Cool Name of the Week: Margaery

Anyone else catch last night’s premiere of Game of Thrones? I’ll have a full writeup tomorrow of my favorite names from this crazy fantasy series, but my cool name of the week comes from the new princess-in-training.

Margaery proved herself in yesterday’s episode to be the Princess Diana of the Seven Kingdoms, stopping off at an orphanage in a decrepit neighborhood to provide toys and aid. Though she seemed to provoke the current queen, Cersei, with her behavior, she wouldn’t back down (perhaps another nod to recent English royal history).

I like the distinctive spelling used on Game of Thrones and in its source material, A Song of Fire and Ice. But the source of the name is clearly Margery, a variant of Margaret, which means “pearl.” Margery is sometimes given the meaning “child of light.” It’s a lesser-used variant, which hasn’t been in the top 1000 names since the late 1950s. Perhaps this unique spelling, Margaery, will help bring it back to the forefront.

It comes with most of the same nicknames as Margaret—Meg and Maggie, Marge and May. It should be paired with a short and sweet middle name—something like Belle, Anne, or Jane would be perfect.

What do you think of Margaery (or Margery)? Would it be a name you’d pick? Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for my full Game of Thrones name recap.

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  1. by Daddy Struggles

    On April 2, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Margaery is an excellent choice for a girl’s name. My wife and I are expecting and “Margaery” is something I kind of think about giving it if we the baby ends up a girl.

    On the other hand, the Lannister patriarch’s name – Tywin – sounds like a good name for a boy. Tywin has always shown wisdom and critical thinking. And behind his vicious nature, he has shown a little of his soft side (the scene where he and Arya talk about the sigils)which I found very interesting.

  2. by Sera

    On April 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Please don’t take this as a criticism but have you read the books? These names may be cool and unique, but their recent actions on the show don’t quite display what kind of character they may become in A Song of Ice and Fire.
    Simply from the show, Tywin treats Tyrion horribly and barely respects Cersei. Margaery claimed in an earlier episode that she “does not want to be queen, she wants to be The Queen”. Both are incredibly politically clever, however. I will comment no further on this as I would hate to leak any possible spoilers. I’m not judging as I really enjoy Martin’s naming talents (he’s got a uniqueness about his choices). I just wouldn’t attribute the names of these characters with the actions they display presently!
    Similarly,my husband and I decided years ago that if we had a daughter, we were to name her Arya. She’s a very cool little kid and doesn’t waver throughout the entire series of books.