Expecting a baby can feel like you’ve walked into your own fairy tale. Pregnancy can be an exciting time, and one of the most exciting parts of having a new baby is picking out their name. It’s not like buying baby clothes that they’ll quickly grow out of. Your baby will be called by their name for the rest of their lives.
If you are expecting your very own little princess, why not give her a fairy tale name to show just how special she is? Here are the best baby girl names from fairy tales.
Ariel: In the original Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, the little mermaid is not given a name. She is simply called the little mermaid. However, the popular Disney version of the story (which has a much happier ending) gives the little mermaid the name Ariel. This name is actually derived from Hebrew, and means “lion of God.”
Belle: “Beauty and the Beast” is a popular French fairy tale (also made into a movie by Disney, although there are countless literary and film adaptations of it). The main character is called simply “Belle”, meaning “beauty”. If you don’t want to use just Belle, consider similar names like Isabelle or Christabelle.
Cinderella: The original fairy tale of Cinderella is in German, but the name literally translates as Cinderella because she was forced to sleep in the cinders. Now, you may be hesitant to use such an obvious fairy tale name as Cinderella. However, you can shorten the name to Cindy or Ella. No one has to know that your little princess is actually named after a princess.
Lucinda: The story of Sleeping Beauty is one of the best known fairy tales. Now most people are familiar with the Grimms Brothers or Disney versions of the story. The earliest record of Sleeping Beauty, though, is actually from France in the 16th century. In this early version, there are three goddesses rather than fairies. Lucinda is the good goddess who blesses the baby princess with health. You can shorten in to Lucy.
Maleen: One of the fairy tales recorded by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm was the tale of Maid Maleen. Maleen was a princess who persevered through adversity for the sake of love, and the story ends happily with her married to her love (a prince). This story has not yet been made into a movie (although it does have similarities to Rapunzel), so this is a lesser known fairy tale name.
Rose: In some versions of Sleeping Beauty, the princess is called Briar Rose rather than Aurora. In the Disney film “Sleeping Beauty” the princess is known by Aurora at court and Briar Rose when living in the cottage in the woods.