20 Baby Girl Names From Classic Films

Megan Zander | Feb 28, 2019 Pregnancy
20 Baby Girl Names From Classic Films
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Picking the perfect baby name can be hard work. If flipping through page after page of baby name books trying to find the perfect title for a soon to be arriving little girl isn't yielding any serious options, don't keep going until all the names start to blur together -- that's when it's time for a break. Put those poor swollen feet up, shuffle off to the kitchen for the truffle chips and the Oreos (pregnancy cravings are the real deal, and getting that bump back up once it's down on the couch is no joke) and unwind with a classic flick. 

In fact, not only are movies a great way to chill out and decompress during pregnancy, but they can also be a great source of baby name inspiration. The perfect name might be right there on the screen. 

Using a beloved film to help find the perfect baby girl name makes sense for so many reasons. If a couple loves a particular movie, perhaps watched it on a first date, using a name from that movie for their daughter is a way for their love to live on through her. Great examples of "inside joke" names like these are Allie from The Notebook or Briony from Atonement

When we name a baby girl after a character in a popular film, it helps with practical issues like spelling and pronunciation too. Mom may really want her daughter to have a distinctive name that will stand out, but choosing a name like Cady from Mean Girls is a way to get that individuality without worrying that a child will be singled out for having a name that no one's heard of. 

From baby girl names inspired by Disney cartoons to names from movies that are certified classics, we've gathered 20 beautiful baby girl names that are ready for their close up.  

  • GWEN

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    The latest Spiderman movies are back to the Peter and M.J. romance, but we'll always ship Spidy and Gwen Stacy. A Welsh name meaning "white and holy," as a character Gwen is smart, kind, and sweet -- all traits we'd love to have in a little girl of our own.

  • SHURI

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    The name Shuri means "village," but to anyone who's seen Black Panther (which is everyone who's not living on a desert island), it's also the name for Disney's smartest, fiercest new princess. It's a perfect pick for anyone looking to give their daughter a royal start in life. 

  • MARGOT

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    Parents who bonded over their love of quirky indie films should consider the name Margot, in honor of The Royal Tenenbaums. A derivative of the Greek word for "pearl," Margot is a pretty name that has gravity. It sounds like the name of someone who could do anything, like being an artist or a scientist -- or both!

  • LUNA

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    It's impossible to think of baby names inspired by epic movies without getting to the Harry Potter films. Adding another Lily to the preschool class is fine (it's such a pretty name!) but for those who want something a little more unusual, consider Luna. It's Latin for "moon."

  • LANEY

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    She's All That was the final say in romantic movies for anyone who's old enough to have worn butterfly clips in their hair during high school. The movie shaped our ideas of what true love looked liked, and gave us Laney, an adorable baby name option for a spunky little girl. 

  • VERUCA

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    It might seem an odd choice, to name a child after the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character who demands what she wants N-O-W. But honestly, don't we want to raise our girls to be bold and go after what the want in life? No one's going to say no to a Veruca. 

  • KATNISS

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    For anyone who's searching for an uncommon name that instantly makes people think of a smart, capable girl, put Katniss, the star of the Hunger Games movies on the list of possibilities. The name may come from an edible plant, but for everyone who hears it, it's a sign of a natural-born leader. 

  • ELLE

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    The movie Legally Blonde inspired a generation of women to follow their dreams of going to law school and taught us all that people are so much more than their appearances. Even if she doesn't grow up to take the bar exam, we think Elle is a gorgeous name for a smart and pretty girl. 

  • MIRANDA

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    A Latin name meaning "wonderful" or "worthy of admiration," Miranda in The Devil Wears Prada certainly lived up to her name. Fans of the film and those who want a special name that's still easy to spell and pronounce might find this to be the perfect fit. 

  • BRIONY

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    A variation of a Greek word that means "to grow luxuriantly," we think Briony is a beautiful name for a baby girl. Fans of the heartbreaking movie Atonement will remember the name from the younger sister who didn't see what she thought she saw. 

  • TIANA

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    With so many princesses to choose from, Disney movies offer tons of great baby name inspo. But we've got a special soft spot for the name Tiana. From Russian and Latin words meaning "princess," we think it's a beautiful name for a baby girl with a bright future. 

  • GABRIELLA

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    If Breaking Free is the go-to song when doing couple's karaoke, then there definitely needs to be a discussion about naming the baby, Gabriella after the character in the High School Musical movies. From the Hebrew phrase for "God is my strength," its a name that's as pretty as it is powerful.

  • PENNY

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    Almost Famous fans must think about Penny when writing up a list of possible baby girl names. As a character, Penny Lane was carefree and full of love, both qualities we'd hope any namesake of hers would also be lucky enough to possess. 

  • LISBETH

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    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo surely isn't for kids, but it did leave us with a great potential baby name for a little girl. A Hebrew name that means "oath of God," Lisbeth is a different and interesting twist on Elizabeth. It's a good way to honor a grandparent or aunt but still give baby a name of their own. 

  • CADY

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    The great thing about choosing Cady as a baby name is that thanks to Mean Girls, everyone will know how to pronounce it. This coming-of-age movie defined a generation and would be so much fun to watch with a daughter named Cady once she's old enough, as a "cool mom."

  • MERIDA

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    Brave may not be the most popular Disney movie, but that's why we're in love with it as a potential source for baby names. Merida, which is thought to come from the Celtic word for "pearl," is a princess who refused to let a man dictate her life. We're here for that, and for the name. 

  • ALLIE

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    When it comes to great female movie characters we'd love to know in real life, Allie from The Notebook quickly comes to mind. Beautiful, graceful, funny, and smart, she refuses to let her family dictate her happiness. The name Allie is Arabic for "greatest," which might just make this name a keeper. 

  • SHELBY

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    Steel Magnolias was a movie that taught us the power of female loyalty and friendship. Sweet Shelby (based on the screenwriter's own sister) was a kind but strong soul who refused to let her diabetes stand in the way of her dream of becoming a mom. She's a wonderful character to name a child after. 

  • SLOANE

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    For anyone who thinks Ferris Bueller's Day Off was the best movie of the '80s (no arguments from me) going with Sloane for a baby girl is an easy choice. It's a pretty name that's just a tiny bit off the beaten path, just like her adventure-seeking counterpart in the film. 

  • POPPY

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    Poppy is an adorable baby name, it's different enough to stand out in a classroom, and sweet while still being mature. Plus, Poppy was a princess in Trolls, so it's also a name with a royal connection. And what little girl wouldn't love watching a cartoon with her own special character. 

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    Save these names inspired by classic films to your Pinterest boards to get an idea for your daughter.

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