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Mermaid Baby Names

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Mermaids are my favorite mythological creatures. In my latest YouTube video, which I’ll link at the end of this article, I talked about 10 beautiful names that would be fitting for a mermaid. Today I thought we’d explore 10 more mermaid inspired names for your aqua baby.

Aerwyna
Let’s begin with the exotic yet beautiful Aerwyna, pronounced ER-Wih-NAH. Tolkien fans will recognize this as an Elven name. Aerwyna has English roots meaning friend of the sea, the perfect meaning for a mermaid!

Ariel
How can we not talk about Ariel? The wide-eyed, red-headed Disney mermaid from Little Mermaid is perhaps one of the most recognizable mermaids. Ariel is a unisex Hebrew name meaning Lion of God. Shakespeare used the name Ariel for the spirit in his play The Tempest. Ariel currently ranks at Number 140.

Kailani
Most Hawaiian names could easily fit this category. Kailani is a beautiful exotic yet accessible choice meanings sky, heavens and sea. Kailani is currently number 754 in popularity, the most popular it has ever ranked. The nicknames Kai and Lani definitely make this name all the more appealing.

Madison
Daryl Hannah played the mermaid Madison in the 1980s film Splash. Madison has been wildly popular since and has been a Top 20 name since 1996. Currently Number 15 in popularity, Madison is actually a lot more popular when you add up the multiple spelling variations.

Muirgen
My love of mermaids and of Irish mythology come together in the name Muirgen, a Gaelic name (pronounced mur-in) meaning born of the sea. According to Irish legend, Muirgen was a woman who was transformed into a mermaid for 300 years but returned to her human form after being baptized.

Muriel
Muriel is a melodic Irish name meaning bright sea. Muriel peaked in 1922 and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1964. Muriel may remind you of the film Muriel’s Wedding or of Muriel Stacy, Anne Shirley’s beloved teacher in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Nerida
Nerida has a very familiar sound though it is quite uncommon. Nerida may have Greek roots meaning sea nymph or Australian ties meaning water lily. Both origins of Nerida make it a suitable name for a woman with fins and a watery home.

Ondine
Ondine is a stunning Latin name from the French Undine meaning wave. Ondine is the name of a mythical water spirit, a story that was adapted into the 2009 film Ondine. Sleek and mysterious Ondine is a mix of soft and bold.

Shell
Word names are all the rage and so beach-going parents may consider Shell.  A cool way to honor a Shelly, Shell has a more modern feel. Shell is also similar to author Shel Silverstein which would make a fun namesake connection.

Waverly
Waverly is one of my favorite names to say. Melodic and whimsical, Waverly has the word wave right in it, perfect for a mermaid! An English name meaning meadow of quivering aspens, I think Waverly will be the next Everly.

What are your favorite mermaid names? Hear me chat about 10 more magical mermaid names:

Incredible -ina Names

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Names that end in the letter -a often have a softer, more traditionally feminine sound. If you like names that end in the sweet -a sound, you may enjoy these ultra-feminine names that end in -ina. Many names ending in -ina have a bit of an exotic flare and lend themselves to delightful nicknames.

Audrina
I grew up with a generation of teenage girls who obsessed over V.C. Andrew’s novels, and so Audrina always reminds me of the book My Sweet Audrina. Audrina may also remind you of reality TV star Audrina Partridge. With Audrey quickly rising in popularity, Audrina, which shares the same roots, its a lovely less popular alternative at Number 738.

Celestina
Babies truly are little angels and so you may consider using Celestina, a Spanish and Italian name meaning heavenly, for your little angel. Celestina is a variant of Celeste and would work well to honor a Celeste or even a Tina. A melodic and ethereal name choice, only 22 little girls were named Celestina last year.

Evangelina
Evangelina is striking, angelic, and packed full of adorable nicknames from Angie to Evie to Lina. A Latinate variant of the Greek Evangeline, Evangelina means bearer of good news. A lovely name with a lovely meaning to bestow upon any little girl. Last year 170 girls were named Evangelina.

