Televisual history tells us that being born a character – any character – in the Game of Thrones universe is likely to result in misery, distress, pain and probably untimely death. This has not deterred scores of British parents from naming their offspring after their favourite characters, however.
The character which has most frequently inspired parents over the past year is Arya Stark, the feisty teenager who is a favourite of many fans of the show. According to the Office for National Statistics there were 244 babies named Arya in 2014, and six that were named after Arya’s sister Sansa. Emilia Clarke’s character in the show has also proved influential, with 53 babies named Khaleesi and another nine named Daenerys last year. Before 2010, neither name had been used in the UK before. For the first time ever this year, four babies have been named Brienne.
Fewer parents are choosing Game of Thrones-inspired names for their sons, but there are a few examples. Theon is the most popular male name, followed by Tyrion. There have even been a handful of babies named Bran and Sandor. Theon, Tyrion and Bran all saw a spike in popularity after the series first aired in 2011. No-one has yet named their son Joffrey.