Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gaston

In Beauty and the Beast, Gaston was a boorish man that was determined to marry Belle because she was the most beautiful girl in town. LeFou was his sidekick. He loved hunting and showing off, and hated books. In Once Upon a Time, Gaston was the son of Lord LeGume but was just as boorish despite his noble birth.

Gaston is a French name that is derived from the Germanic word for 'stranger or guest'. In 2015, 27 boys were named Gaston in the United States.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tala

In Disney's Moana, Tala was the mother of Chief Tui, and was Moana's grandmother. When the ocean gave the heart of Te Fiti to Moana as a young child, Tala kept it safe until she was older. She taught Moana about her people's past and encouraged her to follow her to find Maui and return the heart of Te Fiti. When she died, her spirit took the form of a stingray.

In Tagalog Mythology, Tala was the goddess of the morning and evening star. In 2015, 115 girls were named Tala in the United States.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Maurice

In Beauty and the Beast, Maurice was the father of Belle. He was an inventor, and seen by the village as eccentric and a little crazy.

In Disney XD's Slugterra, Maurice worked for Dr. Blakk as a henchman.

In Marsupilami, Maurice the gorilla was one of Marsupilami's best friends.

In Dinosaurs, Maurice took Charlene out on her first date. He dumped her for a girl with a bigger tail.

Maurice is from the Roman Name Mauritius and Maurus which means 'dark skinned'. In 2015, Maurice was the 621st most popular name for boys in the United States.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Arianna

In the Tangled franchise, Queen Arianna was the queen of Corona and the mother of Princess Rapunzel. Her husband was King Frederic. She spoke French, and traveled extensively before marrying. She nearly died during her pregnancy with Rapunzel, but a magic flower created a medicine that saved her and Rapunzel, granting her daughter magical healing powers.

Arianna is an Italian variant of Ariadne, a Greek name that means 'most holy'. Ariadne was a the daughter of King Minos and wife of the god Dionysus in Greek mythology. In 2015, Arianna was the 56th most popular name for girls in the United States.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Chip

Chip and Dale were two mischievous chipmunks that appeared in many Disney cartoons. Chip has a small chocolate chip looking nose, and two front teeth. Chip is known as the smart one.

In Beauty and the Beast, Chip Potts was the son of Mrs. Potts. When the Beast's castle was cursed, Chip became a teacup.

In The Muppets, Chip was a technician that for Gorilla Television and later for Up Late with Miss Piggy.

Chip is a nickname for Charles or Christopher, but it is sometimes used as a given name. In 2015, 14 boys were named Chip in the United States.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cassandra

In Disney Channel's Tangled: Before Ever After, Cassandra was a lady in waiting to Princess Rapunzel. Cassandra's father was the Captain of the Royal Guard. She was as comfortable wielding a sword as she was in a gown. She owned an owl that she called 'Owl'.

In Big Hero 6, Cassandra 'Cass' Hamada was the aunt of Hiro and Tadashi. She owned a bakery and coffee shop in San Fransokyo.

In Hercules: The Animated Series, Cassandra went to Prometheus Academy, where she was friends with Hercules and Icarus. Like her mythological counterpart, she had the ability to see the future, but no one ever believed her.

In Marvel's Ant-Man, Cassandra Lang was the daughter of Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man. After her parents divorced, her mother Maggie remarried a policeman named Jim Paxton. She had a giant ant as a pet.

In Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Cassandra was a gypsy moth. She was a friend of Montery Jack and Zipper, and was a fortune teller.

In Disney's Doug, Cassandra Bleem was a girl that Doug Funnie asked on a date. She was mean-spirited and superficial.

The name Cassandra is derived from the Greek words for 'to excel or shine' and 'man'. In Greek mythology she was a Trojan princess that had the gift of prophecy. Apollo cursed her so that no one would believe her. In 2015, Cassandra was the 511th most popular name for girls in the United States.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Phillipe

In 1991's Beauty and the Beast, Phillipe was a Belgian draft horse owned by Maurice and Belle. He threw Maurice, causing him to seek refuge in the Beast's castle. He returned home, alerting Belle that her father was missing.

Philippe is the French version of Philip which means 'friend of horses'. In 2015, Philippe was given to 21 boys in the United States.

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