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Cool Name of the Week: Brienne

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Anyone who has watched this blog for a while knows that the offbeat names of Game of Thrones have started to climb the charts—including names you’d never expect, like Khaleesi, and ones you would, like Arya.

[NOTE: If you haven't watched this week's season finale, read no further! Spoilers ahead!]

I’m thinking that after this week’s season finale, Brienne might get a lot more play. (At least, more than the eight girls who were given the name last year.) George R.R. Martin picked this variant of Brianna for his character Brienne of Tarth, a warrior woman who has served as a protector of the Starks, and now seeks to help reunite the Stark sisters with the rest of the family. And that’s what led to this week’s epic and brutal battle between Brienne and the Hound, a fight where no matter who won, the viewers would be bummed. (And while I think the right person won, I’ll miss seeing the other one around!)

Let’s call Brienne a variant of Brian, which means “strong and honorable,” both traits of this noble lady. And let’s call this name pretty offbeat—but still not so far off the beaten path that it seems like a big mistake.

I’d pair Brienne with an equally strong middle name. Let’s try it with Rose, Pearl, True or Leigh.

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What Baby Names Are Rising—And Falling?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

While this year brought a big shakeup at the top of the boys’ charts, the more interesting story is what names are rising fast on the charts—and what’s tanking. The fastest risers may give an indication of the latest trends (or a pop culture phenomenon at work).

Top risers for girls include Daleyza (up a whopping 3130 spots), a name invented by reality star Larry Hernandez of Larrymania; Marjorie (up 735 places), which may be riding on the coattails of Game of Thrones‘ version of Princess Di, Margaery; Lennon, the former Beatles’ surname gone girls’ name; and the celeb favorite Everly/Everleigh—both spellings were among the top risers for girls. Two of my favorites among the girls’ high-riser lists are Freya, the Scandinavian goddess, and Mabel, Bruce Willis’ pick for his nearly two-year-old.

On the boys’ hot list is Jayceon (up 845 spots), a creative spelling of standby Jason; place name Milan (up 650), picked by Shakira for her son; mythological name Atlas (up 614); and the other Jason/Jay “creative” alternative, Jayse.

Among my favorites on the boys’ high rise list, you’ll find a pair of title names, Duke and Deacon, and the Scandinavian royal name Magnus, a favorite of celebrities and a literally great name.

And of course, what goes up must come down! The boys’ name biggest losers were all creative spellings of popular names: Austyn, Masen, Trevon, Jaidyn and Bently. (Unfortunately for those who hate creative spellings, there were plenty of oddly spelled names among the up-and-comers, too.) The girls’ name losers were a mixed bag: Litzy, a Mexican nickname popularized by a pop songstress, old-lady name Geraldine, plus Marisa, Taraji and Adley.

You can view the whole list of movers and shakers on the Social Security Administration site. Tell me: What is your favorite on these lists? And where do you stand on the whole creative spelling thing?

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Cool Name of the Week: Joffrey

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Maybe Joffrey on Game of Thrones isn’t exactly cool—but if you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll probably understand why I picked it as the cool name this week. (And if the episode’s still sitting on your DVR, read no further. There are SPOILERS afoot!)

Weddings don’t seem to end very well on Game of Thrones. There was last year’s infamous Red Wedding, when half of the Stark family met their tragic demise. And last night’s royal wedding ended with the horrific and satisfyingly graphic poisoning of the character you most love to hate, Westeros’s spoiled little boy king Joffrey Baratheon.

But even if Joffrey himself isn’t someone you’d want to emulate, could the name be worthy of your child? Joffrey is the Scottish variation of Jeffrey—and it’s a name that means “pledge of peace,” which means it was hardly fitting for this young man. It’s never been in the top 1000 here in the U.S., though Jeffrey itself has been in the top 250 since the 1940s.

I like pairing Joffrey with short and sweet middle names, like James, Jett, Lee, Thorn, or Scott. (I’m kinda digging the Thorn, as you could end up with the cool J.T. nickname for your boy.)

What do you think? Would you ever consider naming your son a name that’s associated with a pop culture villain, or is it all good guys and heroes for you? You can read more about my Game of Thrones favorite names here, or find the name for your baby with our Baby Name Finder.

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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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