Somebody finally took some time to dig through last year’s Social Security Baby Names chart (2012 was released in May of 2013) and they noticed that three “Game of Thrones” names were rising in popularity.
Arya rose 298 spots from 711 in 2011 to 413 in 2012. Arya is the youngest daughter of Ned Stark and has been kicking major butt the last two seasons.
Another name that is showing up on the list is Khaleesi. A far more unusual name, it is the name of the Mother of the Dragons on the show. She is building an army of freed slaves to take over the throne. Her unusual birth name also is now showing up.
“According to data from the Social Security Administration, in 2012, there were 146 female babies born named Khaleesi — the title given to Emilia Clarke’s character in Game of Thrones after she marries a Dothraki leader in season 1. This trumps some more common female names such as Brandy (130) and Alex (128). Khaleesi’s given name, Daenerys, wasn’t quite as popular but still garnered 21 namesakes.
With the recent news that Game of Thrones was renewed for two more years, hopefully we’ll get some even more bizarre names like Ygritte and Bran in the years to come.”
“Now back to the list. Many pop-culture naming trends appear in a popular feature of Social Security’s baby names website–the “change in popularity” page. This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 500 are Major and Arya. .
“The fastest riser on the girls’ list may have been influenced by the popular cable TV series “Game of Thrones.” Arya is the daughter of a leader of one of the Seven Kingdoms. She also is an expert sword fighter, so doubt her influence on the popular names list at your own risk.
“For the boys, parents may associate Major with the military title. Acting Commissioner Colvin added “I have no doubt Major’s rising popularity as a boy’s name is in tribute to the brave members of the U.S. military, and maybe we’ll see more boys named General in the future.” You also might trace Major’s increase in popularity to a cable TV show. “Home by Novogratz” is a popular home design show featuring Major Novogratz, the youngest son of designers Robert and Cortney.”
Games of Thrones has only grown in popularity since 2012 so it will be interesting to see which names show up on the 2013 list and how many people are actually naming their kids after these characters. The list should be out in May.
Here is a list of other character names from “The Game of Thrones:
|Peter Dinklage||Tyrion Lannister|
|Nikolaj Coster-Waldau||Jaime Lannister|
|Lena Headey||Cersei Lannister|
|Emilia Clarke||Daenerys Targaryen|
|Kit Harington||Jon Snow|
|Aidan Gillen||Petyr Baelish|
|Charles Dance||Tywin Lannister|
|Liam Cunningham||Davos Seaworth|
|Stephen Dillane||Stannis Baratheon|
|Natalie Dormer||Margaery Tyrell|
|Carice van Houten||Melisandre|
|Isaac Hempstead-Wright||Bran Stark|
|Jack Gleeson||Joffrey Baratheon|
|Sophie Turner||Sansa Stark|
|Maisie Williams||Arya Stark|
|Alfie Allen||Theon Greyjoy|
|John Bradley||Samwell Tarly|
|Kristofer Hivju||Tormund Giantsbane|
|Rory McCann||Sandor Clegane|
|Gwendoline Christie||Brienne of Tarth|
|Michael McElhatton||Roose Bolton|
|Iwan Rheon||Ramsay Snow|
|Iain Glen||Jorah Mormont|
|Michelle Fairley||Catelyn Stark|
|Richard Madden||Robb Stark|
|Oona Chaplin||Talisa Stark|
|James Cosmo||Jeor Mormont|
|Sean Bean||Eddard Stark|
|Mark Addy||Robert Baratheon|
|Harry Lloyd||Viserys Targaryen|
|Jason Momoa||Khal Drogo|
So what do you think: Will these names continue to rise in popularity? Will others be added? Will they seem stupid in five years or 10 years? Is there another comparable naming trend?