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Games of Thrones influences baby name list

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

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TRADITIONAL names are making way for monikers made famous by smash-hit television series Game of Thrones.

Many real-life babies in Staffordshire and Derbyshire now have names corresponding to their parent’s favourite character from the show that airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK and has millions of fans worldwide.

Among the unlikely names starting to crop up in both areas, according to a survey by the Office for National Statistics, were Khaleesi, Daenerys, Catelyn, and Arya. Tyrion and Theon.

Khaleesi - a royal title that was made-up for Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys by author George RR Martin whose books the show is based on - is now the name of 146 babies in the UK.

The name Arya, the name of a tomboy character played by Maisie Williams, more than doubled to 131 in 2012 from 57 a year.

However, despite the rise, traditional names are still propping up the list for boys and girls born last year.

Amelia and Charlie were the number one names given to babies in Burton and South Derbyshire in 2013, with the birth of royal baby Prince George proving popular with parents as well as girls names such as Freya, Scarlett and Isabella.

Nationwide, a study of nearly 400,000 names unveiled Joey, Teddy, Ivy and Violet as ‘ones to watch’ in 2014 after rising in popularity the most during the past 12 months.

A close look at baby names also revealed Maisy, Kayla, Isabel, Olly and Callum as the names that are fast falling from favour amongst parents in the UK.

Lisa Penney, from Bounty, a website which draws up a top list of baby names each year, said: “Year after year we see new parents influenced by popular culture – with names made famous by people in the public eye suddenly experiencing sharp rises in popularity.

“As well as the usual influences from popular culture, in general we can see a growing trend for the return of more ‘old-fashioned’ names with a vintage flavour.”

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