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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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
I had to stay up extra late tonight, just so I could watch the penultimate episode of this third season of Game of Thrones one more time. And if this tasty little tidbit of TV is still sitting in your DVR, do not read any further.
(I’m totally serious! Stop reading now! SPOILER ALERT!)
In the tradition of the Game of Thrones, they’ve killed off some of the most loved characters in the most shocking way ever—as a bridal party (infamously called the “Red Wedding” in the novels the TV show is based upon) turned into a slaughter, resulting in the deaths of the heroic Robb Stark, his wife, Talisa and his mother, Catelyn. And in honor of the recently departed, I’ve selected their family name, Stark, as the baby name of the week.
Stark is a word name, which means spare and austere—but also can mean sharp and clear. It might make a too-bold choice for a first name, but feels fresh as a middle name—I’d love it paired with Gabriel, Wyatt, Leo, Ari, or, for the true-blue Game of Thrones fan, Robb or Eddard. Stark could also work for a girl—the nation’s hottest name, Arya, obviously goes with it. I also love it with Carolina, Adeline, Lillian and Dahlia.
What do you think of the name Stark? Too weird? Would you use it for your son or daughter? If you’re a big Game of Thrones fan, don’t miss my selection of great baby names from Game of Thrones that you might want to consider for your own future Khaleesi!
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