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Picking the perfect baby name can be hard work. If flipping through page after page of baby name books trying to find the perfect title for a soon to be arriving little girl isn’t yielding any serious options, don’t keep going until all the names start to blur together — that’s when it’s time for a break. Put those poor swollen feet up, shuffle off to the kitchen for the truffle chips and the Oreos (pregnancy cravings are the real deal, and getting that bump back up once it’s down on the couch is no joke) and unwind with a classic flick.
In fact, not only are movies a great way to chill out and decompress during pregnancy, but they can also be a great source of baby name inspiration. The perfect name might be right there on the screen.
Using a beloved film to help find the perfect baby girl name makes sense for so many reasons. If a couple loves a particular movie, perhaps watched it on a first date, using a name from that movie for their daughter is a way for their love to live on through her. Great examples of “inside joke” names like these are Allie from The Notebook or Briony from Atonement.
When we name a baby girl after a character in a popular film, it helps with practical issues like spelling and pronunciation too. Mom may really want her daughter to have a distinctive name that will stand out, but choosing a name like Cady from Mean Girls is a way to get that individuality without worrying that a child will be singled out for having a name that no one’s heard of.
From baby girl names inspired by Disney cartoons to names from movies that are certified classics, we’ve gathered 20 beautiful baby girl names that are ready for their close up.