‘Thanos,’ ‘Quill,’ ‘Rey’ Ranked in Top 10 Most Popular ‘Disney Baby Names’

Disney Baby Names

It appears that one characteristic of “Disney Adults” is naming their babies after their favorite Disney characters, but it looks like two of the top three are not even traditionally Disney.

A new report has been released showing the most popular baby names credited to beloved characters from under the Disney Corporate Umbrella, including characters from Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel.


Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, Vin Diesel as Groot, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, and Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Credit: Marvel

According to, the list was derived from America’s Social Security Administration’s Name Popularity Index and shows Marvel characters gaining momentum with Quill–inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy’s Peter Quill/Star-Lord–reigning supreme and Thanos–after the Mad Titan from Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game–climbing the ranks to number 9. For Baby Boy names, at least.

Here is the list of the Top 10.

Disney Baby Names


As for traditional Disney characters, Frozen’s Kristoff stands in second place with Aladdin (Aladdin), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Simba (The Lion King), Olaf (Frozen), and even Timon (The Lion King) filling out the top 10 with Pixar’s Merida ranking fifth. Despite the divisiveness expressed regarding Disney’s prequel trilogy, Star Wars’ Rey still stands as the third most popular Disney-inspired baby name and the most popular girl name.

Lion King

(L-R) Simba (voice by Matthew Broderick), Rafiki (voice by Robert Guillaume), Kiara, Nala (voice by Moira Kelly)
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The next ten shows Nala (The Lion King) surprisingly trailing Timon and more Star Wars and Marvel names compared to those from Walt Disney Animation. These names include Kylo, Anakin, Leia, and even Valkyrie. Moana (Moana) sits 14th, Princess Tiana (Princess and the Frog)  is 19th, and Queen Elsa (Frozen) is 20th.

Most Popular Disney Baby Names


The momentary popularity of Marvel and Star Wars names has pushed some of the most famous Disney names all the way to the bottom of the list. Cinderella (Cinderella), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Jasmine (Aladdin), and even Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) all rank at the bottom of the list, with Marvel Studios’ Loki and Star Wars’ Luke, and Finn. It is unclear if babies are being named Sebastian in honor of The Little Mermaid’s Sebastian the Crab or Marvel’s Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barns/The Winter Soldier.

Most Popular Disney Names


Vintage Disney names inspired by Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Peter Pan are also noticeably absent.

While the names are listed in their relative popularity to each other, one has to wonder if these parents are receiving any level of backlash like the parents we had shared who faced harsh criticism when they decided to name their baby “Disney.”

Parents named Daughter Disney Read More: Mom Names Baby ‘Disney,’ Responds to Online Criticism

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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