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Elsa is the latest Disney heroine to spark a naming boom

Parents charmed by the character Elsa in "Frozen" are choosing in large numbers to name their baby girls after her. She's not the first Disney heroine to spark a naming boom.
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News Modified: June 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm •  Published: June 28, 2014

Preschools in a few years are expected to feature more than a few Elsas, thanks to a surge in new parents naming their daughters after the popular character in "Frozen." It's not the first time that Disney heroines have prompted a naming boom, either.

Taryn Davies of the United Kingdom's Female First reported this week that the world's No. 1 online site for new and expecting moms, BabyCentre, put Elsa on its mid-year baby names chart for its first appearance in the top 100. It came in at 88, a jump of 243 names over last year.

The top five names are Emily, Olivia, Sophie, Isabella and Chloe, according to that list. In America, the top five girl names are Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava.

“Whilst the film’s popular heroine is called Anna, Elsa offers a more unique name and is also a strong female role model," Sarah Barrett, managing editor of BabyCentre, told Davies.

Quartz reports that names taken from favorite Disney films is nothing new; its own look has found "big historical spikes in the numbers of girls that share a name with Disney heroines right after a new film is released."

Quartz's Nikhil Sonnad created a chart showing how names in America are influenced by Disney.

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