Georgina
Georgia has been steadily rising in popularity the past few years. Why not consider her sister Georgina? Georgina is an English feminine form of George meaning farmer and was only given to 133 girls last year. Georgina Sparks is a character in the popular Gossip Girl series.

Jamesina
If you’re obsessed with what names celebrities are using like I am, then you’ve noticed the huge trend of James for girls. James is also on the rise for boys, currently ranked at Number 5. Jamesina is not only a fun name to say, it’s also a fun form of James, meaning supplanter. Jamesina is so rare that it was given to 5 or less girls last year.

Katarina
Katarina is a stunning Czech form of Katherine meaning pure. An exotic sound yet totally usable here in the US, Katarina is a great way to honor a Kate, Kaitlin, or Katherine. You may recognize Katarina as a character name used in Dr. Who and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Marina
A poetic Latin and Shakespearean name, Marina means of the sea. If you want a name that people will recognize but isn’t overly used, then Marina fits the bill, currently ranked at Number 685. Actor Matt LeBlanc used the lovely combo Marina Pearl for his daughter.

Seraphina
A name on many namers guilty pleasure list, Seraphina has Latinate and Hebrew roots meaning fiery. A large and grand name, Seraphina could easily be shortened for Sera and of course then honor a Sara or Sarah. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner helped give this name some attention when they used it for their daughter. 209 girls were named Seraphina last year.

Valentina
Truly a romantic choice, Valentina peaked in popularity last year when it reached spot Number 106. Valentina is a Latin feminine form of Valentine meaning strong and healthy. Selma Hayek chose the name Valentina Paloma for her daughter.

Wilhelmina
Wilhelmina is on the brink of shedding it’s formerly frumpy vibe. William which Wilhelmina shares its origins with has long been in the Top 10. Wilhelmina is made all the sweeter by the nicknames Mina, Willa, and Willie. 114 girls were named Wilhelmina last year.

Loving these -ina Names? Here are a few more to tickle your naming fancy:

Alexandrina
Alina
Angelina
Carina
Carolina
Christina
Emmelina
Evelina
Josephina
Justina
Katrina
Irina
Martina
Nina
Paulina
Regina
Sabrina
Thomasina
Tina
Trina
Zarina

What are your favorite names that end in -ina?

Posh Names for your Princess

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These feminine names age well and have a distinctly upper-crust vibe. Consider one of these 10 sophisticated choices for your little lady.

Bianca
Bianca is one of the many Shakespearean character names that easily fits in to this category. An Italian name meaning white, Bianca has a much more refined sound than her sister Blanche. Currently ranked at 379, Disney fans will love the connection to the prim little mouse Bianca in The Rescuers.

Claudia
A common name in ancient Rome, Claudia still feels sophisticated and current at Number 741 in popularity. Fashion model Claudia Schiffer and the eternally young vampire Claudia from Interview with a Vampire are two well-known bearers of this name. You could also kick up the posh level a bit by using the name Claudine.

Francesca
It doesn’t get much more posh or Princess-worthy than the grand name Francesca. A flowery Italian form of Frances, meaning french man or free man, Francesca currently ranks at Number 428. Nickname lovers will delight in the numerous nickname options including; CeCe, Fanny, Fran, Francie, Frankie, and Franny.

Georgiana
Jane Austen fans will instantly recognize this as the name of Mr. Darcy’s sister in Pride and Prejudice. Georgiana is one of the many attractive feminine forms of George meaning farmer. Whether you pronounce it gor-gee-AH-na or gor-JAY-na its simply magnificent.

Lavinia
A great alternative to the much more popular Olivia, Lavinia was only used by 63 little girls last year. A fun way to get to Liv or Livie, Lavinia is a Latin name meaning from the ancient Lavinium. There were characters named Lavinia in A Little Princess and Downtown Abbey.

