32 Baby Names Inspired by Fictional Stories
Baby names inspired by fictional stories are the most original options and are perfect for those who love reading, movies, and art in general. If you’re looking to give a special touch to the baby on the way, don’t miss the following list.
These names hold the essence of the characters that have starred in the fantastic worlds and dreams of parents. That’s why we think they’re the perfect choice for one of the most special moments of your life. Take note!
32 names for babies inspired by fictional stories
“Fantasy is at play in the articulation of both individual and collective.”
-JoanW. Scott (2006)-.
Names for boys inspired by fictional stories
- Axel: this is one of the three protagonists of this Jules Verne novel, along with his uncle, Professor Lidenbrock, and a guide named, Hans. The three embark on an intrepid adventure with a big surprise at the end. “Journey to the Center of the Earth” was published in 1864 and is one of the most popular classic novels among children and teenagers. Axel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “lord of peace”.
- Bastian: this is a name of Greek origin meaning “revered”. It appears as the main character in ‘The Neverending Story’ and is probably a variant of the traditional name Sebastian.
- Caspian: this name is of unknown origin and meaning, which isn’t strange, as it’s a boy’s name found in fantasy literature. He’s one of the characters of the fictional stories found in “The Chronicles of Narnia” and he’s also a prince.
- Charlie: this is the main character of the novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, written by the English author Roald Dahl in 1964 and made into a movie in 1971 and again in 2005. It’s a name of Germanic origin that means “strong and virile male”.
- Dick: this is one of the main characters of the saga of books “The Famous Five”, along with Anne, Julian, Georgina, and the dog, Timothy. These books were written between 1940 and 1960 by the English writer Enid Blyton and are one of the must-reads for children that we always recommend. Dick’s name is the colloquial form of Richard. Richard is a name of Germanic origin meaning “mighty in wealth”.
- Frodo: this name is as fantastic as the protagonist of “The Lord of the Rings”, but nowadays, many parents choose it for their child. We like it because it’s simple and not fancy.
- Geronimo: if you love the Geronimo Stilton book collection, then you might love this name for your child. These books are specially designed for children between the ages of six and 12 and were created by the Italian writer Elisabetta Dami. They narrate the adventures of a mouse journalist who gets involved in numerous cases in the purest Sherlock Holmes style. Geronimo, or Jerome, is a name of Greek origin whose meaning is “he who has a sacred name”.
- Hansel: is the child protagonist of the popular tale “Hansel and Gretel”, adapted by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. It’s a name of Germanic origin that means “the one protected by God”.
- Harry: this name is of Germanic origin and means “the lord of the house”. It’s a variant of Henry and belongs to the most famous wizard of all times that we find in the literary saga “Harry Potter“.
- Kai: is the male character of the fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’, written by the Danish Hans Christian Andersen in 1844, and considered by many experts as his best work. In 2013, it was adapted by Walt Disney in the movie “Frozen”. Kai is a beautiful short name for children, of Hawaiian origin meaning “sea”.
- Merlyn: from “The Book of Merlyn”. The wizard Merlyn was King Arthur’s chief advisor in “The Book of Merlyn”, one of the novels that make up the “Camelot” collection, written by British author T. H. White between 1938 and 1940. The novels were freely adapted by Walt Disney in his film “The Sword in the Stone. Merlyn is a name of Welsh origin whose meaning is “fortress of the sea”.
- Oliver: is an orphan boy, the main character of the novel “Oliver Twist”, written by the English author Charles Dickens and originally published in installments in a magazine between 1837 and 1839. The novel has been translated into numerous languages and adapted several times for film, television, and musical theater. Oliver is a name of English origin derived from the French Olivier and means “olive tree”.
- Robin: from Robin Hood, this is a French diminutive of Robert (Robert). It means: “He whose fame shines”.
- Tom: this is the protagonist of the juvenile novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, written by American author Mark Twain and published between 1876 and 1878. The book has been taken to the cinema and the small screen, in cartoon format. Tom (or Thomas) is a name of Aramaic origin meaning “twin”. You can also choose the Spanish version, Tomás.
- Tyrion: This name of which we can find neither origin nor meaning belongs to one of the main characters of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, although perhaps it’s better known for its television version “Game of Thrones”.
