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The 'Game Of Thrones' Names Parents Are Giving Their Babies Today

Social Security Administration data shows a rise in babies named Arya, Khaleesi and more.
The names Arya and Daenerys — as well as the title Khaleesi — have become more popular choices among American parents.
The names Arya and Daenerys — as well as the title Khaleesi — have become more popular choices among American parents.

“Game of Thrones” mania has made its mark on many aspects of everyday life ― from fashion and tourism trends to wedding and baby shower themes. So it’s only natural the hit HBO show and source book series might influence parents’ baby name choices as well.

On Friday, the Social Security Administration released its official list of the most popular baby names of 2018. Although the top 10 names weren’t terribly surprising, there were some interesting trends in the broader data. Notably, several “Game of Thrones” character names seem to be on the rise in popularity.

Arya continues to climb the charts, ascending to No. 119 in 2018 from 135 in 2017. The name first appeared in the Top 1000 rankings in 2010 at No. 942 and has steadily risen every year since.

Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen’s famous title ― Khaleesi ― is also becoming more popular as a baby name. In 2018, it reached No. 549, with 560 baby girls named Khaleesi last year. The name first entered the Top 1000 in 2014 at No. 757. Although Queen Cersei’s name appeared in the data for the first time in 2017, the trend did not continue, as fewer than five baby girls were named Cersei last year.

HuffPost examined the SSA data to see which other “Game of Thrones” character names parents chose for their babies in 2018.

Of course, we can’t say that “GoT” has inspired every single Arya, Brienne or Jon name choice, but the show’s immense popularity has certainly played a part in boosting the visibility of many of these names. (We also feel pretty confident that the rise of Khaleesi is a direct result of the fantasy series.)

Without further ado, here are 57 “Game of Thrones” show and book character names that appeared in the data, along with the number of U.S. newborns given each name in 2018.

Girls

Arya ― 2,545

Khaleesi ― 560

Yara ― 434

Lyanna ― 319

Elia ― 216

Asha ― 199

Meera ― 191

Daenerys ― 163

Shae ― 108

Arianne ― 54

Brienne ― 33

Lady ― 29

Sansa ― 29

Catelyn ― 21

Ellaria ― 17

Nymeria ― 15

Alys ― 14

Shireen ― 11

Talisa ― 11

Olenna ― 9

Myranda ― 8

Roslin ― 7

Ghita ― 6

Gilly ― 6

Myrcella ― 6

Boys

Jaime ― 547

Jon ― 311

Edric ― 135

Renly ― 59

Tyrion ― 58

Mace ― 51

Jory ― 34

Jorah ― 30

Eddison ― 23

Daryn ― 21

Oberyn ― 15

Tycho ― 15

Aeron ― 14

Theon ― 14

Olly ― 12

Gregor ― 11

Ramsay ― 10

Sandor ― 10

Aemon ― 9

Aerys ― 9

Kevan ― 9

Khal ― 9

Quentyn ― 9

Beric ― 8

Bran ― 8

Brynden ― 8

Bronn ― 7

Doran ― 7

Samwell ― 7

Aegon ― 6

Benjen ― 6

Wyman ― 5