Margot
We could easily fill this list with lovely posh French names for girls. Margot is a french form of Margaret meaning pearl. At 593 in popularity Margot is on the rise, up nearly 150 spots last year. Margaux Hemingway changed the spelling of her name from Margot to Margaux after learning Margaux was the name of the wine her parents consumed the night of her conception.

Natasha
There is something exotic, alluring, and appealing about the name Natasha. A Russian diminutive of Natalya, meaning born of Christmas, Natasha currently ranks at Number 666. Barack and Michelle Obama named one of their daughters Natasha, though she goes primarily by the nickname Sasha.

Octavia
Another great Olivia alternative, Octavia is a striking Latin name meaning eighth. Oscar winning actor Octavia Spencer helped bring attention to this Victorian name. Only 173 baby girls were named Octavia last year.

Portia
Portia has an super sophisticated sound though it derives from a Roman family name meaning pig or hog. Perhaps the Porsche car association is too strong since only 42 babies were named Portia last year. Actress Portia de Rossi, born Amanda, chose the prim Portia in renaming herself.

Sophie
Sophie is sweet and chic French form of Sophia, meaning wisdom. A very wearable name, currently ranked at Number 104, Sophie is in the Top 3 in Austria, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Scotland.

Which of these posh names would you use?

20 Great -by Baby Names

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There’s something sweet and approachable about names that end in –by.  Here are 20  and great choices for your little baBY.

Abby
Current Ranking: 437 for girls
A common nickname for Abigail, Abby would also be a great nickname for Abilene or even Tabitha
Cool Connection: Sesame Street character Abby Cadabby

Ashby
Current Ranking: Only used by 23 girls and 17 boys last year
Could Ashby the next Ashley? Ashby has a super sweet Southern sound.
Cool Connection:  TV host Nancy O’Dell has a daughter named Ashby Grace

Barnaby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 boys were used Barnaby last year
A posh beginning with a sweet ending.  Barnaby is derived from the name Barnabas.
Cool Connection: Barnaby Bear is an animated and live action character in several UK TV series

Colby
Current Ranking: 454 for boys
A surname, a place name, and the name of a cheese.
Cool Connection: Survivor runner-up Colby Donaldson

Crosby
Current Ranking: 575 for boys
People really took notice of this name following the success of the show Parenthood
Cool Connection: Folk rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Darby
Current Ranking: Only used by 110 girls and 27 boys last year
Fairly common boys name in Ireland, Darby will forever remind me of the film Darby O’Gill and the Little People.
Cool Connection: Actor Paul Rudd has a daughter named Darby

Gatsby
Current Ranking: Only used by 12 boys and 5 girls last year
Literary parents will recognize this name from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Cool Connection: The character Jay Gatsby was actually born James “Jimmy” Gatz

Jacoby
Current Ranking: 655 for boys
A little bit Jacob and a little bit Coby, a fun name with lots of charm!
Cool Connection: Boston Red Sox player Jacoby Ellsury

Kelby
Current Ranking: Only used by 41 boys and 23 girls last year
If Kelly and Shelby had a baby you’d get the surname Kelby!
Cool Connection: Kelby has British, Tutonic, German and possibly Norse roots.

Kirby
Current Ranking: Only used by 53 boys and 27 girls last year
A sporty sounding unisex surname
Cool Connection: John Wayne played 5 characters named Kirby in his acting career with

Libby
Current Ranking: 995 for girls
Originally a nickname for Elizabeth, Libby would also be a darling nickname for Liberty
Cool Connection: Carly Simon has a song called Libby

Moby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Moby last year
This could make for a fun nickname. Most folks are sure to associate it with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Cool Connection: Musician Moby was born Richard Melville Hall and got his stage name/nickname due to his ancestor, Herman Melville.

