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Starting to feel a little down by the jokes...

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Simplemind Fri 31-Jul-15 07:00:49

Dd is 4 and has the name Elsa. At the time we enjoyed the name being fairly uncommon. Now everywhere we go we get comments ranging from "ha bet you are glad the frozen film came out" to " ah were you named after Frozen". I know it probably sounds silly but it is starting to make feel little down. I keep wondering if we she start should start shortening her name to Ellie or El or use a middle name. Am I over reacting ? I sometimes cringe when we are out with the comments that are made. Also are there going to be a massive rise in the number of Elsa's ?

reuset Fri 31-Jul-15 09:15:10

Sorry, but I think it will rise further. You could use a middle name I suppose, if it really bothers you/her.

Orangeisthenewbanana Fri 31-Jul-15 09:25:24

Does it bother your daughter? Her friends are probably green with envy that she is actually called Elsa! In a few years, and certainly by the time she is an adult all the fuss will have died down and you won't here it anymore, especially as she gets older than the Frozen target audience. Have you asked her if she is happy with her name and if she would like you to start using Ellie etc? She may not want you too.

If she is not upset by it, I would try not to let it upset you. You have 2 ways of dealing with the random comments I guess, either just laugh them off or say something along the lines of "oh yes, we hear that all the time" and leave it at that. Let people know they are being utterly unoriginal. You do not have to justify your choice of name to anyone.

I actually think people may start avoiding it because of the popularity of the film. I certainly would!

StevieJo Fri 31-Jul-15 10:31:55

I think Elsa is a beautiful name and agree that the frozen craze won't last forever, and that as she gets older she will get those comments less and less and, if she likes the movie, I'm sure she enjoys sharing her name with a disney queen. She's not the worst connection either...strong, powerful, independent.

JakeyBurd Fri 31-Jul-15 10:41:16

I guess you just have to remind people that the name was around long before the film, or as Orange says, laugh them off as being the 57th person that day to say it.

A generation ago my sister got the same after naming her daughter Marnie, as it wasn't widely used and the Hitchcock film was their only point of reference. It soon wore off.

squoosh Fri 31-Jul-15 10:44:04

Who's feeling down about this, you or your daughter? Because unless it bothers your daughter it isn't a problem. She's 4 years old, you can't just start calling her by a different name at this stage. Her name belongs to her.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 31-Jul-15 11:58:32

I think any name on the planet no matter how unheard of it is runs the risk of becoming very very over used due to a future film. Without hindsight there is no way of knowing.
I'd imagine yes her school friends will comment but not in a negative way. More in awe and your dd will be very popular due to the frozen connections to her name.
I would love to use Anna. Not after frozen. Just that it is classical timeless and elegant. The only thing that would put me off is people would enevitably pronounce it Arna which I can't stand. So I wouldn't use the name. Not because of the frozen connection but because of the pronounciation

BothEndsBurning Fri 31-Jul-15 13:14:48

Yes, you are over-reacting. There's nothing to "cringe" about. If the name was shared with someone who had become notorious for some unspeakable reason, then you might have reason to feel the way that you do. This will pass.

I'm old, lol, and I associate the name Elsa with a lioness. Still think it's a lovely name. Please don't dumb it down to Ellie, there are hundreds of them everywhere.

CakeRattleandRoll Sat 01-Aug-15 15:44:54

Elsa is a lovely name. Like PP, it makes me think of the lioness in Born Free, but I haven't seen Frozen.

I would be surprised if there is much of a rise in its popularity due to Frozen. People seem to think that that is what happens, but no past examples spring to mind. There aren't loads of Ariels, Auroras, Meridas, Esmereldas or Giselles...

Ward3 Mon 03-Aug-15 05:39:35

My dd's (6) name is Elsa, after my Finnish great-grandmother. At first I was a bit concerned/annoyed after Frozen about the name shooting up, but there were 3 or 4 other girls in my year with the same name and it didn't bother me. And my dd was born before it really became popular.
Of course, everyone comments on it and it is a bit annoying, but they can easily be brushed off with a simple 'yes, just like Frozen, but she was born __ years earlier' or even 'wow, original/never heard that before.' And as your dd grows, it may become more obvious that she was born before the film came out.
In school, the name Elsa has made dd a bit of a celebrity. Everyone comments on her name and compliment her. She currently loves it.
I wouldn't change her name just because of this. This Elsa trend may eventually die down or keep rising, but because of it, later in life your dd may seem to be younger than she actually is.

