The British website BabyCentre.com has reported that the name Elsa has made it to the top 100 most popular names. After combing through a database of 555,000 baby names this year, for the first time ever, Elsa is the 88th most popular name. This is not surprising given the massive success of the Disney animated feature Frozen. This trend isn't completely surprising, either. Baby names often follow pop culture trends. BabyCentre also pointed out that Logan, Wolverine's name in X-Men, was very popular with the guys. We won't soon forget the recent popularity of the name Khaleesi, from Game of Thrones, no doubt many children will be wondering who their namesake is.
Ever wonder why this pop culture trend with baby names occurs? Anna Hill, vice president of Disney UK, told BabyCentre:
"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."
Linda Murray, BabyCentre Global Editor in Chief said:
"These are creative, strong character names that are giving moms some fresh, new baby-name options, especially Elsa. We've seen Emma in the top 10 for quite some time now, and Elsa is a modern alternative that our moms are gravitating toward."
Elsa wasn't the only Frozen inspired baby name to receive a surge of popularity. While Elsa has a 34% jump in popularity, Kristoff, Hans, and even Sven are up a significant amount.
Anna is only up 5%, but Anna was already popular among baby names. Sadly, Olaf is lagging behind with a 4% jump in popularity, but we will always love Olaf's warm hugs. He is always popular with us.
EW cuts to the chase with their viewpoint on this trend:
"If you were named after a "Frozen" character, this is what your parents were really thinking:
- Elsa: We want our daughter to
have superpowersbe unique.
- Anna: We follow trends, but don't want anyone to notice.
- Olaf: We were really hoping for a talking snowman, but a baby is cool too.
- Kristoff: Isn't Jonathan Groff great?
- Sven: We hope no one, including our son, will realize we named him after a reindeer."
What do you think? Would you name your baby after a character you love? Did you name your baby after a character you love? If so, let us know who? We'd love to hear your thoughts.