Looks like if you have a baby in the next year or so, by the time they reach preschool age, expect them to have to differentiate between their classmates (i.e. Elsa B., Elsa P. and Elsa S.).  And that’s not all.  It looks like all the names of the heroes of the Disney movie ‘Frozen,’ which was released last fall, are surging in popularity based on polls.

The name Elsa has shot up the chart of baby names 243 spots, going from the 278th most popular name in 2013 to the 183rd most popular.  Part of this is due to parents allowing their existing children, the future siblings to these babies, to help decide the names and, of course, they’re going to pick a character from their favorite movie!  (Is this really a wise practice, though parents?  If my parents went by this, my brother could have been named C-3PO.)  As Elsa is the breakout star of the movie, belting out that song you never want to hear again, ‘Let It Go,’ and having the biggest story arc of learning to control her ice powers, her name has become much more popular.

Anna has only seen a slight bump, from #37 to #35, but the name was already popular before the movie.

Sarah Barrett, managing editor for BabyCentre explains:

“Whilst the film’s popular heroine is called Anna, Elsa offers a more unique name and is also a strong female role model. Elsa is the ice queen but she sees the error of her ways and is shown to be a sensitive, but strong and confident character. Just in the way the name Arya from ‘Game of Thrones’ increased in popularity in 2013, films are hugely influential.”

For Disney’s part, their Disney UK Vice President Anna Hill (yes, Anna) expresses:

“We’re delighted that Elsa is a popular name for babies and it’s lovely to hear that for many families, it is actually their siblings who have chosen it. We’ve been bowled over by the response to Frozen – it’s now the fifth biggest film of all time and families are really connecting with Elsa’s fight to overcome her fears and the powerful strength of the family bond which has helped her to achieve this.”

But wait, there’s even more interesting news.  It isn’t just the ladies who are inspiring baby names.  The male character names are increasing even more.  Check it out below:

The boy names have mostly gained even more popularity as far as percentage is concerned.  The male hero Kristoff and the villain Hans have seen their popularity jump 40%.  Olaf, not surprisingly isn’t catching on as well, rising only 4%.  Seriously, unless you’re actually from a Scandinavian country, you don’t want to name your kid that.  But surprisingly, the name that has jumped the most is Sven… that was the reindeer’s name!  Granted it still ranks below most of the others, but still, it took the largest leap forward.

What do you think?  Will you be naming your baby after a ‘Frozen’ character?  (Probably not after reading this.)  Is this a wise move, letting children name their siblings?  Or should parents (SORRY!) ‘Let It Go’?  Also, I wonder how the name “Adele Dazim” is trending?

Source: Perez Hilton