Simon Cowell, Frozen's Elsa are influencing new parents' baby name picks

Published Monday, Jun 16 2014, 19:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Prince William and Kate's little George, Twilight characters Bella and Jacob, and Game of Thrones's feisty Arya - they've all influenced new parents' baby name choices over the past year.

And now we can add Simon Cowell's son Eric and Disney's fictional Frozen character Elsa to the list.

New research by BabyCentre has revealed films, television and celebrities are continuing to influence mums and dads when it comes to choosing their child's name.

The beautiful name Elsa has shot up to number 88 on the popular names list, a massive 243 places higher than last year, showing parents have been inspired by Disney's popular character.

Elsa from the movie Frozen, 2014

© Rex Features / Moviestore

And, it seems, not just parents! Some of the respondents to the poll admitted they'd turned to their young children for help when choosing a name, and Elsa was often suggested.


Sarah Barrett, Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said: "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."

Disney UK's Vice President Anna Hill said the company were thrilled so many parents had been inspired by the movie.

"We're delighted that Elsa is a popular name for babies and it's lovely to hear that for many families, it is actually their siblings who have chosen it. We've been bowled over by the response to Frozen - it's now the fifth biggest film of all time and families are really connecting with Elsa's fight to overcome her fears and the powerful strength of the family bond which has helped her to achieve this."

Another example of movies influencing baby name choices is Wolverine. The name Logan, featured in the film, rose 33 places to number 14.

Celebrities are also continuing to inspire us. In the past, we've seen Kourtney Kardashian's Mason, Victoria and David Beckham's Harper and Gwen Stefani's Kingston influence mums and dads. This year it's Simon Cowell.

Simon Cowell presents his newborn son Eric to his Twitter followers, 16 February 2014

© Twitter / @SimonCowell

Simon and Eric.

After the X Factor mogul and girlfriend Lauren Silverman named their son Eric in February 2014, the name shot 284 places up the popular names list to number 118. Simon chose the name after his father, Eric.

Interestingly, George has dropped down the chart as the little Prince approaches his first birthday. Now sitting at number 13 in the popularity table, it's at its lowest point since 2000. Maybe new parents reckon there will be numerous Georges in their son's school year already, thanks to Royal Baby Fever?

The data collected from more than 30,000 new parents is just for the first six months of the year and with plenty of celebrity babies due before December (Billie Faiers, Mila Kunis, Rachel Bilson etc), who knows how it will all change!


Join In!

Login to share what you're reading and talking about with friends!

My Account


Logged in as {{first_name}} {{last_name}}

My Activity | Social: Off | Preferences | Log Out

My Account

Logged in as {{first_name}} {{last_name}}

Preferences | Log Out

Friends Activity

All your celebrity baby news in one place!
From Billie to Steph, everything you need to know!
50% off 1-year tastecard membership
50% OFF or 2-FOR-1 across starters, mains & desserts in 7,500+ restaurants

Join In!