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Baby Names: Children's Characters

  • Alice handled the surreal challenges of Wonderland quite well -- especially for a seven year-old. (If she complains that she is living in a mad world, just echo the Cheshire Cat's sentiments: "We're all a little mad.")

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  • He won't be born part-wizard, but you can hope your little Harry will be as brave as Harry Potter. (Thankfully, he won't have to defeat Voldemort or save the wizarding world from evil doom.) Harry is also a loyal friend and a fearless leader.

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  • We think Nancy would be a great name for a little girl, in honor of fearless, quick-witted sleuth Nancy Drew. You might not be able to pull any fast ones on her, though.

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  • Generous to his engine friends and determined to do his best at all times, the name Thomas of Thomas the Tank Engine inspires drive and good nature in a child's name. We hope your Thomas will have as many friends and adventures, and as much ambition as the blue little engine.

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  • Dora is the Spanish speaking thrill-seeker on Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer. She tackles any obstacles that come her way as she makes new friends and discovers the world around her. Dora may spark similar adventurous spirit in your little girl.

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  • Charlie Brown might not have had the greatest luck, but he eventually won the hearts of millions of Americans. We're sure your little Charlie will be just as beloved. The Peanuts' Charlie is considerate, friendly and polite. (But don't be too disappointed if he isn't good at kicking a football.)

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  • Name your daughter Eloise and hope that she inherits a tenth of the self confidence of her namesake, the precocious little New Yorker. Don't blame us if you end up with a little "scampering," "kneecap sklonking" "skibbler." (We promise she'll be incredibly entertaining.)

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  • Ernie isn't in the top rankings for boy's names, but we don't know why. It's charming and honors the loveable Sesame Street muppet. He's cheerful, a good friend, and appreciates a good rubber ducky.

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  • Harriet is a fitting name for an independent, out going aspiring writer, like the protagonist of Louise Fitzhugh's book Harriet the Spy. Encourage her not to spy on her friends, though.

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  • Curious George is endearing and adorable enough to inspire little Georges worldwide. Perhaps curiosity will drive him to share this monkey's inquisitive nature, living a life of never ending excitement.

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  • Lisa is intelligent, feisty, and even a bit rebellious, particularly when she is standing up for something she believes in. If your baby's like Lisa Simpson, she might explore vegetarianism -- and a whole slew of political, academic and creative interests. She might even want to take up the sax.

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  • He might be a handful, but having a little Calvin, in honor of Bill Watterson's comic, Calvin and Hobbes, would never be boring. Calvin is intelligent, creative, curious and energetic. (That D in math? Remember that Einstein had bad grades as a child, too.)

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  • From his comic book series, Archie's cute and caring friend Betty enjoys studying, excels in sports, makes her own clothes, and can repair cars. It's best not to copy Betty's parents when naming siblings. ("Chic" for a boy?)

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  • If you want a real charmer, name your baby after Alvin, the charismatic, enthusiastic, and musically-gifted chipmunk. He's so cute, you won't be able to get mad at him when he gets into a little trouble. But when he's gone too far, you can always do what his dad Dave did -- "Alllllvinnnn!"

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  • Madeline captures the spirit of the feisty redhead who says "poo-poo" to the tiger in the zoo and knows better than anyone else "how to frighten Miss Clavel." You don't have to dress her in a cute little blue dress and straw hat, but we won't stop you if you do.

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  • Arthur is a pretty typical third grader (for an aardvark), but he's got some qualities you'll want your kid to strive for: honesty, kindness, and making the most of growing up.

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  • "It's no wonder that her name means beauty," but Belle isn't just a pretty face. She's brave, an avid reader, and sees goodness in everyone, including the Beast. With a pretty name like Belle, your girl's bound to be graced with good looks and guts.

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  • Despite Rocko's chaotic, bizarre world, this Nickelodeon character from Australia remains kind, patient, and honest as he leads with everyday struggles like garbage day and vacuuming. A little Rocko might be as cheerful and steadfast as his namesake. (He might also be extra nice to cows.)

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  • "Everybody likes Ramona!" And it's no wonder why. This cavity-free, brazen nine-year-old is endearing because she tries to be good, despite the struggles that a typical fourth grader must face. She's got spunk -- we bet your Ramona will, too.

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  • The fantasy and innocence of Peter Pan are timeless, and we think the classic feel of Peter will inspire magic and adventure in any little boy. This name evokes pirate ships, flying through London skies, and eternal youth.

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