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?