Having a baby can feel truly magical; it might even feel like fairy tale. You know: watching your family grow, feeling your heart open up to care for this tiny human being, happily ever after and all that jazz. So, why not opt for a fairy-tale baby name?
Baby names from fairy tales (and their Disney iterations) have long been popular choices for parents-to-be. Just look at what happened when Frozen hit theaters and infiltrated our lives for a solid year: The name Elsa made its way up the chart from spot No. 526 in 2013 (when the film was released) to No. 286 in 2014.
So, we’ve rounded up our favorite fairy-tale names — from classic fairy tales to the newest Disney princes and princesses lighting up the big screen — to find the perfect fit for your little royal.
Fairy-tale princess baby names
These are always on-trend. The name Tiana (after The Princess and the Frog) shot up in popularity after the movie was released in 2009. It climbed over 300 spots on the Social Security Administration’s baby name chart in one year (from No. 599 in 2009 to No. 333 in 2010).
Here are more princess baby names that will have you wishing upon a star:
- Arista: The Little Mermaid
- Ariel: The Little Mermaid
- Aurora: Sleeping Beauty
- Jasmine: Aladdin
- Buttercup: The Princess Bride
- Aravis: The Chronicles of Narnia
- Giselle: Enchanted
- Mulan: Mulan
- Pocahontas: Pocahontas
- Belle: Beauty and the Beast
- Rapunzel: Rapunzel
- Irene: The Princess and the Goblin
- Kiara: The Lion King II
- Tiana: The Princess and the Frog
- Merida: Brave
- Fiona: Shrek
- Anya: Anastasia
- Elsa: Frozen
Prince names for your Baby Charming
There aren’t quite as many prince names as princess names; however, there are still some solid picks. In fact, the name Flynn wasn’t even on the Social Security Administration’s top baby name list until after the movie Tangled was released in 2010.
- Caspian: Chronicles of Narnia
- Eric: The Little Mermaid
- Flynn: Tangled
- Naveen: The Princess and the Frog
- Phillip: Sleeping Beauty
- Aladdin: Aladdin
- Hans: Frozen
- Eugene: Rapunzel
You can also consider naming your son straight-up Prince, which has been steadily moving up the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names to No. 343. Or what about the names of real-life royal princes — with the most famous being Prince Harry and Prince William? Here are more prince baby names taken straight from the royal family.
The TV series Once Upon a Time is about fairy-tale characters that are brought into the “real world” and feature some great name choices, including:
A version of this article was originally published in November 2013.