Quimby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Quimby last year
A quirky cute Q name
Cool Connection: Beverly Cleary character Ramona Quimby

Rigby
Current Ranking: Only used by 31 boys last year
Beatles fans are sure to recognize this name from the song Eleanor Rigby
Cool Connection: USA Gymnastic Gold medalist Cathy Rigby

Ruby
Current Ranking: 83 for girls
A beautiful red gemstone name on the rise
Cool Connection: Ruby Bridges, Activist and first African American child to desegregate a Louisiana school in 1960

Selby
Current Ranking: Only used by 9 girls last year
In the Shelby and Sylvie family, Selby has a posh and fresh sound
Cool Connection: Edgy photographer Todd Selby

Shelby
Current Ranking: 299 for girls
Shelby screams super sweet southern belle
Cool Connection: Julia Robert’s character in the tear-jerking comedy Steel Magnolias

Tibby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Tibby last year
Tibby originated as a nickname for Elizabeth, though it also works well as a nickname for Tabitha
Cool Connection: Tabitha “Tibby” is a character in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

Toby
Current Ranking: 689 for boys
First used as a nickname for Tobias, Toby now stands alone as a full name
Cool Connection: Actor Tobey Maguire

Willoughby
Current Ranking: Only used by 6 boys last year
A great way to get to Will or honor a Will
Cool Connection: Jane Austen character John Willoughby

What are your favorite -by Baby names?

Hear about 10 of these names here:

Names from Red Queen

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I just finished reading Red Queen, a young adult fantasy novel by Victoria Aveyard.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel without falling in love with at least one of the names in it.  Check out this eclectic list of character names from Aveyard’s Dystopian world.

Cal
Tiberias “Cal” Calore VII, the eldest prince and the heir to the thrown
Cal is a diminutive name, usually seen as a nickname to Calvin.  In this case because he is a junior, character Cal pulls his nickname from his surname.  A few Cal names I enjoy include Caledon, Callahan, Calix, and Callum. 143 little boys were given the first name Cal last year.

Elara
Elara Merandusm, the Queen of Norta
Love her or love to hate her, this dynamic character has a lovely melodic name. In Greek mythology Elara was a mortal Princess, Zeus’ lover, and the mother of the giant Tityos.  Elara would be a lovely Laura alternative.  32 baby girls were named Elara last year.

Evangeline
Evangeline Samos, Cal’s fiancée
Evangeline is an elegant Greek name meaning good news.  Currently ranked at Number 261 in popularity, Evangeline lends itself to dozens of lovely nicknames from Eva to Evie to Angie.  Evangeline was also a character name in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Farley
Diana Farley, captain of the Scarlet Guard
Farley is an Old English surname meaning sheep meadow or clearing.  Farley may remind you of author Farley Mowat or comedian Chris Farley.  Farley is so rare as a first name that it was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Gisa
Gisa Barrow, Mare’s younger sister
Gisa, pronounced GEE-zah, is a German diminutive of the French name Giselle, meaning hostage or pledge.  Though Gisa has a familiar look to it, it is very rare here in the US and was used by less than 5 girls last year.

Julian
Julian Jacos, Cal’s uncle and a royal librarian
Julian is an English form of the Latin name Julius meaning youthful and downy. Julian is one of the many beloved “Jul” names, currently ranked at Number 45 in popularity. Julian was the name of an Apostate, a Roman emperor, and several saints.

Kilorn
Kilorn Warren, Mare’s best friend
Kilorn was one of the stand-out names for me in this novel.  I’d never heard of Kilorn before though it does have a similar feel to Cillian, which I adore. Rarely used as a surname, there’s very little data or information on this cool character name.

Lucas
Lucas Samos, Mare’s guard
Lucas is a Latin form of Luke meaning man from Luciana. Lucas obviously easily lends itself to name Luke, both which are rising in popularity.  Lucas peaked in popularity last year at spot Number 16.

