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.
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.
Using data from MooseRoots‘ names topic, we looked at all of the most prominent Game of Thrones names to see if there was a spike in the number of babies given any of these same names after 2011. We ended up finding eight Game of Thrones characters who have influenced parents when it comes to naming their children. The first name data for The United States is from the Social Security Administration.
Arya had been slowly increasing in popularity since recorded data for the name began in 1986, but it saw a healthy bump in 2011—273 babies were named Arya in 2010, 387 in 2011, and 1,315 in 2013.
Unlike his older sister, Bran saw a very small spike in popularity in the 1970s, before Game of Thrones even began, and stayed rather stagnant until 2011. After that, the name saw a steady rise to 11 babies in 2013.
Bran | MooseRoots
Even Theon, the traitor who invaded Winterfell, has seen a resurgence in popularity. Granted, the name only went from 6 new occurrences in 2010, to 15 in 2013, but it’s still something considering it was in constant decline before Game of Thrones aired.
Newborns Named Theon | MooseRoots
There weren’t enough Khaleesis to register a blip on the map in 2010, but 28 baby Khaleesis joined our ranks by 2011, and 213 newborns were given the name in 2013.
Newborns Named Khaleesi | MooseRoots
The Khaleesi scores again! But this time, with her given name. Not enough people jumped on the Daenerys bandwagon in 2011 to register in our data, but there were 21 babies named Daenerys in 2012 and 67 in 2013.
Daenerys | MooseRoots
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on May 1st, 2015 at 2:15 am
I really like Arya and Sansa. The one that should have some use because it’s actually really cool, to me at least, is Eddard (Ned Stark’s full name.) It beats Edward for me any day.
on May 1st, 2015 at 9:10 am
I agree, Arya and Sansa are beautiful!
on May 1st, 2015 at 3:33 pm
I’m probably one of the few people who remembers the popular-at-the-time (1960s) Sansabelt men’s slacks. I can’t see the name Sansa w/o thinking of the pants.
on May 1st, 2015 at 4:14 pm
I see and hear Sansa as salsa or sans (like the word). It’s nice and lively-sounding though. I actually really like Danaerys- to me it sounds like a smoosh name of Danae and Rhys. That said, I think the only name on the list that has the best chance of being usable in real life without people thinking of GoT is Arya. Khaleesi, Danaerys, Tyrion- these are inescapable from that reference.
on May 2nd, 2015 at 11:16 pm
Marjorie jumped from 130 in 2012 (around about where it has been hanging out for a few years) to 279 in 2013, possibly influenced by the Margaery character? She didn’t show up until the second season.
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