“Amelia,” the Hollywood biopic of Amelia Earhart, was released today. The critics don’t seem impressed, but what interests me isn’t the movie’s quality so much as how it may affect the popularity of the name Amelia.
One-name biopics sometimes make a dent on the baby name charts. After “Frida” (2002), “Ali” (2001) and “Lenny” (1974), the number of babies named Frida, Ali and Lenny increased.
Of course, not all one-name biopics have the same impact. “Sylvia” (2003), “Evita” (1996) and “Rudy” (1993) didn’t inspire any parents-to-be to embrace those particular names.
The tricky thing about Amelia is that it’s already fashionable. Three years ago, it was the 83rd most popular baby name in the nation. Two years ago, it was 76th. Last year, it was 68th. So it will probably continue to rise, regardless of the movie.
But will the movie give the name an extra boost? What do you think?