Mare
Mare Barrow, our protagonist who also goes by the alias Mareena Titanos
Mare is a simple, sweet, one-syllable name. Mare is a diminutive of names like Mary or Maria and may also be an Irish form of Mary. Mare was used by less than 5 girls last year.

Maven
Maven Calore, the second eldest prince
Maven is an anglicized form of the Irish name Meidhbhin, meaning intoxicating. Maven may also come from a Hebrew word meaning one who understands.  Maven definitely resembles many popular names in its sound. 14 boys and 44 girls were named Maven last year.

Ptolemus
Ptolemus Samos, is Evangeline’s brother
The name Ptolemus will probably remind you of Ptolemy or Ptolemaios, a Greek name meaning warlike.  Though the meaning of this name matches the character, it’s quite rare and was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Rane
Rane Arven, a Silver instructor
Rane may be a variation of Rain or Raine.  Rane may also be an Old Swedish form of the name Hrani meaning rough or brutal.  This rare spelling was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Sara
Sara Skonos, a healer and Julian’s friend
Sara is a variation of the Hebrew name Sarah meaning princess. Sara/Sarah was quite popularity throughout the 1980s and 90s.  Today Sara is still well loved and used at 162 in popularity.

Shade
Shade Barrow, Mare’s older brother
Shade is a cool word name that sounds like it should be a modern celebrity baby name.  “Throwing shade” or “being shady” are the downsides to this otherwise smooth sounding name. 22 boys and 5 girls were named Shade last year.

Tiberias
Tiberias Calore VI, the King of Norta
Tiberias may be a variant of Tiberius, a Latin name meaning of the Tiber River. Tiberias is the name of an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias was used by less than 5 boys last year, but Tiberius was given to 109 boys.

Tristan
Tristan, a member of the Scarlet Guard
Tristan is a Celtic name meaning sorrowful or sad, but its meaning hasn’t detoured parents from using it, Tristan is currently ranked at Number 101.

What are you favorite names from this novel?

Lightly Vintage Girls Names

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Love the feel of a vintage name but don’t want your little girl to sound like a stuffy old lady? Lose the frump but keep the charm with 20 these lightly vintage names that would suit a beautiful baby born today.

Ada
If you love Ava, which has been a Top 10 name for the past 10 years, you may like the similar sounding Ada.  Currently ranked at Number 357, Ada comes from the German name Adelaide meaning noble. Simple, strong, and sweet, Ada also gets cool points for being a palindrome name.

Bonnie
Bonnie is a wholesome Scottish name meaning beautiful. Currently ranked at Number 871, Bonnie peaked in the late 1940s after the release of Gone with the Wind in which Bonnie was the nickname of Scarlett and Rhett’s sweet little girl.

Cora
Cora is just one of the lovely vintage names that Downtown Abbey helped revitalize.Cora is derived from a Greek name meaning maiden. Currently at spot Number 88, Cora hasn’t been this popular since 1910.

Della
Della ends in the same lovely sound as sisters Isabella and Gabriella, though it is not nearly as popular.  A diminutive of the German name Adela, Della means noble. Only 213 girls were named Della last year.

Estelle
Estelle is a French name meaning star, and what little girl wouldn’t love that meaning? Currently ranked at Number 823, Estelle lends its self to the sweet old-timey nicknames Essie and Estee.

Etta
Fans of musician Etta James, who was born Jamesetta, may enjoy this sweet vintage name. Etta began as a diminutive of the name Henrietta meaning estate ruler. A great Ella or Emma alternative, Etta was only given to 242 little girls last year.

Flora
Flora is a Latin name meaning flower that has been getting more recognition in recent years. Still less common than its sisters Cora and Nora, Flora was only used by 173 girls last year. Flora peaked in 1902 when it reached Number 100.

Hattie
A diminutive of Harriet, meaning estate ruler, Hattie is an old-timey name that’s undergone a huge revival. Currently Number 488, Hattie hasn’t been this popular since the late 1950s and now outranks Harriet.