Hellion7433 Mon 03-Aug-15 05:49:09

I really wouldn't worry about it you could always use the nick name Elsie to get you through the next year or two till the frozen fads over

Hellion7433 Mon 03-Aug-15 05:49:45

Nice name by the way

purplemurple1 Mon 03-Aug-15 05:54:08

Mine are 2yrs and 6 months and both have names that are almost the same as two frozen characters. But they are family names so we really wanted them.
Its a bit annoying constantly correcting the other kids at nursery but in a few yrs no one will care any more.

Mclaren37 Tue 04-Aug-15 11:38:01

Aren't people ridiculous? Elsa is a gorgeous name. Don't worry about the Frozen phase, it's only people with kids of a certain age that are even aware of it - and it will be over in a year or so whereas your daughter will have her whole life with a beautiful name.

Binit Tue 04-Aug-15 11:41:46

Just ride it out. In a few years, Frozen will be completely irrelevant and a distant memory to your dd's peer group and their parents.

Until then repeat, she was born before the film was made.

Binit Tue 04-Aug-15 11:43:16

It could be worse - my friend picked Harper for her dd 5 years ago. It was really unusual. Until the Beckhams used it! Harper Beckham will always be in the papers. At least the Frozen phase will pass!

moonshineonthegarden Wed 05-Aug-15 00:04:42

Look people in the eye and say 'actually the Frozen character was named after her'. Then look mysterious grin Elsa is a lovely name. Don't stress!

CruCru Wed 05-Aug-15 13:17:10

Elsa is a lovely name. Frozen won't last forever. I know loads of Bellas and don't think of Twilight.

HelenaJohannsen Wed 05-Aug-15 18:25:53

Elsa is a beautiful name, don't allow a silly craze to change it. The Frozen craze will die down eventually and you'll be left wondering why you worried at all. A lot of crazes have gone past and its always the people who have the name of the leading character have had all the fun. Allow your daughter that.

As an alternative, if the jokes (Which, honestly, are some of the most uninspired jokes around) really are getting to you, use Elsie as a nickname until the Frozen drama dies down. That way, you have a very similar sounding name, but it is not immediately Frozen.

Don't allow jokes about your daughter's name to get to you. You chose that beautiful name for a reason when she was born. Don't allow an awful film to change it for you smile

PuppyMonkey Wed 05-Aug-15 18:32:11

Elsa is a lovely name and so what if it does make people think of Frozen, it's not like it's a hideous, shameful connection is it?confused

qumquat Wed 05-Aug-15 19:39:34

Ellie is a much more common name than Elsa, so I wouldn't call her that unless you actively prefer it. Elsa is a beautiful name I'd just grit my teeth through the comments if I were you, people are just making conversation.

Findtheoldme Wed 05-Aug-15 19:44:07

Surely you are confident in your choice so that comments shouldn't matter?

wigglesrock Wed 05-Aug-15 20:33:13

The comments wouldn't bother me at all - I wouldn't shorten it to Ellie. What does your daughter think? I've a four year old Anna, occasionally people usually when they're trying to engage her in conversation say "oh like Frozen?" She just says no not really & gives them a bit of a hard stare.

SaulGood Wed 05-Aug-15 21:02:26

People have always sung a certain song at me when they hear my name. I just shrug and smile. The other day I met my idol and he sang that song when I introduced myself. grin

It doesn't matter. You just shrug and move on. People tend to make the joke once and as your dd's world becomes more fixed (school, clubs etc) it'll die down.

Poffleski Wed 05-Aug-15 22:40:22

DD(4) met an Elsa the other day and keeps wistfully asking 'is it a real proper name?' and swooning at the thought of being called Elsa!
It's gorgeous and was on the list for DC2. Don't cringe, it'll pass. I like the suggestion that Queen Elsa was really named after your DD grin

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