25 Baby Names Inspired by Wes Anderson Films

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The very first Wes Anderson movie I ever saw was Rushmore, and I have been hooked on his films ever since. Of course, I know I’m far from alone; there are quite a few of us Wes Anderson fans out there. But I’m not sure many have given as much thought to how his memorable film characters would make great baby name inspiration as much as I have.

Recently, I decided to compile a list of my favorites. If you’re a fellow lover of Wes Anderson films, and want to give him a nod with your baby naming choice, scroll on for some inspiration.

1. Max

Max Fischer from Rushmore is probably one of my all-time favorite Anderson characters. His unending optimism blended with awkward brilliance is hard not to love. I love this short and sweet name for a little boy.

2. Francis

Francis Whitman was Owen Wilson’s character in the movie The Darjeeling Limited and I think it could make a great name for a boy or a girl!

3. Margot

Margot has long been on my favorites list, and although I’m not sure I could ever convince my husband to go for it, I think Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums makes for a great name muse.

4. Zissou

I’ll admit that this name is a bit out there, but I think that the name Zissou inspired by Team Zissou of The Life Aquatic would make for a fun and unexpectedly quirky middle name for die-hard Wes Anderson fans.

5. Suzy

Suzy Bishop of Moonrise Kingdom may have a short name, but it certainly is sweet. I adore spunky little girl names and this one certainly is that.

6. Eli

Eli Cash of The Royal Tenenbaums was certainly a lovable character and would make a great inspiration for a baby boy name.

7. Herman

Herman is one of those names that definitely isn’t popular anymore, but I kind of like the vintage feel of it. And for Bill Murray fans, Herman Blume was the character he played in the movie Rushmore.

8. Alistair

Alistair Hennessey was one of Anderson’s characters in The Life Aquatic. I think it’s both a regal name, and an interesting pick for a little one.

9. Royal

Another regal pick, Royal Tenenbaum, the patriarch from The Royal Tenenbaums, might make a fun option for a baby. This could work as either a boy or a girl name, but personally, I prefer it for a little boy.

10. Whitman

I’ve always loved the idea of last names as first names, and using the last name of Francis Whitman from The Darjeeling Limited is kind of perfect, if you ask me. Talk about a cute unisex baby name option.

11. Cash

Another cute last name option inspired by Eli Cash of The Royal Tenenbaums.

12. Blume

The last name of Herman Blume from Rushmore, I think this could make an interesting take on the name “Bloom” which was actually on my favorites list for a little girl.

13. Eleanor

Eleanor was one of my top baby names when I was naming my daughter. I actually had planned to use it as her middle name for a little while. I might have been even more enticed had I remembered that it was shared with Eleanor Zissou from The Life Aquatic.

14. Raleigh

I adored Bill Murray’s character Raleigh St. Clair in The Royal Tenenbaums and I think this name is just the sweetest. Perfect for a little lady or a little man.

15. Calloway

Did I mention I love last names as first names? Dirk Calloway was Max’s right hand man in the movie Rushmore.

16. Jack

You can’t go wrong with a short and snappy name for a boy and Jack is a classic shared with the character Jack Whitman in The Darjeeling Limited.

17. Richie

While Richie is short for Richard, I actually rather like Richie as a stand-alone name. I think it’s fresh and fun. It was also the name of Luke Wilson’s character (Richie Tenenbaum) in The Royal Tenenbaums.

18. Renzo

Renzo Pietro was the original score composer for Team Zissou in The Life Aquatic, and while it is probably short for Lorenzo, I love this name on its own and had actually never heard it before!

19. Etheline

While Ethel might seem like an old lady name, Etheline has a pretty ring to it and is a name shared by Anjelica Houston’s character, Etheline Tenenbaum, in The Royal Tenenbaums.

20. Rosemary

The school boy crush of Max Fischer in the movie Rushmore was Rosemary Cross, and it’s a name I’ve always fancied. (It also happens to be a family name for me.)

21. Mordecai

This name actually has Biblical ties, but it is also the name of Richie Tenenbaum’s falcon in The Royal Tenenbaums, which I think makes it a super fun name idea. What a fun story to say you share a name with a falcon!

22. Margaret

A lovely classic name with a variety of nickname options, Margaret Yang was one of Max’s friends in the movie Rushmore.

23. Jane

I know that Jane might be seen as a bit of a “boring” name, but I think it’s lovely and classic. Jane Winslett-Richardson was also the name of a character in The Life Aquatic.

24. Ash

Ash was the name of Mr. and Mrs. Fox’s son in The Fantastic Mr. Fox and I think it’s a cute name for a little boy with a fun point of inspiration.

25. Ari

Ari was the name of one of Chas Tenenbaum’s sons in The Royal Tenenbaums and is a unique unisex name that could work for a boy or a girl.


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