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People Keep Naming Their Kids After "Game Of Thrones" Characters

"Is your Khaleesi coming out to play?"

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This is an established trend. This is not a joke. People are STILL naming their kids after characters from Game of Thrones.

The Office for National Statistics' (ONS) list of the most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2014, published Monday morning, shows that we're quite keen on naming our kids after pop culture characters.

So last year there were FOUR babies named after Brienne of Tarth, the badass warrior played by Gwendoline Christie in the TV show.

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And 53 families decided to call their daughter Khaleesi last year. Nine went for plain old Daenerys.

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Most popular of the GOT names was Arya, inspired by Arya Stark, obviously. No less than 244 baby girls were named this last year.

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And it's not just girls – there are some Westeros-inspired boys' names too.

So there were no fewer than 18 Theons last year.

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As well as 17 Tyrions, four Brans, and four Sandors.

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Superhero names continue to feature in the ONS list, with Logan (AKA Wolverine from X-Men) a favourite for boys with nearly 3,000 last year.

And Frozen has gone from sing-alongs and never-ending streams of merchandise, to influencing baby names: Elsa was chosen by 537 families last year.

The Kardashians' assault on our culture and way of life continues, with Khloe one of several names from TV family to have increased in popularity since 2010.

As for the most popular names overall, the winners were:

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Thinkstock / BuzzFeed / Patrick Smith

And in case you're after some baby inspiration, here are England's and Wales' top 20 for girls:

1 - AMELIA

2 - OLIVIA

3 - ISLA

4 - EMILY

5 - POPPY

6 - AVA

7 - ISABELLA

8 - JESSICA

9 - LILY

10 - SOPHIE

11 - GRACE

12 - SOPHIA

13 - MIA

14 - EVIE

15 - RUBY

16 - ELLA

17 - SCARLETT

18 - ISABELLE

19 - CHLOE

20 - SIENNA

And here are the top 20 boys' names:

1 - OLIVER

2 - JACK

3 - HARRY

4 - JACOB

5 - CHARLIE

6 - THOMAS

7 - GEORGE

8 - OSCAR

9 - JAMES

10 - WILLIAM

11 - NOAH

12 - ALFIE

13 - JOSHUA

14 - MUHAMMAD

15 - HENRY

16 - LEO

17 - ARCHIE

18 - ETHAN

19 - JOSEPH

20 - FREDDIE

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Patrick Smith at patrick.smith@buzzfeed.com.

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