50 Boy & Girl Baby Names Inspired by Our Favorite Romantic Comedies

Ashley Austrew | Apr 9, 2020 Pregnancy
50 Boy & Girl Baby Names Inspired by Our Favorite Romantic Comedies
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Baby name inspiration can be found almost anywhere. Parents often choose names from their favorite books, television shows, theater productions, or even reality TV. So, it makes perfect sense that a mom or dad might look in another unexpected place for baby name inspiration: romantic comedies. It might seem odd at first to pick a baby name from a love story, but think about it. What characters are more iconic than Harry and Sally? Who is more endearing than Drew Barrymore's character in The Wedding Singer? The characters in romantic comedies embody so many great traits and values, so why should they be left out of the baby name game?

Romantic comedies get kind of a bad reputation. They're often seen as silly or frivolous. And they can certainly be unrealistic. But are there any other kinds of movies that are more fun to watch? Whether we admit it or not, we all dream about love and about having the right people in our lives. Romantic comedies give us an outlet for our daydreams, and they've introduced us to some seriously amazing characters. Jenna Rink and Matt Flamhaff from 13 Going On 30, Toula and Ian in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean Covey from To All The Boys I've Loved Before? All epic.

Whether parents love old-school early '00s romantic comedies, like The Wedding Planner or Hitch, or they're into the more recent stuff, like The Big Sick or Crazy Rich Asians, there are names on this list that fit every person's preference. And, as a bonus, many of the options here would work well for a girl or a boy. Click through to see some of the best names most people have forgotten about from their favorite rom-coms.

  • BUTTERCUP

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    If a parent-to-be is looking for a more uncommon name, there isn't one more so than the name Buttercup. Inspired by The Princess Bride, there needs to be a certain kind of personality to be able to pull this name off, but it's pretty special. 

  • WESTLEY

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    One of the most loved movies, The Princess Bride, Westley is a great strong name for boys. It can be shortened to West or kept full and according to data, people with this name tend to be more leaders than followers and that's good omen for a baby name. 

  • CLEMENTINE

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is quirky and so is this name. It's pretty and unusual, just like the character in the movie. The name means gentle, a sweet namesake for a little girl, and inspired by the fruit named after a hybrid of a willowleaf mandarin orange and a sweet orange.

  • RHETT

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    The male lead in the classic movie Gone With the Wind, Rhett is a boy's name that means "advice" and it comes from a Dutch last name. The name is perfect for anyone who loves names that aren't common and have some regal feels to it. 

  • SCARLETT

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    One of the most iconic romance names of all time, Scarlett from Gone With the Wind, radiates grace and beauty. It's been on the popularity list for a long time and chances are it's not going anywhere for a while. 

  • SLOANE

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    The other love interest in the upcoming movie Happiest Season, Sloane is another name that's perfect for someone looking for a gender neutral option for their baby. It's an old Irish name that's been climbing slowly in popularity. 

  • HARPER

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    A romantic comedy that stars a woman in a relationship with another woman, Harper is a great gender neutral nod to Happiest Season, an upcoming movie that has yet to hit theaters, but we're sure it's going to be a quick favorite.

  • LEILANI

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    The name is gorgeous and can stand on its own and also happens to be the name of the co-lead in Netflix's movie Lovebirds. The name is not common and yet it's beautiful sounding and means "a heavenly flower."

  • JIBRAN

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    One of the best and newest romantic comedies is Netflix's Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae. This follows a couple who are on the verge of breakup only to be thrust into an interesting storyline. Jibran is a cute name that's not common and that's a good thing. 

  • LARA JEAN

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    This adorable name from the Netflix hit To All The Boys I've Loved Before (based on the book by Jenny Han) is a combination of Lara, a Russian pet name for Klara or Larissa, and Jean, which means "God is gracious." While the names are well-known on their own, the combination is unusual.

  • PETER

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    Peter (of Peter Kavinsky fame in To All The Boys I've Loved Before) means "rock" or "stone." It's a classic boys' name that isn't as common as it once was, making it a perfect fit in the trend of reviving older and under-used names.

  • VIVIAN

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    This stunning name comes to us from Pretty Woman. Vivian means "alive," and believe it or not, it used to be a common boy's name. But now it's on the rise for girls. It ranked 95th on the most popular US baby names in 2016.

  • EDWARD

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    The name Edward, meaning "prosperity," is a timeless choice that we loved in Pretty Woman. The name was also chosen for the leads in other romantic movies, like TwilightSense and Sensibility, and Prince and Me.

  • SUMMER

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    Summer, the name for the warmest season of the year, has been popular since the 1960s. It's never really gone out of style, but it was definitely re-popularized by Zooey Deschanel's quirky and lovable character in the movie 100 Days of Summer.

  • TOM

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    Tom was Zooey Deschanel's love interest in 100 Days of Summer. The name Tom is a shortened form of Thomas. It means "twin."

  • TOULA

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    My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a classic rom-com that brought attention to a stunning name: Toula. This name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, making it an obscure yet stylish choice for parents.

  • IAN

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    Ian is a strong, classic name, and the main love interest from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The name has been in use for decades and is a top pick for traditional and modern parents alike. It means "God is gracious."

  • HOLLY

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    We're throwing it way back to Breakfast at Tiffany's for this adorable name. Holly comes from the holly tree, and though it peaked in the '70s and '80s, it really never goes out of style.

  • ALEX

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    Alex "Hitch" Hitchens stole our hearts in the romantic comedy Hitch, but the name Alex has been stealing hearts for even longer than that. The name has consistently appeared on the top 1,000 US baby names since all the way back to the early 1900s!

  • SARA

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    Sara is a mainstay in romantic comedies. It's the name of Eva Mendes' character in Hitch and Kate Beckinsale's character in Serendipity. Sara means "princess" in Hebrew, and it's one of those names that is totally timeless.

  • JONATHAN

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    Sara's love interest in Serendipity is Jonathan, played by romantic comedy favorite John Cusack. The name Jonathan peaked in popularity in the mid-'80s and early '90s. Maybe it's time for parents to fall for it again.

  • SALLY

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    Sally hasn't been a popular name since '40s and '50s, but it's best known as the name of the titular character in When Harry Met Sally. It originated as a pet name for Sarah. It hasn't been popular for a few decades but classic names are making a comeback, so who knows?

  • HARRY

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    Harry, the pairing to Sally in When Harry Met Sally, has been in decline over the past few decades. Currently, it ranks in the 700s on the most popular US baby names list, though media attention surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may change that.

  • ANDIE

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    Cool, confident, stylish -- that's the vibe Kate Hudson's character, Andie, gives off in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Andie is short for Andrea. It's the perfect name for a spunky, fun-loving baby girl.

  • BENJAMIN

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