Tuesday 21 May 2019

Name of Thrones: Babies being called after characters

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Meet babies Khaleesi, Arya and Yara - it seems 'Game of Thrones' is having an effect on our baby names.

The series, which was largely filmed in Northern Ireland, has been the defining TV show of a generation. And it appears that some parents have taken to naming their children after the characters.

Since the show first aired in 2011, there have been nine baby Khaleesis, 21 baby Yaras and 82 baby Aryas born in Ireland, according an Irish Independent analysis of the Central Statistics Office figures.

Khaleesi has its origins in the George RR Martin books 'A Song of Fire and Ice', which were later adapted. It is a Dothraki title referring to the wife of the khal - or 'queen'.

The 'true heir of the Iron Islands' Yara has also proven popular for babies. The name also has Brazilian and Arabic origins.

Heroic Arya - the feisty youngest Stark sister - is by far the most popular, with 82 taking this name. The name is common for both boys and girls in Iran and India.

For boys, there are no apparent trends when it comes to naming babies after the characters. However, there were four baby Jons in 2012 - as distinct from John, Jonathan or Jonas. There were 263 Brandons born since 2011, but this was already a popular name.

However, unlike in the UK or USA, there are no recordings of baby Daenerys, Sansa, Brienne, Tyrion or Theon here. The CSO only records instances of three or more of the same name.

The three main female actors, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke and Sophie Turner, may claim credit for the 582, 792 and 3,607 respective baby names within the last eight years.

Within the last two years there is one name growing in popularity with 14 so far. It appears Wynter is coming.

Irish Independent

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