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What’s In A Name?

At some point everybody asks this question: “If I wasn’t named (insert name here), then what would I be named?”  I have had this conversation before, and believe it or not my parents were stuck between naming me Makena or … wait for it … Coral! When my parents first told me this, my first reaction was to be relieved because they made the right choice naming me Makena! Then my mom said “Well, would you have preferred a Disney name?” Now THAT got me thinking. There are many names in the Disney universe that I love. Merida. Belle. Esmeralda. But there are some other Disney characters that I would NOT want to be named after. After a brainstorming session, I came up with a list of some Disney names that I definitely would not want to be called!


Zero is the name of the Jack’s ghost dog in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. This would make a really cute name for a dog, but not a human. The only occasion that this will be awesome is if they changed their name to Hero. Then they could go from Zero to Hero just like that! *ba dum tss*


Why would you name your child something that has a dash in it? I could understand if you have the name “Wally”, but spelled this way is just a little bit odd. Imagine all of the teasing you would get! Not to mention the fact that each and every time someone said your name, they would say it just like the robot does – “Waaaaall-eeeeee”.

Any of the dwarfssnowwhitesevendwarfs

There are some words that make great names. Hope. Faith. Destiny. However, Happy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Bashful and Grumpy aren’t necessarily the words that you want to name your child after since some people may think it’s an indication of their disposition (not too bad if you’re Happy but no one wants to be Dopey). Just visualize knowing someone named Sneezy!


This purple dinosaur is a play on words. He is a “figment” of the imagination. Get it? Figment might actually make a cool middle name, but definitely not a first name! What child wants to think that they popped out of your imagination?


Frollo is the villain from the Hunchback of Norte Dame. I would not want to be named after a villain, even if they did have an interesting name. Most people get named after someone with qualities that they are hoped to have, like someone with honesty or integrity. If I was named after a villain, I would assume it to be because people thought me to be evil or scary!

r2R2D2 or C3PO

Just as a general rule – if your child’s name is going to have a number in it, it’s an automatic no! On standardized tests like the SAT and the HSPA, how would they spell their name? You have to fill in bubbles, and they only use the 26 letters of the alphabet. Plus, teachers would never believe that as their birth name.  If you want to give your child a name from Star Wars, please don’t name them after a droid. Instead, pull out a name like Luke, Han, or even Leia!


I have an eight year old cousin named Lilo, and I remember the day she was born. When I found out what her name was going to be, I was BEGGING them to have a baby boy, paint him blue and name him Stitch! What was I thinking? They actually DID end up having another baby and unfortunately for me but fortunately for their baby, it was a girl and they named her Rylee, and just to complete the story, they got a puppy this past Christmas and named it Stitch!


Even though these names would not be the best as first names, all of these would make really good nicknames, and if you do have one of these names, no hard feelings! These are just names that I specifically would not want to be named after.

(Images copyright Disney.)

Is there another Disney character that you would not want to share a name with? Leave a comment below?


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Makena is a 15 year old high school student who spends much of her free time researching Disney. She enjoys sharing Disney facts and even plans Walt Disney World vacations (including searches for secrets and Hidden Mickeys) for friends and family. You can follow Makena on twitter @Makattack98 or on Facebook (Makena Wolcott).  Makena began blogging for WDW Radio in December 2011.