New Baby Name Data Proves We’re Not Letting Frozen Go Any Time Soon

Elsa Frozen

If you can believe it, Frozen came out last November. Seven months and one Adele Dazeem later, we still have “Let It Go” stuck in our heads. That can’t be healthy, right? Do we all need an exorcism performed on us? Either way, it doesn’t look like this movie’s going away any time soon. Or ever, since we’re going to hear stories for decades to come from women named Elsa describing what inspired their name. According to the newest baby name data, at least.

BabyCentre has released new research about naming trends influenced by pop culture over the past year, and unsurprisingly, Frozen has provided some inspiration. Elsa has moved to number 88 on the list of popular names, which is 243 places higher than last year. Apparently it’s not solely due to parents’ obsession with the movie, either. Some poll respondents said the babies’ older siblings helped choose. Perhaps it was part of some “We’ll name your sister Elsa if you agree to only watch Frozen once a day instead of five” deal.

Before the movie premiered, you might have assumed Anna would be the popular name to come out of it, since she’s the main character. But then Elsa fever set in and hasn’t subsided, because we all know she’s the more badass of the two. (Sorry Anna, you’re great too.) Here’s what Sarah Barrett from BabyCentre had to say about it:

“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.”

Elsa’s not the only popular name that was inspired by pop culture this year. The name Logan, from Wolverine, shot up to number 14, and Eric moved up 284 places to number 118, possibly because Simon Cowell chose that name for his son. That’s right. Simon Cowell is repopularizing the name Eric. In related news, what the hell is that all about?

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    • Jenni

      At least Elsa and Anna are normal-ish names. And not like Cersei and LunaLovegood.

      • Olivia Wilson

        So you’re saying it’s a no on naming my kid Buckbeak?

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      • CrazyFor Kate

        Only if you tape wings to his back and drag him around on a leash while wearing an hourglass around your neck.

      • Alyssa

        I would have to throw my hands up in surrender if I met a real live Cersei. I would be inclined to immediately hate her. I’ll shamlessly admit I did think about naming a future daughter Daenerys, but I think I’ll save that for a cat. I do have a hedgehog named Brann (I added an extra “N” so people would stop saying “oh like a bran muffin?) Stark. His cage has the Stark house words on it. No shame.

      • Lackadaisical

        Bran is a real name that existed before GoT, I used to know someone whose family was Welsh and wanted it for a future son because it was a bit of a naming tradition in his family

      • Alyssa

        I know, but I purposely named him after a character in a tv show hahahah

      • Samantha Escobar

        Or fucking Katniss.

    • Jamie

      I’m expecting twin girls this fall and both of my older daughters-aged 13 and 3-have been calling the new babies Anna and Elsa ever since we found out they were twins-even before we knew they were girls! So your sibling theory is true in my house at least.

      • cmichelle

        My 5-year-old niece decided that we should name our upcoming October baby either Christoph or Anna (or Cinderella, but she’s 5).

        Fortunately, she was okay with the boy’s name that we did decide on even if it was in no way related to the movie.

    • OptimusPrime*

      My 42-year old cousin’s middle name is Elsa. It was her great-grandmother’s name on her father’s side. It’s a normal name no one should be embarrassed to have, even if inspired by Frozen…though, an unfortunate number of cows share the name.

    • Nerdista

      Eric is also Magneto’s name, so Michael Fassbender might be more to blame for that one than Simon Cowell.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      I actually wanted to call my future daughter Arya from the elf character in the book Eragon, NOT for the unbelievably talented character Maisie Williams plays.
      Damn you Game of Thrones lol

    • MCR

      It amazes me, but parents do seem to let TV and movies influence their choices of a baby name. I remember, quite a few years back, when parents suddenly began naming baby girls Madison, when the name hadn’t even been on the radar before. I don’t know if people now remember that this was due to a fictional mermaid who was named after Madison Avenue.

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