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13 '90s Cartoon Baby Names For Your Animated Child

Growing up in the '90s, I spent my Saturday mornings anxiously waiting for my favorite shows to come on the air. After school I would run home to my grandparent's house to watch the Rugrats, because my mom wouldn't let me watch it at home (a call which I understand better now). Be it the humorous antics on Cartoon Network of the classic shows of Nickelodeon, or Disney, there's a '90s cartoon for everyone. And what better way to carry on the legacy of our childhood than by choosing baby names from our favorite '90s cartoons?

Seem a little extreme? Probably. But we at Romper are all about following your passions, and if the cartoons of the past are your passion, then you won't see us stopping you. In fact, most of these names are subtle enough to fly under the radar. But if your favorite character growing up was Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls or Beavis from Beavis and Butthead, you may want to reconsider. But again — we're not here to judge.

1. Dexter

The tiniest evil genius to ever grace our TV screens, Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory had smarts to spare. And not to mention an awesome secret lab in his bedroom.

2. Angelica

Angelica Pickles from The Rugrats was the youngest diva around. Her name, ironically, means angelic, and is actually a beautiful choice for a little girl, diva or not.  

3. Arnold

Despite the unfortunate football like shape of his head, Arnold from the series Hey Arnold was an optimist, always seeing the best in people, even though they often weren't as kind. His name means ruler or strong as an eagle, making it a dignified name with an antiquated feel.

4. Johnny

The '90s cartoon version of a macho man, Johnny Bravo's main goal was to get the girls. (Though he was almost always unsuccessful.) His name, meaning God is gracious, as other more reputable holders like Johnny Cash, Johnny Carson, and Johnny Depp.

5. Valerie

Did you know that Miss Frizzle, the eccentric teacher on the Magic School Bus, had a first name? Shocking. It was Valerie, a sweet, endearing name meaning strength.

6. Vince

Despite being the class athlete, Vince wasn't afraid to show his softer side (or rock a pair of high heels in the name of gender equality. Meaning conquering, this is the perfect name for a boy whose hoping to breakdown stereotypes.

7. Leonardo

Raphael is cool but rude. Michelangelo is a party dude. So why not name your child after the Ninja Tutrle that leads? Leonardo, meaning brave lion, is the perfect namesake for a little man.

8. Daria

Don't let the angsty persona pull you away from this name. Daria was a smart, slightly sarcastic girl who would make a great namesake.

9. Peter

Peter Parker, the man behind the Spider-Man mask, has two great names. Peter means rock and is slightly more common than Parker, which is a great choice for a boy or a girl.

10. Dot

Since her full name, Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca, (yes, seriously) is quite the mouth-full, this cute cat-like Animaniac goes by Dot Warner. Traditionally Dot was short for Dorothy, meaning gift of God.  

11. Doug

Doug Funnie was your average preteen, in love with Patti Mayonnaise and prone to journaling about his many woes. Short for Douglas, the name means black water, giving both the name and the cartoon an air of mystery.

12. Lisa

Lisa, the smart middle child of the Simpson family, is the glue that holds them together. She adds a dose of maturity to the show to balance out the rest of her family.

13. Eliza

Eliza Thornberry was the intelligent and kind youngest child of the Wild Thornberry family. She also had the power to communicate with animals which is reason enough to name a child after her in my book.

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