Arya, Khaleesi and Tyrion: The Game of Thrones Effect on American Baby Naming

April 12, 2015 10:10 PM

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Arya, Khaleesi and Tyrion: The Game of Thrones Effect on American Baby Naming

Since George R.R. Martin first published the Game of Thrones Song of Fire and Ice series, critics and readers alike have commented on the imaginative names used throughout the books. But it wasn't until Game of Thrones was aired on HBO that the names began to have an influence on American baby naming. In honor of the new season, presented below are the most surprising names to show up on the Social Security Administration's list of U.S. baby names, thanks to Game of Thrones.

Arya has shown an exponential leap in popularity since the TV show first aired. In 2010 (the year before the show aired in 2011), Arya was 942 in popularity in the United States. Each year, the popularity creeped up by 200 to 300 places, so far ending at the 277th most popular name in 2013. It is al...

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