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Celebrities influence baby names:

Simon Cowell and Frozen's Elsa impacting new baby name choices.
By Motherpedia
Date: June 17 2014
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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.

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 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.

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."

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.

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.

The data collected from more than 30,000 new parents is just for the first six months of the year.

Here are the most popular girl and boy names in 2014 to date:

1. Emily, Oliver

2. Isabella, Charlie

3. Olivia, Harry

4. Amelia, Noah

5. Sophie, Jack

6. Isla, Joshua

7. Ella, Thomas

8. Chloe, James

9. Jessica, Jacob

10. Lily, William

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