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.”