Iris
If you want a less frilly flower name, you may consider Iris. Iris is a Greek name meaning rainbow currently ranked at Number 217. In Greek mythology Iris was the goddess of the rainbow. Iris may also refer to the colored part of the eye.

June
June is a month name derived from the Roman goddess Juno. June is rising in the charts, currently ranked at Number 280, it hasn’t been this popular since 1966. Other attractive June names include Junia, Juniper, and Juno.

Lavinia
Lavinia is one of my favorite Olivia alternatives. A Latin name meaning from Lavinium, Lavinia is packed full of Victorian charm and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1929. Lavinia was only given to 63 baby girls last year.

Mabel
Mabel was the then rare name that Paul and Jamie gave their daughter in the 1990s sitcom Mad About You. Derived from the named Amabel, meaning loveable, Mabel is now ranked at Number 578, the highest it has ranked since the early 1950s.

Ottilie
If you love the sound of Natalie but are more drawn to rare vintage names then Ottilie is the name for you. Pronounced o-TEE-lee or ot-till-ee, Ottilie comes from the name Odilia meaning fortune. Ottilie is so rare that it was only given to 12 girls last year.

Pearl
The gemstone of June, Pearl is a granny-chic name making quite the comeback. Pearl ranked at 628 for the past two years, the highest it has been since the mid-1960s.  Pearl is a name I’m seeing more and more as a middle name as well.

Poppy
Poppy is the name of the sweet, cheery, red little flower. Poppy has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and is definitely more used across the pond in the UK. Last year Poppy was used here by 257 little girls.

Sylvie
Sylvie is a sweet French variation of Silvia, meaning of the forest. Sylvie has a chic yet friendly air to it. Never before ranked in the Top 1,000, Sylvie was only given to 212 girls last year. Sylvie would also be a nice alternative to Sophie.

Rosalie
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Twilight saga, there sure were some beautiful names in the series, including Rosalie. A French form of Rosalia, meaning rose, Rosalie currently ranks at Number 266, the highest it has been since the early 1950s.

Tillie
Tillie is a cutesy little name that began as a nickname for Matilda meaning strength in battle. Vintage nicknames like Millie, Tillie, and Winnie do stand alone well as given names. 70 little girls were given the first name Tillie last year.

Vera
Vera has a very posh sound perhaps because of the elegant designer namesake Vera Wang. Vera is a Russian name meaning faith or true that ranks at Number 312. Vera peaked in 1919 when it reached Number 65.

Willa
If you’re looking for a Willow alternative or a way to honor a William than you may love the name Willa. Willa is a feminine form of William meaning resolute protection. Currently ranked at 481, Willa hasn’t been this popular in over 60 years.

What lightly vintage girls names do you love?

You can hear me chat about a few of these names here:

Beauty and the Beast Names

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The live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast opens on March 17th.  In anticipation for its release, let’s look at the fabulous names from the cast and characters in the upcoming fantasy film!

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What little girl wouldn’t like to be named for a Disney Princess? Belle is a sweet, chic, French name that fittingly means beauty. Belle fell out of the Top 1,000 in the early 1930s, though I think it stands a chance to rise following the release of the film. Belle is more often seen as a middle name.  Celebrities like Dylan Walsh, Rosie O’Donnell, and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore have used Belle as a middle name for their daughters.  Belle was only used by 248 girls as a first name last year.

Emma
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson plays Belle in this adaptation. The most popular name in the US right now, chances are you know a little Emma. A German name meaning universal, Emma has been a Top 5 name for the past 14 years.  The equally lovely Emilia and Emmeline are less popular alternatives, but have both risen greatly in the past few years. Emma is a celebrity favorite too, used by parents Martina McBride, Mick Taylor, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Harvey Weinstein.

