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The best baby names from Annie

Diane Ashoff has a background in mathematics and a keen eye for baby name trends. She lives with her husband and three children in Florida.

Baby names for the hard knock life

Producers Will Smith and Jay Z are set to bring back Annie in a brand new film adaptation starring Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis as the eponymous orphan. In honor of its opening on Dec. 17, we've compiled a list of the very best baby names from all of Annie's many incarnations.

Annie originally opened on Broadway — and won the Tony Award for best musical — in 1977, based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip by Harold Gray. In addition to the show's many ear worms — I've had "Tomorrow" in my head since the mid '80s — acclaimed musicians Sia and Greg Kurstin have written three brand new songs for the film.

Baby girl names inspired by Annie

No little girl in all of film embodies optimism and spunk quite like Annie. Traditionally a nickname for Ann or Anne, consider a longer international variant of the name, like Annika or Anneliese.

Agatha: or Miss Hannigan, the child-hating matron of the orphanage
Annette: a maid to Daddy Warbucks in the 1982 film
Annie: spunky main character in search of her real parents
Cecile: a maid to Daddy Warbucks in the 1982 film
Colleen: first name of Miss Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz in the 2014 film
Duffy: an orphan who is friends with both Annie and Pepper
Grace: secretary to Daddy Warbucks
Isabella: foster sister to Annie in the 2014 film
July: a quiet orphan and friend to Annie
Kate: a shy orphan and friend to Annie
Lily: clever girlfriend of Daniel
Mia: the smallest orphan in the 2014 film
Molly: the youngest orphan, best friends with Annie
Pepper: a bossy orphan who does not get along with Annie
Tessie: the orphan prone to tears

Baby boy names inspired by Annie

They changed a few character names for the new film, and we love the addition of Nash — a bodyguard to William Stacks and friend to sweet Annie.

Bert: a radio announcer who aids in the search for Annie's parents
Daniel: younger brother to Miss Hannigan, better known as Rooster
Drake: butler to Daddy Warbucks
Farrell: the surname of Grace the secretary
Franklin: after FDR, the president
Guy: a political adviser to Stacks in the 2014 film adaptation
Harold: a cabinet member
Louis: a U.S. Supreme Court justice
Nash: bodyguard to Stacks in the 2014 film
Oliver: first name of Daddy Warbucks, a billionaire
Regis: from Lily's surname
Sandy: a mutt rescued by Annie
Ward: surname of the police officer sent after Annie
William: for William Stacks, the 2014 film adaptation of Daddy Warbucks, played by Jamie Foxx

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