15 Cute & Unexpected Baby Names From Your Favorite Holiday Movies

Tanvier Peart | Nov 25, 2016 Pregnancy

Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who in 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'
2000 Universal Pictures

The holiday season has been known to get many people excited as we think about gifts, Santa, and much-needed time off from work or school. It also happens to be a fun time to dust off or DVR beloved Christmas movies that inspire so many families to give thanks and celebrate the season. And you want to know what else these awesome films do? You guessed it: provide baby name inspo!

We knew holiday movie binge-watching would come in handy!

To kick off the holiday season, we're taking a look at some of the most unexpected baby name ideas from Christmas movies we love to watch over and over again. Some films are classics and some we just have to check out this time of year.  

  • Rudolph

    1

    Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas CLASSIC that so many of us enjoy every holiday season. It's always awesome to see this shiny-nosed hero save the day. Who doesn't love Rudolph or his name for that matter? Remember, you can always take the pet name approach by naming your kid Rudy.

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  • Cindy

    2

    Every time we read or watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it's hard not to feel some kind of way for Cindy Lou Who. After all, the Grinch did steal this little girl's presents, her family's Christmas tree, the holiday decorations, and even the fire logs (now that's cold-blooded). Still, Cindy kept her calm when she found the Grinch in her house, and that makes us love her -- and her name -- even more.

  • Bailey

    3

    You simply cannot kick off the holiday season without watching It's a Wonderful Life. You just can't! We love George Bailey and the love he has for his family and town. He's such a good (fictitious) man with such a lovable last name. Seriously, Bailey is a wonderful baby name that's gender neutral and fit for the sweetest of kids.

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  • Audrey

    4

    Can you imagine growing up in the Griswold house? You'd be lucky to still have your eyebrows by graduation! This is one of the reasons we feel for Audrey (Juliette Lewis) in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Though she didn't experience too much craziness -- aside from almost getting frost bite in the beginning of the film -- we noticed this teen's looks of frustration. Hey, at least the name Audrey hails from Old English that means "noble strength." Hang in there, girl!

  • Ralphie

    5

    What ever happened to those hearty names that were so popular back in the day? Ralphie provides a fun play on the Germanic cognate Radulf that means "wolf counsel." Although young Ralphie never came across any furry beasts in A Christmas Story, we think he would be prepared with his trusty BB gun. Just don't shoot your eye out, kid.

  • Buddy

    6

    Come on, how could we not put Buddy on our list of names? Buddy was such a happy elf in the movie Elf. Who cares if he's really a human? Whether you choose to name your son Buddy or use it as a nickname for Robert, it's a cute choice full of holiday cheer.

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  • Jovie

    7

    Speaking of the movie Elf, what do you think about the name Jovie? Zooey Deschanel's character might not have been super upbeat, but that doesn't mean parents can't use this playful baby name for their little girl.

  • Luther & Nora

    8

    There's always going to be some cheesy Christmas movie you can't get enough of, and for us it's Christmas With the Kranks. Showing us how to perfectly panic when you have to host for the holidays on a moment's notice, we can't help but laugh at all of Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Luther's (Tim Allen) misfortunes. No matter their string of bad luck, we love the Kranks and the names Luther and Nora.

  • Everett

    9

    If you have yet to see The Family Stone, please go rent it -- it's pretty funny. In a tale of your classic dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays, Everett (Dermot Mulroney) surprises his clan by bringing home his pretty uptight girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker) whom no one seems to like. This "brave" decision might be tied to the name Everett that hails from the English Eoforheard, meaning "brave as a wild boar."

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  • Langston

    10

    Jingle All the Way sums up the lengths parents will go to ensure their children have the gifts they want for Christmas. Arnold Schwarzenegger's character -- Howard Langston -- promised his son a Turbo Man, and, damnit, that's exactly what the little boy got. It doesn't matter that he had to rough up a few people and go through hell to make it possible. We admire Dad's tenacity along with his last name, Langston, which makes for a cool, gender-neutral baby name.

  • Holly

    11

    Oh, you thought Christmas movies had to be about Santa and gifts under the tree? Bless your heart. Believe it or not, many people consider Die Hard to be a holiday movie. After all, craziness does ensue when terrorists take over a Christmas party. (Talk about bah humbug.) Though John McClane (Bruce Willis) did his thing, we can't stop thinking about his wife's name, Holly. Yup, that's a pretty awesome holiday-inspired baby name if you ask us! (We'll yippee ki yay on that.)

  • Miles

    12

    OMG, who else loves The Holiday? It's such a cute romantic comedy that's constantly on replay this time of year. One character we just love to love is Miles (Jack Black), a sincere and kindhearted man who eventually falls for Iris (Kate Winslet). He's a super sweet guy with a pretty adorable baby name with roots from the Old Slavonic milu that means "merciful."

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  • Denver

    13

    No holiday celebration would be complete without a little sibling rivalry. Vince Vaughn's character, Brad, got hell when he went to go visit his family in Four Christmases. Granted, it was funny -- including this exchange between him and his brother Denver -- but still, poor poor Brad. Speaking of Denver, how about this Colorado-inspired destination as a baby name for your son or daughter? It's cute! 

  • Juliet

    14

    Fans of romcoms (romantic comedies) can't get enough of Love Actually this time of year. A film of intertwining stories centered around the holiday season, this movie -- including Mark's (Andrew Lincoln) super sweet but not really appropriate declaration of love to Juliet (Keira Knightley) -- warms our hearts. Who knows if Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) or Mark turned out to be the Juliet's Romeo. We can't get enough of this baby name!


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