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Is This Game of Thrones Baby Name Really Becoming Popular?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Could Game of Thrones be inspiring a lot of baby namers? I’ve posted about a few of the more wearable names in my Cool Name of the Week series (hello, Arya, Stark and Margaery), and did a whole post about some of the other Game of Thrones names that I thought might not be too out there for standard use—I love Brienne, Sansa and Tyrion, especially.

But apparently, baby namers have their own ideas—as Khaleesi, the royal title of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, is an up-and-coming name—in fact, 146 girls were named that last year. The royal title was even more popular than regular standard-issue names like Brandy—and even more popular than the character’s actual name. (Only 21 people decided to name their daughters Daenerys last year.)

I guess this falls in with the trend for title baby names—Major was one of the hottest names for boys last year, and names like King, Prince and even Messiah have ranked pretty highly. And I guess Khaleesi could be kind of wearable—you could shorten it to the less exotic Ally or Lee or Callie if you’re feeling like Khaleesi doesn’t make sense for your daughter’s future career as an accountant. But still—Khaleesi was the last name I’d expect to be a big breakout from the show and the book.

What do you think? Is Khaleesi too weird for a baby name? Or is it wearable for a modern baby girl? Did you or someone you know pick a Game of Thrones name for your baby?

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Image: Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, courtesy of HBO

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Cool Name of the Week: Arya

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Game of Thrones is back with a vengeance—and so was Arya Stark, who decided to get back her weapon from the man who stole it from her. And she definitely took it the hard way.

Arya’s one of the cooler characters in Game of Thrones, a tomboyish girl who has been on the run ever since her father was beheaded. Though she’s been captured several times, she’s still fared far better than the rest of the Stark clan—at least so far. And her coolness probably helps explain why her name’s now on the radar. Thanks to George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, the basis for Game of Thrones, it’s currently nearing the top 400. It’s a Sanskrit name that means “noble.”

Arya needs an equally elegant middle name. I’d pair Arya with Gray, Jane, Claire or Maeve.

What do you think of Arya? Could it be on your short list for your daughter?

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