Let it Go! Frozen's Secret Treasure Trove of Names
If you have or spend time with anyone with Children, by now you've probably watched Frozen no fewer than a dozen times. Do you think you know all there is to know about names and naming ideas in the film? If so, have you watched all the credits? If not, you might be missing a hidden gem in the world of baby naming!
Deep in the credit roll of the film, buried among stars, production managers, and sound mixers is a hidden treasure trove of names: the names of production babies. What are production babies, you might ask? They are the children born to anyone involved in making the film during its production, and are generally featured in the credits of the film. This tradition started within the animated genre, with Toy Story providing the first baby name list in 1995.
The names on the Frozen production babies list are unique, with only one repeating name (there are two Olivers on the list), and you won't find a mirror image of the most popular names list here. One might expect that to be the case among all of the creative people in Hollywood. It certainly is a unique way to honor babies who were born likely when their parents were working long hours trying to create what might have been (and ended up being) the next box office hit.
The names on the production babies list for Frozen are as follows:
Alexandra, Alvaro, Annika, Arden "Ha-Yeon", Asher, Brian, Caleb, Charlotte, Clara, Cody, Elias, Everett, Evey, Hikari, Ivy, Jeremy, Jolianna, Julian, Liam, Lincoln, Luke, Nathan, Nathaniel, Oliver, Oliver, Peri, Petra, Prosper, Roman, Sarah, Sloane, Thomas, Troupe, and Wednesday.
Among these babies only 12 of 34 (35%) have names that are within the current top 100 most popular names: Alexandra, Caleb, Charlotte, Julian, Liam, Luke, Nathan, Nathaniel, Oliver, Oliver, Sarah, and Thomas. Nine (26%) have names that are outside of the current top 1,000 most popular names: Arden, Evey, Hikari, Jolianna, Peri, Petra, Prosper, Troupe, and Wednesday.
The next time you watch a film, especially an animated one, make sure and stick around for the credits to see the names of production babies! You never know what you might find!
What's your favorite Frozen production baby name? What about other movies: what's the most interesting production baby name you've seen?