Disney’s animated film “Frozen” has become a box office sensation around the world, and has since spawned plans for a Broadway musical and a traveling ice show. According to the “Today” show’s web site, the film has also inspired some popular new baby names.
“The names of heroine Elsa the Snow Queen, and to a lesser degree her sister Anna, are getting a tremendous amount of baby-name buzz, which is sure to bounce them up on next year’s popularity figures,” reports Today.com
“Elsa, a German and Swedish nickname for Elisabeth, has in the past lagged behind other Elizabeth diminutives — Liz, Beth, Eliza, Betty and Betsy, Beth and Bess, Lisa and Liza — but that’s surely about to change,” Today reports. “Babycentre.co.uk, the British version of the popular parenting website, reported that Elsa has broken into their top 100 name list for the first time ever this year … Elsa is currently the third most popular name in her native Sweden.”
Anna, meanwhile, “has long been a multi-cultural classic: in recent times she’s been in the top 50 since 1990, now ranking at No. 35 in the U.S., and in the top dozen in Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands.”
But Today says the boy’s names from the film “might have a slightly tougher time, in particular Hans and Olaf. Kristoff has better prospects, as a more exotic form of Christopher, but … the more likely possibilities are Kai—already on the upswing—and Sven, even though it’s the name of a reindeer.”
Elsa is not the first Disney princess name to catch on, Today adds. “Her influential predecessors include Ariel, Aurora, (Cinder) Ella, Tiana and Belle.”