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We talked about the beauty, but what about the Beast? Beast definitely isn’t a usable name choice, but Adam, the Prince’s human name, definitely is. Adam is a Hebrew name meaning man or son of the earth.  In the Old Testament God created Adam and Eve, the first humans from the earth. Currently ranked at Number 73, Adam has been a Top 100 name since 1970. Adam Lambert, Adam Levine, and Adam Sandler are just a few of the many popular bearers of this name that you may recognize.

Daniel
Dan Stevens, best known for his role as Mathew Crawley in Downton Abbey, is our Beast/ Prince Adam.  Dan’s full name is Daniel Jonathan Stevens, a classic name for the handsome actor.  Daniel is another popular name choice, currently ranked at Number 12.  Daniel has always been a well-loved name, ranking in the Top 50 since the early 1920s. A Hebrew name meaning God is my judge; Daniel was a Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament. There is also the tear-jerking Irish melody Oh, Danny Boy.

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Gaston is the hunky villain with a distinguished French name. French from a German name, Gaston means stranger or guest. There was a 2004 Hurricane and a 2010 storm called Gaston.  Today it’s hard to part the name from this vain character. A rarely used choice in the United States, only 27 boys were named Gaston last year.

Luke
The dashing Luke Evans portrays the Gaston, the character we love to hate. Luke is an English form of the Greek name Loukas meaning from Lucania.  A much more usable name than Gaston, Luke peaked in popularity last year when it reached spot Number 28. Similar names Luca and Lucas are also rapidly rising in the charts. Luke is one of the four books in the New Testament.  Luke may remind you of Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazard or Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.

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Maurice is Belle’s absent-minded yet lovable father.  Maurice is French from the Roman name Mauritius meaning dark-skinned.  Maurice ranked in the Top 200 for most of the 20th Century.  Peaking in 1914 at Number 94, Maurice now ranks the lowest it has ever been at Number 621. Saint Maurice is the patron saint of locales and kingdoms. You may also like the variations Mauricio (Spanish), Meuric (Welsh), Moritz (German), or Morris (English).

Kevin
Kevin Delaney Kline is a beloved actor playing the part of Belle’s whimsical father. Kevin is a popular anglicized Irish name meaning handsome or kind. Currently ranked at Number 79, Kevin has been a Top 100 name in the US since 1949. Kevin has long been a popular name choice amongst Irish-American’s, in part due to Saint Kevin, one the patron Saint’s of Dublin.  John McEnore and Tatum O’Neal have a son named Kevin, as does Jimmy Kimmel.

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LeFou is Gaston’s bumbling little sidekick. LeFou has the distinction of being one of the few character names I would not recommend as it translates in French to the fool or the crazy one.  If you do like the sound of Le Fou, perhaps I can interest you in the French surname Lafayette meaning faith.  Lafayette is a rare choice and was only given to 10 baby boys last year.

Josh
Actor Joshua Ilan “Josh” Gad offers a much more usable name choice than that of his character LeFou. Disney fans will recognize Gad as the voice of the lovable snowman Olaf in Frozen. Joshua is a Hebrew name meaning Jehovah is salvation.  The Biblical Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites.  Joshua was a Top 10 name from 1979 to 2009.  Today Joshua is still well-loved and used at Number 33 in popularity.

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The charming candelabra Lumière gets his name from the French word for light. A few other male names that have meanings related to light include Abner, Lior, Lucius, Lugus, Ori, Ray, and Uriah.  As you may have guessed Lumière was not used by any babies born last year.

Ewan
Ewan Gordon McGregor channels his inner-cupid as the charming match-making candelabra Lumière. Ewan is the Scottish spelling of the Gaelic Eoghan meaning born of the yew tree. Pronounced YOO-un, other spellings include Eoin, Euin, and Ewen. A cool alternative to the rising name Owen, Ewan was only used by 138 boys last year.

