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Meaning of Disney Character Names

Published by indoccino in Random
April 20th, 2008

Disney movies were a great part of growing up. Here’s a list of some common characters.

I absolutely love Disney movies! I’ve always wondered what all the characters’ names mean. Here’s a list of a few of them (the movie the character is from is listed as well). Enjoy!

Boy Names:

  • Abu - Arabic, “father.” (Aladdin)
  • Aladdin - Arabic, “servant of Allah.” (Aladdin)
  • Eric - Norse, “eternal ruler.” (Little Mermaid)
  • Iago - Hebrew, “grasp by the heel.” (Aladdin)
  • Jafar - Arabic, “stream.” (Aladdin)
  • Merryweather - English, “one with a sunny disposition.” (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Mickey - Hebrew and English, “who is like God.” (Mickey Mouse)
  • Nemo - Latin, “no one.” (Finding Nemo)
  • Pluto - Greek, “wealth, riches.” (Mickey Mouse’s dog)
  • Sebastian - Latin, “man from Sebaste.” (Little Mermaid)
  • Simba - Swahili, “lion.” (The Lion King)
  • Tarzan - Literary, “white skin.” (Tarzan)
  • Timon - Greek, “respect God.” (The Lion King)
  • Winnie - Welsh, “blessed peace, fair reconciliation.” (Winnie the Pooh)

Girl Names:

  • Ariel - Hebrew, “Lion of God.” (Little Mermaid)
  • Aurora - Latin, “dawn.” (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Bambi - Italian, “little girl.” (Bambi)
  • Belle - French, “beautiful.” (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Briar-Rose – English, “rose within a prickly shrub.” (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Cinderella - English, “little ash girl.” (Cinderella)
  • Esmeralda - Spanish, “emerald.” (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • Faline - English, “uncertain, perhaps cat-like.” (Bambi)
  • Giselle - German, “hostage, pledge.” (Enchanted)
  • Jasmine - Persian, “jasmine.” (Alladin)
  • Megara - Greek, “pearl.” (Hercules)
  • Minnie - German, “will, desire, protection.” (Minnie Mouse)
  • Perdita - Latin, “lost.” (One Hundred One Dalmatians)
  • Ursula - Latin, “little bear.” (Little Mermaid)
  • Wendy - Literary, “friend.” (Peter Pan)

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  1. Maryanne
    Posted January 17, 2009 at 2:07 am

    bambi is a boy. that’s funny his name means “little girl”

  2. allen
    Posted February 12, 2009 at 5:14 am

    mkmskndadma o alamslpak dad.
    dunfimfma
    allr

  3. Paul
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Actually the name “Bambi” can mean either “little boy” or “Little girl”
    Bambi is the short word for 2 italian words

    Bambino; Little boy

    Bambina; Little girl

  4. Kate
    Posted August 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Ursula – Little Bear?

    :|

    They nailed her character profile with that name.

  5. sandy
    Posted August 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    how can merryweather be a boy’s name? one thing for sure is that i’m not naming my son that

    so weird :)

  6. drew
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    this made me open my eyes…O.O

  7. claire
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    so “finding nemo” translates to “finding no one”…

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