New Disney Film Frozen Inspires Baby Names
New research from the BabyCentre saw 30,140 Mums surveyed in order to find out what the top 200 most popular boys’ and girls’ names have been for the first half of 2014.
It is very common for parents to name their children after movie stars and TV characters, and while the new Disney film Frozen is smashing box office records, it is also to thank for a surge of new popular baby names around the world.
The name Elsa has now been included in the Top 100 Most Popular Baby Names of 2014 in the UK. Even though Anna is the popular heroine in the film, Elsa is a strong role model and has a more unique name, meaning it was less popular originally.
BabyCentre managing editor Sarah Barrett says:
"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."
A big part of the name’s popularity is down to parents allowing their other children to have a say in what their new sibling will be called. Elsa is now the 88th most popular name in the UK and it may just continue to rise in popularity throughout the year.
The name has jumped up 243 places since 2013, which just goes to show how much influence TV and films can have on our lives. Frozen is now the fifth biggest film of all time and it is certainly not something families around the world will forget about anytime soon with these newly popular baby names sticking with them forever.
Other Disney inspired names include “Merida” from the film “Brave” which jumped to 474 after the film was released, and “Tiana” which became popular back in 2010 after Disney film “The Princess and the Frog” was released.
In terms of boys’ names, the male hero in Frozen, “Kristoff” and the villain “Hans” have definitely had an impact this year, with their popularity rising by over 40%. The film Wolverine has had a big impact on boys’ names too, with “Logan” jumping up 33 places to become the 14th most popular boy’s name in 2014.
This means that the name Logan is now more popular than George, with has actually dropped from number 13 down to 19 in the last 6 months - this is most likely due to parents not wanting to be asked if they have just named their baby after the prince.
Celebrities can have a huge impact on the popularity of baby names, and Simon Cowell has proved that after naming his baby Eric. The name has flown up 284 places to number 118 since the little boy was born.
Although there are always different influences and cultures when it comes to baby names, the old favourites still seem to be holding their own, with more traditional names such as Audrey, Bertie, Penny and Albert still going strong and staying put on the baby names chart.
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