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What are the top ten Disney-inspired baby names?

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Whether from classic animated films like “The Jungle Book” or newer favorites like “Encanto,” parents often choose Disney-inspired baby names for their bundles of joy, and thanks to a new study we know the ten most popular picks.

Disney-inspired baby names - Aurora

“With millions of names to choose from, selecting the perfect name for your baby can be a daunting task for parents and it can be hard to know where to begin,” said Louise Thomas of confused.com (an insurance and finance comparison website). “The research shows that some parents-to-be are clearly turning to popular culture to gain baby name inspiration.”

In a recent study, confused.com determined the ten most popular Disney-inspired baby names. Did your favorite make the list?

Top Disney-inspired Baby Names

The top three names inspired by Disney characters are all female names, with Aurora as the number one choice in 2021 with 5,466 babies, thanks to the beloved Princess Aurora in Disney’s 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty” as well as the new story of “Maleficent” (2014). In second place is Gabriella with 3,087 babies, which has been in the top 100 baby names since 2000 but gained even more popularity after the release of the first “High School Musical” film in 2006. The third most popular Disney-inspired baby name is Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” (1989), with 1,331 babies.

The top two male names on the list are Troy – also from the “High School Musical” movies – in fourth place with 733 babies and Kylo from “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015) in fifth place with 555 babies.

Here are the ten most popular Disney-inspired baby names in 2021:

RankNameKnown FromGender2021 babies
1AuroraMaleficentFemale5,466
2GabriellaHigh School MusicalFemale3,087
3ArielThe Little MermaidFemale1,331
4TroyHigh School MusicalMale733
5KyloStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force AwakensMale555
6TianaThe Princess & the FrogFemale454
7NalaThe Lion KingFemale384
8ElsaFrozenFemale272
9BelleBeauty and the BeastFemale239
10CassianRogue OneMale228

Methodology

Confused.com sourced the number of babies born with each Disney-inspired name using the official baby names data from 2021 from the Social Security Administration.

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