For many years, Disney-inspired baby names, particularly those of princesses and their knights in shining armour, have been popular. The trend has also been popular with celebrities, with Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague recently naming her newborn with boxer Tommy Fury, ‘Bambi’ - but how popular is the name with other parents?
Children’s toy retailer, The Kid Collective, analysed 2021 data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and found that ‘Bambi’, inspired by a 1942 film of the same name, did not even make it to the list of popular Disney-inspired baby names. The unique name ranked 4,634th in overall popularity in the UK, with only four babies registered with the same name that year.
The research revealed that the name, Alice, from the 1951 classic film Alice in Wonderland, was the most popular Disney-inspired baby name for daughters. Meanwhile, Aurora, which takes its name from Princess Aurora of Sleeping Beauty, took second place.
Sebastian, a red crab from Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, was the most popular Disney-inspired name for boys. This is followed by Louis, an adorable trumpet-playing alligator from The Princess and The Frog who aspires to become a human jazz musician.
Founder of The Kid Collective, Laura Davies, said: “It’s so interesting to see how even the classic Disney films are influencing people’s decisions on what they call their baby. I think it’s a great way to find unique and lesser-known baby names, as I can understand how difficult it is sometimes to choose a name for your baby - it’s a big deal!
“I also like the idea that these babies will grow up to know that their name is based on their parents’ favourite films and characters, and perhaps they’ll go on to love the latest adaptations just like their parents too. It will be intriguing to see the next round of ONS data to see if ‘Bambi’ is appearing more frequently.”
Top 10 most popular Disney-themed baby names for girls
- Alice - Alice in Wonderland
- Aurora - Sleeping Beauty
- Jasmine - Aladdin
- Anna - Frozen
- Winnie - Winnie The Pooh
- Flora - Sleeping Beauty
- Jessie - Toy Story
- Belle - Beauty and The Beast
- Minnie - Minnie Mouse
- Nala - Lion King
Top 10 most popular Disney-themed baby names for boys
- Sebastian - The Little Mermaid
- Louis - The Princess and The Frog
- Felix - Felix The Cat
- Eric - The Little Mermaid
- Rex - Toy Story
- Remy - Ratatouille
- Flynn - Tangled
- Peter - Peter Pan
- Hector - Coco
- Woody - Toy Story