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Game of Thrones Names

Game of Thrones names

By David Schmidt

Since it began in 2011, the HBO drama Game of Thrones has affected the lives of millions of people in some way or another. Some cried for hours when their favorite characters died; some even had Game of Thrones-themed weddings.

But others went the extra mile—not only has the TV show been a part of their lives, but they have made sure that it will be a part of the lives of their children, too.

How?

By naming their babies after the fictional Game of Thrones characters. That’s right—children of generations to come will have playdates with little Khaleesis, and hopefully the future Joffreys will make a point to show more kindness than their namesake.

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Names by the Numbers

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By Kara Cavazos of The Art of Naming

There was once a time back in Ancient Rome when it was common to have several children. So many that parents sometimes numbered them via their names. If you couldn’t imagine naming your children one, two, three, four, five… you’re not alone.

Fortunately, there are Latin options that sound much cooler than that if you happen to find the idea of numbering your offspring to be appealing. There are also some updated, modernized versions of these old Latin names that are faring better than their ancient counterparts.

Many ancient names are being used again today with a renewed sense of style, such as Atticus, Maximus, Cyrus, Augustus, etc. But does this interest extend to these numerical names? Do they stand any chance for revival?  Let’s take a look at some of the possible choices per number.

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Best Names Near the Bottom of the List

Names near the bottom

By Elizabeth Broadbent

Everyone loves to look at the Social Security Database’s name list. We usually scroll to the top to see what won as the most popular names (for the record, it’s Noah and Sophia). But with everyone combing their brains for a unique name these days,it’s best to check the bottom instead. Here are the top picks from the 50 least-common names of 2013.

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High Fashion Baby Names

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By Bree Ogle

It’s amazing how much fashion, and with it, the models who display it, changes over time. For example, the fifties were exemplified by women with defined brows and cinched-in waists. The sixties saw the rise of Twiggy, who brought extreme thinness into vogue. The seventies were the time of uber-blondes like Bitten Knudsen and Gunilla Lindblad, and the eighties seemed to have a lot of commercially attractive models like Christie Brinkley. The nineties were all about “heroin-chic,” a look typified by gaunt Kate Moss.

And now? It’s anything that makes you different. The current “It” girl is Cara Delevingne, who owes some of her fame to her bold brows. Lindsey Wixson, another popular model, is known for her distinctive pout. It’s all about standing out, whether it’s your looks or your name–be it real or adopted. There is no denying that a girl called Kid is going to be more memorable than one named Katelyn.

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Autobiography of a Name Nerd

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By Christina June

My love affair with names began in elementary school when I selected a book about the meaning behind names from the monthly book order catalog. I enjoyed it so much I asked my parents to buy me a second name book. I picked up the original Beyond Jennifer and Jason, and highlighted it within inches of its life. I loved the way names sounded in my head and how Pamela and Linda took thinking about names a step further than most books. They gave them new meanings and classifications and offered insight into how names might be perceived by other people at all stages of someone’s life. It fascinated me and thus, a name nerd was born.

For years, I scribbled stories here and there but my favorite part of the process was always naming the characters. I labored over who would get which moniker, many times to the detriment of the story. I’d have two full pages of characters with spectacular names and one page of actual story completed before I gave up and started something new.

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