Game of Thrones Names Are Getting More Popular

Lots of babies were named Arya last year
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2019 6:49 PM CDT
Game of Thrones Names Are Getting More Popular
This image released by HBO shows Maisie Williams in a scene from "Game of Thrones," that aired Sunday, April 28, 2019.   (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

If you named your baby after a certain Game of Thrones character, you might be wondering how hard it is to get a legal name change after last night's episode of the HBO series. And there's a decent chance someone reading this did give their baby that name, or another one from George RR Martin's creation, because new Social Security Administration data reveals that more than 4,500 US babies were given GoT-linked names last year—up from 3,800 in 2017 and 3,200 in 2016. (Those numbers exclude babies named Jon or Jaime). In the top spot: Arya, a name bestowed on 2,545 babies born in the US last year, though NBC News notes that maybe not all of those were inspired by Thrones, since "Arya is a name used internationally." The rest of the top 10 and how many babies were given the monikers last year:

  1. Khaleesi: 560
  2. Yara: 434
  3. Lyanna: 319
  4. Daenerys: 163
  5. Shae: 125
  6. Renly: 102
  7. Jory: 72
  8. Tyrion: 58
  9. Brienne: 33
Click for the complete list, which, disturbingly, includes kids named Ramsay. (Or see more on last night's penultimate episode here.)

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