On the long list of things to do before your child arrives, choosing a name seems simple enough. However, considering the impact it could have on the rest of their life, it’s hardly a decision to be taken lightly. Fortunately, if poring over baby name books and shaking your family tree for gems still leaves you at a loss for a good name, you can always look to the silver screen.
From the classic to the trendy, you won’t go wrong with one of these movie-inspired names. And when you want to do right by your little one once they’ve arrived, try out these 40 Parenting Hacks for Raising an Amazing Kid!
Since the release of Deadpool, the name of the titular character’s alter ego has been gaining popularity—not surprising, considering how charming Ryan Reynolds is, both onscreen and off. For proof, check out Ryan Reynold’s 30 Funniest Tweets.
The name Daisy has risen in popularity since Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, in which Carey Mulligan tackled the role of Daisy Buchanan, was released. Looking for more names with literary roots? Check out the 30 Best Literature-Inspired Baby Names.
The Notebook has become one of the enduring love stories of our time, so it’s no surprise that the name of the male protagonist has maintained its place in the ranks of popular baby names for boys. And if you want to spare yourself Notebook-style drama, follow these 50 Best Marriage Tips of All Time.
Perhaps it was Henry Thomas’s amazing performance as the little boy in E.T. that has kept that character’s name on the list of most popular names for boys. You might want to wait until your own little Elliott is older to show them their namesake, however—E.T. is on the list of 20 Kids’ Films That Will Definitely Traumatize Your Children.
Being a flower in addition to a Disney princess makes Jasmine a more versatile moniker than many Disney-inspired names. And if the quest for the perfect baby name has you feeling overwhelmed, check out The 30 Funniest Pieces of Celebrity Parenting Advice.
Whether you want to admit it or not, Twilight brought back the name Bella, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Luckily, this name, meaning “beautiful,” is lovely even if you’re not a vampire fan. And when you want to be a better parent, start by learning How to Avoid Spoiling Your Child.
Since its release in 2001, the name Amelie has ranked high on lists of popular baby names for girls, and why shouldn’t it? The eponymous character’s got charm, smarts, and spunk. And to ensure your little one isn’t getting into too much trouble, make sure you know the 40 Lies Kids Say That Parents Always Fall For.
Noah isn’t the only Ryan Gosling character whose moniker deserves a spot on your list of potential baby names. Of course, if Gosling’s Oscar-nominated performance as jazz pianist Sebastian in La La Land doesn’t do it for you, you can always tell them you named the baby after the crab from The Little Mermaid—or even Lil Sebastian, the miniature horse from Parks and Recreation. If the thought of Lil Sebastian gives you a little chuckle, check out the 30 Funniest Jokes From Parks and Recreation.
One year after Finding Dory was released, the name of this grouchy octopus shot up in popularity. But don’t worry, telling your kid they’re named after a cartoon octopus isn’t on the list of 40 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kid.
If you’re hoping for a strong, silent type, consider the name Max, like the titular character from Mad Max: Fury Road, who barely speaks at all. And for some more parental fun, check out The 30 Funniest Tweets About Parenting.
The name Fiona, meaning “fair,” gained popularity after the release of Shrek and has continued to be a hit since. And for good reason—she’s a good reminder that looks aren’t everything.
Matilda, the titular character in Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, is a great name for any girl with book smarts, street smarts, and telekinetic powers. Or at least two of the three.
Maybe it’s because people are thirsting for justice, but the name Atticus, from To Kill a Mockingbird and played in the film adaptation by Gregory Peck, appeared out of nowhere to claim the number one spot on Nameberry’s list of most popular names for boys.
Poppy is yet another name that belongs both to a flower and a movie princess. However, after the 2016 release of Trolls, it surged in popularity.
If you’re going to name your child after a mutant, you may as well pick the incredibly brilliant and powerful Professor X from X-Men, AKA Charles Xavier.
Either The Lego Movie put the name Emmett back on the radar for folks or there has been an inexplicable wave of nostalgia for Christopher Lloyd’s character in Back to the Future.
Of course, if you don’t want to name your child after the incredibly brilliant and powerful Professor X, Logan, Wolverine’s non-mutant name, is a pretty good choice, as well.
Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace may not be the best role model, but this name is still a classic, working as well on a newborn as it does an adult.
Mia Wallace is a saint compared to Harley Quinn, whose name(s) have risen in popularity since Suicide Squad hit the big screen.
And of course, you can’t go wrong with a classic. The original Star Wars put the name Luke on the tip of everyone’s tongues, and now that the franchise is back and bigger than ever, the name is once again making a resurgence. Think you might want something outside of Hollywood’s scope? Check out the 30 Best Baby Names for 2018.
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