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This new version of Beauty and the Beast will introduce us to a brand new character, Maestro Cadenza who is a grand piano and a neurotic maestro. Maestro would make for a cool and quirky word name.  Maestro is a term given to a distinguished musician, usually a classical musical conductor. Cadenza is another musical term for a solo passage inserted into a concerto typically near the end of a piece.

Stanley
Stanley Tucci will be bringing the new character of Maestro Cadenza to life.  Stanley is an Old English name meaning stone clearing.  At 688 in popularity, Stanley could be a hidden gem ready for a revival by hipster parents. Stanley was a Top 100 name in until 1960 and currently ranks at the lowest it’s ever been.  Sir Henry Morton Stanley initially gave rise to the name Stanley in 1871 with his historic contact of Dr. Livingston in Africa.

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You may have noticed already that many names in this tale relate to who or what the character is; for example Belle meaning beauty and Lumière meaning light. Cogsworth is a French term for “Big Ben,” the well-known clock tower in London, and this character is the persnickety little clock in the story.

Ian
Sir Ian Murray McKellen is a distinguished actor playing the role of the fussy Cogsworth.  Ian is a Scottish variation of the name John meaning the Lord is gracious. Currently ranked at Number 76, Ian has been a Top 100 name since 1982.  Other interesting forms of John include Evan, Giovanni, Hans, Ivan, Johan, Juan, Sean, and Yannick.

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Another play on words is the head housekeeper Mrs. Potts who was transformed into a teapot.  While Potts might not make the best name choice, perhaps Potter could work? Potter is an English occupational name meaning maker of storage vessels.  Less popular than other similar sounding occupational surnames like Porter or Parker, Potter was used by less than 5 babies last year.  Potter may also remind you of the character Harry Potter.

Emma
Emma Thompson takes on the nurturing role of Mrs. Potts.  Since we already looked at the name Emma earlier with Emma Watson, I thought it would be fun to mention Emma Thompson’s children’s names.  Thompson is truly a namer at heart having chosen the names Gaia Romilly and Tindyebwa Agaba for her children.  Emma Thompson and Emma Watson share more than just a first name, they also share a birthday and both starred in the Harry Potter series.

MadameAudraMadame de Garderobe
Madame de Garderobe translates to Mrs. Wardrobe, a fitting name for the woman who is magically turned into a wardrobe. This is another fun spin as we see it relates to who and what the character is, though it doesn’t quite work for a human child.

Audra
The wildly talented Audra Ann McDonald will bring the wardrobe to life at Madame de Garderobe.  Audra is an English name meaning noble strength.  No longer in the Top 1,000 Audra was only given to 190 girls as a first name last year.  Audra makes for a lovely less-popular alternative to its sister Audrey which ranks at Number 37.

Plumette
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha, plays the role of maid turned feather duster Plumette which was known as Babette and Fifi in other versions of this tale.
Gugulethu is a Zimbabwe name of Ndebele origin meaning our precious child.

Chip
Chip Potts is the son of Mrs. Potts who was transformed into a chipped teacup.  Chip has traditionally been used as a nickname for Charles.
Nathan Mack will be playing the sweet role of Chip.  Nathan is a popular Hebrew name meaning given, that currently ranks at Number 38.

Monsieur D’Arque
Monsieur D’Arque is the local madhouse owner who is bribed by Gaston in his scheme to win over Belle.  It’s no coincidence that his name D’Arque sounds a lot like dark.
Adrian Schiller will play the unscrupulous Monsieur D’Arque.  Adrian is a Latin name meaning man of Adria that is currently Number 58 in popularity.

Agathe
Agathe is the Enchantress that curses Prince Adam and his castle. Agathe is a French form of the name Agatha meaning good.
Hattie Morahan, born Harriet Jane “Hattie” Morhan plays the Enchantress Agathe.   Hattie is a diminutive of Harriet meaning estate ruler that currently ranks at Number 488.

What are your favorite names from the cast and characters?

Hear me chat about some these names: