Picking a name for your baby boy can be difficult. There are just so many names to choose from. You may have considered regional and family names, Biblical names and popular names. Have you considered baby boy names from fairy tales?
Here are some baby boy names inspired by fairy tales. Some are whimsical, but some are names that you wouldn’t have expected to find from fairy tales.
Arthur: One of the most famous legends is of King Arthur and his court. Arthur was praised for being a just leader. Modern retellings of the legend often focus on the love triangle with Arthur, Lancelot, and Marion, or his friendship with the wizard Merlin. However, Arthur is a memorable and admirable character in his own right.
Brokk: In Norse fairy tales and mythology, there are often tales of elves, dwarves, and other magical creatures. Brokk was a dwarf blacksmith. I have also seen this name used in the U.S. spelled Brock.
Christian: Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson is famous for recording fairy tales like “The Little Mermaid”. If you use the name Christian, people will not automatically associate their name with fairy tales…but you can smile and know that’s what inspired it. If you don’t like the religious connotations of Christian, consider shortening it to just Chris.
Eric: In the original version of “The Little Mermaid” written by Hans Christian Anderson, the characters do not have actual names, just titles. However, when Disney turned the story into an animated movie in 1989, they named all of the characters. The Prince, object of mermaid Ariel’s affections and heir to the on-land kingdom, is Eric.
Jacob: Probably the most famous recorders of fairy tales were the Grimm Brothers. They were actually two of nine children, but the famous Grimm’s are Jacob and his little brother Wilhelm. Most people these days won’t want to name their child Wilhelm, but Jacob is a great baby boy name.
John: Although it is not the best known of the fairy tales recorded by the Brothers Grimm, they did record a German fairy tale about a man named John. John was the king’s most faithful attendant, and was entrusted with looking after and educating the young prince until he was ready to reign as king.
Oberon: An alternate spelling of this name is Auberon. This name originates in Old German and is related to the word bear, implying that the bearer of the name has bear-like qualities of strength and nobility. In Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, this is the name of the fairy king.
Robert: If most fairy tale names seem dated or too over-the-top for your taste, then consider the names used in modern fairy tale movie “Enchanted”. This is a great present day twist on fairy tale romances. The unexpected Prince Charming is named Robert Philip (played by Patrick Dempsey). The real prince is named Edward.