it was ranked at 276 on BabyCenter), but it has
jumped in the rankings (up to 200 for 2014).
Jasmine – You know what is totally crazy? The amount of different
spellings for the name Jasmine: Jazmine, Jazmyne, Jazzmin, Jazzmine, Jasmyne, Jasmina,
Jazmyn, Jasmine, Jasmin, Jasmyn. If you want to be an "Aladdin" purist, you'd want to go with Jasmine.
Tiana – The year the "Princess and the Frog" came out, 2009, the name Tiana came in at No. 609. The next year, it jumped to No. 334—a clear indicator that the film inspired a whole
lot more Tianas.
Ariel – For parents who have a thing for mermaids, Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" is a wonderful
choice. Just keep her away from little girls named Ursula.
Belle – Belle, from "Beauty and the Beast," has never been wildly popular. These days we
see it more in longer names such as Isabelle or Annabelle. But Belle
is a nice, simple way to go. Plus, she may just grow up to be a book worm.
Minnie – You don't meet many Minnies these days, but I'm not
sure why. It's such a friendly, sweet name, and one that used to be crazy-popular. Back in 1880, it was the fifth most popular name for baby girls. These days it comes
in at No. 326
Tiger Lily – I was once at a playground and met a little
girl named Tiger Lily (in honor of "Peter Pan"). I thought it was the cutest name
ever. Would I ever name my own child Tiger Lily? Nope. But I sure do think it's
adorable on other kids.
Rapunzel – How unpopular is the name Rapunzel? According to BabyCenter, only
three girls were named Rapunzel in 2010, the same year the Disney Rapunzel movie, "Tangled," came out.