More babies have been named after Game Of Thrones characters than ever before in 2019, even before season eight got underway.
Deciding on what to name your children is one of the most important decisions you will have to make as a parent. Just remember that child will have to live with that name for the rest of their lives. You know, unless you do such a terrible job of naming them that they legally change their name once they are old enough.
A number of things can play into what you name your baby. Some parents opt to pay tribute to a family member. Others turn to pop culture. That second one can be a dangerous game. Just because someone or something is popular at the time doesn't mean it always will be. By age 20, your child's name might be downright confusing.
Clearly, Game Of Thrones fans aren't worried about that. BabyCenter recently divulged a little information into how sharp an uptick there has been in GoT-inspired baby names so far in 2019. Jorah has experienced a 36% increase in popularity while Tyrion has jumped up 20%. Far more babies have also been named Olenna and Ellaria so far in 2019, while Cersei's popularity has seen a drop-off. Yeah, we get that.
GoT fans haven't restricted their baby naming to first names alone. Although there are a number of different names to choose from for those who admire the Stark family, many have cut out the middle man and named their baby Stark. The surname's popularity is up 9%. The standout once again, however, is Khaleesi. Even though Khaleesi is a title and not a name, it has broken the top 500 most popular names in the US.
All of this data was correct as of the start of the latest, and final, season of GoT. Chances are as the season continues and ultimately comes to an end, even more babies will bear the names of those who call the Seven Kingdoms home. Then, in a year or so, once we live in a world where there will be no more new episodes of GoT to look forward to, perhaps the popularity in Westeros-themed names will begin to drop.