More Than A Million People In The UK Are Named After A Disney Character


The most popular baby names for 2019 in the UK were recently revealed.

And while the favourites were monikers such as Olivia and Oliver, it seems that there’s still a big preference for baby names inspired by Disney movies.

A study by travel company Florida4Less has found that more than a million (1.05 million) people in the UK are named after Disney characters.

The research revealed that names taken from animated classics such as Toy Story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Beauty and the Beast have rocketed in popularity since the turn of the last decade.

Those keenest to name their child after a Disney character were 18 to 34-year-olds, with three in 10 being pro-Disney.

On the other hand, 16 per cent of UK adults said they thought it was a “nice idea” to name a baby after a Disney character, but they were unlikely to actually do it themselves.

The most popular Disney name overall is Jasmine, inspired by Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine followed by Toy Story favourite Rex and Beauty and the Beast’s Belle.

This baby name trend doesn’t look to be letting up any time soon, with 14 per cent of people saying they’d consider naming their child Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and just under one in 10 saying they’d be tempted to go for Nala following the release of The Lion King live-action movie.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most popular Disney-inspired names:

1. Jasmine (Aladdin, 1992)
2. Rex (Toy Story, 1995)
3. Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
4. Jessie (Toy Story 2, 2000)
5. Minnie (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
6. Tiana (Princess and the Frog, 2010)
7. Elsa (Frozen, 2013)
8. Woody (Toy Story, 1995)
9. Ariel (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
10. Nala (The Lion King, 1994)

The study has also revealed some huge increases over the last decade.

The name Rex rose in popularity by an astonishing 767 per cent between 2007 and 2017, while Esmerelda (up 400 per cent), Belle (up 335 per cent), Minnie (up 308 per cent) and Ariel (115 per cent) are also becoming big favourites with UK parents.

Other Disney names that have risen in popularity over this period include Gus (Cinderella, 1995), Mickey (Steamboat Willie, 1928) and Jafar (Aladdin, 1992).


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