Friday, February 17, 2017

Moana

In Disney's Moana, Moana Waialiki was the daughter of the Chief Tui and Sina, of the Island of Motuni. Her Grandmother Tala encouraged her to follow her heart and take to the sea to find the demigod Maui and restore the heart of Te Fiti. She had a pet pig named Pua and a rooster named Heihei.

Moana is Maori and Hawaii in origin and it means 'ocean.' In 2015, 18 girls were named Moana in the United States.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Maximilian

Maximilian "Max" Goof, is the son of Goofy. He was originally referred to as Goofy Jr. He became Max in the series Goof Troop. He has had two love interests, Roxanne and Mona. He tries to not be goofy like his father.

Maximilion "Max" Russo was the youngest of the three wizards in the Russo family in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place. He took after his Uncle Kelbo in that he was a little dim-witted. He was the only one who did not keep his wizard powers after the wizarding competition. Instead he would inherit the family's sub station restaurant.

In the movie Hocus Pocus, Maximilian "Max" Dennison was the brother of Dani Dennison. He hated Halloween, but inadvertently resurrected the three Sanderson Sister witches.

In the 1997 T.V. movie Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, King Maximilian was the father of Prince Christopher, who married Cinderella.

In the movie, The Black Hole, Maximilian was a robot who served under Dr. Reinhardt, and attempted to destroy V.I.N.CENT.

The name Maximilian has it's roots in ancient Rome, and means "greatest". In 2015 is was the 437th most popular name for boys in the U.S.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Flora

In the animated film, Sleeping Beauty, Flora was one of the fairies that raised Princess Aurora after she was cursed by Maleficient. When Aurora was born Flora gave her the gift of beauty. Flora wears red with yellow accents, and she tends to be the leader. Flora and Merryweather fought over the color of a dress they made for Aurora. Flora kept making it pink, and Merryweather would turn it blue. In the Disney Junior series Sofia the First, Flora, along with the other fairies from Sleeping Beauty, are instructors at Royal Prep.

In Pixar's film, A Bug's Life, Dr. Flora was the doctor of the ant colony.

Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, and she was the wife of Zephyr, the west wind. In 2015, 173 girls were named Flora in the United States.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

José

In Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, José Carioca was a Brazilian parrot that was friends with Donald Duck and Panchito Pistoles. When Donald and José first met, José took Donald on a tour of Brazil and taught him to Samba. After they met Panchito, the three went on a tour of Panchito's native Mexico. He has made small appearances in other Disney cartoons also. He once helped Minnie Mouse make Brazilian food for Mickey Mouse.

In the animated Disney channel series Phineas and Ferb, José Doofenshmirtz was the grandfather of Heinz Doofenshmirtz. His mother was Gretel Doofenshmirtz. He passed down Gretel's Doofenshmirtz Meatloaf recipe to Heinz.

José is the Spanish and Portuguese variant of Joseph, which itself is derived from the Old Testament Hebrew Yosef, which means 'he will add'. In 2015, José was the 80th most popular name for boys in the United States. It was also given to 11 girls.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Penny

In the 101 Dalmations franchise, Penny was one of Pongo and Perdita's puppies.

In the film Bolt, Penny was a child actress whose co-star was her own dog, Bolt. After Bolt got lost, he traveled across the country to find her. She nearly died from a fire in the studio but Bolt arrived in time to rescue her. After the incident, the two of them quit Hollywood and moved to the country.

In the film The Rescuers, Penny was a young orphan girl who was kidnapped by Madame Medusa who needed a child to fetch a diamond from a narrow hole for her. She was rescued by Bernard and Bianca, and later adopted.

In the series The Proud Family, Penny Proud was the daughter of Oscar and Trudy Proud. She was a talented singer and a straight A student. She was on the football team and works for the school newspaper.

In the Inspector Gadget franchise, Penny was the niece of Inspector Gadget. She often helped him with his cases.

In the film Sky High, Penny Lent was the leader of the school's cheerleading squad. She was able to make multiple clones of herself.

Penny is a diminutive for the Greek name Penelope. Penelope is a name from Greek mythology. In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope was Odysseus' wife. When he was believed dead, she delayed remarrying by weaving a burial shroud for her husband, but every night she undid what she had weaved the day before. So today the name is generally thought to mean 'weaver', but it likely originated before the story and referred to a type of bird. In 2015, Penny was the 754th most popular name for girls in the United States.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Arjun

Arjun was the protagonist in the Indian film, Arjun: The Warrior Prince, which was producted by Walt Disney Pictures. It was only shown in a very limited engagement in the U.S. The story is based on the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. Arjun was a warrior and Prince of Hastinapur who married the daughter of the King of Panchala. His brother wagered him and their other brothers in a game called chaupar. After he lost, the brothers were sent into exile for twelve years. If any one of them were found, the twelve year exile would begin again. Arjun disguised himself as a maid to the prince of Viratnagar, who narrated his own story to the young prince. In the end, he revealed his true identity to help the prince win a battle.

Arjun is a modern variation of the Sanskrit name Arjuna. It's meaning is 'white, clear.' Arjun was the 500th most popular name for boys in the United States in 2015. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Eudora

In Disney's The Princess and the Frog, Eudora was the mother of Tiana. She was one of the finest seamstresses in New Orleans, and made dresses for Charlotte La Bouff. She worried that Tiana worked too hard, and hoped she would find a husband.

Eudora was the name of a Hyades in Greek mythology. The Hyades were nymphs that were the daughters of Atlas that brought the rain. It's meaning is 'good gift'. In 2015, only 7 girls were named Eudora in the United States.

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