British People Are Naming Their Children After “Game Of Thrones” Characters

“Hi, my name’s Khaleesi. Khaleesi Jenkins.”

1. The Office for National Statistics just released data on the names given to babies in England and Wales in 2013. And it turns out that lots of people have taken inspiration from Game of Thrones.

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That’s a big increase on the 42 Aryas born in 2010, before the TV series was broadcast (although after the books had already become popular).

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2. It’s given us some completely new names.

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Back in 2010, there were no Khaleesis or Daeneryses at all.

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Again, there were none in 2010.

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Obviously there have always been lots of Brandons (and variants on it), but there were no boys just called “Bran” back in 2010.

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2010 = no Sansas.

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And no Sandors in 2010 either.

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There were five boys called Theon in 2010, so the name’s use has more than doubled since it came to be associated with somebody being horribly tortured and having their bits cut off.

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8. Of course, some GoT names were already quite popular names in their own right.

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There were 25 Meeras in 2010, and 59 Yaras.

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Jaime has become slightly more popular – up from 14 in 2010.

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10. And some names haven’t changed in popularity at all since the TV series.

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These were exactly the same in 2010 and 2013.

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There were 28 Jons (as opposed to Jonathans, Jonnys, etc) in 2010, so Kit Harington’s noble brooding hasn’t really changed much.

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12. And there are some names that we’re slightly surprised don’t feature. There were no Briennes or Ygrittes born in 2013, for instance.




(Well, there might have been one or two – the figures don’t include any names if there were fewer than three children born, for privacy reasons.)

And according to the figures, there were also no kids called Eddard, Joffrey, Tywin, Cersei, Samwell, Bronn, or – tragically – Hodor. Somebody should get on that.

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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