Baby names are becoming increasingly adventurous – often inspired by characters and figures from the world of entertainment. More than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year were named Arya, sharing their name with the well-known Game of Thrones character. That’s more than the number of children who received traditional names like Mary (204) and Catherine (163). Another name from the HBO series growing in popularity is Khaleesi.
According to a new report from the BBC, humans who are having baby humans are following along by naming their babies after characters on the beloved show.In England, Arya and Khaleesi are the most popular Game of Thrones baby names, with Tyrion, Sansa, Daenerys, and Brienne coming behind them.AdvertisementOver 300 girls named Arya were born in 2017, which means they will forever have to answer the question, “does a girl have a name?”
Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names. Watch this video below.
Other names on the rise thanks to Game of Thrones? Sansa, Daenerys, Brienne — and Tyrion. Tyrion Lannister is played to perfection by Peter Dinklage on the show. His famous line, “It’s what I do. I drink and I know things,” has inspired a massive merch collection. So hey! Plenty of baby shower gift options right there for the little Tyrion in your life. Joffrey, Ramsay and Euron? Nah, man. Not yet, at least. We’ve got to be scraping the bottom of the baby-name barrel before we start going with the total monsters.
Game of thrones: Daenerys in the photo below.
Here is more from twitter on this story.
— GOT Newz (@GOTseries_Newz) September 22, 2017
One of the most popular baby names of 2017 is Khaleesi. Those kids will 100% be elected Student Council President! pic.twitter.com/s6ifQFgKUg
— Tommy McFLY (@TommyMcFLY) September 22, 2017
— i newspaper (@theipaper) September 22, 2017
— i newspaper (@theipaper) September 20, 2017
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) September 22, 2017
According to officials at the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), the fantasy show has inspired many new parents. 69 girls were named Khaleesi after the title given to Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys, a moniker which also proved popular with a handful of mothers and fathers. Meanwhile, 90 boys have been named Loki, the Marvel villain played on the big screen by Tom Hiddleston, according to the BBC, while his brother Thor only inspired 18 parents.