The dramatic Madame Adelaide Bonfamille is one of the few human characters in The Aristocats. When actress Rachel Griffiths picked the name for her daughter, she said she'd been inspired by the Australian city, Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, and, yes, the Disney character.
Aurora was the name of the princess in the 1959 Sleeping Beauty, but is only now rising in popularity. In ancient mythology, Aurora was the lovely Roman goddess of the dawn, whose tears turned into the morning dew. In the Disney film, her alternate name was BriarRose, a combination sometimes adopted by modern parents.
Miss Bianca was an elegant mouse (voiced by Eva Gabor) in the 1977 movie The Rescuer. The Italian version of Blanche, this still somewhat exotic name was brought to prominence by the first Mrs. Mick Jagger, and features in two Shakespeare plays. Actress Tia Carrere chose it for her daughter.
This name of Tiana's mother in Princess and the Frog, who was voiced by Oprah Winfrey, is one old lady name that hasn't yet been revived, but certainly could, along with others like others like Amelia and Adeline. It was long associated with Southern writer Eudora Welty.
FlynnRider is the dashing bandit who eventually marries Rapunzel in Tangled. At one point it is revealed that his real name is Eugene—not the coolest of names. But Flynn (think Errol) is a charming Irish surname name with a lot of the appeal of the popular Finn.
Though Gideon may be a crafty villain in Pinocchio, his name has quite the opposite image. In the Old Testament Gideon was both a judge and military leader of the Israelites, and his name, with its pleasant three-syllable rhythm, is one of those rising on the Biblical popularity list.
Jasper Badun (his surname tells it all) was one of Cruella De Vil's henchmen in 101 Dalmatians, but that hasn't hurt the name any. Thanks to its Twilight connection, it's jumped over 100 places in the last year. Along with being the name of one of the Three Wise Men, Jasper is also a reddish semiprecious stone.
Lilo is the spunky young Hawaiian girl protagonist of Lilo & Stitch. This is an energetic name found in the Hawaiian, German, and Hebrew cultures—and also has the dubious distinction of being the nickname of Lindsay Lohan.
Milo has leading roles in two Disney Atlantis films: The Lost Empire and Milo's Return. A jaunty Anglo-Irish import, also with ties to ancient Greece, Milo is a favorite with celebrities that is rising in popularity.
J. Thaddeus Toad is the hero of the Wind in the Willows segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad—an incurable, idiosyncratic adventurer. Thaddeus is a distinguished, long-neglected appellation with a solid New Testament legacy and a nice antique feel.
In the Disney film Hercules, Thalia playsher classic role as the Muse of Comedy—she is also one of the Three Graces and a poetic Muse. This is a pretty Greek name, meaning "to flourish," that is underused in this country.
In Pocahontas, the character Grandmother Willow is in fact an actual weeping willow tree, who serves as a wise advisor to the heroine. The name Willow has lost its old hippie aura to move into the realm of re-appreciated nature names, helped along by the high profile of Willow Smith.
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