If you’re having withdrawal from the recent season finale (let’s face it, who isn’t?), you may want to take some inspiration from the show’s classic, mystical and intriguing characters. Read on to find out which Game of Thrones baby names are the most popular.
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Are Game of Thrones baby names really a thing?
Oh yes! Since 2011, Game of Thrones has become a major part of popular culture, bringing with it a whole host of unique and beguiling characters. Never was the show’s popularity more evident than when George R. R. Martin’s fictional languages and lands brought about the use of ‘Khaleesi’ into everyday language.
Meaning ‘queen’ in fictional Dothraki, Khaleesi has jumped into the top 1,000 names in the US (according to the Social Security Administration). In 2014, there were 369 babies registered with the name Khaleesi, with a further 370 reported in 2016 figures.
In the UK in 2015, 68 girls were named Khaleesi and 280 were given the name Arya after Game of Thrones’ feisty heroine. For boys, the 2015 statistics also showed Game of Thrones baby names coming to the fore, such as Theon (30 babies), Tyrion (14), Bran (11) and Ramsay (5).
While many of the Game of Thrones character names are utterly unique and probably unlikely to gain any kind of mainstream popularity, there are still some intriguing name choices to consider.
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Game of Thrones Baby Names
Arya – the feisty, adventurous young heroine showed that her strength and determination are second to none
Benjen – similar in style to Benjamin, Benjen is distinctive and yet still offers Ben or Benji as possible nicknames
Bran – the all-seeing Bran equates some mysticism and ‘otherworldliness’ to the name
Brienne – infinitely honourable and loyal, Brienne is also symbolic of strength
Catelyn – motherly devotion lends the name plenty of charm
Cersei – perhaps not the greatest maternal inspiration, but definitely an interesting name choice nonetheless
Daario – advisor and lover of Daenerys, Daario (or the more likely Dario) is an exotic choice for your baby
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Davos – The quick-thinking former smuggler Davos Seaworth offers a unique name choice
Eddard – Ned Stark’s full name was Eddard, an unusual variant of Edward
Ellaria – a combination of two classic favourites, Ella and Aria, this pretty name comes from Ellaria of Dorne
George – after Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin
Jamie – the brave soldier who, to his detriment, is eternally devoted to his sister Cersei
Joffrey – despite his royal status, Joffrey is an unlikely favourite for parents, even with its close link to traditional name Geoffrey
Jon – the iconic Jon Snow needs no introduction, and this classic name is commonly short for Jonathan
Jorah – a truly unusual choice, Jorah was a devoted advisor to Daenerys
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Khaleesi – as mentioned above, the word for ‘queen’ in Dothraki has become popular in both the US and UK
Loras – Margaery Tyrell’s dashing brother Loras was a skilled knight and heir to the Highgarden fortune
Lyanna – Lyanna is a feminine and elegant choice, found twice in Game of Thrones (given to Ned Stark’s younger sister and mother of Jon Snow, as well as the child ruler of Bear Island Lyanna Mormont)
Lysa – Lysa was a real force to be reckoned with in GoT, while her name is a variation of Elizabeth and is of Hebrew origin
Margaery – Margaery Tyrell was the beautiful, clever and wily young queen
Missandei – the beautiful, multi-lingual Missandei’s name may never have mainstream popularity, but is certainly a unique choice
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Oberyn – Oberyn was a hot-headed, passionate character who was also a formidable opponent in battle
Olenna – the tough-as-nails matriarch of the Tyrell family and grandmother to Margaery, put family first and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind
Petyr – Petyr was a real love-to-hate character in Game of Thrones, while his name is a variant spelling of the more usual ‘Peter’
Ramsay – Ramsay Bolton may not have been a character to love, but this surname-as-a-first-name is gaining in popularity
Robert – with possibly the most ‘normal’ of all the GoT names, King Robert Baratheon was a larger than life (and short-lived) character
Samwell – Samwell, an unusual variant of Samuel, is a great alternative which still allows Sam or Sammy as a nickname
Sansa – Lady Sansa’s name is Sanskrit in origin, meaning ‘praise or charm’
Shae – After making an impression on Tyrion Lannister, Shae became Lady Sansa’s straight-talking and trusted handmaid
Theon – Theon is unusual and clearly GoT-inspired after Theon Greyjoy
Tommen – The youngest Baratheon son offers a great name choice which can be shortened to the ever-popular Tom
Tyrion – Tyrion Lannister is one of the show’s most popular characters, and the name has been registered in the UK and US in recent years
Yara – While Yara Greyjoy was a fierce and spirited warrior, the name ‘Yara’ has various meanings in different languages, including ‘small butterfly’ in Arabic
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Yoren – a recruiter for the Night’s Watch, Yoren kept Arya safe by disguising her as a boy to get her out of Westeros
Would you be tempted to use one of these Game of Thrones baby names? Do let us know which one you would choose by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear from you!