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Baby names inspired by Into the Woods

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Are you getting antsy to see if the film adaptation of Sondheim's Into the Woods measures up to the classic stage production? Probably not as antsy as you are to meet — and name — your little bun in the oven. Join us as we revisit characters and former cast members to find the perfect moniker for your wee princess or baker.

Magical baby names inspired by Into the Woods characters


Being based on fairy tales, the characters from Into the Woods don't have the makings of the best baby names — Rapunzel isn't going to fly on the playground. We have reworked a few of them for you, but many of these names feel playful in the middle name slot. Try out Wolf for a baby boy with a classic first name like James or Oliver.

  • Baker: for the Baker and his wife, whose only wish is for a child. We love the modern alternate Baxter, which has the same meaning. How great is the nickname Bax?
  • Ella: for Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival. You could also go with 1980s throwback Cindy to honor this classic princess.
  • Florinda: the evil stepmother of Cinderella
  • Gretel: the young sister from the original Grimm fairy tale
  • Hansel:the young brother from the original Grimm fairy tale
  • Jack: from the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk"
  • James: for James Lapine, who wrote the book accompanying the musical
  • Lucinda: a stepsister of Cinderella. We adore this underused long form of Lucy.
  • Red: for Little Red Riding Hood. You could also pay homage to this character with other baby girl names that mean red, like Scarlet, Ruby and Ginger.
  • Snow: for Snow White. If this name is too literal, try the Welsh name Eira, which also means "snow." Neva means "snowy" in Spanish.
  • Stephen: for Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics

Baby girl names from former cast members of Into the Woods


These women rocked out on the stage in past productions of Into the Woods. If you think your baby girl has the makings of a diva, these ladies certainly have the pipes.


Baby boy names from former cast members of Into the Woods


Can you pick out the princes from the wolves? We love Edmund — it feels regal even without belonging to any royals in the story.


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