Game of Thrones baby names are more popular than ever – but the favourites may surprise you

Maisie Williams playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
Credit: HBO

Game of Thrones, the hit show based on the book series by George R. R. Martin, is more popular than ever before. So popular in fact, that it seems to be inspiring the next generation of baby names…

Since the release of the first series in 2011, there’s been a surge in baby names inspired by Game of Thrones, from key characters to even the actors themselves. For example, no children born in 2010 were named Khaleesi, but in 2016, 370 baby girls were given the name. And Emilia – Clarke, the actress who plays Daenerys – has jumped from 925 in 2010 to 3,019 in 2016.

It’s long been known that the world of popular culture can influence the names we choose for our kids. From royalty to music and sport, it all impacts on our choices. According to this research by Music Magpie, some of the biggest climbers in the last decade include Caleb – perhaps thanks to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Folowill – Ivy – Beyonce and Jay Z named their first child Blue Ivy back in 2012 – and Darcie – BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is more popular than ever before, especially with dancer Dame Darcey Bussell on the judging panel.

And what about the names of the future? By analysing important events of the past year, we can make an educated guess at what might be popular in years to come. Royalty is bound to influence the name charts, with both Meghan and Louis expected to see a spike. Plus, the return of Friends to our screens via Netflix is sure to see Ross, Joey, Rachel and Phoebe receive a boost too.

See below for the full Game of Thrones rundown…Baby Names Inspired by Game of Thrones

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