Will Pixar’s Heroine Start a New Baby Name Craze?
Everything from cars to toys to rats has held the spotlight in Pixarâ€™s movies over the past decade and a half, but with their most recent project,Â Brave, coming to theaters this Friday, a spunky and empowered girl named Merida gets her chance to shine.
So how did a Scottish heroine with blazing red hair and archery skills to rival Katniss Everdeenâ€™s get the unusual nameÂ Merida? As far as we can tell, Merida is not a traditionally Scottish name and has never been particularly popular in the U.S.
According to the Mom365 Baby Name site, it is a form of Maria, the latin version of Mary. Merida is also the name of several places, including Merida, Spain and the name of a popular destination on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Although Merida is not your traditional damsel in distress,Â as we have seen from past Disney princesses, the popularity of these films can give a boost to the names, as it did withÂ ArielÂ fromÂ The Little MermaidÂ andÂ TianaÂ fromÂ The Princess and the Frog. Past Pixar names, on the other hand, such as Woody, Remy, Nemo and Sulley havenâ€™t been affected by the films, but we have a feeling that is more due to the fact that they arenâ€™t attributed to humans in the films.
Weâ€™ll soon see how Pixarâ€™s latest fairs at the box office, though with their track record, it is sure to be a pretty big hit. Perhaps next year we will see Merida becoming a fast riser.
What do you think of the name Merida? Do you think â€˜Braveâ€™ will give it a boost in popularity?
When was the last time you met a pair of kids named John and Mary? The traditional names that ruled America for centuries are vanishing. Parents are obsessing over creative name choices, and celebrities are branding and re-branding themselves like products. Even surnames have burst wide open, as couples rethink the whole concept of family names.
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