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Babies Are Being Named After 'Game of Thrones' Characters

Updated on May 17, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various things, including celebrities and entertainment.

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series that premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. It is now in its eighth season, which premiered on April 14, 2019.

Millions of people are watching the series. It is very interesting that most series show a decrease in readers after each season, but the readers have increased after every season of this popular fantasy drama. According to the audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research, so far the eighth season has 12.48 million watching. Season one had only 2.22 million watching. Over the years, the series has received numerous awards because of its popularity.

Parents Want Reminders of the Series When It Goes Off the Air

Some parents want to have a constant reminder of the series when it goes off the air. Therefore, they are naming their babies and their pets after their favorite Game of Thrones characters, according to data from the Social Security Administration. While some of the names are easy to spell and are spelled exactly as they are on the series, some parents are deliberately spelling their children's names with variations.

The Social Security Administration data was published on Friday, May 10, 2019. Out of 3.8 million babies born in 2018, more than 4,500 of them were named after characters in Game of Thrones. That was up from more than 3,800 in 2017 and more than 3,200 in 2016.

Some names for both boys and girls are more popular than others. For instance, 2,545 babies were given the name Arya last year. That name of the series' heroine became the most popular name for girls in the United States. The name went up from number 942 in 2010 to 119 in 2018. The more traditional spelling of the name of the trained assassin is Aria, but the pronunciation is the same as Arya.

Characters on "Game of Thrones"
Characters on "Game of Thrones" | Source

Last year, 560 female babies were named Khaleesi in the United States. It became the 549th most popular name for girls in the United States. More than 3,500 children have been named after her since the series began in 2011. There were some variations of the name. For example, 20 baby girls have been named Khalessi, 15 are named Khaleesia, 10 girls are named Khalesi, five females are named Khaleesie, and five girls are named Khalessy.

Another example of variation is that 163 female babies are named Daenerys. Eight names are spelled Daenarys and seven girl names are spelled Danerys.

Ayra Starks played by Maisle Williams
Ayra Starks played by Maisle Williams | Source

The Social Security Administration only publishes data on all names given to five or more babies in a year. Therefore, it is hard to say if there are up to fewer than five children in the United States with names from the popular series that are not included on the list.

The chart below shows the number of children born in 2018 who have Game of Thrones character names.

Name
Number of Children
Gender
Arya
2,594
Female
Khaleesi
560
Female
Yara
434
Female
Lyanna
319
Female
Daenerys
163
Female
Shae
125
Female
Renly
102
Male
Jory
72
Male
Tyrion
58
Male
Brienne
33
Female
Jorah
30
Male
Sansa
29
Female
Catelyn
21
Fenake
Ellaria:
17
Female
Oberyn
15
Male
Nymeria
15
Direwolf
Ramsay
15
Male
Theon
14
Male
Aerys
14
Male
Gregor
11
Male
Shireen
11
Female
Talisa
11
Female
Sandor
10
Male
Khal
9
Male
Olenna
9
Female
Rennick
9
Male
Bran
8
Female
Beric
8
Male
Brynden
8
Male
Myranda
8
Female
Bronn
7
Male
Samwell
7
Male
Myrcella
6
Female
Aegon
6
Male
Ghita
6
Female
Martyn
6
Male
Meryn
6
Male

According to CNN and the above chart, there were 2,594 children who were named Ayra in 2019. There is a big gap between the top name and the next name Khalessi that belongs to 560 girls. Khaleesi, the name of the queen in the fictional Dothraki language. The character's actual name is Daenerys that was given to 163 baby girls in 2018.

The name Yara was given to 434 baby girls last year. It went from the 986th place in 2017 to the 672nd place in 2018.

Some of the names of many key figures haven't become as popular as some of the others. For example, just 58 baby boys were named Tyrion, 30 boys named Jorah, 29 girls were named Sansa and 14 boys were named Theon.

Reaction of Parents Who Named Children After "Game of Thrones" Characters

BuzzFeed News asked some of the parents why they named their daughters Khaleesi after the character's murderous rampage. Many of the mothers said they were not bothered by the character's bad behavior.

One mother said she chose the name because it means "queen." Another mother said the name is unique and strong and that's the way she wants her daughter to be.

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    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I had not to watch the game of the throne movie. If the parents name their pets or dogs Arya, that's right. But to a child, I pity such parents, because, in the first place, a name must have a real meaning that will influence the character of the growing babe. Thanks for sharing.

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      no name mentioned 

      2 years ago

      Is the Game Of Thrones generational? I want to read it and see what

      and why it's so interesting.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      That is interesting. I am always surprised at some of the names people choose for their new born lovelies but I suppose to each his own. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

    • Cheryl E Preston profile image

      Cheryl E Preston 

      2 years ago from Roanoke

      oh my

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