- Odysseus: Odysseus is a hero of Greek mythology and protagonist of the novels the ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey’, both attributed to Homer and considered to be the origins of adventure novels. It’s a name of Greek origin that means “courage”.
Names for girls inspired by fictional stories
- Aurora: this is the name of the main character of the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty”, written in 1697 by the French Charles Perrault, and adapted in 1959 by Walt Disney.
- Alice: this name is of Greek origin and means “truth”. It’s the name of the main character of “Alice in Wonderland”, a fantastic story that has accompanied generations of children.
- Aravis: this is a girl’s name invented for one of the characters of “The Chronicles of Narnia”. We like it because it sounds original and combines delicacy and personality perfectly.
- Arwen: this is the name of the half-elven maiden who appears in the first novel of the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”, written by the British J.R.R. Tolkien and made into a series of films released in 2001.
- Belle: this is the name of the young daughter of a widowed merchant, in the story “Beauty and the Beast”, a traditional French fairy tale adapted by Walt Disney. Belle (or Bella) is considered a variant of the Latin names Isabella and Anabella, and means “beauty”.
- Coraline: this is the protagonist of the fantasy novel “Coraline”, written by Neil Gaiman and brought to the screen in 2009, achieving great critical and public success. Coraline is a name of French origin meaning “coral”.
- Dorothy: this is the young protagonist of the novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” written by Lyman Frank Baum in 1900 and made into a film under the title “The Wizard of Oz”. It’s currently one of the most published books in both the United States and Europe. It’s a name of Greek origin that means “gift from God”.
- Éowin: Again, an invented name for a girl that appears in a character from “The Lord of the Rings”. We like it because it sounds like those names of Scandinavian origin and reminds us of princess names.
- Esmeralda: this is the name of the protagonist of the novel “Our Lady of Paris”, written by Victor Hugo in 1831 and adapted to the big screen on numerous occasions, the Walt Disney version, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, being the most popular among children. It is a name of Latin origin that alludes to the beauty of the stone of the same name.
- Galadriel: This is a very attractive girl’s name, but we can find neither an origin nor a meaning, as it’s a totally invented name. It appears as one of the main characters of “The Lord of the Rings”.
- Heidi: she’s the main character of the children’s book “Heidi”, written in 1880 by the Swiss writer Johanna Spyri. The story has been adapted for the cinema on numerous occasions, although perhaps the most well-known is the Japanese series by the same name, released in the 1970s. Such was its success that Heidi ended up becoming a very popular name among the girls of that decade. Heidi is the diminutive of the name Adelaide, of German origin, and means “of noble birth”.
- Hermione: this is girl name of Greek origin and comes from Greek mythology. Today we know her thanks to the fictional stories found in the “Harry Potter” series, and the truth is that it’s a name that hasn’t lost its charm or its magnetism.
- Georgina: also from “The Famous Five”. These books were written between 1940 and 1960 by the English writer Enid Blyton. Georgina is the feminine version of the name George (in fact, the protagonist of this story asks to be called by the masculine variant). It’s a name of Greek origin that means “he who works the land”.
- Karen: this is the child protagonist of the story “The Red Shoes”, a fairy tale written by the Danish poet Christian Andersen in 1845. It’s a name of Danish origin that means “pure”.
- Mafalda: this is the wise main character of the Argentine comic strip “Mafalda”, created by the humorist Quino, who sadly left us in September 2020. Mafalda’s adventures were published between 1964 and 1973, and were translated into more than 35 languages. It’s a name of Germanic origin that means “peacemaker”.
- Maya: she’s the protagonist bee of the story “The Adventures of Maya the Bee”, published in 1912 by the German writer Waldemar Bonsels. The story of Maya was popularized worldwide thanks to the Japanese television series, “Maya the Bee”. Its origin is Greek and means “mother or wet nurse”. It also means “illusion” in Sanskrit. In the Buddhist tradition, this is the name of Buddha’s mother.
Pay tribute to fictional stories by choosing one of these names
The world of fiction has opened the doors wide open for you with these options that are full of magic. Undoubtedly, each one of them represents a story and a very defined personality. We hope these names have made you fall in love and have brought you wonderful memories. Did you choose one of these names inspired by functional stories for your child? Let us know in the comments.It might interest you...
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